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Tickets Now Available for The Grand Tour Season 2: Big Changes This Season

Amazon has done a great job at keeping what’s coming for the second season of The Grand Tour a secret so far. While some of this is fairly typical for any show, there is no doubt that much of the secrecy has been due to delays and rescheduling from the injuries, sickness, and other similar roadblocks the trio have run into over the past year or so.

We’re in luck though ( well, some of us), Andy Wilman, producer of The Grand Tour, has finally shed some light on the second season and given us something to be excited about.

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It looks like we will no longer see the traveling studio that was introduced last season, so for those hoping to score tickets in their local area, you’re out of luck unless of course, you live in the Cotswolds area.

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Wilman said, in regards to the move,

“We’ll keep the studio in one place, and given how accident prone they are at the minute, that can only be a good thing!”

If you would like to enter for your chance to win tickets, follow the link here: TICKETS.

In addition to the changes in studio location, Andy also elaborated a bit on the content we will see in season 2. Andy went on to say,

“Customers continually tell us that their favourite segments of The Grand Tour are the travelling adventures of Jeremy, Richard, and James, so despite the various calamities and injuries along the way, the guys have spent this year exploring more incredible and stunning locations than ever before… and getting into more trouble of course.”

We now know that some of the amazing filming locations include some beautiful spots, such as  Dubai, Spain, Switzerland, Colorado, Croatia, Mozambique, and New York.

There are no other updates as of yet in regards to the format of the show or other content, but we will keep our ear to the ground and continue to be your number 1 source for all Grand Tour-related news!

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The Grand Tour Season 2: Sneak Peak Trailer

Debuting on Amazon Prime Day, the sneak peak trailer for The Grand Tour: Season 2, is here! The trailer which describes the show as;

the world’s greatest show about three middle-aged men rampaging around the world having unusual adventures, driving amazing cars, and engaging in a constant argument about which of them is the biggest idiot.”

showcases some very exciting looking clips which leaves the automotive community around the world with a lot to look forward too.

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Examining the trailer we see a bit of something for everyone. From some sort of tank crashing through walls, to the already infamous Rimac that Richard Hammond had his recent crash in during a hill climb event, which ended in a fiery blaze, to a few other high level exotics such as the AMG GT, Mclaren 720S, and Bugatti Chiron.

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While the last season of Top Gear (U.K.) received abysmal ratings, per IMDB, with an average of just over 2 out of 10, the premier season of The Grand Tour soared to the number one spot for auto and comedy enthusiasts, with nearly a 9 out of 10 rating, on the same scale.*

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If the trailer is any indication, would seem that the Amazon and the trio is aiming to hold on to their top spot this season as well. There’s obviously going to be a wide variety of classic hi-jinks, wacky adventures, and awesome cars which, undoubtedly, will leave most people happy.

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If there’s anything we can hope to see a lack of this season, it’s “The American”, some of the over-scripted segments, and the love-it-or-hate-it, celebrity segments.

What do you think of the trailer? Check it out below, and let us know in the comments!

 

 

*As of the time of publishing

Photo/Video Credit: Amazon, The Grand Tour

The New Top Gear Trailer is Here & It Still Looks Pretty Bad

Top Gear has been in a rapid downward spiral ever since the fracas. With the three famed hosts who, like it or not, are completely responsible for the shows massive international success and cult-like following leaving the show and the awkward and widely despised replacements, specifically Chris Evans, doing nothing to help the show’s recovery, it hasn’t been a good year for the BBC.

To add insult to injury, The Grand Tour achieved massive success in its freshman season. While the show wasn’t without its hiccups and awkward moments, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond, along with long time friend and producer Andy Wilman (who also left Top Gear following the fracas) have done a bang-up job and achieved massive success both in terms of ratings as well as in terms of success for Amazon, who so cunningly snatched up the group when they were shopping around for a new place to call home.

The initial release of Top Gear’s teaser trailer for the new season set what can only be called a very low bar for the BBC’s latest attempt to salvage the Top Gear brand, sans Chris Evans. It seems fans of the show, if there are any left, felt similar as the trailer had over 7,000 thumbs down with under 3,000 thumbs up on Youtube as of the time of this writing. Going off the short amount of content in the trailer the show seemed just as awkward and forced as it had been for the entirety of its last season. Sadly the newest trailer doesn’t do much to help.

