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PostHeaderIcon The Grand Tour Will Return For a Fourth Season, But Under a New Format

Good news for fans of The Grand Tour: The show is returning for a fourth season. Bad news for fans of The Grand Tour: The show’s studio-dominated configuration is getting the heave-ho. That’s the word from Amazon, which announced the renewal of the hit motoring show for Season 4, albeit with big changes in the way for the upcoming season. There’s no timetable on when Season 4 comes out, but don’t expect it to air until 2020. Season 3 hasn’t even come out yet; that’s on schedule to première on January 18, 2019.

PostHeaderIcon Mitsuoka Rock Star: Classic Corvette body over a new Mazda MX-5

You may remember Japanese manufacturer Mitsuoka used to offer a Morgan-like vehicle based on an older Mazda MX-5 – its replacement ditches the Morgan theme for a classic Corvette Stingray theme and applies it to the latest Miata (which is also the best one in the series).

PostHeaderIcon The U.K. Still Loves Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May

Despite changing networks — ok, Amazon isn’t a traditional network — and continents, the trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May are still massively popular in the U.K. That much was proven by a report from British broadcasting regulator Ofcom, which revealed that the second season of The Grand Tour was the second-most streamed show in the U.K. The only show that beat it happens to be a 24-year old sitcom about buddies that ended its run 14 years ago. Outside of that, The Grand Tour’s popularity in the trio’s old stomping grounds is a good sign that their fans haven’t left their side.

PostHeaderIcon Lister LFT-666

Although it was revealed in prototype form at the beginning of the year, the Lister Thunder is no more. Say hello to the Lister LFT-666. The Thunder – a Lister tuned F-Type is renamed to LFT-666 to better fall in line with the future products that will spawn from the revived British car company. As it turns out, Lister is on the way to become an exclusive tuner of Jaguar cars. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do something like Polestar did with Volvo. Nevertheless, the company is still in its infancy, but if we are to judge by the first car they revealed, Lister will be a blast.

Lister Motor Company, Lawrence Whittaker, CEO says, “Over the past six months the Lister Motor Company has been working hard on developing our Tuning Division, starting with modifying the Jaguar F-Type. Originally, we named the prototype the Lister ‘Thunder’, however, due to future model lineage, all 99-production models will now be known as the Lister LFT-666, a befitting title and one where an intrigued passer-by instantly knows the brake horsepower of each Lister model.”

Although revealed only in the prototype form, Lister received a record number of orders for the Thunder (now the LFT-666). Finally, the company released a lot more info about it and let me tell you right away – it’s an awesome car.

PostHeaderIcon Who Can Replace Matt LeBlanc as Host of Top Gear? We Look at Five Good Candidates

Matt LeBlanc’s departure from Top Gear opens up arguably one of the most desirable jobs in all of television. Some of the world’s biggest celebrities have openly expressed their desire for the job. Unfortunately, it’s one thing to aspire to host the show; it’s another thing to actually sign up for it and work the schedule. If the latter wasn’t an issue, LeBlanc would still be the host of the show. But alas, his departure opens up a number of possibilities on who could fill in as his successor. We take a look at five good candidates that can do it. They’re not necessarily in the running, but they could fill the void left behind by Joey Tribbiani.

PostHeaderIcon Matt LeBlanc Cites Travel and Time Commitments as Reasons Behind Top Gear Exit

For the third time in three years, Top Gear is losing its frontman as Friends and Man with a Plan star Matt LeBlanc has announced plans to leave the show at the conclusion of the upcoming season. His included “extensive travel” and “time commitment” as the biggest issues behind his decision to leave the show behind. Just like that, the show’s hosting lineup is being thrown into turmoil.

PostHeaderIcon Is The Grand Tour In Trouble?

Rumors are swirling that The Grand Tour may be in trouble and that Amazon may be thinking of axing the show entirely after its third season. The unexpected revelation comes by way of the Daily Mail, which is reporting that the show may not be renewed for a fourth season. No reason was given as to why that is, but a “source” close to the show said that “there is nothing to suggest they are going to do another season. No one has signed anything and employees are wondering where everyone will go once filming wraps.”


