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from left: James May, Richard Hammond, and Jeremy Clarkson. They had a show about cars on The BBC. They now have another one on a new network.

"...back in the spring [of 2015], as you probably remember, I suddenly became... unbusy."
Jeremy Clarkson, Amazon FireTV ad

The Grand Tour is a motoring show on Prime Video that debuted on 17th November 2016. Amazon has picked up the show initially for 36 episodes, spread across three seasons. New episodes debut weekly, instead of the whole season released at-once available for "binging", like many other streaming shows.

The show is hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, who were the presenters of the second iteration of The BBC programme Top Gear that ran from 2002—2015. Their Vitriolic Best Buds rapport, along with their combination of car knowledge and absurd antics, turned that show into a global phenomenon, and Amazon has captured a similar flavor with The Grand Tour. The show is co-produced by the presenters, along with former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman.

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 tent in the Cotswolds in front of a large audience 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  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.

The Grand Tour's first few episodes debuted first only in the U.K, U.S, Japan, and Germany (countries that offer Amazon's yearly Prime membership), but beginning December 13th, 2016, it became available nearly globally via Amazon's Prime Video website. Wilman expressed an interest in licensing or syndicating the show for broadcast, outside of Internet streaming, so it can eventually be seen by as many viewers as possible — and in October, 2017, the first season started broadcasting on Australia's Channel Seven, the show's first appearance outside of Amazon.

The run-up to the series, considering the history of the presenters' time at Top Gear, and of the circumstances that led to its creation, made for considerable coverage on social media and in the UK press. To make a very long and controversial story short, Jeremy Clarkson's contract for Top Gear was not renewed in March 2015 after a physical altercation with one of the show's producers. A few weeks later, May, Hammond, and Wilman opted not to renew their contracts for the show, and so subsequently left with Clarkson after the end of the show's 22nd series.

The four then began looking for an outlet to begin again with a new show; A deal was eventually struck between Amazon Studios and the quartet's new production company, "W. Chump & Sons" note  and they were offered a generous amount of money (said to be in the neighborhood of $250 million) to make three seasons of (at the time) their still-unnamed show. After a long, long period of comical Internet bickering, fan debate, and serious legal wrangling, the show was christened The Grand Tour in May 2016.

As part of the show's global tone, and also due to the larger budget afforded them, the series travels around the world and to (arguably) more far-flung locations than in comparison with Top Gear. The first tent setup and subsequent audience filming was in Johannesburg, South Africa on 17th July 2016, with the final audience segments taped for the last episode of the first season were recorded in Dubai, UAE on 10th December 2016.

Filming started on the 2nd season not soon after the 1st season wrapped note  The filming had its share of peril — Richard Hammond was involved in two accidents: a motorcycle accident in Mozambique in March, 2017, and a crash in a supercar in Switzerland in June that was far more serious, but from fortunately he escaped with only a fractured knee and has since recovered. Audience tapings for the second seasons' 11 episodes began on 25th October 2017, and episodes began streaming 8th December 2017. The final taping for Season 2 wrapped on 19th December 2017.


This show provides examples of:

  • Acquired Error at the Printer: A feature of the show's opening in the first season. A sign would welcome the presenters, but the last one listed will have their name misspelled. For example: "Richard Hammond, James May, and Germy Clarkson," or perhaps "Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and Jams Made."
  • Actually Pretty Funny: The Conversation Street intro for "It's a Gas Gas Gas" features Hammond with a ridiculously large stream of water gushing from his mouth. Clarkson replies with "That's the best thing that's going to come out of your mouth for the next seven minutes," eliciting a hearty laugh from Hammond.
  • Adult Fear:
    • In "Blasts From the Past," Hammond elects not to compete in the final race around the Sitges-Terramar as he feels it's too risky for him to tackle the extremely banked turns. Considering this episode was filmed after his epic crash off a mountain in the Rimac Concept One, the feeling is understandable.
