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The Grand Tour, the Amazon car show starring former Top Gear hosts, launches November 18

By Shawn Knight
Sep 16, 2016
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  1. The wait is almost over. The Grand Tour, Amazon’s upcoming automotive show featuring former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, will begin streaming episodes on November 18.

    For those not up to speed (no pun intended), the aforementioned trio hosted a motoring show on the BBC for years called Top Gear. Sure, the actual automotive-related aspect of the show was good, but what really drew fans in was the chemistry between the three hosts and the wacky predicaments they’d often find themselves in.

    I have a passion for cars but even my girlfriend, who has absolutely no interested in them whatsoever, really enjoyed Top Gear when they were still the hosts.

    In March of 2015, Jeremy Clarkson got into an argument with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. Tempers flared and things allegedly got physical which led to Clarkson’s dismissal from the show later that month. His loyal co-hosts soon followed suit and for a while, it seemed that their run was over.

    Rumors that Amazon would somehow bring them back together seemed almost too good to be true but in July of last year, we learned that the e-commerce giant had indeed signed them on to produce a car show that would air exclusively on Amazon Prime (now you know why Amazon was so interested in inking a deal).

    A new episode of The Grand Tour will debut each week and as we learned last year, there will be a minimum of three seasons.

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  2. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 957   +273

    I look forward to it... hopefully it will be the same antics as usual. I can't imagine it wouldn't be with those three, honestly.
     
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  3. BrianMontanye

    BrianMontanye TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +21

    They just need to get rid of that clown Clarkson. Sooo biased to euro - non american made cars. He had the Holden version of the GTO and loved it, drove the same car in the GTO and hated it. Same car... Just opposite side steering wheel. The other two are a hoot and that's why I watched the show. Clarkson is entertaining, just in a snooty, euro trash kind of a way.
     
  4. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 334   +101

    Hated it because it was NOT the Holden, it was GM's attempt to make one.. which DID suck. IF they had Holden make the WHOLE car with LHD, then it would have been a good car.. but you let GM north america get to it and they have to dumb it down for the dullards and malcontents on the car lines, they reduce the interior quality , **** up the looks and cheapen the product parts.. then it sucks.
     
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  5. Kotters

    Kotters TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +27

    Not "A House of Cars"? Someone messed up.
     
  6. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,324   +711

    It was a great play on their new status as a streaming-only production themselves as well as a nod to House of Card's origins on BBC. But I suppose neither Netflix or BBC saw the humor.
     
  7. bmw95

    bmw95 TS Addict Posts: 106   +58

    There were also similar things like that in the show as well. For example when Tesla launched the model S, Top Gear's review of it found that it didn't last at all and the battery drained out earlier than expected. After investigations, it was found that the car battery failing to impress was already in the scripts before it even happened. So could be something to do with the producers and scripts, or Clarkson as you've mentioned xD
     
  8. j05hh

    j05hh TS Booster Posts: 140   +22

    4K content?
     
  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,682   +787

    We've got plenty of car shows now .... something different would be nice ..... maybe unicycles!
     
  10. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 739   +249

    If it's anything like Top Gear, it's not a car show. It's three men piss-farting about with incidental car footage.

    Trying to get rid of Clarkson is what sparked the demise of Top Gear and the creation of The Grand Tour. Clarkson is a polarizing character and one of the main reasons people will watch. If you don't like him, it sucks to be you. The rest of us will just sit back and enjoy the show while you sulk and insist that nobody's allowed to like what you don't like.
     
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  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    if youre watching any of their shows with the expectation of getting unbiased car advice youre watching it for the very wrong reasons.
     
  12. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 957   +273

    True... unfortunately a lot of people follow opinions just because someone "famous" says it.
     
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  13. LenovoX

    LenovoX TS Rookie

    I'm watching it for the image, sound and very fine editing of this show... it's a show about cars in motion, not people, people here are incidentally
     
  14. BrianMontanye

    BrianMontanye TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +21

    Ya sure sucks to be me, like my whole life revolved around this show! /rollseyes Go ahead and enjoy the show, nobody said you couldn't. I'll just keep putting down Clarkson as it is my opinion, and you can just sulk because you don't like it. Carry on.
     
  15. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Guru Posts: 513   +46

    Yes it was mentioned earlier this year that it would be in 4K.
     
  16. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 957   +273

    Well considering it is Amazon, and some of their other own-brand shows on offer are 4K as well I don't see why this wouldn't be. Just wait until you see Jeremy's pubes for hair in 4K... Ugh...
     

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