“There’s a stretch of time from mid-November where I’ll be away for weeks at a time” he says.
I am meeting Rory in the upstairs bar of a pub just around the corner from the BBC in central London.
As I arrive Reid is just polishing off his lunch in the otherwise empty bar. He’s friendly, relaxed, and nothing at all like his famously starving predecessor Jeremy Clarkson.
Reid is one of the main presenters of the BBC’s new and improved Top Gear line up, joining Friends star Matt le Blanc and motoring journalist Chris Harris.