“The supposed source itself didn’t explicitly say that the show would be cancelled after the third season.”

Take this rumor with a grain of salt, maybe even just a pinch of it. While it is alarming that somebody would speak out about The Grand Tour like this, it is normal for rumors to pop up and for publications to run away with it. The supposed source itself didn’t explicitly say that the show would be cancelled after the third season. All he said was that there’s “nothing to suggest” that Amazon’s going to do another season. That’s the equivalent of saying that the Cleveland Cavaliers “could win” the NBA title. That’s not a lot to go by, but it is newsworthy to think that The Grand Tour was getting the ax. That’s the world we live in now.

It’s even crazier when you consider that Amazon invested roughly $250 million on the show with the idea that it would serve as one of the backbones of its Amazon Prime streaming network. The Grand Tour has done exactly that, raking in $100 million for Amazon in just two seasons. While the show has had its ups and downs, it’s also been well-received by fans and critics alike, a vast majority of whom took to the Internet upon hearing of the rumor, threatening the company of leaving Amazon Prime if the show was canceled. It’s also worth mentioning that a lot of these same people admitted to subscribing to Amazon Prime specifically because of the show. Amazon’s going to piss a lot of people of if it ends up canceling The Grand Tour.


“Not surprisingly, Jeremy Clarkson took to Twitter to call out the rumor, saying it's “Hilarious if you believe Mail Online.””

Not surprisingly, Jeremy Clarkson took to Twitter to call out the rumor, saying it’s “Hilarious if you believe Mail Online.” Neither of the two other co-hosts of the show, Richard Hammond or James May, decided to comment, but producer Andy Willman ignored the rumor altogether, opting only to say that the show “is focusing on series three at the moment.”

At the moment, don’t worry about the future of The Grand Tour. The show should speed along as it prepares for the third season. Whatever happens after that is a problem for another time. Let the rumor spread and grow for what it is. Chances are, it’s going to fizzle out faster than it takes a Koenigsegg Regera S to hit 60 mph from an idle position.

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PostHeaderIcon Alpine A110 Catches Fire During Top Gear Presentation

A car catching fire on Top Gear isn’t a new occurrence. A few years ago, a Zenvo ST1 burst into flames during filming. That prompted a bitter back-and-forth between presented Jeremy Clarkson and Zenvo. Fast forward to this year and it’s deja vu all over again for the hit motoring show. This time, the unwitting victim is a pre-production Renault Alpine A110 that was being driven by Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan.


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“According reports, Harris and Jordan were racing on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage when the Alpine A110 caught fire”

We can make jokes all we want, but this is a serious situation that fortunately ended without anybody getting hurt. According reports, Harris and Jordan were racing on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage when the Alpine A110 caught fire. “I first realized I needed to get out when I opened the door, and the flames went up my arm,” Harris said about the incident. “Sadly, the car was lost, and it always makes me sad to see a beautiful car destroyed.”

No reason has been given on why the new French sports car caught fire, but expect Renault to come out with a statement sooner than later. In the meantime, the automaker has stopped all driving activities for pre-production cars until it concludes a full investigation of the incident.

While it’s disappointing to see the A110 in a blaze, it’s good to know that Harris and Jordan were unscathed after the incident. It did bring an unceremonious end to what was a thrilling experience for both drivers, particularly Jordan, who admitted that doing a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally was a “dream come true.”

“The car was stunning – so light on its toes,” Jordan added. “It was dancing around the mountain, and Chris was driving it beautifully. It’s such a shame we didn’t finish the test, but these things happen.”

It’s going to be interesting how Renault responds to this incident. It’s not the kind of publicity the Alpine A110 needs at this point, but as Jordan pointed out, these things do tend to happen.

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PostHeaderIcon Alpine A110 Catches Fire During Top Gear Presentation

A car catching fire on Top Gear isn’t a new occurrence. A few years ago, a Zenvo ST1 burst into flames during filming. That prompted a bitter back-and-forth between presented Jeremy Clarkson and Zenvo. Fast forward to this year and it’s deja vu all over again for the hit motoring show. This time, the unwitting victim is a pre-production Renault Alpine A110 that was being driven by Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan.


