After the Top Gear season finale, presenters past and present will gather together to remember Sabine Schmitz. Known as the Queen of the Nurburg Ring, Sabine Schmitz was an accomplished racer and part of Top Gear in various capacities for over 14 years. To pay homage to the incredible person Sabine Schmitz was the entire Top Gear family will gather to remember her.
Sabine Schmitz was 51 when she passed away from cancer after fighting for several years. The tenacious German racing driver didn’t let her affliction stop her from smiling or spending time behind the wheel of cars on the Nürburgring. During her racing career, Sabine Schmitz won the Nürburgring 24 hours and spent much of her personal time lapping the Ring.
According to Top Gear, we can expect the following presenter lineup for the tribute, “The specially-produced program will see Top Gear’s current presenters – Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris, and Paddy McGuinness – joined by former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, Rory Reid, and Matt LeBlanc, as well as guests such as David Coulthard, Susie, and Toto Wolff, and Jess Hawkins.”
Sabine’s skill and bright personality are unforgettable and her appearance on Top Gear training Jeremy Clarkson to improve Ring lap times in a diesel Jaguar is unforgettable. A time she quickly beat in a van proving there is no substitute for driver skill. Visitors to the Nürburgring also had the opportunity to ride with Sabine through BMW’s Ring Taxi program where she would drive tourists around the Ring in BWM’s latest M cars.
The 30-minute special will air in the UK on BBC 1 at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, April 7 and will be available via the iPlayer. Motor1.com has reached out to Motor Trend TV/On Demand, the carriers for TG in the US, to see if the special will make it across the pond.