    • Ditto his refusal to ride in the jet-engine powered amphibious vehicle in "Breaking, Badly." Hammond crashed a jet-powered dragster back in 2006 on Top Gear that resulted in far more serious injuries than the Rimac crash. Although it became much more amusing after the amphibious vehicle reaches its top speed... three MPH.
  • The Alleged Car: In Season 1, Episode 4, "Enviro-mental", the presenters are each given a Land Rover Discovery and told to replace all its body panels with sustainable materials. Clarkson uses animal bones, skin and flesh, Hammond uses various plants, and May uses (variously) mud, bricks, and straw packed together with dung. In true Top Gear tradition, all three were this trope:
    • Clarkson's car gradually went rotten over the three-day challenge, creating a horrible smell, and eventually it overheated due to maggots infesting the engine.
    • 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.
    • As for May: the mud car was impractically heavy and fell apart within moments; the brick car was even heavier (to the point the chassis broke in half), even less secure (the roof collapsed the instant he set off, and it completely fell apart as he drove through a river), and his industrial method of producing the bricks completely defeated the purpose of the challenge; and the straw/dung car also fell apart (twice), and had practically no windscreen so he couldn't see where he was going.
      Clarkson: It's the Meat-TI, the Tree-TI, and the Peat-TI!
    • In Season 1, Episode 9, "Berks to the Future", Clarkson tries to build a more 'sporty' SUV by mating the body of an old MG-B sports car to the internals of a Land Rover Discovery. The bodywork didn't fit properly and ended up floating ridiculously high above the wheels, the steering was barely functional, the brakes weren't functional at all, and neither were any of the dials on the dashboard. When he tried taking it offroad, it quickly started falling apart and he abandoned it. His second attempt, using the bodywork of a Mercedes SL, actually looked surprisingly good... from the outside. The interior was extremely shoddy and, like the MG B version, barely anything worked.
    • Jeremy's Beach Buggy slowly became this over the course of the Nambia special. 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.
  • Anachronic Order:
    • 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 Los Angeles in late September 2016. The audience segments in 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.
    • Richard Hammond's "single lap" round the desert sets in Episode 5 is clearly composed of multiple different attempts assembled in anachronic order: he starts out with visible damage on the left-hand side that wasn't there before, it suddenly disappears partway through the lap, and then at the end of the lap he slides sideways into a statue and accrues the damage that he had at the start of the run. It's a very jarring editing goof.
    • It should be obvious, but the travel segments are also not used in order as the crew filmed, either, as some segments may take longer to edit together. To that point, they use Hammond's supercar crash to end the first episode of the second season. While the crew began filming for the season in October, 2016, the crash occurred in June, 2017, near the end of filming. To be fair, since the crash was quite dramatic and so was heavily reported in the car press, it was really a forgone conclusion they'd kick the season off with it.
    • The stunt driving segment of Season 2, Episode 5, "Up, Down and Round the Farm", is exposed as this when Hammond notes that while the rev counter of the Subaru Clarkson is driving is shown at one point doing 6000 RPM, the speedometer next to it clearly says 0 MPH.
  • Anvil on Head:
    • In the very cartoony "James May is Still Alive" 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.
    • And again in the Conversation Street intro for "Up, Down and Round the Farm." This time Clarkson drops it directly on May's head. May remains unmoved and unfazed.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In the first episode of the second season, Clarkson and May are getting fed up with Hammond bringing them to the same Swiss town to look at museums until they figured out why:
    Clarkson: Do you keep bringing us to this town because it is the only one within a hundred miles of our wellness center, where there is a fast charging point for your car?
    Hammond: [meekly] Yes. note 
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: In Season 1, Episode 3, "Opera, Art & Donuts", Hammond approaches Clarkson and May, who are watercolour-painting:
    Hammond: What are you two doing?