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“According reports, Harris and Jordan were racing on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage when the Alpine A110 caught fire”

We can make jokes all we want, but this is a serious situation that fortunately ended without anybody getting hurt. According reports, Harris and Jordan were racing on a closed section of the Monte Carlo Rally’s SS17 stage when the Alpine A110 caught fire. “I first realized I needed to get out when I opened the door, and the flames went up my arm,” Harris said about the incident. “Sadly, the car was lost, and it always makes me sad to see a beautiful car destroyed.”

No reason has been given on why the new French sports car caught fire, but expect Renault to come out with a statement sooner than later. In the meantime, the automaker has stopped all driving activities for pre-production cars until it concludes a full investigation of the incident.

While it’s disappointing to see the A110 in a blaze, it’s good to know that Harris and Jordan were unscathed after the incident. It did bring an unceremonious end to what was a thrilling experience for both drivers, particularly Jordan, who admitted that doing a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally was a “dream come true.”

“The car was stunning – so light on its toes,” Jordan added. “It was dancing around the mountain, and Chris was driving it beautifully. It’s such a shame we didn’t finish the test, but these things happen.”

It’s going to be interesting how Renault responds to this incident. It’s not the kind of publicity the Alpine A110 needs at this point, but as Jordan pointed out, these things do tend to happen.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Drops First Trailer of 25th Season

You might have forgotten about it because of how good The Grand Tour has been in its second season, but Top Gear is actually still around. The hit British motoring show has been off the air for a year, but it’s ready to return with a vengeance. The show will have the same hosting crew from the last time we saw it. That means we can expect a lot of fun and good times from Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid.


“For the new season, the presenting duties will once again be done by Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid”

For the new season, the presenting duties will once again be done by Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid. The three hosts are returning for a second season, signaling a return to normalcy that has been absent from the show over the last few seasons. Judging by the new trailer, it looks like the BBC can breathe a sigh of relief now.

LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid have chemistry. It’s not exactly on the level of Clarkson, Hammond, and May, but it has the potential to get there with more time together. If anything, we already saw hints of that chemistry last season, and it looks like it’s carried over to the new season.

The 60-second spot also reveals some of today’s hottest cars. There’s a lot of them, too. We see a BMW M5, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 LE, McLaren 720S, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Ford Mustang, Kia Stinger, and an assortment of old-school Rolls-Royce and Bentley models. We also get decent helpings of unusual machinery, including a tractor that’s being trashed and another with enormous wheels on it. I’ve no idea what the latter is, but it looks fun to drive.


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“There’s no premiere date yet for Top Gear’s 25th season”

But the best parts of the trailer are the hosts, specifically how they look to be having a legitimately good time around each other. We haven’t seen that many smiles and giggles on Top Gear since the days of the old hosts, so it’s a welcome sight seeing LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid on the same page. Oh, and let’s not forget about The Stig. He also makes an appearance in the trailer, as does his Japanese cousin, Kung Fu Stig.

There’s no premiere date yet for Top Gear’s 25th season. Expect an announcement to be made soon.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Drops New Trailer For Season 25: Video

Are you ready for the new season of Top Gear? Well, you better be, because it’s charging up your rear-view mirror in a cloud of tire smoke, mechanical abuse, and slapstick comedy. This will be the 25th season for the British motoring program, and as evidenced by this 30-second clip, it looks to offer viewers plenty of sliding, lots of airborne antics, and a generous heaping of gratuitous displays of speed. The clip looks as though it’s set in an abandoned industrial center, which is set up in perfect Gymkhana-style with dirt, jumps, and several heavy things to run into. Making their appearance is the trio of new hosts, Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, and Chris Harris, who are piloting a Shelby Mustang GT350, Jaguar F-Type SVR and McLaren 570S, respectively. Making a cameo is long-time friend of the show, Ken Block, who’s looking to take a little time off from nearly sliding off mountains to issue some high-performance justice to the TG crew as some kind of deputized speed sheriff behind the wheel of a custom off-roader. Of course, the boys aren’t taking it sitting down, and you can guess what happens as a result…

The BBC should release Episode 1 of the new season of Top Gear sometime early next year. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for updates as we get them.


