Top Gear stars spotted filming at Blackpool Airport with ice cream monster truck

Top Gear returned to Lancashire today with Paddy McGuiness taking the wheel of an ice cream monster truck in Blackpool.

By Matthew Calderbank
Saturday, 1st August 2020, 6:24 pm
Updated Saturday, 1st August 2020, 6:42 pm
Paddy McGuiness was at the wheel of the Ice Cream monster truck at Blackpool Airport today (August 1). Pic credit: Paul Webster
Paddy McGuiness was at the wheel of the Ice Cream monster truck at Blackpool Airport today (August 1). Pic credit: Paul Webster

Lancashire's own Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff and Paddy McGuiness were spotted with co-host Chris Harris as filming took place at Blackpool Airport today (August 1).

Paddy, 46, could be seen grinning with delight as he climbed into the driver's seat of a souped up, pink, white and blue ice cream 'truck'.

But a less impressed Freddie could be seen in the back of the truck donning a traditional ice cream vendors outfit complete with a pointy white hat.

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The electric Ice Cream monster truck on the runway at Blackpool Airport today (August 1). Pic credit: Paul Webster

And this wasn't just your average ice cream van. This beast - nicknamed Mr Nippy - sped along Blackpool's runway with HUGE monster truck tyres.

But instead of the awesome roar of a monster truck, this one was electric and cruised along the grounds of the airport with the familiar chimes of the traditional ice cream van.

It's the second time this summer that the thrill seeking TV stars have put the pedal to the floor in Lancashire.

In June, the Top Gear hosts were spotted in the driving seats of three classic 90s supercars in Lancaster - a silver Jaguar XJ220, a red Lamborghini Diabolo and a red Ferrari F40.

Presenters Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff and Chris Harris take a break from filming Top Gear at Blackpool Airport today. Pic: Paul Webster

But the crew, and Paddy in particular, will be hoping that this weekend's filming goes a bit smoother than their last visit to the county.

Earlier this summer, Paddy famously lost control of his £250k Lamborghini Diablo and crashed in moorland near Ribblehead on the North Yorkshire border.

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