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  1. RenchFries

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    Post all news and info about the new "real" Top Gear here!

    This was the first teaser from a couple of weeks ago.

     
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    New behind the scenes clip
     
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    And it sounds like they went to the USA recently!

    Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, and the rest of the crew for Amazon's new motoring series The Grand Tour crew taped in Victorville, California, this past weekend. A source who attended the festivities tells The Drive, "It was nothing short of incredible.”

    It seems the taping included pieces for both the opening credits as well as the premiere episode. “They called in the big guns," our anonymous source tells us. "There was a heap of cars parked in a semi-circle around the main stage, including a Ford GT, a McLaren P1, a Porsche 919 race car, a pre-war Rolls-Royce with a Spitfire engine, a bunch of rat rods and vintage motorcycles and more. That collection was enough to drool over.”

    The crowd, more than 2,000 strong, all of whom had won tickets from Amazon’s online promotion, were bussed into the area, in the middle of a dry lake bed. “Jeremy, Richard, and James were waiting to greet the audience when they disembarked from the school busses,” our source shared. “They were really happy to hang out right in the middle of the crowds for quite a while. They were very cool about chatting with anyone and everyone, signing shirts and memorabilia. The crowd ate it up.” The audience, a “very young group,” was ushered under a sizable tent and given water and snacks while the crew and hosts got ready to film.

    “There was a main stage nearby where Jeremy Clarkson’s favorite band, The Hot House Flowers, was playing all day. It was the same song, over and over, but no one seemed to mind. It kept the audience occupied while they got the first shot ready.”

    That first shot was a huge set piece that sounds like it will be The Grand Tour's opening sequence:

    “It was Mad Max-style. There was a massive convoy of cars staged about a mile out in the desert. A lot of supercars, some cars that had the Mad Max or Burning Man aesthetic, and even some cars from Fast and Furious, including the Flip Car. One of the rat rods had a huge, 600 cubic-inch motor with three superchargers. The fleet was astounding. Jeremy, Richard and James were in the three lead cars, coming in like an arrow, in front of this insane lineup. A camera crane car was in front and a camera helicopter was flying over.

    “The band would start playing and the producers would get the crowd riled up and the convoy would speed towards the tents. They did about five takes before moving on and it took about 45 minutes, but the crowd never complained; it was pretty cool to see.”


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    Next, Clarkson, Hammond and May did their introductions. “It was clear the censorship from the BBC-era was gone. They made full use of the fact that they’re now an Internet show, without the typical limitations,” our insider said. “One of the more risque introductions was, ‘This is the man guys in prison refer to as ‘the socket,’ not ‘the plug.’ As the takes went on, the guys got dirtier and more crass, with increased cursing.”

    Amazon’s lawyers, understandably rather nervous about getting sued by the BBC over a host of potential issues, had a chat with the trio and their producer, Andy Wilman, about topics and issues to avoid completely. However, in traditional form, we're told the hosts worked in a nice slight to their former employer. “Each of the guys introduced the others by mentioning all the jobs they’d been fired from. Hammond had been fired from a Volvo dealership, May had been sacked from this media job and that media job. Then they got to Clarkson and quipped that he’d never been fired,” our source laughed. “There was no specific mention of BBC, but everyone in the crowd went wild. They definitely got the jab.”



    While there was nary a mention of Top Gear, or Chris Evans, or any of that, there were a few topical jokes, including one about Clarkson “having sex with Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump didn’t come up, though.” Clarkson also kept introducing a montage of highlights from the coming season. “There’s some bonkers stuff in the clips they previewed,” our source said.

    There was one final surprise before the festivities ended: the Breitling Jet Team did a flyover towards the close of the day. “They kept it quiet, so it was a big surprise the first time. However, they wanted a few more takes, so the producers asked the crowd to keep their energy up for the fourth fly over.”

    If this is any indication of how grandiose the inaugural season of The Grand Tour promises to be, we can’t wait to see the show kick off this November 18th on Amazon Prime.

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    So stoked to see the trio back on the telly! Hope they don't cock it up.
     
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    it's pretty clear that it's gonna be awesome, bitch slapping the bbc and showing how a real car tv show is properly done ...
    although it'll be interesting to see what matt leblanc turns top gear into now that he goes solo ...
     
