We did see a lot more of the “the Queen of the Nurburgring” on Extra Gear, the follow-up show on iPlayer fronted by Chris Harris and Rory Reid.
Reid was given a tour around Schmitz’s slightly bonkers wooden house she had built next to the German track, and commentators on the PistonHeads enthusiasts’ forum salivated over the racer’s Porsche 911 GT3 track car.
Some wondered why this wasn’t elevated to the main show: “How is Sabine’s GT3 and the Nurburgring less Top Gear-worthy than a Reliant on the back of a flat bed?” asked one commentator.
Extra Gear itself was received far more enthusiastically than its parent show, with many commentators praising the more natural chemistry between Reid and Harris (the latter very much the petrolhead’s petrolhead) as they read out the car news and interviewed comedian Chris Ramsey.
“Top Gear should be presented by Rory Reid, Chris Harris and Matt LeBlanc,” said one PistonHeads commentator, echoing praise elsewhere for the performance from the former Friends actor.
However, another thought Harris “looked a bit embarrassed to be taking part in this experiment”.