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Richard Hammond Is The Biggest Fan Of The Grand Tour’s New Format

Unlike his co-presenters, Richard Hammond is a fan of camping. While May and Clarkson dislike the simplicity of it all, preferring a comfy hotel room Hammond enjoys the great outdoors. Hammond doesn’t mind the making your own food, or breaking down and carrying all the equipment. Hammond recently wrote an open letter to the Sunday Times Magazine expressing his love for camping and how it pertains to his latest endeavor, The Grand Tour.

“I could not be happier. Waking up in a tent, growing dimly aware of the gentle kiss of soft rain on canvas as the watery morning sun animates the tent’s skin with a living glow and the ground imposes its stubborn lumps and bumps on muscles still tired from the previous day’s walk.”

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Personally, I am not a big camper. Sure, when the weather cooperates it can be very rewarding, being in the middle of nature. Getting out of civilization and into the wilderness has a certain peaceful, simple charm that is very inviting. However, when the weather hits that charm wears off very quickly. Suddenly that “one with nature” feeling looses its appeal. To each their own I suppose. Plus it’s not like The Grand Tour is exactly roughing it.

“OK, so clearly we’re not going to be carrying our new tent on our backs. It’s huge; big enough for several hundred people, an entire studio crew and Jeremy Clarkson’s head. It’s also heavy, though probably no heavier than my first backpacking tent, which required the exertions of an Olympic weightlifter to manhandle.”

So The Grand Tour is some sort of extended globetrotting camping expedition. Though on a scale that hasn’t really been done before. It is hardly the romantic image of man and nature Hammond paints, more massive VIP tent. Plus methinks the boys aren’t exactly going to be doing any of the heavy lifting.

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“Camping — backpacking specifically — is about setting out into the world carrying on your back everything you could need for the day’s events, right up to and including your bedroom, kitchen and wardrobe. And we are now setting off into the world in a similar state to make our show. We carry with us, albeit not on our backs, everything we will need: cameras, lights, microphones, mixing desks, monitors, speakers. In short, all the paraphernalia required to turn a patch of bare ground into a television studio. See you there.”

You can read the entire letter here.

Source: The Times


Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.


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