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PostHeaderIcon The Grand Tour Teases The “Fastest Car in the World” Ahead of Third Episode

We’re already two episodes in on the second season of The Grand Tour, and ahead of the third episode, Amazon is doing a bit of teasing on what we can expect on tonight’s show. The star of the trailer is easy to decipher. It’s the Bugatti Chiron, the car Jeremy Clarkson called “the fastest car in the world.”

“The Chiron is no slouch when it comes to speed, so it deserves the billing.”

While it is curious that Clarkson would refer to the Chiron as the “fastest car in the world” when we now know for a fact that the title belongs to the Koenigsegg Agera RS, I’m going to let it slide because I suspect that the segment was filmed before the Agera RS blasted its way into the record books with a 277.9 mph run last month.

Regardless, the Chiron is no slouch when it comes to speed, so it deserves the billing. Move beyond the introduction of Bugatti’s new hypercar, and we also see a bit of action in the trailer. James May doesn’t get some time with the Chiron, but he does look like he’s having fun with the Kia Stinger. Meanwhile, Richard Hammond appears to be sitting quite comfortably in a chair as he continues to recover from his Rimac Concept_One crash. Not much action for the Hamster in this episode.


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We also get to see a bunch of skateboarders racing down a mountain road, presumably in the same segment as May and the Stinger GT. A bunch of other cars also make it to teaser crashing into garbage bins, and it looks like one of the celebrity guests in Celebrity Face-off is none other than Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville. It’s easy to identify him because Paddington the Bear’s riding shotgun during his lap around the Eboladrome. For those who don’t know, Bonneville also starred in the 2014 movie Paddington.

From the looks of it, the third episode is going to be a good one. Be sure to catch it when it drops on Amazon Prime Video tonight.

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PostHeaderIcon The Grand Tour’s New Test Driver Is A She

One of the biggest mysteries surrounding The Grand Tour’s second season was the identity of the show’s new tame race car driver. We didn’t get an answer in the first episode of the new season, but the reveal finally came in the second episode. In a surprising move, the show’s new test driver is actually a she, and her name is Abbie Eaton.

“For a show that prides itself on unsuspecting revelations, The Grand Tour didn’t give Eaton’s debut the pomp and circumstance that we were expecting”

For a show that prides itself on unsuspecting revelations, The Grand Tour didn’t give Eaton’s debut the pomp and circumstance that we were expecting. In fact, there were no vignettes, no teasers, and no Stig-like breeding farms involved in the arrival of the new driver. What we got was the boys talking about The American’s departure before Clarkson pivots to say that they’ve found a replacement, followed by a simple, “and here she is.”

I suppose that phrase itself was the hook, partly because we weren’t expecting him to say “she.” The segment then cuts to a shot from inside the Mercedes-AMG GT R where we finally get to see Eaton in full racing gear.


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“Turns out, she’s not only good at racing, but at just 25 years old, she already has a decorated career”

I understand the confused reactions when it was revealed in the end credits that the driver’s name was Abbie Eaton. I didn’t know anything about her until I looked her up on the Internet to see what kind of racing credentials she had. Turns out, she’s not only good at racing, but at just 25 years old, she already has a decorated career that includes the 2014 championship in the Mazda MX5 Supercup, a handful of podium finishes in the 2015 British GT Cup, and most recently, another run to the podium in the 2017 Blancpain Endurance Series where she drove a Ferrari 488 GTE. In other words, Abbie Eaton is the real deal.

Now, it’s unclear if she’s going to be the permanent test driver of the show moving forward. It would make sense for here to have the seat all to herself because having “guest” test drivers would be ridiculous. Lap times would lose their comparison value because there’d be too many variables to consider.

