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PostHeaderIcon Chris Harris Opens Revamped World of Top Gear

If you’re a resident of the U.K., or simply happen to be passing through, and you love all things Top Gear, then head over to Hampshire for a chance to get up close and personal with some of the show’s automotive stars at the World of Top Gear in Beaulieu. For those of you unaware, Beaulieu is a family visitor center in Hampshire, offering attractions like estate grounds, a palace house, and the National Motor Museum, not to mention several cars featured in the popular British auto show. The World of Top Gear just got a revamp with several new attractions, and was recently re-opened by Chris Harris, co-host of the new post-Clarkson show, alongside The Stig and Lord Montagu. During the opening ceremony, Harris also put in some time behind the wheel of a Mercedes-AMG C63 S, showing his skill in a flurry of RWD shenanigans.

According to the press release, new additions include the “Ssangyacht, the longest limousine selfie opportunity ever and a marine feature displaying boat challenge vehicles. While the Enormodrome boasts a brand new studio in keeping with the style of the latest series with presenters Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid.” All told, the World of Top Gear chronicles four decades of the show’s history, including the Clarkson era with the indestructible Toyota Hilux, the Reliant Robin space shuttle, the Hovervan, and the Snowbine. Check out a brief video clip of the opener.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Is Back To Its Old Ways Of Getting In Trouble

Just because the names and faces have changed doesn’t mean Top Gear has changed with the times. It’s still a magnet for controversy, and just as sure as summer months bring unbearable heat, the show’s latest dive into hot water has found itself on the naughty list of the Norwegian government. According to The Drive, representatives of Norway’s Public Roads Administration revoked the show’s permit to go past speed limits in the country after magnetic loop speed sensors embedded in the road captured instances of cars used by Top Gear doing speed runs well beyond what was allowed in the permit. The show’s permit required it to not go past 87 mph on public roads, but these same speed sensors caught separate instances of cars from Top Gear going as fast as 151 mph. Oops.

The issue is currently under investigation by police authorities in the country, so said Møre og Romsdal police inspector, Anne Berit Lian, who told local news outlet TV2 that it’s natural for law enforcement officials to “investigate whether these speed overruns have been committed in the period when the road has been closed and has been used for filming.” For its part, the BBC has also come out with a statement of its own, telling The Drive that the network and the show are “fully cooperating with the police investigation into the matter.” It is worth noting, too, that neither Matt LeBlanc nor Chris Harris were in the area where the alleged speed infractions occurred.

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PostHeaderIcon Jeremy Clarkson Finally Found An SUV He Likes

For as long as he’s been in the public spotlight, Jeremy Clarkson’s long-standing disdain for the letters S, U, and V is a matter of public record. This is a man, after all, who has managed to describe SUVs as “idiotic,” “boring,” and a “complete waste of money” on separate occasions. But just like the time snow actually fell on the Sahara, Clarkson is not above turning some heads with his opinionated commentary. Lo and behold, then, because the SUV Scrooge finally admitted to liking one. Stand up and take the applause then, Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Jezza actually likes you.

The startling revelation on Clarkson’s column in the Driving section of The Sunday Times. Although true to form, Clarkson wasted little time adding another SUV to his “no-thank-you” list by throwing the Audi Q5 under the bus. Clarkson then pivots to the real subject of his column, the Stelvio, and to the shock of everyone, he actually had positive things to say about the Alfa Romeo SUV.
He liked the design. He liked the interior. And, most shocking of all, he liked how it performed on the road, even while acknowledging that he was behind the wheel of a diesel version of the SUV.
Ultimately, he even went so far as describing the Stelvio as “the only SUV that’s quite tempting,” and adding that the high-poweredStelvio Quadrofoglio “might even be irresistible.” Yup. Hell has frozen over.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear's Official Trailer For Season 24 Already Looks Better Than Most of Season 23

The 24th season of Top Gear is scheduled to premiere on March 5 in the U.K. and March 12 here in the U.S. We already know the details to that. What we still don’t know, or have little knowledge about at this point, is whether or not this new iteration of the show is going to better than the disaster that was last season. It is pretty funny that our expectations have dramatically dropped in a season’s time, but that just points to how bad season 23 was for the show and the BBC. But things are now looking up for Top Gear, and if this new trailer is any indication, the hit motoring show could be rounding into form at just the right time.

It’s safe to say that Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid will never have the same kind of chemistry that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May had. Last year’s host, Chris Evans, tried to dip his hands into that barrel, only for the barrel to blow up in his face. But after watching this new trailer, it appears that the BBC should have gone with the trio of LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid to replace their iconic predecessors in the first place.