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    Pure rubbish...
     
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    I thought that this was going to be about that grand tour all across America that Howard was going to take when he was first going to Sirius.
     
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    it'll be an improvement on the first season with the ginger nutbag as co host, that's for sure ..
    matt is settling into his role and actually pretty good at it .. he'll be more relaxed and able to make it his own
     
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    true, what ever happened with that one? wasn't he gonna sleep at fan's houses & what not ... imagine him staying at mfb's house or hpe's :p
     
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    I was one of the lucky few to attend the filming of The Grand Tour’s opening sequence and launch party. Little did I know that I would have multiple conversations with Clarkson, Hammond and May, and I’d bear witness Jezza’s legendary lack of patience when things aren’t perfect.

    I’m a Top Gear superfan and cosplayed the event with my friends as The Interceptors. For those who don’t remember, the Top Gear crew created a ‘stache-tastic 1970s detective show based around the Jensen Interceptor. Needless to say, we were stoked to be there.


    I arrived at dawn and gathered with about 1,500 other fans at parking lot in Apple Valley, California. The GT staff told us to leave all phones and cameras, and after a security frisking we were bused away to a remote desert location. As the bus turned onto a poorly maintained access road to a massive dry lake bed, I watched out the window as The Grand Tour’s oasis appeared.

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    A helicopter whizzed above a stage large enough to host a major music act. Alongside was a giant military green tent and sprinkled throughout the scene were the most eclectic group of amazing cars I have ever encountered.



    Nowhere on earth, besides maybe that big party they do in England in the one rich guy’s driveway, has anyone ever seen a Porsche 919 racer parked next to a prewar Bentley with a Spitfire airplane engine, which in turn is parked next to a Pagani Huayra near Volvo P1800 from Roger Moore’s The Saint. A few yards away was a Lamborghini Diablo and the La Bestioni Rusty 2, a custom built masterpiece based on a 1915 fire truck frame recently featured here on Jay Leno’s garage.

    There were more than 100 cars involved and all were significant, including some barely released models like the new Ford GT and Bentley Bentayga SUV. Surrounding the scene were custom built art cars, such as a giant flame shooting scorpion and a British double-decker bus sized VW van.

    It was like Mad Max meets the Pebble Beach Concours, on crack.



    The real jaw dropping moment was pulling up to the set, and seeing none other than Jeremy Clarkson in the flesh waiting to greet us. I was on one of the first buses to arrive and my costume got the attention of Clarkson shortly after disembarking. With a chuckle he, asked if we had Jensens. He greeted us warmly and shook our hands, exchanging pleasantries like we were guests arriving at his home. It was unbelievable.

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    Then Hammond and May joined Clarkson, continuing to greet the incoming busloads. May was the next presenter I met. He initially gave me a quizzical look and said nice mustache, but quickly made the connection. He explained that unfortunately he doesn’t think they—the BBC most likely—will let them do any more Interceptor segments. We also talked about Drivetribe, telling him I was looking forward to being a tribe leader. He congratulated me and said they sorted through some strange tribe bids recently. Before I could meet Hammond, the producers whisked them away to prepare for filming.

    A short while later they returned and the surreal experience continued. While I didn’t get any photos since cameras were strictly banned, the rule created a fantastic environment for genuine interaction with the stars. I eventually came across Hammond who was finishing some anecdote. At the sight of me he stopped and complimented my cosplay and shook my hand.

    He’s actually taller in person, and I told him that. He replied he just looks short while working with two giant apes. Among other things, we spoke of his epic scene in the last Top Gear series winching up the side of a dam in an old Land Rover.

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    He said it was exciting, until he was half way up and realized one tiny cable was keeping him from certain death. “Then I shit my pants,” he said.

    Too soon the trio were whisked away again as shooting of the opening sequence began, but not before I got Hammond to autograph my Mercedes key. As they were setting up, show producer Andy Wilman addressed the crowd describing the scene as the most ambitious day of filming any of them had ever undertaken.

    The scene portrayed Clarkson, Hammond and May driving across the desert in three special edition Mustangs with a pack of other vehicles, creating a massive dust cloud as they arrived on the set. The presenters arrived to a band playing what I assume is their new opening theme song to a large crowd (us).

