By Humphrey Carter

THE motors are already running at the BBC as Top Gear and its three presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May set about getting ready to race in next month's Majorcan Classic Car Rally.

The Bulletin learnt yesterday that some of the behind the scenes of Top Gear's preparation for the annual rally are already being filmed in the UK while the three presenters are Down Under in Australia with their Top Gear Road show and John Graham, who is acting as Top Gear's representative on the island, said that the three presenters are going to be “racing to win” the fifth Majorcan classic.

But, the big mystery is which classic cars the three will be entering the rally with and what is their race strategy going to be? What is more, will The Stig be coming as well to test the cars beforehand?

Whichever cars they choose, they will have to have been race prepared and meet the International Automobile Federation standards and, in accordance with the Majorcan Classic Rally rules, be pre-1981 models - the majority of the 80 classic cars which have already entered are models from the 60's and 70's including a four-times Le Mans winner, a 1937 Bentley Dardy Tourer and a 1965 Ford Anglia has also recently entered over the past few days and, despite the teams being drawn up, there are a few remaining places left on the starting grid for those who wish to take part.

When the Bulletin broke the news of Top Gear coming to race and film, on Majorca, the island, in particular the British community was thrown into a frenzy and Graham has been contacted by a long list of people wishing to get involved. We can now confirm that the Top Gear presenters will be on the island for at least four days and will be racing on all three days of the rally which starts in Palma on March 19 and finishes on the 21st at the Lluchmajor race track where a hospitality village is going to be set up for sponsors and VIPs.

Graham said yesterday that, not only are there a few remaining spaces on the rally starting grid, there is also plenty of room still for sponsors and plots for corporate hospitality tents.

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