Shockingly, this week's episode of The Grand Tour will actually be about cars.
The Grand Tour’s second season has been going from strength to strength lately, culminating in the finest film Jeremy Clarkson has ever produced for the show with a love letter to the Lancia 037’s battle with Audi in the 1983 World Rally Championship. How will they possibly top last week’s series highlight? Well, by focusing on a breed of car you don’t often see in car shows: continuation models that are painstakingly rebuilt by manufacturers to their original specification.
In episode eight, Clarkson drives a reborn Aston Martin DB4 GT Lightweight from the 1960s, while Hammond experiences the 1950s Jaguar XKSS in its modern continuation form in what looks like another solid episode. Yes, we’re being treated to another episode of The Grand Tour that’s actually about cars. Who would have thought?
To add some context, the two reborn British sports car classics will be visit some of the European locations they used to race in during the 1950s and 1960s. However, to shake things up May will be joining them in a modern Honda Civic Type R to try and prove that it’s better than the continuation cars in every way. We know what we would rather drive. That said, both Clarkson and Hammond seem to be struggling to use those old-school gearboxes. There’s also some unfinished business to attend to in this week’s episode. You see, while the new Ford GT has already featured in the current season, we only got to see it drive around congested city streets in New York which is hardly pushing its potential.
This will be rectified this week when Clarkson thrashes the all-American sports car around the Eboladrome circuit. Last week, the Lamborghini Huracan Peformante set the fastest time ever recorded on the show, so we’ll have to wait and see if the GT can beat it.
As for this week’s Celebrity Face Off, rock legends Stewart Copeland from The Police and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason compete against each other to find “the world’s fastest drummer from a band beginning with the letter P”. “It’s actually quite hard to get it right, going too fast won’t work and going too slow won’t work either,” said Mason. “At the end of the day it’s fun! You want to do it again, you think, oh I can get another second off this time.”