There are dark times in the history of Top Gear. There was once a time, for example, where Richard Hammond hadn’t yet crashed, or even taken his first steps onto the Top Gear Test Track. In fact, the track didn’t even make an appearance until Top Gear’s new beginning in 2002 with Jeremy Clarkson firmly at the helm of the show alongside Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe. Wait… who?
Jason Dawe was the third presenter to complete the magical trio when the show first started after its reboot. A lot of viewers of the show now won’t remember him – probably due to the fact that he was only involved for the first series. As soon as Series 2 dropped, so did his employment on Top Gear and instead, James May was brought in.
But where is he now? What is he doing? Well to answer that I must first explain to you what he brought to the show in the first place.
His specialities revolved around the used car market. He once bragged that he buys cars for only £900 and drives them until they die – something that didn’t really fit in with the Top Gear ethos. Nevertheless, he used his knowledge of the used market to produce informative content for the show, and he was perfectly good at it.
After his leaving, he went on to create a program called ‘Used Car Roadshow’ alongside Penny Mallory on ITV4. This covered, as I’m sure you’ve worked out, used cars and what to look for on them. Eventually, though, the show was cancelled due to low ratings.
He now specialises in speech writing, and writing for motoring outlets like Top Gear Magazine and AutoTrader.
Do you wish he’d stayed? Let me know in the comments what you think!