Sure, the dialogue may have been kept at a minimum in the 60-second ad, but all three appear to finally be in their element. That’s especially true for LeBlanc, who’s Hollywood background made him an odd choice for some people last year. But give credit to Joey Tribbiani for coming into his own. He seems more relaxed now and his commentaries, limited as they were in the trailer, now come from a place of confidence. The same can be said for Harris and Reid, who themselves look to have come into their own given how happy they seem to be in the trailers.

We’re not going to pass judgment of Top Gear ahead of season 24. That’ll happen at some point in the next few months. But as far as promising trailers are concerned, this new one hits a lot of our sweet spots.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Is Finally Getting A Proper Reasonably-Priced Car

It seems that the BBC is serious about wiping the slate clean with Top Gear, isn’t it? It feels that way after last year’s tumultuous season, and now, a new report indicates that even the car used in the “Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car” segment will also be new to the show. Yep, say goodbye to that ill-fated Mini rallycross car used in last year’s segment.

For the 24th season of the motoring show, British tabloid The Sun is reporting that the show will revert to the reasonably-priced car segment, doing away with the rally format that was reportedly the brainchild of departed host Chris Evans. Just as important, the segment will also have a new reasonably-priced car in the form of the Toyota GT86.

To be fair, Evans’ “Star in a Rallycross Car” segment had its share of laughs, but it steered so far from the spirit of the original segment that it felt a little too gimmicky, a word that could also be used to describe the whole Evans era of the show, short-lived as it was.

So now, we have the Toyota GT86 that’s reportedly going to be the new reasonably-priced car that the show’s guests will take turns driving. It’s a good choice on paper and an even better one when you consider that its predecessors included the likes of the Kia Cee’d, Vauxhall Astra, and the immortal Suzuki Liana, which to this day is still being used when the guests are Formula One race car drivers.

The Toyota GT86 is clearly a better representation of Top Gear and it can also be described as a reasonably-priced car. Even better, upcoming guests will not only have the Stig as their instructor, but also Chris Harris, who himself is considered a pretty good driver, even by motor racing standards.

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PostHeaderIcon BBC Announces Top Gear's Season Premier On March 5

There’s no denying that Top Gear and the BBC are under a lot of pressure to make sure that the long-standing motoring show gets back on the right foot after the disastrous and short-lived Chris Evans era. Everything that could’ve gone wrong went wrong with Evans behind the wheel and the man that was tapped to succeed Jeremy Clarkson as the face of the show soon found himself on the outs after just one season.

But now that the show is on the precipice of premiering its latest season, there’s no reason to believe that the ills of last season will rear its ugly head once again. Or will it?

Well, we won’t have to wait too long to find out after the BBC announced the premier of Top Gear’s 24th season on March 5 in the U.K. and March 13 in the U.S.

For the third season in a row, Top Gear is going to have a different starting lineup of hosts with Matt LeBlanc taking the reins from Evans as the show’s main host. LeBlanc will then be joined by Chris Harris and Rory Reid, both of whom mostly spent the last season on the spin-off show Extra Gear. Harris and Reid have since been promoted to serve as co-hosts next to LeBlanc and altogether, the trio is under the toughest of pressures to jolt some life back into the beleaguered show.

It’s too early to tell if LeBlanc, Harris, and Reid can carve their own identity as a three-man hosting unit, but based on early returns – one of which was the trailer that was released last week – the trio have the potential to make it work. At the very least, they’ve already exhibited more chemistry in that 22-second clip compared to what Evans and LeBlanc had in all of last season.

That’s a promising start for the show and the BBC, although only time will tell if the show can recapture the magic it once had when Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May were at the helm.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear's New Trailer For Season 24 Is Off To A Promising Start

There are times when you just have to wipe the slate clean and start over from scratch. Such scenarios typically happen when someone goes through something disastrous and they’re left with nothing more than hope for a sunnier future. You could say that it happened to Top Gear last year as the popular motoring show suffered through one of its worst seasons in history. Everything that could have gone wrong with that show did, but now, on the heels of the 24th season, Top Gear is returning with a fresh outlook in life, and judging from the newest trailer of the show, that positivity could soon pay off.

Gone are Chris Evans, Sabine Schmitz, and Eddie Jordan, and we’re left with what could very well be said as the three presenters that really made a good account of themselves in the last season: Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid. It is funny to think though that while LeBlanc and Harris were regarded as solid hires a year ago, Reid was the biggest question of the group. Good for him that he was able to prove his worth. Also, to be fair, Schmitz also did well for herself last year.

