Friends star Matt LeBlanc to join Chris Evans in Blackpool... in roofless Reliant Robins

Friends star Matt LeBlanc prepares for his 250 mile trip to Blackpool (Pic: BBC/Top Gear)

Friends star Matt LeBlanc prepares for his 250 mile trip to Blackpool (Pic: BBC/Top Gear)

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Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc are set to travel from London to Blackpool this afternoon for Top Gear... in roofless three-wheeled Reliant Robins.

The new motoring show hosts were told they will face off in a UK v US series of challenges, with the first being a chilly trip up the M1 and M6 motorways to the ‘Las Vegas of the north’.

Guest David Baddiel told the pair on Evans’ BBC Radio 2 breakfast show this morning: “The moment the show finishes you are off to the Las Vegas of the north.

“You will defend your respective nations in a series of gruelling and awful challenges. It’s the US v UK in Blackpool.”

American Friends star LeBlanc replied: “It’s in England I assume?”

Evans, 49, said: “It’s great. We used to go every year for a family holiday.

New Top Gear host Chris Evans full of smiles ahead of his trip to Blackpool, which he described as 'great' (Pic: BBC/Top Gear)

New Top Gear host Chris Evans full of smiles ahead of his trip to Blackpool, which he described as 'great' (Pic: BBC/Top Gear)

“There’s the Tower, there are trams, donkeys, the Pleasure Beach.

“My favourite joke in the world is a joke about Blackpool. What do the donkeys on Blackpool beach get for their lunch?

“Twenty minutes like everybody else.”

The pair are due to visit some of the resort’s attractions before continuing their trip tomorrow – although their destination is being kept a secret.

Matt LeBlanc (left) and Chris Evans in Reliant Robins outside BBC Broadcasting House in London for filming the first episode of Top Gear (Pic: Sarah Bell/PA Wire)

Matt LeBlanc (left) and Chris Evans in Reliant Robins outside BBC Broadcasting House in London for filming the first episode of Top Gear (Pic: Sarah Bell/PA Wire)

“There could be snow,” hinted Evans.

Matt LeBlanc (left) and Chris Evans in Reliant Robins outside BBC Broadcasting House in London for filming the first episode of Top Gear (Pic: Sarah Bell/PA Wire)

Matt LeBlanc (left) and Chris Evans in Reliant Robins outside BBC Broadcasting House in London for filming the first episode of Top Gear (Pic: Sarah Bell/PA Wire)

Matt LeBlanc (left) and Chris Evans in Reliant Robins outside BBC Broadcasting House in London for filming the first episode of Top Gear (Pic: Sarah Bell/PA Wire)

Matt LeBlanc (left) and Chris Evans in Reliant Robins outside BBC Broadcasting House in London for filming the first episode of Top Gear (Pic: Sarah Bell/PA Wire)

Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans and the Stig

Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans and the Stig