I don’t mind that Eaton’s introduction didn’t come with more drama. I actually think it was better that she got the introduction she did because it was completely unexpected in an understated kind of way. And for what it’s worth, she produced a hell of a run on board the Mercedes-AMG GT R. That’s what she’ll be known for in the series and she’s already shown that she’s up to the task at her new job description.

Welcome aboard, Abbie Eaton!

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PostHeaderIcon The Grand Tour Takes New York by Storm

The second season of The Grand Tour got off to a good start as the show didn’t waste any time showing the crash Richard Hammond had while driving the Rimac Concept_One in a hill climb competition in Switzerland. Some of the other segments were a little spotty, but it was still a pretty good episode. Now the boys are heading to our neck of the woods for the second episode, specifically in that urban jungle we all affectionately call New York City.

“Clarkson gets behind the wheel of a Ford GT and departs Manhattan to go to the Canadian border near Niagara Falls”

If you’re wondering what Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond are doing in the Big Apple, I don’t have the answer to that because I haven’t seen the episode myself. But Amazon did release a trailer of what we can expect, and it looks like the boys are dipping into an old Top Gear formula in this episode.

Remember all those segments that pitted Clarkson against May and Hammond wherein he’d drive a car and the other two would take some form of public transportation? We’ve seen them do it in a race to attend a Champions League game in Milan once. We’ve seen them do it in Japan too. Now they’re doing it in the U.S. and on an entirely different show.


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The gist is simple: Clarkson gets behind the wheel of a Ford GT and departs Manhattan to go to the Canadian border near Niagara Falls. May and Hammond, however, take a flight to the same location. The first to get there wins. Simple enough, right?

On the surface, this looks like a cakewalk for Captain Slow and the Hamster. They only need to fly a short distance to get to their destination. But seeing as this segment looks to have been filmed after Hammond’s crash in Switzerland, his handicapped condition turns the challenge upside its head. In other words, this could be a race that’s closer than we think.

The good news is that we won’t have to wait too long to find out. The second episode of The Grand Tour drops this weekend on Amazon Prime Video.

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PostHeaderIcon The Grand Tour Is Still In Search Of A New Test Driver

With only 11 days left before the premiere of The Grand Tour’s second season, the show remains without a test driver to replace The American. That predicament has forced some scrambling on the part of hosts, each of whom scoured the globe to find a suitable replacement for Mike “The Grinder” Skinner. Jeremy Clarkson invited former F1 driver Mark Webber for an audition, only to find out that the current Porsche ambassador is incapable of driving anything that isn’t from his employer. With Clarkson’s choice out of the picture, James May and Richard Hammond stepped in to save the day. Or at least they tried to.

Spoiler alert: neither found a replacement too


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“Mark Webber’s disastrous audition could’ve spelled doom and gloom for the show as it prepared for life without a test driver for season two”

Mark Webber’s disastrous audition could’ve spelled doom and gloom for the show as it prepared for life without a test driver for season two. Fortunately, Hammond secured the services of a movie stuntman under the belief that the driver is “fast, precise, and fearless” by virtue of his craft. Plus, in the Hamster’s own words, “He’s an unknown so he won’t be judged on his racing history.”

It’s a decent explanation for the driver’s qualifications. Sadly, none of it mattered because, apparently, in the world of stunt driving, old habits die hard. Seconds into his lap, Hammond’s candidate inexplicably veered off-track the moment he spotted a ramp, took off with the Renault Clio RS he was driving and crashed into the production office.

Not content with the devastation, Hammond gave the guy another chance to prove himself, this time behind the wheel of a previous-generation Renault Megane RS. The stunt driver got off the line quicker this time, but even that accomplishment was fleeting once he decided to try a rollover stunt that sent the Megane flipping in the air numerous time before crashing to the ground in a heap.


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“The Grand Tour is still lacking a full-time test driver”

With the pickings for a qualified driver becoming slimmer than a slice of pepperoni, James May decided to step up and enlist the services of a car thief. Yes, a car thief. According to May, the social deviant possessed an array of skills that could prove useful as a full-time test driver. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long though for May’s hand-picked candidate to revert back to his criminal ways as he made a quick bee-line for the exits in the BMW M4 CS, never to be seen or heard from again.