So, about the trailer. The new one dives back deep into the dry comedic wit that made the show famous in the first place. In it we see Harris, LeBlanc, and Reid sitting inside the BBC’s insurance department as they’re grilled about the insurance costs they needed for the show. Throughout the whole scene, we’re also treated with snippets of the 24th season of the show, including Harris taking the wheel of the Ferrari FXX K, LeBlanc doing what could very well be an ill-fated impersonation of James Bond, and Reid crashing into what might be one of the show’s production trucks. All the while, the three hosts continue to uncomfortably sit in the insurance department as they take questions from the head of the insurance department. It’s good for a few laughs, which is probably all that the BBC is looking for at this point.

Speaking of the BBC, the network has yet to announce the schedule for the 24th season of the show. But we all know that it’s coming; it’s just a matter of when, not if. Hopefully, the 24th season fares a lot better than the last one when it does arrive.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Might Have To Find A New Test Track

The Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, England hold a soft spot in the hearts of Top Gear fans since the airfield has been the site of the test track that the show has been using since 2002. But all that could change after the BBC reported that a local council has approved plans to redevelop the Aerodrome and turn into a housing complex with 1,800 new homes expected to be built.

The votes were casted by the Waverly Borough Council and the majority won out in a 1,008-vote to redevelop the airfield with hopes of creating more jobs and adding more affordable homes in the area. The same BBC report indicates that the area around the Aerodrome is already home to over 100 businesses.

The runways, in particular, are also likely to be closed down and be redeveloped as a business park. That’s not good news for Top Gear as it could face the all-too real possibility of having to find a new test track for its show. Plans are still unclear on how the parties involved are going to move forward with their plans, but from the looks of things, we might have to say adieu to “Hammerhead” and “Gambon,” two of the more famous turns in the track.

Hopefully, producers of the long-running motoring show can find a way to preserve the track while the development of the residential project begins. But given the nature of what the local council in Surrey wants to built, it’s highly likely that Top Gear will have to find another test track for The Stig.

At the very least, you can add this new development to the array of changes that have befallen the once mighty auto show since the departures of stalwarts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond.

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PostHeaderIcon BBC Giving Jeremy Clarkson and His New Show "The Grand Tour" a Hard Time

Let’s look at the reality of things for a minute. Top Gear hasn’t been the same since Clarkson’s altercation with that producer and his subsequent firing. While the show has tried to make a comeback, it’s been plagued with one problem after another. Ratings are horrible in comparison to the old show, it just doesn’t have the same flare that it used to have, and let’s not forget about Chris Evans acting like a whiny diva. Clarkson’s new show, The Grand Tour, is pretty good, but it’s apparently subject to a lot of legal scrutiny from BBC.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Top Gears old executive producer, Andy Wilman – now a producer for The Grand Tour – broke silence around some of the ridiculous legal threats BBC has been issuing against Clarkson, Hammond, and May. Naturally, BBC doesn’t want its intellectual property used in The Grand Tour, but this is a little ridiculous. For instance, BBC says that the show can’t have “handwritten lap times,” a news segment can’t be called “The News,” and the guys aren’t even allowed to call Namibia beautiful because it was said during an episode of Top Gear. The worst complaint from BBC really takes the cake, however, as apparently, James May can’t say the word “cock” because, well, he said it during an episode of Top Gear.

If BBC is complaining about these kinds of things, you can only imagine how long the list really is with complaints that haven’t be announced to the public. At the end of the day, Top Gear is pretty much falling apart now that the trio has taken off and started their new show with Amazon, and it’s likely that Top Gear will never get the same kind of following that it had. Despite the fact that Clarkson was in the wrong when he got into that physical altercation, he was the bread winner of the entire show, and the show is suffering because of this. BBC is clearly butthurt that the guys are doing their own thing now and is trying to do everything it can to make their life harder.

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PostHeaderIcon Want to see The Grand Tour Live? You Better Hurry…

It’s finally been confirmed that The Grand Tour is coming to the States and, as expected, it will be filmed in front of a live audience. Previously, the show ran a contest to pick who would be invited to the audience, but this time, things are a little different (aren’t they always here in the U.S.?) Anyway, Clarkson, Hammond, and May trio will be filming their show in Southern California on September 25th, 2016. This time, those picked won’t get free travel or lodging, but you can get two tickets and, of course, the thrill of being at the show.