    Clarkson: [sarcastically] I'm defusing a bomb, Hammond. What does it look like?
  • Ass Shove:
    • 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.
    • In Season 2, Episode 1, "Past, Present or Future," Clarkson refuses to answer any questions about hill climbs in Switzerland because, thanks to being at Hammond's health retreat, he presently has a tube up his arse.
  • A-Team Firing: In "Operation Desert Stumble", as Clarkson begs Hammond and May to kill him, May duly opens fire with his assault rifle, from no more than ten feet away, and manages to shoot all the way around the window frame without hitting Clarkson once. Clarkson is not amused.
    Jeremy: ...HOW DID YOU MISS?!
    James (to Hammond): It's true what they say about machine guns, isn't it? You can't hit a thing with 'em!
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!!: In one of the show's early YouTube ads, a brain-storming session to come up with a name devolves into Hammond online color-customizing a car, and Clarkson and May online customizing Ray-Ban sunglasses.
  • Auto Erotica: Clarkson accidentally stumbles upon a couple "dogging" while looking for his car in a foggy parking lot in "Blasts From the Past." He beats an embarrassed and hasty retreat.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Hammond and May's upgraded version of Battleship that you can create at home! All you need is an unused air field, several thousand pounds worth of scrap cars, some shipping containers, two cranes, at least twenty explosive-rigged G-Wizes...
  • Badass Driver:
    • Former 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.
    Skinner [about the test track] "...wonder which one of them came up with this thing - the tall one, the short one, or the one with the girly hair?"
    • Abbie Eaton, the driver for Season 2, is also impressive, but she keeps things short and is all business in her test laps.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In Season 1, Episode 5, "Moroccan Roll", the celebrity guests, Dutch rock band Golden Earring, are introduced performing in a Rotterdam port beneath an overhanging shipping container. Given the segment's Black Comedy Running Gag, it's easy to assume that the shipping container is going to fall on them and crush them, but it doesn't. They're instead electrocuted when a loose cable falls into the sea.
  • Benevolent Boss:
    • In one of the brain-storming ads where the presenters are trying to come up with the name of the new series, Hammond gets an e-mail from "Jeff' pressuring them to hurry up and come up with one. "Jeff" is obviously Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
    • Andy Wilman, the executive producer, gets far more lip-service than he did in their previous show. Clarkson always dourly refers to him as 'Mr. Wilman' whenever the presenters get a message from him to move forward with a challenge, or when he texts them to berate them.
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    • Hammond, when the obviously-supercharged Nissan Patrol he was racing in Dubai overtook his Porsche 918 Spyder.
    • Clarkson, when Hammond's Rimac overtakes his Aventador and May's NSX in their drag race within a few seconds.
  • Black Comedy: The Celebrity Brain Crash segments of the first season. The premiere episode sets the segment up as a test of the celebrity guest's reflexes, but in reality, it's a set-up for them to be "killed" before they even reach the tent, often in a gruesome manner and right in front of the audience. The Narmy intro, James' meek "Does that mean they're not coming on, then?", and Richard's description of what just happened only adds to the funny.
  • *Bleep*-dammit!: In Season 1, Episode 12, "Censored to Censored", although they never actually say it aloud, thanks to being bleeped out and one Curse Cut Short, they still constantly show the name of their destination, Fucking, on maps and signs. It was likely a comical attempt to keep the show's rating down, but it didn't work — this is the first Grand Tour episode to get a TV-MA rating.
  • Boring, but Practical: James defends his beach buggy from jabs by Richard and Jeremy in the Namibia Special with this.
    James: It's boring in that it WORKS.
    • Ultimately averted by the fact that it didn't work. James's buggy struggled with the dunes in the desert due to a lack of power while the lower ride meant that he was almost shaken to pieces on the rough roads in the north.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • In Season 1, Episode 9, "Berks to the Future," Hammond and May respond to Clarkson's voiceover, which they obviously can't hear during filming.
