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''The Grand Tour'' is a motoring show on [[Creator/AmazonStudios the Amazon Prime streaming service]] that debuted on 17th November 2016. Amazon has picked up the show initially for 36 episodes, spread across three seasons. New episodes debut [[https://twitter.com/JeremyClarkson/status/776842192824459264 weekly]], instead of the whole season released at-once available for "binging", like many other streaming shows.

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''The Grand Tour'' is a motoring show on [[Creator/AmazonStudios the Amazon Prime streaming service]] Creator/PrimeVideo that debuted on 17th November 2016. Amazon has picked up the show initially for 36 episodes, spread across three seasons. New episodes debut [[https://twitter.com/JeremyClarkson/status/776842192824459264 weekly]], instead of the whole season released at-once available for "binging", like many other streaming shows.


Episodes feature segments ranging from semi-serious car reviews, many extravagant stunts, and some difficult trips, all filmed in various places around the world. The presenters introduce and discuss each episode from inside a giant [[http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/entertainment/news/a30009/the-grand-tour-filming-first-episode/ tent]] in the Cotswolds in front of a large audience [[note]]For the first season, the tent also moved from place to place, starting in South Africa and ending in Dubai, but due to costs and the presenters' [[http://www.thedrive.com/news/14682/the-grand-tours-traveling-tent-is-no-more health]], it was given a permanent home[[/note]]. They also engage in segments such as "Conversation Street" where they discuss current events in motoring, and "Celebrity Face Off", where two celebrities from the same field race around the same track, trying to be the fastest. There is also a test track in a top secret location [[note]]Actually, near Swindon, if you're interested[[/note]] that happens to be shaped like the ebola virus, and so has been dubbed the Eboladrome, where they test out various cars and send them around a timed lap with a test driver. For the first season, they used NASCAR driver Mike Skinner (billed as The American) to perform test laps; for the second, Skinner was replaced by British GT driver Abbie Eaton.

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Episodes feature segments ranging from semi-serious car reviews, many extravagant stunts, and some difficult trips, all filmed in various places around the world. The presenters introduce and discuss each episode from inside a giant [[http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/entertainment/news/a30009/the-grand-tour-filming-first-episode/ tent]] in the Cotswolds in front of a large audience [[note]]For the first season, the tent also moved from place to place, starting in South Africa and ending in Dubai, but due to costs and the presenters' [[http://www.thedrive.com/news/14682/the-grand-tours-traveling-tent-is-no-more health]], it was given a permanent home[[/note]]. They also engage in segments such as "Conversation Street" where they discuss current events in motoring, and "Celebrity Face Off", where two celebrities from the same field race around the same track, trying to be the fastest. There is also a test track in a top secret location [[note]]Actually, near Swindon, if you're interested[[/note]] that happens to be shaped like the ebola Ebola virus, and so has been dubbed the Eboladrome, where they test out various cars and send them around a timed lap with a test driver. For the first season, they used NASCAR driver Mike Skinner (billed as The American) to perform test laps; for the second, Skinner was replaced by British GT driver Abbie Eaton.


** Jeremy's Beach Buggy slowly became this over the course of the Nambia special. None of the buggies were exactly in good condition by the end, but the trek through the desert that takes up the entire first half of the special thrashed Jeremy's buggy so hard that it ''barely'' worked by the time he got into town. The throttle was jammed open, there was a hole punched in the bonnet, the shock absorber exploded and punched another hole into his coolant tank, and by the end of the first episode could barely do a few miles before air got in and overheated the engine.

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** Jeremy's Beach Buggy slowly became this over the course of the Nambia special. None of the buggies were exactly in good condition by the end, but the The trek through the desert that takes up the entire first half of the special thrashed Jeremy's buggy so hard that it ''barely'' worked by the time he got into town. The throttle was jammed open, there was a hole punched in the bonnet, the shock absorber exploded and punched another hole into his coolant tank, and by the end of the first episode could barely do a few miles before air got in and overheated the engine. The roads encountered in the second episode nearly shook it to death, mangling the headlights and (alongside some spiteful bodging from James) collapsed the front spoiler he had attached. He also lost both fan belts and many other small fragments from the engine.
***That said, the others weren't in good condition either by the end of it; James' in particular had a leaking fuel tank and had ''caught fire'' near the end, turning the bonnet into a blackened scrapheap. Hammond's merely suffered many small foibles over the course of the episode (and got stuck on a cable winch at the very end, causing the three to fail the challenge they made the cars to acomplish), but it was still Jeremy's that was almost utterly wrecked by the finish line.

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**Jeremy's Beach Buggy slowly became this over the course of the Nambia special. None of the buggies were exactly in good condition by the end, but the trek through the desert that takes up the entire first half of the special thrashed Jeremy's buggy so hard that it ''barely'' worked by the time he got into town. The throttle was jammed open, there was a hole punched in the bonnet, the shock absorber exploded and punched another hole into his coolant tank, and by the end of the first episode could barely do a few miles before air got in and overheated the engine.


