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Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris chat about being fathers on new Top Gear series

Top Gear‘s Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris have candidly chatted about being fathers ahead of new episodes of the hit show airing.

In the latest series, which starts on Sunday, the men drive the same cars their fathers had when they were children, causing them to reminisce about their dads and the lessons they’ve learnt as parents.

While speaking with The Mirror, sports star Freddie, 43, declared that being a father-of-four is his biggest achievement and said he wants to be like his dad Colin.  

Real talk: Top Gear’s Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris candidly chat about being fathers during new episodes of the hit show

Freddie told the publication: ‘Not just being a father, being a good one is probably the biggest achievement you could have.

‘I’ve got four kids and as we were driving around, you start comparing yourself to your dad. I want to be like my dad and I’m thinking about how I’m bringing my kids up and how he brought his kids up.’

Freddie is married to wife Rachael and they share four children – Rocky, Preston, Holly and Corey. 

Co-host Chris also agreed, saying getting to film a feature based around their dads’ cars was a good moment for reminiscing and made him a little emotional.

Sweet: The trio discussed how being a dad is the 'toughest' thing in an interview ahead of the new series starting (seen hugging in a trailer for the show)

Sweet: The trio discussed how being a dad is the ‘toughest’ thing in an interview ahead of the new series starting (seen hugging in a trailer for the show)

Chris, who has three children, said: ‘Being a good dad is the toughest thing you do. Spending time in those cars just brought it all flooding back.’

He added that much of a relationship with a father can be built around travelling to events in the car, making the special episode even more special. 

While father-of-three Paddy, 47, revealed that filming in the pandemic has meant he’s been able to spend more time at home with his autistic children and wife Christine.

The star explained how the Top Gear team would usually be jetting abroad to film, however the 2021 series has been UK based meaning he’s never too far from home.

For the emotionally charged segment, the three celebrities get behind the wheels of a BMW, Ford Fiesta and a Cortina. 

Wow! Top Gear presenter Freddie Flintoff sent sparks flying while skating in titanium shoes behind a car in the explosive new trailer for the fourth series

Wow! Top Gear presenter Freddie Flintoff sent sparks flying while skating in titanium shoes behind a car in the explosive new trailer for the fourth series

The first trailer for the new series of Top Gear was released by the BBC in February.

In an explosive teaser clip, presenters Freddie, Paddy, and Chris returned for a jam-packed fourth outing that sees them take on challenges like driving through the Lake District in their Dads’ cars and testing out iconic Bond cars.

But it was daredevil Freddie that was sure to draw the attention of viewers, as the former professional cricketer, 43, skated down the runway in titanium shoes while holding onto the back of an Ariel Nomad driven by The Stig.

Freddie, who often tries out the most dangerous of stunts on the show, was seen sending sparks flying behind him as he was pulled along the tarmac. 

It's going to be entertaining! Other segments will see them testing out Mid-life Crisis Cars and also driving Bond cars

It’s going to be entertaining! Other segments will see them testing out Mid-life Crisis Cars and also driving Bond cars

In shock over the turn of events, Freddie -who was decked in a helmet and protective suit- said in disbelief: ‘I’m just going down the runway on my feet!’

The trailer also showed the trio’s great affinity for each other, as they were able to hug each other after forming a support bubble together. 

In a funny moment from the trailer, Freddie, Paddy and Chris stood around their cars while in form-fitting wet suits and gear up for a swim as they tested out Mid-life Crisis Cars.

As he stretched in the Lycra ensemble, Paddy joked: ‘Well at least we’ve still got our dignity’ before jumping into a lake.

The BBC have pulled out all the stops for the trio’s fourth series together, as they teamed up with the 007 franchise to pay homage to some of the best loved – and lesser known – cars driven by James Bond.

007, calling for duty: The BBC also teamed up with the 007 franchise to pay homage to some of the best loved and lesser known cars driven by James Bond

007, calling for duty: The BBC also teamed up with the 007 franchise to pay homage to some of the best loved and lesser known cars driven by James Bond

Freddie, Paddy and Chris test out the classic Aston Martin DB5 that was first seen in Goldfinger, as well as the Renault 11 Parisienne taxi that Roger Moore piloted in A View To A Kill in 1985.  

Dressed in their finest suits for the occasion, Paddy was beyond excited as he got behind the wheel of the Aston Martin, and gushed: ‘Consider me shaken and very stirred.’

Other exciting endeavours include Freddie racing a battery-powered off-road Extreme E against a man using a jetpack, while petrolheads will get to enjoy reviews of the Lamborghini Sian, the Toyota GR Yaris and the Ferrari Roma.  

The new series starts on BBC1 on Sunday at 8pm. 

Coming soon: The new series starts on BBC1 on Sunday at 8pm

Coming soon: The new series starts on BBC1 on Sunday at 8pm


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