    Clarkson: (voiceover) We'd only gone a few miles before Richard and James completely changed their minds and realized that the Excellent was the best car they'd ever been in.
    Hammond: No, we haven't! Stop saying saying things in voiceover that aren't true!
    • They pull a similar gag in the first scene in Croatia in Season 2, Episode 4, "Unscripted", with Clarkson berating May and Hammond for saying lines that he's already recorded in post. Before the presenters depart, Clarkson then improvises the voiceover for the scene that then takes place immediately after.
  • Break the Badass: The Rimac crash had a similar effect on Hammond, who is noticeably more cautious for the rest of the series: having cheated death twice now, he doesn't want to risk a third crash (and neither does his wife, for that matter). Notably, in one episode, the trio are tasked with driving their cars round a bumpy, run-down, and ludicrously steep banked oval. Hammond flat-out refuses.
  • Bring My Brown Pants:
    • In the premiere episode, "The Holy Trinity", at the beginning of Clarkson and Hammond's duel between the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918, they switch and drive a lap of each other's cars around the Portuguese race track. Clarkson comments on how the Porsche's four-wheel drive allows him to be more confident in taking corners faster. Hammond, driving the rear-wheel drive McLaren P1... doesn't.
    Hammond: "I didn't think it was possible to shit yourself to death!"
    • Once May arrives with the LaFerrari and they run their first drag race, Clarkson doesn't set the launch control properly, which causes his P1 to waver all over the track at the finish, which visibly shakes him.
    • Multiple instances during the Namibia special as they traverse the desert. At one point, Clarkson's buggy locks up, driving his buggy's front tires deep into the sand, right in front of the edge of a outrageously steep dune that he didn't even see. Another harrowing scene (from the POV of Clarkson's buggy camera) shows Hammond's buggy going over another steep dune at an odd angle, which panics Clarkson, who radios the crew. As Jeremy rushes over to the edge, he finds Richard was able to get the buggy successfully down the dune.
    Clarkson: "How the [bleep] did you get down that?"
    Hammond: "With my eyes shut! I was terrified!"
    • Also in the Namibia special, as Jeremy launches his buggy from the cable car platform, he quickly realizes this. With his eyes closed.
    Clarkson: My rectum has just opened like a set of theatre curtains!
    • Clarkson, as he drives his Subaru (err, Audi) during the final scene of his rally car segment in Season 2.
    • During their "proving" that old Jags are reliable, Richard had a terrifying stop in the 0 to 100 to 0 challenge, and the folowing exchange occured:
    Jeremy: How much excrement?
    Richard: Well, brown seats would have been a better choice.
  • British Teeth: In one promo, Clarkson points out his and May's less than perfect teeth immediately mark them as British. When they get "Americanized", the makeup lady is seen applying Tipp-Ex to their mouths in one shot. And still their replacement Eternally Pearly-White Teeth are even more terrifying than their original ones. Meanwhile, Hammond remains completely unchanged.
  • Call-Back: To some segments or unfinished business from their time on Top Gear:
    • Alluding to a notorious segment from Series 15 of Top Gear, when the three presenters and Wilman founded their new production company, W. Chump & Sons, all four bought Reliant Robins as 'company cars.' note 
      • They are seen in the first Amazon 'name brain-storming' YouTube ad. May's is beige, Hammond's is brown, and Clarkson's is blue.
      • In the second ad, the fourth car (the green one that belongs to Andy Wilman) is shown tipped over on its side.
      • Paparazzi later caught them in North London driving them around, and speculation began if they were using them for a segment of the show. Clarkson then refuted this on Twitter, saying they are really just company cars — so they were likely just driving them around to generate publicity for (at the time, the still unaired) show.