** Hammond's car actually worked very well, even attracting some small animals... which were all seemingly killed after May accidentally tore it open with a JCB. Even after that, Hammond's car was easily the best of the three, right up until the exhaust set the bodywork on fire.

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** Hammond's car actually worked very well, even attracting some small animals... which either had to escape when the car forded a river, or were all seemingly killed after May accidentally tore it open with a JCB. Even after that, Hammond's car was easily the best of the three, right up until the exhaust set the bodywork on fire.

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* CameraAbuse: During the drone footage of the set in Whitby, a seagull flies into the camera drone, knocking it out of the sky.


** Former UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} driver Mike Skinner had a Stig-type role in the first season of The Grand Tour, with his nickname being "The American". Unlike any of the Stigs ([=McCarthy=], Collins, and the unknown current one), he didn't cover his entire body with his race suit and he also speaks, mainly grumbling about the quality of the car and making fun of the presenters.

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** Former UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} driver Mike Skinner had a Stig-type role in the first season of The ''The Grand Tour, Tour'', with his nickname being "The American". Unlike any of the Stigs ([=McCarthy=], Collins, and the unknown current one), he didn't cover his entire body with his race suit and he also speaks, mainly grumbling about the quality of the car and making fun of the presenters.



* BigWhat: Hammond, when the obviously-supercharged Nissan Patrol he was racing in Dubai overtook his Porsche 918 Spyder.

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Hammond, when the obviously-supercharged Nissan Patrol he was racing in Dubai overtook his Porsche 918 Spyder.


** In the very cartoony "James May is Alive" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaLwpoULKRY promo]], James narrowly misses being hit by an anvil on his way out of the workshop. He (and his car) are not so lucky later on with a dumpster.

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** In the very cartoony "James May is Still Alive" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaLwpoULKRY promo]], James narrowly misses being hit by an anvil on his way out of the workshop. He (and his car) are not so lucky later on with a dumpster.

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* DudeNotFunny: While discussing the ban on motorsports in Switzerland, Clarkson makes an 9/11 analogy which the audience and Hammond found is taking it too far.

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* IncrediblyLameFun: For "Past, Present, and Future", Hammond has the boys go around Lucerne, Switzerland visiting museums dedicated to topics such as chess and pencils, in addition to the Swiss Museum of Transport. Hammond later admits that he's doing this because all those places are close to a fast charging station he wants to use for his electric supercar.


** The [[PopUpTrivia X-Ray Trivia]] at the beginning of each episode always begin by identifying the hosts as "Writer, broadcaster, [gag appropriate to theme of episode]". For example, "Beach (Buggy) Boys, Part 2" opens by referencing three songs by Music/TheBeachBoys:

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** The [[PopUpTrivia X-Ray Trivia]] at the beginning of each episode always begin by identifying the hosts as "Writer, broadcaster, [gag appropriate to theme of episode]". For example, "Beach "The Beach (Buggy) Boys, Part 2" opens by referencing three songs by Music/TheBeachBoys:


*** Also to that point, 13 episodes were shot for Season 1, but only 11 were taped in front of an audience [[note]]Two shows were taped in Whitby (their first time in front of a British audience since they'd left ''Top Gear'') and two were taped at Loch Ness, Scotland[[/note]], as a two-parter released December 30th and 31st of 2016 was filmed in Nambia, with a set-up similar to the periodic road-trip 'Special' episodes of ''Top Gear'' -- there is no audience present, none of the normal segments, or any credit sequence [[CouchGag couch gags]]. Season 2's closing episode is another special, this time filmed in Mozambique.

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*** Also to that point, 13 episodes were shot for Season 1, but only 11 were taped in front of an audience [[note]]Two shows were taped in Whitby (their first time in front of a British audience since they'd left ''Top Gear'') and two were taped at Loch Ness, Scotland[[/note]], as a two-parter released December 30th and 31st of 2016 was filmed in Nambia, Namibia, with a set-up similar to the periodic road-trip 'Special' episodes of ''Top Gear'' -- there is no audience present, none of the normal segments, or any credit sequence [[CouchGag couch gags]]. Season 2's closing episode is another special, this time filmed in Mozambique.


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** The [[PopUpTrivia X-Ray Trivia]] at the beginning of each episode always begin by identifying the hosts as "Writer, broadcaster, [gag appropriate to theme of episode]". For example, "Beach (Buggy) Boys, Part 2" opens by referencing three songs by Music/TheBeachBoys:
--->Jeremy Clarkson: Writer, broadcaster, good vibrations.\\
Richard Hammond: Writer, broadcaster, fun, fun, fun.\\
James May: Writer, broadcaster, God only knows.