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Published on February 4th, the newest trailer has barely managed to achieve over 300k views. To put that in comparison with The Grand Tour, the trailer for that shows final episode, published 6 days ago, already has nearly a million views with overwhelmingly positive reactions.

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What about the actual trailer, you may be asking? Well, to be fair, it is much better than the teaser trailer. There are a few interesting segments showcased, the most intriguing of them featuring Chris Harris driving something exotic, which is something we never needed Top Gear to enjoy, but the trailer is, much like the last season, full of awkward humor, forced jokes, and a lot of content which will leave you asking; but why? To the BBC’s credit, they do seem to be trying to

To the BBC’s credit, they do seem to be trying to poke a bit of fun at themselves and their well-known image of being uptight and overly concerned about rules and regulations, something that caused Clarkson to constantly butt heads with the network for nearly his entire career.

What we don’t see in the trailer is whether or not there will continue to be forced jokes about how “American” Joey..er. Matt is, situations trying to make the trio look like they have the chemistry of the original group, which we all know they don’t, and whether they have decided to give the ax to the terrible celebrity segments yet.

As a true petrol head a lifelong Top Gear fan I would love to have two great automotive shows to watch and enjoy. Here’s hoping the BBC can pull it off and we can have that second one.

 

Source: Top Gear

Jeremy Clarkson’s Review of The Alfa Romeo Giulia Was Perfect

It’s no secret that The Grand Tour is far more than just a simple car show. There’s been pranks, scripted films, debates, scenery, in general, a lot of content that hasn’t been completely car related.

Naturally, this has gotten more than a few hardcore petrolheads to speak up on social media. I’ve noticed a growing number of people remarking that The Grand Tour has yet to do an actual review of a car since the show started, or at least one that you could actually call a real review, not just a glossed over bit with the typical Top Gear-esque film style. Well, that’s all over now, because in this week’s episode, Jeremy did an actual review of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and it was brilliant.

In the film, Jeremy covers all the proper bits we’ve come to expect from a truly great Clarkson review. He covers the performance, the styling, the comfort, everything you expect. Jeremy even get’s a bit philosophical, stating at one point, “If you’re going to form a relationship with a car, if you’re going to develop a bond, it’s got to have human qualities, and if it’s gonna human qualities its got to have faults.” It’s statements like that which truly set Jeremy apart as one of the best when it comes to talking about cars.

Nearing the end of the film Jeremy sums it up perfectly, as he has a great talent for doing, by saying “you can’t be a true petrolhead until you’ve owned an Alfa Romeo, and the trouble is I’ve always known, there’s no Alfa Romeo a true petrol head would actually want to buy. There is now, though, there is now.”

If you’re one of those who has been waiting for a proper review, the wait is over. In the words of Jeremy Clarkson, “this is a fabulous car, an epic car…” and to borrow a few words from Jeremy, this is a masterpiece, an absolute gem.

The Grand Tour Namibia Special: Best Moments, Part 2

Continuing on with our collection of best moments, we pick back up with part 2 of the Namibia special. Let us know what your favorite moments or if we picked the best ones!

6- Para-failing

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In an attempt to spot poachers from the air, the trio decides to give parasailing a try. This almost immediately goes awry. Ironically, right after Clarkson remarks how there is no wind at all, his sail immediately fills with air taking his crew and himself for a tumble right into Hammond!

7- When Hamsters Fly

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After tranquilizing Hammond in a night hunt for poachers, Clarkson and Hammond graciously decide to give their co-host a first class flight in the morning rather than forcing him to catch-up by road. Hammond surprisingly is less than enthusiastic…

8- Knob Wars

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In retaliation, to get back at May for his idea to take a terrible off-path foray in order to avoid the relentlessly bumpy road, Clarkson and Hammond retrofit May’s buggy with a rather cheeky new gear shift knob. This of course, annoys May to no end and what ensues along the road afterward can only be described as a knob war.

9- Revenge is a Burning Buggy

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While working on his carefully crafted revenge on Clarkson for the gear knob joke, May carelessly makes the mistake of setting his own buggy aflame in hilarious fashion. It would seem revenge is not May’s strongpoint.