    • The show's first shoot, in Portugal, was of a shootout between a Ferrari LaFerrari, a McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder, a 'dream race' the presenters had first tried to set up during Series 21 of Top Gear. (Hammond had made a bet with Clarkson that if the P1 lost, that Clarkson would legally change his name to "Jennifer"). The shoot-out never came to pass due to varying cop-outs (err, concerns) from the automobile manufacturers. note . Clarkson did know someone who owned all three who could've lent them to Top Gear, the problem was their last name - Bin Laden. note 
      • While the presenters don't elaborate on how the cars were procured for the shootout, we do find out the Ferrari May is given to use is straight from the company and is actually unlicensed — the number plates are fake — which is a disadvantage the other two presenters exploit when they suggest going out and testing the cars away from the track.
      • Also, while a Ferrari 488 GTB was used to introduce and demonstrate the characteristics of the show's new test track, the "Eboladrome", Ferrari would not allow the American to put the 488 through a timed lap on the Eboladrome to compare against other cars.
      • May continues his running gag that he started during Series 20 of Top Gear of calling the LaFerrari the 'Ferrari The Ferrari' (literally translating the name from Italian) and actually never refers to it as the LaFerrari over the course of the shootout segment. Clarkson gets in on the act in an episode of Season 2.
    • 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 Genesis songs.
    • When Jeremy asks how many cars the three have crashed, Richard launched into a Long List that ended with a rocket powered dragster which is the one Top Gear accident that any of the three hosts will barely reference.
    • While much hay was made in the press as to how much The Grand Tour may not be allowed to be as similar in feel to Top Gear (detailed in-part in this interview with producer Andy Wilman) the tagline in the first teaser is the often-used Top Gear quip, "...what could possibly go wrong?''.
      • In the end, the show's structure is very similar to Top Gear with a news segment ("Conversation Street") and a celebrity segment ("Celebrity Brain Crash / Face-Off") serving as act breaks to the main segment, although Celebrity Brain Crash was decidedly not an interview than it was for an excuse for a bit of black comedy.
      • Also to that point, 13 episodes were shot for Season 1, but only 11 were taped in front of an audience note , as a two-parter released December 30th and 31st of 2016 was filmed in 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 couch gags. Season 2's closing episode is another special, this time filmed in Mozambique.
      • For the second season, the audience segments were taped at a single studio in England, and tickets were solicited over the web by a crowd service, Applausestore, rather of than by Amazon, just like the way Top Gear (and many British panel shows, like QI) are filmed.
      • Each episode ends "... and on that tremendous disappointment", instead of "... and on that bombshell."
    • In Season 1, Episode 10, "Dumb Fight at the O.K. Coral", Clarkson references Top Gear's theme song; the full exchange is described under Take That! below.
    • In Season 2, Episode 7, "It's A Gas, Gas, Gas", Hammond during his review of the Lamborghini Huracan Performante alludes to a disappointing review of the previous Huracan 'a lifetime ago, on a car show in a galaxy, far, far away.'
    • In Season 2, Episode 10, "Oh, Canada", Clarkson prefaces a review of the Tesla Model X SUV with a recap of the pair of libel lawsuits Tesla filed against Top Gear after his unfavorable review of the Tesla Roadster back in 2008. During the review, when he begins to talk about some of the drawbacks of the car, he loads the SUV up with lawyers, who scold him accordingly. note 
  • Camera Abuse: During the drone footage of the set in Whitby, a seagull flies into the camera drone, knocking it out of the sky.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: In "Operation Desert Stumble", as the trio is driving the Queen of England to safety while taking heavy fire from the terrorists, Clarkson and May take the time to calmly discuss the getaway car.
    Hammond: Will you stop reviewing the car?!
  • Censored Title: Literally with Season 1, Episode 11's title, "[censored] to [censored]", which is a road trip from Wank, Germany to Fucking, Austria.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: While the previous episodes had contained a couple of choice swear words, the Namibia special has the presenters throwing around the word "shit" like it's going out of style. Given the difficulty curve of the journey, including a few close calls with cliffs, it's not surprising.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After introducing any Celebrity Brain Crash guest who promptly dies through some unforeseen accident:
    May: Does that mean he's not coming on then?