** The audience segments for the first season, taped in various parts of the world, weren't used in the order that were taped. The opening scenes out in the desert & the audience segments that were part of the first episode were taped in [[http://jalopnik.com/heres-what-happened-at-the-grand-tours-epic-launch-tapi-1787139212 Los Angeles]] in late September 2016. The audience segments in [[http://jalopnik.com/heres-your-first-view-of-the-grand-tour-1783856898 Johannesburg]], South Africa in the second episode were actually the very first ones shot, in mid-July 2016.
*** For episodes 3 & 4 of Season 1, the audience segments were taped in Whitby, North Yorkshire, which was the next shoot after LA, so the order wound up only being only slightly tweaked, flipping LA and Johannesburg, and the audience locations then progressed in the same order as the boys filmed, eventually ending in Dubai.

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** The audience segments for the first season, taped in various parts of the world, weren't used in the order that were taped. The opening scenes out in the desert & and the audience segments that were part of the first episode were taped in [[http://jalopnik.com/heres-what-happened-at-the-grand-tours-epic-launch-tapi-1787139212 Los Angeles]] in late September 2016. The audience segments in [[http://jalopnik.com/heres-your-first-view-of-the-grand-tour-1783856898 Johannesburg]], South Africa in the second episode were actually the very first ones shot, in mid-July 2016.
*** For episodes 3 & and 4 of Season 1, the audience segments were taped in Whitby, North Yorkshire, which was the next shoot after LA, so the order wound up only being only slightly tweaked, flipping LA and Johannesburg, and the audience locations then progressed in the same order as the boys filmed, eventually ending in Dubai.



** In Season 1, Episode 2, "Operation Desert Stumble," Clarkson gets stuck in a window trying to escape the terrorists. Clarkson then says the terrorists are (off-camera) doing "unpleasant" things to his back half, causing him to beg Hammond & May to shoot him.

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** In Season 1, Episode 2, "Operation Desert Stumble," Clarkson gets stuck in a window trying to escape the terrorists. Clarkson then says the terrorists are (off-camera) doing "unpleasant" things to his back half, causing him to beg Hammond & and May to shoot him.



** When brain-storming for show names, Clarkson suggests "Selling England By The Pound", "Watcher Of The Skies", "Supper's Ready", and "Fifth Of Firth", irking Hammond & May as they are all just names of classic-era Music/{{Genesis}} songs.

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** When brain-storming for show names, Clarkson suggests "Selling England By The Pound", "Watcher Of The Skies", "Supper's Ready", and "Fifth Of Firth", irking Hammond & and May as they are all just names of classic-era Music/{{Genesis}} songs.



* FreezeFrameBonus: In "Operation Desert Stumble", during the party where the Audi driven by May, Clarkson and Hammond is being chased by terrorists through a town, if you quickly pause the episode at the right moment, you can see one of the 'terrorists' wearing a shirt with "Mission X" and a website written on it. For context, Mission X is actually a company run by ex-special forces commandos that specializes in movie & TV documentary consulting and organisational training, as well as in extreme combat-realistic scenarios, war games, and survival situations and adventures like the presenters are running through.

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* FreezeFrameBonus: In "Operation Desert Stumble", during the party where the Audi driven by May, Clarkson and Hammond is being chased by terrorists through a town, if you quickly pause the episode at the right moment, you can see one of the 'terrorists' wearing a shirt with "Mission X" and a website written on it. For context, Mission X is actually a company run by ex-special forces commandos that specializes in movie & and TV documentary consulting and organisational training, as well as in extreme combat-realistic scenarios, war games, and survival situations and adventures like the presenters are running through.



** When Jerome D'Ambrosio (the French-speaking Belgian F1 driver the presenters enlist to make the timed laps during the 'Holy Trinity' hypercar shootout) finishes his test laps and comes back to talk to them about the feel of the cars, the English subtitles have him slagging both the Ferrari and the Porsche yet showering praise on the P1, until Hammond & May realizes that Clarkson is writing them.

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** When Jerome D'Ambrosio (the French-speaking Belgian F1 driver the presenters enlist to make the timed laps during the 'Holy Trinity' hypercar shootout) finishes his test laps and comes back to talk to them about the feel of the cars, the English subtitles have him slagging both the Ferrari and the Porsche yet showering praise on the P1, until Hammond & and May realizes that Clarkson is writing them.



** After spending four days eating kale at a wellness retreat, Clarkson & May gorge on bratwurst for breakfast before a hillclimb event.
** Subverted in the Niagara Falls race when Clarkson [[spoiler:calls [=JetBlue=]'s customer service and tells them that May & Hammond are recently out of rehab and to not serve them drinks]] during their flight from NYC to Buffalo.

