The Presenters

Quentin Willson

Quentin is a proper, ocean-going car guy.

He presented Top Gear for a decade, is an award-winning motoring journalist, writes for numerous national newspapers and magazines, and has campaigned successfully for stuff like fairer new car prices and cheaper fuel with his million signature FairFuelUK campaign. He’s the bloke who saves us billions – literally.

But when he’s not scrapping with the government about petrol prices he’s got a serious weakness for classic cars. As well as creating the first TV classic car show on the BBC, The Car’s The Star, he’s written loads of books, been a columnist for hard-core old car magazines for years, and bought and sold hundreds of pensionable old motors from Mini Coopers to Maserati Ghiblis.

He remembers classic car facts like you and I remember holidays, and can magically predict which classics are going up in price – or down. Oh, and he actually owns and drives things like a Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible, Ford Mustang, three Daimler Darts, a Bentley and one of the cutest 1959 Minis you’ve ever seen. Quentin has an untreatable affliction for old cars.

Jodie Kidd

Jodie is the only supermodel in the world that can drive like a demon.

She won her first race in 2004 in Bologna at the wheel of a Maserati, and has been hooning round circuits ever since. The racing boys respect her deeply because they know she can climb into absolutely anything and, in a heartbeat, drift it sideways with the precision of a ballerina. Over the series, you’ll see her nailing everything from a 1930s Bugatti to a 60s Chevrolet Camaro, and a scary race-spec Jaguar XJ220. Jodie is living proof that the urban myth that women can’t drive as well as men is total 24-carat nonsense.

On top of that, all that strutting up and down the catwalks of Paris and Milan means she knows a thing or two about style. She’ll tell you if a classic has what it takes to be the wheels of a fashionista and she has a designer’s eye for curves and rooflines. Jodie brings a welcome gust of femininity to the world of classic cars, which let’s be frank, has slightly too many flat caps and tweedy jackets. She’s a girl’s girl who can drive better than most boys, and when she’s sitting in a 60s Ferrari, looks just like a film star.

Alex Riley

Alex Riley has a long history of weirdness. He first worked with Quentin onTop Gear in the 90s and it was there the two of them realised they disagreed on almost everything. He went on to present weird documentary series like Britain’s Really Disgusting Food, Secrets of the Superbrands  and Road Rage Revenge. Lately he’s become a face on the BBC’s hugely popular The One Show and he spent eight years writing and presenting the Comedy Club on BBC Radio7.  And don’t believe all Quentin’s arguing on the sofa with Jodie about his off-beat items on unloved British Leyland classics. Alex is a massively wonderful asset to The Classic Car Show bringing humour, non-conformity, odd cars and bad suits. Whisper it not, but Quentin is actually a huge fan and a good mate.  Well, sort of.

Alex’s passionate and bewitching defence of the Triumph TR7 is now a piece of motoring TV history and the perfect example of what The Classic Car Show is all about – deep enthusiasm mixed with a bottomless knowledge of old cars.  And he practices what he preaches.  He really does love his own well-used Canley built TR7 drophead and even won Celebrity Mastermind. His specialist subject? Triumph TR Sports Cars 1952-81, of course.

And when we need a roving reporter to explore the depths of obsessiveness and passion of other classic car buffs, we always send Alex. He may not get the glamorous gigs but he teases out some fine TV moments from the larger-than-life characters he interviews. We reckon it takes one to know one. He is quite simply a funny, quick-witted and very likeable television personality who is also a huge breath of fresh air.