    • During "Operation Desert Stumble," after James reads that one of the presenters being killed will force the whole mission to restart:
      Clarkson: It's like that Tom Cruise movie...
      (beat)
      Hammond: Cocktail? note 
    • In the Mozambique special, after forgetting what Dragon's Den is called, Hammond refers to it as "the one with Alan Sugar", and is "corrected" by a subtitle that reads "he means Donald Trump". Alan Sugar presents the UK version of The Apprentice, and Trump presented the US version; neither has ever presented Dragon's Den.
  • Cool Car: Obviously. The premiere episode alone features the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918, and the Ferrari LaFerrari, plus the Ferrari 488 appears to demonstrate the Eboladrome. Not to mention the veritable army of Cool Cars that shows up in that epic intro...
    • The Aston-Martin Vulcan Jeremy drives in the test segment of "Operation Desert Stumble", which he stalls initially taking it to the track.
    • In "Moroccan Roll", Clarkson drives a Alfa Romeo 4C Spider around (natch) Morocco. He dissects its flaws (including giving him a leg cramp), but then, later devotes an entire segment to a film of just a long set of beauty passes of the car, in moody black and white, set to Dusty Springfield's version of "Windmills Of Your Mind", from the The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) — explaining the car is at its best when seen and not necessarily driven.
    • In a segment during Season 1, Episode 6, "Happy Finnish Christmas", Hammond drives the first right-hand drive Ford Mustang to arrive in the UK. He's so excited, he brings a small band with him to the dock and drives it himself right out of the shipping container.
    • Clarkson goes wide-eyed over another Alfa Romeo during "Dumb Fight at the OK Coral", this time the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, with more Car Porn as he drives it around Wales. While he again needles this car, this time for its cramped front cabin and Alfa's instance that they developed its very-Ferrari-like engine themselves, he eventually glows over the car, and then even decides to head to a dealership and go buy one... until he sees a hot red 4C. note 
    • The second season premiere starts out with the boys driving a Lamborghini Aventador S, a Honda NSXnote , and a electric super car built in Croatia called the Rimac Concept One. The Rimac embarrasses the Lamborghini and the Honda in a drag race, however, Richard Hammond has some trouble with it later on.
    • The McLaren 720S Hammond drives around the Eboladrome in Season 2, Episode 4, "Unscripted".
  • Couch Gag:
    • For the majority of the Season 1 episodes, the opening montage includes a shot of a sign, either a greeter at the airport, or a sign outside a shop, welcoming the presenters to the town or city where they are filming the audience segment in, and the third name is always comically misspelled.
    • In all the first season episodes, the opening montage ends with a drone taking aerial shots of the Grand Tour's tent, which is then always comically knocked out of the sky: in California, it's shot down; In Johannesburg, it's brought down by a curious giraffe: In Whitby, it both falls into a lobster's cage and is pooped on by a seagull; In Dubai, it is knocked down by a fancy water fountain (and crashes into the same fountain to add insult to injury).
    • The 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, "The Beach (Buggy) Boys, Part 2" opens by referencing three songs by The Beach Boys:
      Jeremy Clarkson: Writer, broadcaster, good vibrations.
      Richard Hammond: Writer, broadcaster, fun, fun, fun.
      James May: Writer, broadcaster, God only knows.
  • Credits Gag: At the end of the reef-making episode, "Dumb Fight at the O.K. Coral", a disclaimer states: "All procedures and policies were followed and no damage was done to the reef or wildlife during filming. Jeremy got a sunburnt neck but he was very brave and hardly mentioned it at all."
  • Curse Cut Short: Well, kind of. When James introduces the second half of the film in "Censored To Censored", he gets cut off before he can finish the name of the town they left off in: Fucking, Austria.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • During "Morroccan Roll," after Jeremy's plan to find out the weight of the cars ends in spectacular failure:
    Clarkson: James, it's not acceptable in Morocco to kill animals to establish the weight of a car, so...