You can apply to be in the audience here, but you have to answer a couple of questions as part of the application process. We’re not sure what the criteria is, but I’m betting that you’ll need to have some pretty interesting answers to get picked.

Question 1: “Tell us why you would like to go to the recording?”

Question 2: “Which of the hosts do you like the most and why?”

In addition, you also have to select which state you currently reside in, and the fine print says the Applause Store (the company that handles ticket fulfillment) may contact applicants with follow-up questions about you and your thoughts on the show. If you want to be in the audience, however, you better hurry. The application process opened earlier today and will shut down on August 8th at 11:59 p.m. PST.

PostHeaderIcon This Rapper Thinks He Can Save Top Gear

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson III has never been the type to dial down his commentary. If he has something to say, you can be sure that he’s going to say it. Now the controversial rapper has made it clear that if there’s anybody who is up to task of saving Top Gear from its recent run of mediocrity, it’s him.

Speaking with The Daily Star, Jackson was his usual candid self when the topic of Top Gear was broached. Apparently, he thinks that he could save the show from its current malaise and restore its enormous popularity…for a price. Jackson added that his credentials speak for themselves since he’s owned his fair share of exotic cars over the years, even boasting that his car collection “is as good as anybody’s out there.”

While it’s hard to argue against his collection – the man has had some interesting wheels over the past years – it takes more than a fancy car collection to be qualified in hosting a show like Top Gear. Look no further than Chris Evans himself. He owns some of the nicest and most expensive cars in the world, yet he flamed out as the lead host of Top Gear and is the largely blamed, fairly or unfairly, for the show’s disappointing quality.

Jackson did prove his knowledge of Top Gear when he waxed nostalgic on what has become of the show. “The show since the old team left has been unrecognizable,” he said before adding “if it [doesn’t] get back to where it should be soon, then it may never recover.”

Hard to argue against that point.

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PostHeaderIcon Here Are The Behind-The-Scenes Changes In Store For Top Gear

Chris Evans may be gone from Top Gear after one disastrous season, but his exit isn’t the only significant change we should expect to see from the long-running motoring show. Most of these changes won’t be seen in the cameras, but most of them will be just as significant to the way the show is going to be produced moving forward.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the BBC is set to make a lot of behind-the-scenes changes that include the hiring of a new series producer, putting more focus on the scripts, promoting two “junior” presenters, and introducing a regular “celebrity road trip feature.”

These dramatic steps are reportedly being taken in response to the disastrous first season of the Chris Evans era, which fell flat on its face in the eyes of a lot of its dedicated fan base. Evans’ departure was the first domino to fall, but apparently, it won’t be the last.

One of the most significant changes is the search for a new series producer who can “manage their own emotions in the face of pressure,” and “proactively offers constructive feedback to others.” Nobody has been attached to this role yet, but the BBC has already given the creative reins of the show to Alex Renton, the editor of the show from its previous incarnation.

More details are expected to revealed in the coming weeks, and from the looks of things, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody if the show undergoes more changes as it tries to completely distance itself from the ill-fated and short-lived Chris Evans era.

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PostHeaderIcon Everything You Need To Know About The Grand Tour

While Matt LeBlanc and the remaining hosts of new Top Gear take a little breather post Episode 6, we thought it would be a good idea to turn our attention to that other motoring show everyone seems to be talking about – The Grand Tour, a.k.a., TGT. Ever since Clarkson and company split with the BBC and announced they’d be making their own program, fans have been clamoring for details, and in response, the Three Amigos have dropped a few tidbits here and there to keep us engaged. We collected the pieces, put them in a row, and prepped them for consumption right here.

All in all, it looks quite promising. Amazon is plunking down a lot of money to secure all those wandering devotees of old Top Gear, and if everything goes according to plan, TGT should draw in even more converts from the general gearhead population. So what can you expect? Read on for everything you need to know about The Grand Tour.

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PostHeaderIcon More Problems Brewing Around Top Gear

The previous incarnation of Top Gear may have had its fair share of controversies, but one thing that it also had was the undeniable chemistry among the three hosts of the show. Like them or not, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond complemented each other perfectly and that played a huge part in Top Gear becoming the hit that it was until they left the show. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the current iteration of Top Gear as the show has been engulfed with rumors of discontent from the current crop of hosts. A lot of the rumors appear to have lead host Chris Evans at the center of it, and the latest whispers have it that co-host Matt LeBlanc is threatening to quit the show if Evans isn’t booted out first.