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** After spending four days eating kale at a wellness retreat, Clarkson & and May gorge on bratwurst for breakfast before a hillclimb event.
** Subverted in the Niagara Falls race when Clarkson [[spoiler:calls [=JetBlue=]'s customer service and tells them that May & and Hammond are recently out of rehab and to not serve them drinks]] during their flight from NYC to Buffalo.



** In the series premiere, Clarkson makes a SideBet with Hammond and May before the timed laps of the hypercars begin: if the P1 loses, Hammond & May can come and knock his house down. When the segment returns to the studio (err, tent) for the times to be revealed, Hammond & May squeal with glee when Clarkson winds up losing the bet. The fact is Clarkson had [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/09/jeremy-clarkson-blows-up-his-old-home-to-make-way-for-new-cotswo/ actually already done it]] two weeks before the audience segment for the episode was taped in Los Angeles, so the bet was really just a set-up to use the house's demolition for a segment that takes place in the third episode of the show.
** Season 2, Episode 2 features a race between Clarkson (in a car) vs. Hammond & May (using public transport & a plane) to get from Central Park in New York City to Prospect Point at Niagara Falls. As it was taped after [[spoiler:Hammond's crash in the Rimac, and so consequently he is on crutches]], it puts the pair of presenters at a disadvantage.

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** In the series premiere, Clarkson makes a SideBet with Hammond and May before the timed laps of the hypercars begin: if the P1 loses, Hammond & and May can come and knock his house down. When the segment returns to the studio (err, tent) for the times to be revealed, Hammond & and May squeal with glee when Clarkson winds up losing the bet. The fact is Clarkson had [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/09/jeremy-clarkson-blows-up-his-old-home-to-make-way-for-new-cotswo/ actually already done it]] two weeks before the audience segment for the episode was taped in Los Angeles, so the bet was really just a set-up to use the house's demolition for a segment that takes place in the third episode of the show.
** Season 2, Episode 2 features a race between Clarkson (in a car) vs. Hammond & and May (using public transport & and a plane) to get from Central Park in New York City to Prospect Point at Niagara Falls. As it was taped after [[spoiler:Hammond's crash in the Rimac, and so consequently he is on crutches]], it puts the pair of presenters at a disadvantage.



** When Clarkson was let go by the BBC, Hammond & May choose to leave ''Top Gear'' also. The show's executive producer (and Clarkson's childhood friend) Andy Wilman decided to move on too, and so the four started their own production company, W. Chump and Sons, which led to them creating their own car show with Amazon.

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** When Clarkson was let go by the BBC, Hammond & and May choose to leave ''Top Gear'' also. The show's executive producer (and Clarkson's childhood friend) Andy Wilman decided to move on too, and so the four started their own production company, W. Chump and Sons, which led to them creating their own car show with Amazon.


* SingleEpisodeHandicap: In ''The Falls Guys, thanks to Hammond's crash the episode before, he and May must engage in one of their public transportation vs. car races against Clarkson. However, May refuses to help Hammond out most of the time, reasoning it's Hammond's fault he's hurt since he was dumb enough to crash the car in the first place. As a result, Hammond struggles in getting from place to place on crutches and in wheelchairs, slowing the two down significantly. He notes in Conversation Street how difficult it was for him to get around during the race, even with so-called accommodations for the disabled. Likewise, May remarked in a TV interview he did not help Hammond out since it was in-character on the show for him to do so, but he expected others would. He was very surprised at how few people offered any assistance to his traveling companion, even when he clearly needed help.

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* SingleEpisodeHandicap: In ''The Falls Guys, Guys," thanks to Hammond's crash the episode before, he and May must engage in one of their public transportation vs. car races against Clarkson. However, May refuses to help Hammond out most of the time, reasoning it's Hammond's fault he's hurt since he was dumb enough to crash the car in the first place. As a result, Hammond struggles in getting from place to place on crutches and in wheelchairs, slowing the two down significantly. He notes in Conversation Street how difficult it was for him to get around during the race, even with so-called accommodations for the disabled. Likewise, May remarked in a TV interview he did not help Hammond out since it was in-character on the show for him to do so, but he expected others would. He was very surprised at how few people offered any assistance to his traveling companion, even when he clearly needed help.

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* SingleEpisodeHandicap: In ''The Falls Guys, thanks to Hammond's crash the episode before, he and May must engage in one of their public transportation vs. car races against Clarkson. However, May refuses to help Hammond out most of the time, reasoning it's Hammond's fault he's hurt since he was dumb enough to crash the car in the first place. As a result, Hammond struggles in getting from place to place on crutches and in wheelchairs, slowing the two down significantly. He notes in Conversation Street how difficult it was for him to get around during the race, even with so-called accommodations for the disabled. Likewise, May remarked in a TV interview he did not help Hammond out since it was in-character on the show for him to do so, but he expected others would. He was very surprised at how few people offered any assistance to his traveling companion, even when he clearly needed help.

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