Tiff Needel confirms the end of an era – no more “Fifth Gear” image

While the BBC is getting ready to air on May 19 the first episode of the revamped Top Gear and the former hosts are gearing up for the autumn release of The Grand Tour show, we have a saddening piece of news.

A popular British automotive show – Fifth Gear – is going to be axed, apparently. And the news comes directly from famous racing driver and television host Tiff Needell, who announced via Twitter that filming for the current season had recently ended and there was “no news of any more”. He is most famous for being a host of both the Top Gear and Fifth Gear and he pointed out that after almost three uninterrupted decades he’s found himself without filming duties in his calendar.

By the way, the Fifth Gear probably never achieved the same level of popularity as the Top gear counterpart but for genuine car aficionados this was the show to look forward to. This is because it was almost as entertaining as the more widely known TG but its reviews still kept a more serious tone and at the end of a test you could actually draw a conclusion about the car. If you’d like to get a taste of it you can watch the footage below which has Needel in a Ferrari 458 Speciale going against well known British journalist Chris Harris in a Porsche 911 GT3. By the way, the latter is now a host of the refreshed Top Gear, in case you forgot.