One of the original Top Gear presenters, Sue Baker, passed away at the age of 75 after battling motor neuron disease. She was remembered for “blazing a trail” for women in the world of racing.
According to her spokesman, Baker, who joined the BBC series in 1980 when it was in its previous format, passed away on Monday surrounded by her family.
She appeared in 22 episodes of the program starting in 1980 when its main focus was on reviewing new cars and providing consumer and traffic safety advice. Jeremy Clarkson eventually took over her position.
Geraldine Herbert, the motoring editor for the Sunday Independent in Ireland, said:
“I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Sue Baker. She was a wonderful person, a brilliant journalist, and a dear friend. A former Top Gear presenter and motoring editor at the Observer, she blazed a trail for women in a man’s world.”
Meanwhile, a family statement read: ‘It is with great sadness, that we share the news of Sue’s passing. A doting mother to Ian and Hannah, a loving grandmother to Tom and George, and a wonderful mother-in-law to Lucy. She passed at home this morning with family around her.
‘She was a talented and prolific writer, a charismatic TV presenter, and a passionate animal lover. She had a life and career that many would envy, but did it all with such grace that she was admired and respected by all who knew her.
‘We know she meant so much to so many. Thank you to everyone who has supported her over the last few years as she battled with MND.’
Sue Baker’s early life. When was she born?
Sue Baker was a 67 years old woman from the United Kingdom. Sue was born on April 19, 1956. She was of British nationality and white ethnicity. Her zodiac as per her date of birth is Aries.
Sue Barker’s husband and her love life.
In 1988, Sue tied the knot with landscaper and former police officer Lance Tankard. When Sue was a tennis coach and Lance was on vacation, they first met in Portugal.
After they returned to England, they met by mistake while out for dinner, and their romance started to take off.
Sue and Lance have been a blissful married couple residing together since 1988.
Landscape gardener Lance Tankard is well-known. He was a detective sergeant with the police force as well. In addition, he is well-known for being the husband of Sue Barker, a well-known English television host, and former tennis player. At the time, his wife was also a tennis instructor.
Sue had a romance with musician Cliff Richard in the 1980s before getting married to Lance. According to Cliff, he almost made a proposal but changed his mind.
Lance Tankard was born to his parents in England, United Kingdom. Thus he is of British nationality.
Sur Baker was a mother to Ian and Hannah and a well-loved grandmother to Tom and George, two of her precious grandchildren.