    May: It's not acceptable in Morocco?
    • While debating the merits of the Bentley in "[censored] to [censored]":
    Clarkson: James, when I first met you, I thought you were ugly. And now, I still think you're ugly.
    May: A crushing criticism from one so handsome.
  • Death by Cameo: Pretty much the entire point of Celebrity Brain Crash. According to this article in The Sun, the BBC cautioned the show from doing 'Top Gear-style celebrity interviews', although in the same article the Beeb denies it. Regardless, it's likely both a jab at the BBC and the idea of the celebrity segment in-general, which for many fans was the least-liked segment of Top Gear.
    • Subverted in that some of the guests (Charlize Theron, Kimi Räikkönen, and Nena) were filmed at a distance and were likely just a crew member or stunt person playing the actual person suggested. (Another clue: the celebrity also isn't listed in the end credits.)
  • Death by Irony: In "Berks To The Future" the Celebrity Brain Crash guest, Nena, is "killed" by being carried into the air... by 99 red balloons.
  • Death Course:
    • Clarkson sets up the test track. the Eboladrome, as this, as wildlife could dart out whilst driving, one corner hugs an electrical substation, while the turn near the finish is near a pen of grazing sheep. A tight turn is meant to be drifted through rather than driven. As the layout of the track resembles the Ebola virus, it is dubbed 'The Eboladrome'.
    • After the course was laid out, and the first test laps began, according to Clarkson, a unexploded WWII munition was found, and so the track had to be re-tooled to flow around it.
    • The presenters have to go through a more literal one in Amman, Jordan in "Operation Desert Stumble," used to allow special forces to train and compete.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Discussed in the Namibia special, "The Beach Buggy Boys", after Clarkson and Hammond come across the wheelless carcass of a dead Toyota Hilux in a small village. Clarkson is astonished, noting that Namibia is so harsh it's managed to "kill the unkillable car" — a Call-Back to a couple of early episodes of Top Gear when the presenters punished a Hilux mercilessly and it miraculously still worked.
  • Delayed Explosion: Richard Hammond's supercar crash caused a short circuit in the linked electrical cells, which caused them to burst in sequence, a problem called thermal runaway, which, according to May, caused the wreck to continue to catch fire even five days after the accident.
  • Determinator: Both Hammond and his cheap motorbike in the Mozambique special. Hammond keeps going despite falling off his bike countless times and sustaining minor injuries, while the bike itself survives numerous falls, stalls, and trips through mud and water.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: In the early stages of the race in "The Falls Guys", Clarkson calls the airline that May and Hammond will be taking from New York City to Buffalo and downgrades their tickets from business-class seats at the front of the plane to economy seats at the back, complicating boarding for the injured Hammond. (A bit later, Clarkson calls the airline back and arranges for Hammond and May to be denied alcohol on the flight, but that's less cheating and more Clarkson being Clarkson.)
  • Different in Every Episode: The introduction clip to "Conversation Street"; a couple of times it's played straight, but more often than not, there's something there that shouldn't be...
  • Disproportionate Retribution: During "Operation Desert Stumble", things are going well until May shoots and kills Hammond aboard the airplane. As they make their way back, Clarkson asks why, to which May replies with, "He was being annoying." On the next run through, Hammond shoots and kills May at the same point in the run. Why? "Well he shot me!"
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In Croatia, Clarkson and Hammond can't find a crew member to start a drag race for them, so they find an very attractive Croatian model to do it instead. But they are so distracted that when she starts the race, neither car moves.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: 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.
  • Eagle Land: American audiences are portrayed as friendly and good-natured until they have a difference of opinion against the British hosts, for example, which sport better fits the term "football." This inevitably leads to shouting, fighting, and eventually the presenters cowering somewhere while the audience chants "USA! USA!"
