The Grand Tour, by far the biggest, most watched car show on the planet with a ginormous fan following is back with its second innings! Starting tomorrow, the show will be available on Amazon Prime and we're expecting big things considering the teaser and promo videos we watched so far. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will, of course, be seen driving ridiculously fast cars, along with the trio's douchebaggery that the world has adored for years. Major changes to this season of The Grand Tour include the studio being stationery, unlike season one when the tent studio followed Clarkson, Hammond and May around the globe. All studio segments are being filmed in Cotswolds, near Clarkson's home. Another change is the omission of the 'Celebrity Brain Crash' and addition of a segment where May will have to refrain from saying, "Does this mean they're not coming on then?" as now the celebrities really will be coming on. The decision to keep the studio in one place was, as Amazon says, due to “sore joints, struggling lungs and combined age of 158”.
The filming of the new Grand Tour season was prolonged following a series of health issues. For starters, Richard Hammond was involved in a huge crash in June driving a GBP 2 million Rimac Concept One, which burst into flames during filming in Switzerland and he was airlifted to hospital. After the incident, Jeremy Clarkson tweeted: “It was the biggest crash I’ve ever seen and the most frightening but incredibly, and thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly ok.”
In a 30-second trailer that Amazon released, Hammond can be seen grinning to the camera just moments before the crash. Hammond later revealed that he “thought he was going to die in the crash”.
“In fact, that is what was going through my mind. I thought I’d had it,” he said, explaining that he felt as if he was in “a tumble dryer full of bricks going down a hill. I was aware that I was up, that I was high, that inevitably the car was going to come down”, he said in a video posted on Drivetribe.
Filming for season two took place in Mozambique, Switzerland, the US and Georgia, near Russia. While in Mozambique, Hammond was knocked unconscious after falling off a motorcycle and hitting his head. Hammond confirmed the accident in a post on DriveTribe. He wrote: “Thanks for enquiries re my slight shunt whilst filming for GT. I can confirm that yes, I fell off a bike, many times, in fact, and yes, I banged my head and everything else. But life goes on.” The audience will likely see the footage of this crash in the new season.
But enough about the crashes, The Grand Tour season 2 will be a winner with Clarkson in a Jaguar with wheels locked hurtling down a snowy slope, some serious off-roading in the desert and fantastic drives on the open wide roads at fantastic locations around the world. We are bouncing tip-toed waiting for this one.