SOLIHULL rich-kid ‘Lord’ Aleem Iqbal is throwing his hat into the ring to get a job as one of the new presenters of Top Gear.
The 20-year-old car fanatic, who owns a massive collection of supercars and isn’t afraid to talk about them, has a massive social media following, inclduing 50,000-plus Twitter followers, 175,000 subscribers to his Youtube channel and over 21 million viewings of his videos – nmostly vlogs featuring him in his Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys to name a few.
And now the youngsters – who gave himself the unofficial name Lord – wants to reach out to the mass British public by becoming a presenter on the new Top Gear when it relaunches with radio DJ and TFI Friday host Chris Evans.
Aleem posted on his Twitter feed: “Been bombarded on every platform about this @BBC_TopGear auditions so I’m going to send in a 30 second clip, what video shall I take it from?
And: “Which car review shall I extract the 30 second clip from? Maybe you guys can help me @BBC_TopGear.”
Aleem’s family run Yardley-based luxury car hire firm Platinum Executive Travel.
He is no stranger to controversy – having been fined by Solihull magistrates for using a mobile phone at the wheel and having had four of his supercars – worth £500,000 – destroyed in a suspected arson attack.
If he gets an interview and makes it through the selection process, Aleem would follow in the footsteps of former SolihulL School pupil Richard Hammond, who, alongside fellow presenter James May, has left the hit show in the wake of the Jeremy Clarkson producer-punching incident which saw his contract not being renewed.
The new-look Top Gear is expected to be broadcast early 2016.