Apparently, the gulf between Evans and the rest of the hosting crew is getting wider to the point that the atmosphere between the hosts have become “frosty.” Evans, it seems, has been the biggest headache among the bunch for allegedly being rude, cold, and very hard to work with. If that’s not enough reason to worry, Evans is also rumored to be jealous of the reception that Chris Harris and Rory Reid have received and has become distant with the rest of the cast. And now, LeBlanc is rumored to have had enough of Evans to the point that he’s ready to throw in the towel if his co-host decides to stay on for the next season.

Even if these rumors are proven to be untrue, there’s no doubt that the current crop of hosts don’t have the same kind of chemistry that their predecessors had and that has translated itself directly into the episodes. So far, five episodes have aired and they have been largely maligned for a number of reasons, not the least of which for being an oversized copycat version of the old Top Gear.

Clearly, the BBC has a lot to think about before filming for the next season starts in September 2016. There’s no point on going back this season because the episodes are all in the can already. But next season is another story and the BBC needs to do a lot of in-house cleaning to address the growing number of controversies engulfing the show.

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PostHeaderIcon Tuesday's Airing Of Top Gear USA May Be The Last Episode We'll Ever See

Let’s be real for a minute; American-made car shows are pretty much crap compared to some of the shows from abroad. Not all of them are complete flops, however, and that was proven by Top Gear USA. It didn’t exactly compete with its BBC counterpart with Clarkson, Hammond, and May, but as far as American shows go, it was one of the better ones out there. That said, it appears that we’re about to lose the best of the bunch.

We didn’t hear about this in a press release from the History Channel or from some large entertainment news outlet. We got the word directly from Rutledge Wood, via a Twitter post that – in part – said. “I’m very sad to say, but Tuesday night’s #TopGear on @History is the last TG US that we have shot for you. I’m not saying Top Gear USA is done, but it’s done for the immediate future on @History”

While Wood made it a point to say it may not be the last one, and even said that he and the two hosts will “stick together” and are hoping to bring us “much more Top Gear USA. That does sound a little promising, but it looks like the History Channel and the rest of the A&E Networks family doesn’t want TG USA any longer. So, while Wood hinted toward the show having a future on another network, it doesn’t appear that it will happen any time soon unless another network picks up the show in a hurry.

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PostHeaderIcon The First Episode Of The Grand Tour Will Be Filmed in Johannesburg, South Africa

The first episode of the new Top Gear aired recently, and needless to say it has received a lot of criticism from loyal fans of Clarkson, Hammond, and May. So, it should come as no surprise that the internet is going crazy of the announcement that the first location for The Grand Tour has been selected. It was announced just earlier today on The Grand Tour’s Facebook page with a map indicating that the first episode will be shot in Johannesburg, South Africa.

While it might seem weird that the first show would be shot in South Africa, it should be noted that Johannesburg is home to some four million people. On top of that, the old Top Gear Live used to tour there frequently back in the day, so maybe it’s another way of sticking it to the suits over at the BBC. Even better than that, the trio wants to offer up a total of six tickets, in pairs, to three people who are willing to take part in the “The Grand Tour goes to Johannesburg” competition.

The competition just kicked off today and requires those interested in entering to photograph or video the most unusual place they have ever put up a tent – clearly a concept derived from the traveling “Studio” tent that accompanies the set as it tours the globe. The picture or video must then be shared via Twitter with the hashtag “#TheGrandTourJoburg.” Entries close at 11:59 p.m. BST on June 8th, at which point the top 10 entries will be shortlisted by an Amazon Prime Video panel. The final three winners will be selected by Clarkson, Hammond, and May shortly thereafter. The three winners will get two tickets, travel, and accommodation to be a part of the recording in Johannesburg. For details and to enter, you can check out the competition page on Amazon here.

PostHeaderIcon Fresh New Top Gear Trailer Previews The Season To Come: Video

Now this is what a trailer should look like. Don’t get me wrong, the previous trailer had its share of action, but this one takes the cake. This trailer is arguably the first one Top Gear has released that shows us the entire motley crew that’ll take the reins from the departed Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond.

We get to see Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc yet again. But now we get our first extended look at Sabine Schmitz yelling as she pounds the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in an Audi R8 V10 Plus. There’s also a shot of Chris Harris doing Chris Harris things with a Ferrari F12tdf, Rory Reid looking stoic as hell, and Evans having to withdraw his lunch in a way not suitable to show on TV. Oh, and McLaren driver Jenson Button also makes an appearance, as does Ken Block’s Ford Mustang Hoonicorn, and of course, our favorite tame racing car driver, the Stig.

