The Grand Tour Heads To Scotland In Big American Classics

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Hammond, May and Clarkson, as usual, look like they're having a good time.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are known for their years on BBC's Top Gear program but since 2016 have been creating shows for Amazon Prime. It started with The Grand Tour. We'd call the first three seasons "inspired" by Top Gear with a live audience segment, a racing segment and a couple pre-shot new car reviews. But in the last year or two the trio has only done special road trip episodes to places like Cambodia and Madgascar. Now they're going to Scotland.

From the official trailer for The Grand Tour: Lochdown (get it? Scotland? Loch Ness?), we can see the boys in giant American sedans. We first see May in a '70s Cadillac Coupe de Ville and Clarkson in '70s Lincoln Mark V. It looks like they're trying to cross a waterway of some sort on a floating bridge. It also looks like Clarkson is up to his old tricks, about to plow into May on the bridge.

The Grand Tour/YouTube
The Grand Tour/YouTube
The Grand Tour/YouTube

Later we see an early-gen Chevy Camaro, Mustang Shelby GT350, and Hammond in a sweet green Buick Riviera. It looks like at some point he installs a blower on the engine and a Superbird-style wing on the back. Then the boys go racing in what looks to be an old Fiat or Russian Lada, piloted by Clarkson and a minivan (Plymouth?) in May's hands.

The special is set to air on July 30 although the filming took place in October 2020. In the meantime, we have Clarkson's Farm to watch. That's an eight-episode miniseries of Clarkson taking over the farm work at his compound in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, which we can assure you is a real place. After watching the entire run we can say it was enjoyable even for non-car fans. There are a few high-speed shenanigans, but mostly it's Clarkson bumping into things with his massive Lamborghini tractor.

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If you've finished that, James May has his Oh Cook show, also on Amazon Prime, as well as Our Man in Japan. We haven't seen those yet but they've both received great reviews. Hammond has been filling his time with his own show called Richard Hammond's Workshop, where he'll be trying to help his two mechanics bring life back to old cars. Hopefully he'll stay away from anything new (Rimac Nevera) or anything really fast (dragster) because we know he likes to put the shiny side down sometimes.

Regardless, we'll he happy when these three get back in the saddle again. The old American Top Gear was pretty good. Top Gear without those three was pretty good too. But when Hammond, Clarkson and May get together, despite their obvious flaws, greatness ensues.

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The Grand Tour/YouTube
The Grand Tour/YouTube

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