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    In a nod to the Burning Man festival, they named the event Burning Van. Framing the scene was a burning caravan dangling from crane. The presenters took the stage to introduce themselves and the show, along with their new expedition tent. In between takes, they were playfully insulting each other. These insults were getting increasingly vulgar as the day continued, like Hammond was known as the prison bicycle and May is not allowed within 200 meters of a school.

    They had just finishing filming a scene and someone in the crowd yelled out, “Don’t get fired this time.”

    Hammond replied, “That’s impossible, we’re on the internet now. We can do whatever we want.”

    While Clarkson was warm and engaging to the crowd of fans, we did see a flash of that infamous temper that created the “fracas” leading to his BBC departure. After filming several takes of one shot, Clarkson wanted to wrap and was looking for the director’s permission. The director was nowhere to be found. Clarkson called for him to quit wanking and show himself.

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    After waiting a few more minutes, he decided to wrap the scene himself and started to exit, only to be stopped as the director appeared asking for another take to capture other angles. Initially the microphone remained live for Clarkson’s tirade but was quickly shut off. Shortly after Clarkson was seen retreating to a production vehicle for what looked like a very heated conversation with the director. In another instance, a cameraman forgot hit record, missing an entire take. Jeremy made a few more jokes about firing someone, but you could see the anger in his face.

    Hey, I get it. The guy’s a pro, and he’s exacting in how he wants the production of his show to go. And he was still awesome to all of his fans in the audience.

    I was very fortunate to have more encounters with the stars throughout the day. For the final climactic shot I positioned myself next to Clarkson to observe a flyover by several jets in formation. He talked to me and the other fans, autographing my other Mercedes key and handing out cigarettes to those around him to share a smoke.


    I felt like I had developed a rapport with Clarkson, but I doubted anyone would believe me. After I was returned to my car, and had trouble deciding which autographed key I should use, I retrieved my phone and sent out a tweet thanking Clarkson for the party.

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    When he replied shortly after, I couldn’t believe it. A fitting end to a totally epic day.
     
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    Proud to say I built my very own Alfa Romeo GTV6. Jeremy Clarksons favorite car

    A true petrol head I am
     
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    :lo5: fuck yeah
     
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    This show needs to be on NOW
     
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    They were on CBS.

    Great stuff, I just wish it didn't have the fucking laugh track.
     
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    Jeremy Clarkson's 'The Grand Tour' Opens With Most Expensive Intro On TV; New Program To be King Of Car Shows?


    After a controversial parting with BBC last year, it seems like TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson is back on his feet again as he stages an extravagant comeback through his new show called "The Grand Tour."
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    The former "Top Gear" host is surely on his way to make waves once again as the opening for "The Grand Tour" is considered to be the most expensive production that was ever done on television.
    According to The Sun, the whole opening scene totals to about £2.5 million in cost. The said sequence, which was filmed in a desert in California, begins with Clarkson and his co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May riding customized Ford Mustangs. This is then followed by a parade of almost 150 cars, including a Bugatti Veyron and a Rolls-Royce.
    On top of that, the opening bit is accompanied with more than 2,000 petrolheads, acrobats, stilt-walkers and six jets flying over the said massive parade. With a production that great, it seems like "The Grand Tour" is on the running to be the king of car shows.
    Some sources have even noted the bit resembled a scene that you would see in a sci-fi movie like Mad Max, The Daily Mail reports.
    Other sources that they have interviewed have even gone describing it as a groundbreaking first in television history as they haven't seen anybody ever tried pulling off such act before.
    Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, also believes that "The Grand Tour" will be the start of Amazon Prime's involvement into the "golden age of television".
    "The investment is very high now in serialised TV, and the amount of time you have to tell a story is much greater. That format change opens up a lot of storytelling possibilities, which, when mixed with the movie-like production standards, and the A-list talent, is why we're seeing amazing television," he adds.
    This show also makes Clarkson as the highest-paid television presenter so far by sealing a £10 million per year deal with the online streaming service company.
    "The Grand Tour" has reportedly started recording in South Africa last July and is expected to be launched on November 18.


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    When will the show air? I loved the original Top Gear.
     
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    Isn't only on amazon prime?
    Use to love that show
    One of my favorites was when they tried to kill a Toyota pick up truck