At this point, desperate times call for desperate measures. The Grand Tour is still lacking a full-time test driver. It’s unclear which direction the show wants to go to next in its quest for a replacement driver. If I were to make a guess though, I’d venture to say that it might as well tap somebody who not only knows his way around cars but has also rich test driving experience.

The Ben Collins, perhaps?

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PostHeaderIcon Say Goodbye To Another Segment From The Grand Tour

Add another item to the growing list of things that won’t return for the second season of The Grand Tour. We already know that the globe-trotting tent segment has been grounded in favor of a more permanent setup in the UK. We also know that The American, last season’s “tame” race driver, won’t be back when the new season drops on Amazon Prime Video on December 8. Now it looks like the Celebrity Brain Crash segment has also been axed.

For its part, Amazon has yet to give specific details on what the show’s new celebrity segment is going to be. Instead, it released a new teaser video of the show’s three hosts — Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May — brainstorming on a suitable replacement for the ill-fated segment. Clarkson predictably led the way in the tomfoolery, cutting what looks to be an Alfa Romeo Brera and calling it the “Half-a-Romeo.” Clever puns aside, his intent was to have celebrity guests set lap times with the Half-a-Romeo, that is if they can even manage to complete a lap in the thing. That proved to be a challenge in it of itself as May, and a handful of crew members failed miserably in their attempts to even get a few hundred meters out of the Half-a-Romeo. I highly doubt that the Half-a-Romeo will play an integral role in the second season of The Grand Tour, and that’s not a bad thing at all. Laughs and giggles aside, it really is nothing more than an 11th-hour gag ahead of the season premiere next month.

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PostHeaderIcon Mark Webber’s The Grand Tour Audition Is A Barrel Full Of Laughs

The Grand Tour’s quest to find a new racing driver is heating up. Last season’s driver, The American, isn’t returning for the second season, so the trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond are burning up the classifieds in search of a suitable replacement. The first man to answer the call is former Formula One driver and current Porsche driver and ambassador Mark Webber. Needless to say, Webber’s whole “audition” was captured in all its glory, and in typical Grand Tour fashion, hilarity ensues as Webber does a “hot lap” on a Mercedes-AMG GT R while the three hosts argue over his identity.

The search for a new racing driver continues

Let’s get one thing clear: Mark Webber is not the new racing driver on The Grand Tour. The man has far too many things on his plate to even have the time to make a guesting on the show, let alone serve as its full-time racing driver. So yes, this promotional video is nothing more than a skit for shits and giggles. It is funny though and, quite arguably, one of the show’s best skits in recent memory.

The whole bit starts when Clarkson tells May and Hammond that he’s found a “contender” to take the place of The American. Webber drives up in a Porsche Panamera to Clarkson’s delight and May and Hammond’s confusion. As it turns out, the two hosts have no idea who he is, making for an awkward introduction. Webber soon gets behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT2 RS and proceeds to run a quick lap around the track. The hosts then tell him to do a similar lap on a Mercedes-AMG GT R and Webber’s pace turns lackluster, much to the bewilderment of the three hosts. Turns out, Webber’s allergic to driving any car that isn’t a Porsche. A non-too-impressed Hammond eventually tells Webber “We’ll be in touch,” before the skit runs its course. So the “quest” for The Grand Tour’s new racing driver rages on. Any guesses on who will feature in the next segment? There’s a good chance it won’t be Webber, or “Tom Hardy,” or “Mark Ricciardo.”

Hopefully, the show finds a suitable replacement in time for the show’s season premiere on December 8 on Amazon Prime TV.

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PostHeaderIcon GQ Talks Shop With The Boys From The Grand Tour: Video

Ahead of the release of the second season of The Grand Tour, the motoring show’s three hosts – Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond – recently took time out from their presumably busy schedules to have a sit-down talk with British GQ. Like anything else that involves these guys, the 11-minute interview was eventful in so many different ways. Nobody got hurt, which is a good thing, but the trio did reveal plenty of new information about themselves and the environment surrounding them that most of us didn’t know, or at the very least, have been dying to ask.

