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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 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 Video of the Day: Jeremy Clarkson Talks about the Lancia 037

The Lancia 037 holds a special place in the hearts of a lot of people. It’s one of those models that wasn’t supposed to exist, but homologation requirements obligated Lancia to build a little over 200 road-going models of the 037. The one you see here with Jeremy Clarkson is one of the 207 production 037s that were built. 35 years after it was produced, the Lancia 037 still looks as incredible as it’s always been.

The video of Clarkson’s time behind the wheel of the 037 is short, but if you haven’t seen the full segment, it’s something that you need to watch. Rarely do we get to see the three hosts trade in their skits and crass humor for a compelling and insightful segment that tells a gripping story of a car’s history and impact in the industry. For whatever reason, The Grand Tour adopted this kind of approach in this segment. The result is arguably the best segment of the show’s second season, possibly even its entire run.

Brashness aside, Clarkson is regarded as an authority in the auto industry. Far too often, he doesn’t use that platform to really espouse the real stories behind some of the cars he reviews. This time, he did, and we appreciate him for it. The Lancia 037 has a great story to tell, and for once, we’re pleased that Jeremy Clarkson was the one to tell it.


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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 Richard Hammond Kills the Lamborghini Aventador and Acura NSX with the Rimac One

The second season of The Grand Tour is now underway. If you didn’t get to watch the first episode, you missed one hell of a beatdown. Administering the walloping was none other than the Rimac Concept One. The recipients? The Lamborghini Aventador S and the Honda NSX. If you haven’t seen the video, here’s your chance to watch it and see just how inexplicably fast the Croation electric hypercar really is. But if you’re a fan of either the Aventador or the NSX, you might want to turn away now. It doesn’t end well for both supercars.

To be fair, this race wasn’t really much of a contest, to begin with. Even on paper, the Concept_One had all the important advantages. It has 1,224 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds before “settling” on a top speed of 220 mph. On the flip side, the Lamborghini Aventador S tops at just 730 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque. It’s nowhere near what the Concept_One is capable of, but it’s still quick enough to hit 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 217 mph. Then there’s the Honda NSX, which pumps out 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to cover 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds before peaking at a top speed of 190 mph.

In the context of the drag race, the important number to remember is the torque produced by these cars. Safe to say, it’s not even close. The Concept_One has double the amount of torque that the Aventador and NSX have. In fact, if you add the torque numbers of the two supercars, it still wouldn’t come close to approaching what the Concept_One’s four electric motors are capable of unleashing.


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The result of the drag race speaks for itself. Richard Hammond was behind the wheel of the Concept_One (we know how that turned out), and he simply blew past Jeremy Clarkson in the Aventador S and James May in the NSX. The collective look on their faces is priceless too. Hammond was at a loss for words and Clarkson was his typical flustered self. Then again, the Rimac Concept_One has that effect on a lot of people, car show presenters included.

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PostHeaderIcon The Grand Tour Goes “More American”

Amazon is pulling out all the stops in promoting the second season of The Grand Tour. From the looks of things, that now includes an edict from no less than CEO Jeff Bezos to make the show’s three hosts — Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond — look “more American.” The latest teaser of the show dives into that uncomfortable situation as Clarkson readily admits that he’s quintessentially British, right down to the “terrible teeth, lackluster hair, poor wardrobe, and a big gut.” So to appease the big boss, the three hosts trooped to the show’s makeup trailer to get their American makeovers. The results, as you can expect, are hilarious.

The Grand Tour has done a great job building up interest for its second season with all these short teasers. From the actual trailers to auditions for a new test driver, the show has managed to keep itself relevant ahead of the second season’s premiere this coming December 8 on Amazon Prime Video. The audition videos for a new test drive have been hilarious, but I have to admit, this new video that focuses on “Americanizing” the three hosts is the best one yet. It also happens to be the most scarring.

For the life of me, I probably can’t get the images of Clarkson and May sporting their American makeovers. It’s that horrible. May looks like a heavily made-up televangelist with inches of makeup on his face. Clarkson’s makeover was no better either. He’s a fake mustache away from looking like Ron Burgundy, complete with the orange complexion.

Thank the good Lord then for Richard Hammond, who still looks the same old disheveled Hamster we’ve all come to love. Hammond’s lack of a makeover is obviously another shot at an old-running joke that Hammond really is an American hiding underneath that British clothing.

The video ends with a simple yet unapologetic message from the three hosts. They’re undoubtedly famous worldwide for their exploits on the show and their era on Top Gear, but make no mistake, these blokes are British to the core. For better or worse.

