Fifth Gear is the British magazine show dedicated to uncovering the most exclusive information about cars' performance. Motor sports alumni themselves, hosts of the show take you under the hoods of the latest speedsters and conduct tests and stunts to see what a variety of cars - from exotic to everyday - are capable of.
Born on October 29th 1951 in Havant, England, Timothy "Tiff" Needell attended the City University where ...
From the moment his father first took him to Goodwood there was only one thing Tiff wanted to be - a racing driver. But motor racing is a millionaires’ playground and Tiff had to initially settle for a degree in Civil Engineering, before his dream finally came true. Incredibly he won his first racing car - a Formula Ford Lotus 69F in a competition run by the weekly racing magazine ‘Autosport’. From this beginning he worked his way up through the national racing scene to become a Formula Ford Champion in 1975. From there the only way was up: he finished fourth in the 1978 British Formula Three Championship, behind future Grand Prix stars Nelson Piquet and Derek Warwick; and in his debut British Formula One race he came second. A lot of driving followed, including: Le Man, British Touring Car Championship and the Rally of Great Britain. Tiff’s TV career has seen him behind the microphone on Grandstand, a co-host in the original airing of Top Gear, as well as a founding co-host on Fifth Gear.
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