Obviously, the interview’s main focus was to highlight the return of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime Video as the second season is reportedly scheduled to drop before the year ends. The conversation then stretched beyond the usual promos and plugs as the presenters were asked about the differences between working for the BBC as opposed. Not one to back down from tough questions, Clarkson gamely answered, lamenting how he missed the fun of annoying people at the BBC because he can’t do the same with Amazon, not because the latter frowns on it, but because, in his own words, they’re “un-annoyable.” Part of this is likely due to Amazon having a more relaxed working environment than the BBC, though it must also be said that the streaming service does have a lot invested in the success of The Grand Tour. Speaking of which, the show’s rumored budget was also brought to the host’s attention, to which Clarkson responded by saying that the show’s budget isn’t actually far off from what Top Gear had during their era. “Broadly the same as it was before,” according to Clarkson. The interview covers more ground on a number of other topics, not the least of which is the surprising popularity, at least for them, of the hosts. In fact, May even recounted a story of Top Gear’s visit to Syria some years back. Who would’ve thought that not only were Clarkson, May, and Hammond famous in that country, but at least one local in a roadside hut somewhere in the country even knew May by his nickname, Mr. Slowly?

If you have the minutes to spare, do check out the interview.

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PostHeaderIcon Amazon’s Cheeky Ad Posting Is On The Hunt For A Replacement For Jeremy Clarkson

Amazon rarely gets to show off its sense of humor, but it was on full display in a recent job posting on its website. Turns out, Amazon Prime Video is in a mad search for a new TV host to fill in temporarily and cover what it describes as “an absence due to pneumonia.” You don’t need to be super sleuths to figure out that this listing is nothing more than a tongue-in-cheek jab at The Grand Tour’s own Jeremy Clarkson, but we’ll go along with it because the ad is actually pretty funny.

If you think you have what it takes to join a “long-established team of variously sized co-hosts,” then, by all means, throw your name in the hat. Just remember that before you do, you’re going to have to pass certain qualifications, including, but presumably not limited to a “strong knowledge of cars, metaphors, and progressive rock music.” Likewise, you’ll need to possess unlimited amounts of patience, particularly when you’re dealing with annoying colleagues, and be willing enough at least to “pause before delivering the final word or words of some sentence.” Oh, and if you happen to be tall, have curly hair, and a predisposition to wear an inordinate amount of pre-washed denim clothes, you’ll have the inside track to landing the job of your dreams. Just be sure that you also have a valid driver’s license, a good grasp of British English, including advanced qualifications in “exaggeration and braggadocio,” and most of all, a social media platform with at least 6.5 million followers. Think you’re up for it?

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PostHeaderIcon Jeremy Clarkson Hospitalized With Pneumonia, Continues To Make Fun Of Co-Hosts

Former Top Gear host, current Grand Tour host, and habitual line stepper Jeremy Clarkson is reportedly out of commission for an undermined amount of time following his hospitalization for a severe case of pneumonia. According to a representative from Amazon, Clarkson was on a family vacation in Spain when he came down with the lung infection.

Despite the severity of his sickness, Clarkson still had the good spirits to make fun of James May, posting a less-than-flattering picture of his co-host on Instagram with the caption “The only functioning member of the Grand Tour team right now. God help us.” This is the second time in just a handful of months that a Grand Tour host has required hospitalization, with Richard Hammond requiring an airlift following a massive crash in a Rimac Concept_One while filming in Switzerland back in June. Hammond managed to exit the smoldering all-electric super car on his own, and miraculously did not suffer any serious injuries. Clarkson also posted to the Grand Tour social media hub, DriveTribe, saying “Thanks for all the good wishes. And to keep you up to date, I’ll be out of the action for quite some time apparently. It’s really really annoying because I’ve never had one day off work since I started in 1978.”

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