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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 A Season 1 Character From The Grand Tour Won’t Be Around For Season 2

Whether you liked the first season of The Grand Tour or not, there’s no denying that the motoring show brought out plenty of discussions and comparisons to the old Top Gear. One such debate centered around the two shows’ race drivers, namely The Stig and his US-born cousin, The American. Proving that a copycat can’t compare to the OG, a lot of critics panned the latter’s involvement in the show and among those people included Mike Skinner himself, the former NASCAR racer who played The American. Well, it turns out there’s more to the criticism than meets the eye because Skinner has announced that he won’t be part of the second season of The Grand Tour, creating another layer of intrigue surrounding the returning motoring show.

In a series of tweets, Skinner explained that he wasn’t happy with how his character was portrayed on the show, saying that his character wasn’t developed as he was told. It’s unclear exactly what kind of character development The American was supposed to have, although Skinner did hint that it could’ve at least been more rounded than the rough-around-the-edges portrayal of the driver in season 1. “If you’re gonna wear Evil Knievel’s firesuit, you need to be Evil Flipping Knievel,” he tweeted. Skinner did follow that up with another tweet saying that he “enjoyed some of the cars” he got to drive and that he “didn’t really hate the brits.” Regardless of his misgivings about his portrayal in the first season, it’s at least clear now that The American won’t be back for the second season of the Grand Tour. As far as who’s going to take that seat for the second season, well, we have a few ideas…

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Guy Martin

Despite being known more as a motorcycle racer, Guy Martin would be perfect in this role. If you’ve ever caught any of his shows, you know that the man is made for TV. His personality shines when he’s in front of the camera, and he’s very believable when he starts talking about cars, trucks, and motorbikes. He’d even be the perfect foil for Clarkson, whose hatred for anything that has two wheels in it is well-documented. Martin may not be that big of a name in America, but rest assured for those who aren’t familiar to the guy, it’s not going to take long for you to warm up to him. Martin’s an ace presenter on TV, a celebrated racer, and an all-around funny guy to boot.

Tanner Foust

I know that the second season of The Grand Tour will have a one-location studio segment and it was established in the first season that all the official test drives will be done at the former airbase RAF Wroughton. But, if the show wants to bring an American to replace The American, why not get someone who also happens to have ties to Top Gear? Tanner Foust would be that guy, and he’d be a great addition to the team. For one, he fits the bill as a professional race driver. He’s also very personable, has a following in the US, and was also one of the hosts of the old Top Gear USA. Imagine the kind of banter he can have with Clarkson and company, especially when the conversations delve into their former employers.

Rowan Atkinson

It may be too late in the game for Rowan Atkinson to have this gig, but man, oh man, the potential for comedy with this choice would be through the roof. He may be best known for his role as Mr. Bean, but Atkinson knows his way behind the wheel of a car, so there’s no reason to think that he wouldn’t be able to handle some of today’s newest and fastest exotics. Having Atkinson in the fold would also help generate mainstream interest in the show. Not that it needs it considering how many people tuned in to the first season, but if it did want a jolt in publicity, an Atkinson sighting as a test driver would be a good place to start.

Deadpool

Don’t laugh. I actually want to see this happen, even though I’m completely aware that it’s never going to with all the legal loopholes that need to be jumped before we even get to sniff the possibilities. But man, the Merc with a Mouth would make for a great test driver on The Grand Tour. It doesn’t even have to be Ryan Reynolds inside the costume; it could be a racing driver that can handle his way around a track while talking enough to live up to the blabber-mouth reputation of Deadpool. Since its Amazon, maybe it can even throw out a few cuss words or two aimed at Clarkson and the boys. All in good fun, though.

The Ben Collins

The obvious choice, though not without its share of legal rope-jumping. A reunion between Collins, who famously donned The Stig suit before getting fired by the BBC for publicly revealing that he was, in fact, The Stig, and the old hosts of Top Gear is the perfect way for The Grand Tour to effectively shove it up its old employers’ you-know-whats. Nobody will need to worry about Collins’ skills in this type of environment, and in a roundabout kind of way, his revelation actually garnered him more notoriety in the auto world. We’ve even seen glimpses of what his return to the fold would look like, thanks to a teaser segment released by Amazon last year to promote the first season of The Grand Tour. As fun as the other choices I had, the best one would be The Ben Collins, provided, of course, that BBC doesn’t get in the way of making it happen.