10- Highwire Hammond

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The end is near, the finish line is in sight, and Hammond is stuck only a few meters away on a highwire over crocodile infested waters. Perhaps his co-hosts are to blame but we will most likely never know, as that is where he was last seen at the end of the special. Does he survive? We can only hope.

There you have it! Our favorite moments from part 2 of the Namibia special. Do you agree? Let us know, and be sure to like and share the article and subscribe for more!

The Grand Tour Namibia Special: Best Moments, Part 1

Clarkson, Hammond, & May were back this week with another classic holiday special, this time in the beautiful country of Namibia, where they trek through the country in custom made beach buggies.  The first part of the epic journey featured hauntingly beautiful desert scenery, ghostly shipwrecks, and plenty of seals!

*Spoiler Alert* We’ve compiled some of the best moments from the episode here for your viewing pleasure. Let us know what your favorite moments were in the comments, and be sure to like and share!

1- No Beer For Old Men

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Hammond pulls a quick one on his thirsty cohorts this time. As the trio enjoys some freshly caught fish, Richard offers them all a beer and much to their dissatisfaction, there is none to be had. A joke which quickly turned Clarkson and May against the Hamster!

2- The Sea Approaches! 

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The boys cut it close as they double back on themselves in an attempt to find a path to their destination. Funny, exciting, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Another epic moment.

3- Hammond Dies, Well Almost

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While the trio often jokes about killing one another, in this moment Clarkson seems genuinely concerned that his tiny friend may have finally bit the dust as his buggy veers over a massive dune crest. Rest assured he managed to survive somehow, but a harry situation nonetheless.

4- Survival

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At last, after countless hours, massive dunes, almost getting caught up in the tide, and getting lost more than once, the boys actually succeed in crossing the desert and they find a road to civilization. James May literally dances from happiness. Enough said.

5- Left For Dead

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Nearing the end of part 1, the trio of motoring hosts has finally reached their road and is headed to their next destination when in classic fashion one of them breaks down. This time it’s Clarkson who suffers a coolant loss and suspension issue. Continuing their dependable hi-jinks, instead of helping Clarkson, Hammond and May decide to leave their co-host to depend on the help of some passing stranger as they head off for a much-deserved beer.

So what do you think? Are these the best moments from Part 1 of the Namibia Special? Let us know what you would add to the list or why you loved these moments too in the comments!

BBC Decides to Bet Big On Celebrities, Not Cars, in Season 24 of Top Gear

It’s no secret that one of the most controversial segments in the premier season of The Grand Tour is Celebrity Brain Crash. The segment briefly features celebrities who are to appear on the show as guests but instead meet with untimely ends before they are able to.

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It is also well known that the BBC has threatened legal action, as we reported here, if The Grand Tour did feature celebrity guests on their show in the same style in which they appeared on Top Gear. It would seem that all of this legal nonsense was for a reason. The BBC has recently hired famed celebrity booker from The One Show, Tom Fenner to book celebs for Top Gear. According to Art of Gears, Tom has “a well-earned reputation of attracting A-List stars for shows that normally would not be able to.” Such stars include Bruce Willis, Jennifer Aniston, and Russell Crowe.

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In Top Gear’s last, and very poorly received season, it was as though the BBC was simply booking any celebrity they could get their hands on, many of which it seemed almost no one had ever heard of. These bookings coupled with the gang of presenters and it only helped to further muddy the waters of the once heralded automotive show.

Matt Feigen, of Art of Gears, made an excellent point saying:

“It would seem that the executives at Top Gear are forgetting a big part of the celebrity equation. Jeremey Clarkson has a way of talking to them that made them open up. Unless he surprises me, Matt LeBlanc has no experience interviewing celebrities. Clarkson’s warmth and touch while talking with guests are what made the segments so memorable.”

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It seems that the BBC may be taking a page out of The Grand Tour’s playbook and steering away from being as car focused as they were in previous seasons and instead focusing on celebrities and developing their new hosts. This news, coupled with a very disappointing teaser trailer, and it looks like Top Gear may be headed further downhill.

Source: Art of Gears