It didn’t take long for the roofless Reliant Rialtos driven by Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc in their first road trip challenge of the BBC’s Top Gear series to go on display at Beaulieu.
The new presenters defended the honour of their nations in a 250-mile journey from London to Blackpool in the fibreglass three-wheelers in the first show of the series battling through wind and rain. Matt’s stars and stripes car even had to be carried part of the way on a flatbed truck in order to complete the challenge. Chris described it as the “worst car in the world” and gave it a shunt in his British Union flag decorated Reliant Rialto to literally bump-start it on the outskirts of the seaside resort, so that it could arrive under its own steam for a night-time welcome under the Blackpool illuminations.
The two cars came straight from filming to their new home in Beaulieu’s World of Top Gear, which features original and unique cars from the TV show including the unforgettable Grannymobile.
Beaulieu’s Enormodrome also recreates the feel of the Top Gear studio with the Celebrity ‘Lap Times’ board and behind-the-scenes footages and clips from some of the best Top Gear moments.
The attraction is open every day except Christmas Day from 10am to 6pm. For more information call 01590 612345 or visit http://www.beaulieu.co.uk