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PostHeaderIcon A Season 1 Character From The Grand Tour Won’t Be Around For Season 2

Whether you liked the first season of The Grand Tour or not, there’s no denying that the motoring show brought out plenty of discussions and comparisons to the old Top Gear. One such debate centered around the two shows’ race drivers, namely The Stig and his US-born cousin, The American. Proving that a copycat can’t compare to the OG, a lot of critics panned the latter’s involvement in the show and among those people included Mike Skinner himself, the former NASCAR racer who played The American. Well, it turns out there’s more to the criticism than meets the eye because Skinner has announced that he won’t be part of the second season of The Grand Tour, creating another layer of intrigue surrounding the returning motoring show.

In a series of tweets, Skinner explained that he wasn’t happy with how his character was portrayed on the show, saying that his character wasn’t developed as he was told. It’s unclear exactly what kind of character development The American was supposed to have, although Skinner did hint that it could’ve at least been more rounded than the rough-around-the-edges portrayal of the driver in season 1. “If you’re gonna wear Evil Knievel’s firesuit, you need to be Evil Flipping Knievel,” he tweeted. Skinner did follow that up with another tweet saying that he “enjoyed some of the cars” he got to drive and that he “didn’t really hate the brits.” Regardless of his misgivings about his portrayal in the first season, it’s at least clear now that The American won’t be back for the second season of the Grand Tour. As far as who’s going to take that seat for the second season, well, we have a few ideas…

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Guy Martin

Despite being known more as a motorcycle racer, Guy Martin would be perfect in this role. If you’ve ever caught any of his shows, you know that the man is made for TV. His personality shines when he’s in front of the camera, and he’s very believable when he starts talking about cars, trucks, and motorbikes. He’d even be the perfect foil for Clarkson, whose hatred for anything that has two wheels in it is well-documented. Martin may not be that big of a name in America, but rest assured for those who aren’t familiar to the guy, it’s not going to take long for you to warm up to him. Martin’s an ace presenter on TV, a celebrated racer, and an all-around funny guy to boot.

Tanner Foust

I know that the second season of The Grand Tour will have a one-location studio segment and it was established in the first season that all the official test drives will be done at the former airbase RAF Wroughton. But, if the show wants to bring an American to replace The American, why not get someone who also happens to have ties to Top Gear? Tanner Foust would be that guy, and he’d be a great addition to the team. For one, he fits the bill as a professional race driver. He’s also very personable, has a following in the US, and was also one of the hosts of the old Top Gear USA. Imagine the kind of banter he can have with Clarkson and company, especially when the conversations delve into their former employers.

Rowan Atkinson

It may be too late in the game for Rowan Atkinson to have this gig, but man, oh man, the potential for comedy with this choice would be through the roof. He may be best known for his role as Mr. Bean, but Atkinson knows his way behind the wheel of a car, so there’s no reason to think that he wouldn’t be able to handle some of today’s newest and fastest exotics. Having Atkinson in the fold would also help generate mainstream interest in the show. Not that it needs it considering how many people tuned in to the first season, but if it did want a jolt in publicity, an Atkinson sighting as a test driver would be a good place to start.

Deadpool

Don’t laugh. I actually want to see this happen, even though I’m completely aware that it’s never going to with all the legal loopholes that need to be jumped before we even get to sniff the possibilities. But man, the Merc with a Mouth would make for a great test driver on The Grand Tour. It doesn’t even have to be Ryan Reynolds inside the costume; it could be a racing driver that can handle his way around a track while talking enough to live up to the blabber-mouth reputation of Deadpool. Since its Amazon, maybe it can even throw out a few cuss words or two aimed at Clarkson and the boys. All in good fun, though.

The Ben Collins

The obvious choice, though not without its share of legal rope-jumping. A reunion between Collins, who famously donned The Stig suit before getting fired by the BBC for publicly revealing that he was, in fact, The Stig, and the old hosts of Top Gear is the perfect way for The Grand Tour to effectively shove it up its old employers’ you-know-whats. Nobody will need to worry about Collins’ skills in this type of environment, and in a roundabout kind of way, his revelation actually garnered him more notoriety in the auto world. We’ve even seen glimpses of what his return to the fold would look like, thanks to a teaser segment released by Amazon last year to promote the first season of The Grand Tour. As fun as the other choices I had, the best one would be The Ben Collins, provided, of course, that BBC doesn’t get in the way of making it happen.

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PostHeaderIcon Season 2 Of The Grand Tour Officially to Debut December 8th

The wait is officially over. The Grand Tour is back. Ok, so it’s not really back yet; that’s not happening until December 8, 2017, but the date is quite literally a little over a month away. So yes, the wait is over and the countdown to the start of the second season is officially a go. Amazon has even released a new trailer for the upcoming season and, while I can’t promise to be as excited as I was in the build-up from the first season, I can say that there’s plenty of promising bits this season that I’m already looking forward to seeing.

