The “new” Top Gear season has come to a close and its safe to say that it wasn’t a huge hit. Don’t get us wrong overall the show was still awesome based only on the subject matter. I mean really it doesn’t matter who’s behind the wheel if you’re out hooning in a McLaren 675LT and then setting record lap times people will tune in to watch.
As far as what the show was when the trio of Clarkson, Hammond, and May were at the helm, the new version didn’t even compare. It was much more than a show about cars “back in the day” let’s say, it was a show that you could put on with your girlfriend in the room, and her not complain about it the entire time. Not only that, there are quite a females out there that are major Old Top Gear fans and they’re the ones you wanna look for.
When the trio announced they were starting a new show on Amazon Prime called the Grand Tour, we got super stoked about it, especially knowing the Clarkson, Hammond and May have full creative control of the show. They have given us a few teasers over what seems like the last 5 years but has only been about a year and a half, however, they never released a solid start date. I personally expected the show to start right around the same time as the TG2 let’s call it. Although I’m sure there was something in the legalities that prevented them from direct competition.
Now we are very happy to announce that an official start date has been released! The Grand Tour will premiere November 18th so if you haven’t gotten that Amazon Prime membership yet you might want to get started on that. I guess you could wait a month then start the 1-month free trial if you wanted to be devious. But From the looks of the very short previews and little blips that have been released The Grand Tour seems to be living up to the hype and then some.
One thing has to happen in order for this to be the best show about cars ever made, and in my opinion, it’ll be the easiest thing to accomplish. That thing is, Clarkson, Hammond and May have to be the same characters that we’ve all grown to know and love. The chemistry between the hosts is a major factor in the watch ability of these types of shows. The cars will attract all the gearheads of the world so if you can have an interesting dynamic outside the cars everyone else, you’re golden.
Rumors were going around that each episode of the Grand Tour had a budget of some crazy amount of money like $7 million. Those same rumors went on to claim that the budget with their previous show was right around $1 million which would mean a pretty staggering jump. Now there have been quite a few reports claiming those numbers were drastically exaggerated, but really that doesn’t matter.
Because what I took from that is that no matter what the numbers were, there was going to be an increase for Grand Tour. That can only mean that the quality of cars and locations are going to be even better than before. It’s not like it even once appeared as if the BBC had been stingy no matter how many little jabs about the Top Gear Production Office there might’ve been.
When it came to shooting in exotic locations with stupidly expensive cars they got the job done. For example when Hammond drove the Veyron in a drag race against the McLaren F1 in Dubai.
We know that the Grand Tour will be totally different from the last one as far as format goes. There have been reports saying that the in-studio segments will be few and far between. The studio may not be the best descriptive word for it because actually, it’s a massive tent that they’re taking to many different locations around the world, hence the Grand Tour get it. As time has gone on its now been determined that part of the show will be filmed in front of a live audience under this massive tent. Some of the locations that’ve been announced are Johannesburg South Africa, Germany, United Kingdom, and even California.
The cars that have been teased so far are about the best you can ask for. One of the first teasers almost a year ago showed the crew standing with a 918, LaFerrari, and P1 so it’s likely we will see that shootout that was always talked about during the last season of old TG1. You see what appears to be the rear end of a Ford GT, and the unmistakable Aston Martin Vulcan in the recent preview so there’s that too, plus what looked like some old school dune buggies. Although on the second look I think it’s actually the LaFerrari back end. But none the less, the car situation is definitely going to be on point.
So if Clarkson, Hammond, and May, who are known to be fairly good friends offscreen, can continue to have what seemed to be the perfect blend of the on/off type onscreen relationships that they’ve had for decades now, this will without a doubt be the best car show ever made.