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Monday 14th October 2019

Take That's Howard Donald to front a new TV show about cars

A new career move!

Take That star Howard Donald will swap performing with his bandmates for rebuilding classic cars in a new Channel 4 series.

The pop singer will join retired racing driver Dario Franchitti for Mission Ignition, which will see amateur car enthusiasts tasked with rebuilding classic cars in a bid to win the motor.

Howard and Dario will each lead a team of petrolheads as they rebuild the cars, which will have been turned into giant jigsaw puzzles.

It's a new move for Howard! (Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA)

The first team to rebuild it and start the engine will get to keep the car.

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Howard, a classic car collector, left his job as a panel beater and vehicle sprayer to join Take That nearly 30 years ago.

I’ve always loved classic cars, so the opportunity to be involved in Mission Ignition and see these historic cars rebuilt is fantastic.

As well as his continuing pop career with the group, he is now also an amateur racing driver, and has raced at the likes of Le Mans and Silverstone.

Howard is a classic car collector (Credit: FameFlynet)

He said: "I’ve always loved classic cars, so the opportunity to be involved in Mission Ignition and see these historic cars rebuilt is fantastic."

Just yesterday, he told fans he was off to Le Mans again, sharing a photo of him bare foot in his car.

He captioned the snap: "Off to @lemansclassic for @globalendurancelegends. This is how I normally drive a road car but I will be wearing race boots for the race of course!!"

The 50-year-old is one of the three remaining members of Take That along with Gary Barlow and Mark Owen.

Appearing on BBC's The One Show back in March, the trio confirmed plans for a world tour next year and a Greatest Hits album.

Howard said: "We're actually recreating some of the songs for the Greatest Hits. We've got three new songs that we're going to put on the Greatest Hits. So we want to go to all of the territories that we've never been to before, like South America."

They're heading on a world tour next year (Credit: BBC)

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Gary added: "We've upgraded some of the mixes, and reimagined some of the songs, but not all of them. You've got to be careful with these things. If you take them too far, you destroy people's memories.

"We've tried to be respectful to the music, but just y'know, putting a load of music on an album wasn't enough for us. We wanted to just go back and have a look through it, and try to make it sound better."

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