In our latest crusade to unearth every single detail about The Grand Tour we’ve just stumbled upon a pretty big one. Before we share the news we’ll just give you our usual Public Service Announcement: The Grand Tour is coming out on November 18th on Amazon Prime, and if you haven’t subscribed yet now is the time to do so, and you can do that right here. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, the Telegraph just uncovered the short descriptions of what we can expect for the first four airings of The Grand Tour, and as expected it does not look like it will disappoint:
Episode 1: The Holy Trinity (California)
The blurb: “The Grand Tour kicks off in California, USA, when Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May take their famous studio tent to Dry Rabbit Lake. Hundreds of fans from across the U.S. travelled to the desert, near Lucerne Valley, outside of Los Angeles, California to be part of the first ever episode of Jeremy, Richard and James’ new show for Amazon Prime.”
We’ve known through their interviews that The Grand Tour will kick things off using the California taping as the first episode. In fact, they’ve recorded this massively expensive intro, one that would put all of the other intro programs in television history to shame, in this Californian locale. What we didn’t know is the name of the episode “The Holy Trinity” which means that we can expect to see the Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, and the Porsche 918 duke it out with each other, and driven by the best trio in automotive entertainment history!
Episode 2: Operation Desert Stumble (Johannesburg)
The blurb: “Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May bring the travelling Grand Tour tent to The Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg in South Africa. In this show, the three hosts are forced to become special forces soldiers with an all action challenge at a top secret training base, deep within Jordan. Also in this episode, Jeremy introduces the 800 horsepower Aston Martin Vulcan to the Grand Tour test track, and James is sent to investigate an unusual form of motorsport called spinning.”
We’d like to think that the 800 horsepower Aston Martin Vulcan is the main draw of this episode but that won’t be the case. This will be the episode where Jeremy Clarkson claimed to have attempted the most dangerous stunt he’s ever tried, which ended up in giving him a bloodied face.
Episode 3: Opera, Arts and Donuts (Whitby)
The blurb: “Friday 2nd December 2016 The Grand Tour travelling tent pitches up on the quayside in the English coastal town of Whitby from where Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May introduce a modern take on the traditional gentleman’s tour of Italy. With Jeremy in an Aston Martin DB11 and James in a Rolls-Royce Dawn, the pair are set for a leisurely trip of culture and fine dining until a noisy and unwelcome guest arrives.”
We should expect a lot of raucousness in this episode as we’ve seen a behind the scenes taping where there was a giant explosion. This will also be the episode where we a giant portrait has been cut in half and the trio tries to slowly drive through a crowd. We’re just wondering who this unwelcome guest will be in the show?
Episode 4 – Enviro-mental (Whitby)
The blurb: “The Grand Tour studio tent is back in Whitby, England for various complicated reasons, some of which are James’s fault. In this show, Jeremy Clarkson tests the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, desperately trying to remain impartial despite knowing that Richard Hammond owns one, and then compares it to the track-focused BMW M4 GTS. Also in this episode, the hosts become unusually ecological as they attempt to create cars made of truly sustainable materials before taking part in what’s billed as a green motorsport event.”
The fourth episode doesn’t look like it will disappoint either as the trio gets back to their rubbish vehicle hi-jinks. We cannot wait to see what these three petrol-heads will interpret as “green motorsports” and the mechanical contraptions that they will build
So there you have it, the first four episodes of The Grand Tour. If you cannot afford to get Amazon Prime we have found some ways to watch the program for free. As always you can follow us here at Shifting Lanes for the latest coverage of The Grand Tour.