There are other highlights of the new trailer. We see Evans and LeBlanc driving patriotic Reliant Robins. We also see a Dodge Viper ACR and a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with what looks like machine guns strapped on their respective roofs. And if those aren’t enough to get your juices going, we also got shown a parade of British sports cars, an Aston Martin Vulcan doing doughnuts, and lots and lots of McLarens.

That’s enough action to make me excited about what the new Top Gear has to offer. It remains to be seen if the new hosts will be able to have the same chemistry that Clarkson, May, and Hammond had. But as far as automotive action is concerned, I’d say the show is off to a great start.

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PostHeaderIcon Clarkson, Hammond and May's New Show Will Be Called "The Grand Tour"

Once BBC refused to renew Jeremy Clarkson’s contract and his two co-hosts, Richard Hammond and James May, walked off the Top Gear set, it didn’t take long for Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon to start considering a new show with the trio that would rival Top Gear. In the end, the three hosts managed to secure a $250 million, three-year deal with Amazon. Since then filming has already begun, and we’ve been patiently waiting for the first episode to be released on Amazon later this fall. There has been one big monkey wrench in the program, though. Up until now, the three were struggling to come up with a name for their new show.

Amazon execs were beating down the door on a daily asking about progress for a new name, and at the same time, lawyers were shooting down everything the trio could come up with. For a while “Gear Knobs” was looking promising, but legalities made that name a no-go as well. Fans of the show were constantly suggesting new names, and we even suggested the show use our name, TopSpeed. As it turns out, the show is going to have a name that nobody expected.

An announcement on Clarkson’s Twitter page just after 8 am this morning said “start the smoke. We have a name.” Just 16 minutes later, Clarkson tweeted again, announcing that the show would be called The Grand Tour or GT for short. That same Twitter post also mentioned that the show will come from a tent that will be put up in a different local every week. So, it looks like the debut of the show won’t be delayed due to the lack of a name, but it remains to be seen whether or not all the fans will approve of the new name.

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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Releases Trailer Amid Swirling Controversies: Video

Top Gear is drawing closer and closer to its May 22 return and while everyone seems to have been caught up with all the controversies surrounding the rebooted show, the BBC has taken it upon itself to diffuse the situation – or situations – by releasing a new trailer for the show. It’s probably the least contentious of any news item we’ve done on the new Top Gear, so it’s a nice way to count down the days before the show goes back on air.

So, about the trailer. There’s a lot of included footage that we can get really excited about. Chris Harris gets behind the wheel of the Aston Martin Vulcan. There’s also a shot of a Ferrari 250 GT TdF on a joyride and what looks to be a road trip adventure that isn’t turning out too well for Eddie Jordan. Oh, and there’s Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc getting the good ‘ol Blackpool welcome, rain and all, from an over enthused member of the clergy.

At the very least, the trailer looks very promising and could get the ball rolling for the entire season, which reportedly has just six episodes. I don’t foresee all of the scenes from the trailer to be included in the first episode, but from the looks of things, everybody seems to be having a good time with the show, a far cry from all the steaming controversies that have already erupted surrounding Evans and LeBlanc.

The dawn of a new day is coming for fans of Top Gear. It’s going to take some getting used to not seeing Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond on the show, but if the season ends up being as fun-filled as the trailer is suggesting, the nostalgia could dissipate faster than an Aston Martin Vulcan hot lap.

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PostHeaderIcon Jeremy Clarkson Opens Up A Little In A Q&A On Facebook

Any car guy that watched the old TopGear has dreamed, at one point or another, of taking on the role of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, or Richard Hammond. And really, who wouldn’t love to play with cars, perform stunts, and get paid big money doing it. Well, just earlier this week, Jeremy Clarkson started a Q&A session on Facebook where he answered a number of random questions asked by a some of the 274,993 of his followers on Facebook.

As you can imagine, the questions piled up fast. With Clarkson being a self-proclaimed “new boy to Facebook,” you better believe he didn’t have the time to answer very many of the questions that flowed in like a water rushing after the floodgates are dropped. He did manage to answer some, however, and he certainly had some interesting things to say. Of course, he was also asked some pretty interesting questions.

With that said, I’ve gone through the entire list and pulled out a few of the best questions and answers to talk about. We learn a little bit about Clarkson, how he really feels about his two partners, and his opinion on how turbochargers work. As you would expect from an entertainer like Clarkson, most of his answers are pretty funny, so let’s take a look at what we learned from his Q&A on the book of face.

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