But before that, there are some important matters to remind everyone. The format of the second season will largely remain the same, except for a few important items, including the whole concept of the show. Whereas last season literally brought the tent studio segment of the show to some of the most exotic locations in the world, that’s not happening anymore this year. Instead, that particular segment will now be set in just one location: the back garden of a country house that’s reportedly a few cartwheels away from Jeremy Clarkson’s home. Convenient as that may be for the presenter, the show will still have plenty of time dedicated to the global escapades of Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond. Over 100 days, in fact, or so says Amazon. Certainly, the new trailer for the second season shows the trio driving downhill a steep snowy mountain, racing across a desert, and mingling with locals in a country that escapes my thought at the moment.

Regardless of what our expectations are, I fully expect the second season to be as good, maybe even better than last season. It should be an attainable bar to reach given how uneven the first season was. And for what it’s worth, here’s to hoping that the Clarkson, May, and Hammond get through the season without hurting themselves. Oh, wait…

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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 With Clarkson Out with Pneumonia, The Grand Tour May Finally Live Up to its Potential

Hey folks, did you miss me? Yeah, it’s me, Pops! What? Did you think I only write on Fridays? Although I hate early Tuesdays, I had to get out of my lazy routine over this fracas about Jeremy Clarkson being in the hospital with severe pneumonia. Don’t get me wrong, I think that being sick is awful, but we pay way too much attention to an old man that gets by making dreadful jokes about cars and insulting just about everyone with the sole purpose of getting a bigger audience.

Although I’m a sucker for a good show with solid punchlines and great humor, I’ve never been a fan of Top Gear. And obviously, I’m not a fan of The Grand Tour. And, Clarkson is too blame for this. Yeah, I know, it’s a show that doesn’t take car reviews very seriously and making fun of everything is a big part of the plot, but I just feel as if they’re producing for an audience that’s 16 years old on average. Tops! But I digress. I’m writing this because Clarkson made a joke about how James May is the only “functioning member” of the Grand Tour team (Richard Hammond had a serious car crash in June) and added the caption “God help us.” Keep reading to learn why.

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PostHeaderIcon Jeremy Clarkson Hospitalized, Out of Action for a While

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Well, looks like James May is the currently the only intact member of The Grand Tour motoring show, which is gearing up for its second season to be aired this fall. After Richard Hammond took out his own knee in a huge Rimac crash, now Jeremy Clarkson is in hospital and, according to his own words, out of action for quite some time. 

Clarkson’s route to hospital wasn’t as exciting as Hammond’s. Jezaa was apparently on holiday with his family in Majorca when he came down a pretty bad case of pneumonia. He quickly took to social media to ensure people he is not in that bad a way and that he has all the IV and wheelchair and sunshine he needs to recover.

Not the sort of bangles I usually choose on holiday

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Jeremy himself used to say often, when asked how long the trio would continue doing the shows they do, that eventually, when they got so old that they started dribbling and fell over because of a breeze, that would be the time to call it a day. Now, we did some investigating and we are glad to report that at no time during this whole episode did Jeremy Clarkson dribble. And neither did Hammond after his crash. And as for James May, well, he is the sturdiest of the lot. So don’t worry, this may be the start of the end, but it is not quite the end yet.

The only functioning member of the Grand Tour team right now. God help us.

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Let us wish his Jezzaness a speedy recovery as we wait for season 2 of The Grand Tour.

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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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PostHeaderIcon The Grand Tour Season 2 Promises More Monkey Business

The first trailer of The Grand Tour’s second season has officially arrived, and as expected, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond are up to their old shenanigans. As promised, we also see a what’s what of cars being driven around, including a Bugatti Chiron, a Mercedes-AMG GT R, a Lancia rally car, and since this is The Grand Tour, a military tank of some sorts.

There’s enough good material in this 35-second clip to really get excited about what’s to come. Of particular note though are the clips of Hammond in his Rimac Concept One, the same car he crashed in Switzerland that led to him fracturing his knee. We didn’t get to see clips of the actual accident, but we do get the sight of seeing Hammond start his run up the Hemberg Bergrennen hill climb event back on June 14, 2017. We all know what’s going to happen next, but it would be really interesting to see how the whole accident was captured from the eyes of the show’s production team. Oh, and in case you didn’t notice it, there’s also a monkey in the video. Kind of made we wish they’d use an orangutan instead since Hammond does affectionally refer to Clarkson as one.
The second season of The Grand Tour debuts later in the year on Amazon Prime.

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