Charley Boorman ‘best’ for Top Gear

Charley Boorman adventure bike

You have voted and the declared that Charley Boorman is the best suited to take over from Jeremy Clarkson at Top Gear. And maybe we could have a whole new line-up including Guy Martin and Vladimir Putin, according to our poll.

Clarkson’s co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond haven’t yet committed to a show without the axed host, so Top Gear may be scrapped or have a whole new line-up.


In which case, the BBC should consider the 617 votes from our fun poll to find a motorcycle-friendly replacement for Clarkson and the crew.

Boorman, the affable Long Way Round/Down Boorman star, was the hands-down winner with a whopping 65.3% or 403 votes after retweeting about our poll and his fans showing loyal support.

Despite other nominees also being mentioned on Twitter, their fans didn’t rally like Charley’s.

Guy Matin as a Top Gear presenter
Guy Matin as a Top Gear presenter?

Next was Isle of Man TT racer and all-round funny, yet unintelligible, Guy Martin with 14.9% or 92 votes.

If the BBC checks out our survey, they may also consider British comedian and bike nut Ross Nobel as the third presenter with 4.2% or 26 votes. Ross Noble as a Top Gear presenter?

What a great show that would be! I’d certainly watch that.

It would be a welcome change from the predictable comedy show that Top Gear had become. It would also be more motorcycle friendly as Clarkson was known for his hatred of bikes, a matter compounded by falling off his scooter during the shooting of their Vietnam episode.

The next Jeremy Clarkson
Top Gear in Vietnam

The BBC will have a difficult time finding replacements for the erstwhile Clarkson.

If fellow presenters James May and Richard Hammond remain, then it could easily be adapted for a more motorcycle friendly audience as they are both motorcycle enthusiasts with a big collection of bikes between them.

James May Top Gear
James May
Richard Hammond - Top Gear
Richard Hammond

You can see the results of the poll below, but you can’t see the individual votes for “other” nominees you selected which are quite interesting.

The biggest number of votes went to American land speed record holder Valerie Thompson with four, ahead of Russian president and Harley riding Vladimir Putin with two.

There were a few votes to  bring back Clarkson, while the other votes were for comedian Rowan Atkinson, Nurburgring “taxi van” driver Sabine Schmitz who starred in a Top Gear episode, and even one vote for me!

Results of our special Top Gear poll:


  1. If Hammond and May won’t commit to doing the show without Clarkson, they must approve of him assaulting a colleague. Maybe the BBC should not even try to renew their contracts either.

  2. I’d love to see Guy Martin and Charlie Boorman. They could save the show and it would be great to see bikes being introduced. I’ve always enjoyed Top Gear but think Jeremy Clarkson is a pompous arse. Martin and Boorman would definitely get my vote.

  3. Guy Martin is a very interesting person and I think he is a great character, love to watch him race and I have enjoyed his tv shows but he’s not interested in fame. He’s happy doing what he does.
    Charley is a good choice and everybody likes him.
    I think he’d be great.
    I heard today that James might not be back… that’d be a shame. Clever bloke.
    I’ll miss the usual format…but I’ll watch Jezza’s new show.

  4. I put forward Vladimir Putin
    1 He would just invade any country that dared complain about his jokes
    2 He would never strike a producer………….. {maybe order a hit}

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