It was just a year ago when Jeremy Clarkson was kicked off BBC’s “Top Gear” due to some issues and controversies in 2014 that had the show (and its crew) on the rocks. First was the anti-Asian racist “joke” from the show’s Burma special. Another was an off-air rehearsal footage that showed Clarkson saying the N-word. And then there was this fiasco in Argentina where the Top Gear crew was kicked out from the country – this was because of the license plate on Clarkson’s Porsche 928 that the locals claimed to have mocked the country’s defeat during the 1982 Falklands War. The controversy that was probably the last straw for BBC was Clarkson’s involvement in a “fracas” with a BBC producer, resulting to his suspension from the show and eventual firing.
Not to worry though because the infamous ex Top Gear host will soon be back in action alongside his buddies Richard Hammond and James May. Clutching an approximately $15 million contract with Amazon, Clarkson, Hammond and May will soon be running a new car show set to debut somewhere in August on Amazon Prime.
The trio had a hard time deciding what to name the show. “Gear Knobs” was previously rumoured to be the show’s title but as it turns out, the said title has already been taken by another show with the same theme. What made it even harder to figure out a catchy name for the show is that BBC has owned rights to various titles such as “the Stig and the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car and the Cool Wall” and every other name that can be attributed to “Top Gear”. It has cost Clarkson thousands of British pounds for lawyers to check for copyrights.
After a long time of thinking and checking copyrights, not to mention the money spent, the whole naming problem has finally been put to rest. The trio has finally decided to name their show “The Grand Tour”. It’s not as cool as the name “Top Gear” but you have to admit it is kinda catchy, right? Anyway, there’s a lot of anticipation for the new show and if it shows the same quality as Top Gear, then we’re in for an intense but friendly competition.
Jeremy Clark has posted a few tweets to pump up the crowd’s growing excitement of the show. In one of his tweets, he hints that the show will be shot from a tent from various locations on each episode. This setup makes it all the more befitting of its title because it is an actual grand tour. There are various bad and good implications of the show and one of that is that the audience will definitely miss the mysterious helmet-wearing man. The downside is that the “Grand Tour” will no longer have its own racetrack and the Stig will no longer be there to verify a car’s lap times. On the other hand, it has recently been confirmed by one of Clarkson’s tweets that there will soon be a Christmas special. What does that mean? Well, if it’s somewhere similar to the specials on “Top Gear” then most probably the trio will be seen making occasional stops in the U.S.
The trio and their crew are currently busy filming because as they say, building the content is much more important than thinking of a catchy name for the show. Excitement is brewing and anticipation is slowly rising for this year’s most anticipated show – The Grand Tour.