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • In the first season, the tent moved from location to location; The second season does not for a number of reasons — costs, difficulty to get celebrities for segments, and a series of unfortunate events that rendered both Hammond and Clarkson in less-than-ideal health.
    • Speaking of celebrities, the first season had Celebrity Brain Crash, a segment that which was essentially a Take That! at the BBC lawyers, for threatening the show if it had too similar a format to Top Gear. It was then replaced with "Celebrity Face Off" in the second season after everyone agreed it was rubbish.
    • The American, the test driver for the first season, was unpopular enough that the man who played him, Mike Skinner, agreed to leave the series.
  • Escalating War: During the segment on Hammond's bugout vehicle in "Berks To The Future", he brags about how it is bulletproof; However, Clarkson and May quickly demonstrate that it is only against low-caliber guns — and less effective against automatic, sniper, and finally, rocket launcher fire. With that vehicle demolished, Hammond makes his next vehicle to stand up better — however, his co-presenters then bring a tank and blow that one sky high as well. Hammond's final vehicle he declares is nigh-indestructible against any kind of artillery. Unfortunately for him, someone let Clarkson and May aboard the HMS Richmond and then gave them access to its 5-inch naval gun...
  • Fix It in Post: As with Top Gear, this is parodied and subverted.
    • In the first episode, after Clarkson claims the Royal Air Force is the best air force in the world, the American crowd starts booing and making patriotic remarks. Clarkson retorts that it doesn't matter what they say, because it'll just get edited out. This is followed by a Gilligan Cut rapid-fire montage of the presenters getting roughed up by the audience while continuing to insist that the RAF is the best, then a brief shot of a make-up artist hiding their injuries, before they continue as though nothing had happened.
      • The same thing with the audience in Nashville during "Dumb Fight at the O.K. Coral", when the hosts start arguing with another American-based crowd about which sport deserves the right to be called "football".
    • Clarkson's review of the Aston Martin Vulcan in "Operation Desert Stumble" starts with him struggling to get in, taking several attempts, before stalling the car almost immediately. He remarks that they'll just edit all that out. They didn't.
    • The entire end segment of Season 2, Episode 5, "Up, Down And Round The Farm", which begins with a very impressive stunt driving film, very much in the style of stunt driver Ken Block, including using the car to herd and lock up a pen of sheep, with Clarkson at the wheel. However, before Clarkson can end the episode, Hammond and May show several behind-the-scenes clips of the filming, which show that Clarkson's driving was not as amazing as it seems. note 
  • Foregone Conclusion: Thanks to widespread reporting of the incident, Hammond's crash (shown in the Series 2 premiere) in the Rimac Concept One that hospitalized him is treated as such, complete with Clarkson snarking "We all know how that turned out", as Hammond talks about the car for the first time on the show.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: 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.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • After Daniel Ricciardo is reduced to a fine red spray across the window of the tent during the Season 1 finale's Celebrity Brain Crash segment, Clarkson and Hammond hastily introduce a new film while May wanders off to go clean it. Come back after the film, and while Clarkson and Hammond discuss that film and introduce the next one, May is actually outside the tent cleaning off the window, and doing a surprisingly thorough job.
    • In [censored] to [censored], after spending much of the episode debating the existence of the Loch Ness Monster (which might or might not have killed Tim Burton in his submarine), during the closing segment, a mysterious object can be seen rising out of the loch through the window.
    • The multitude of looks and people getting out of the way of Hammond as he drives around Dubai as well as through a wall and then around the Dubai Mall in the Ripsaw EV 2, basically a 700-horsepower civilian-grade tank, during the opening segment of "Up, Down And Round The Farm".
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • The name of the track that appears in "It's a Gas Gas Gas" is the Grand Tour Special High Intensity Test Track, or GTSHITT. note 
    • Likewise, in "Breaking, Badly," the Grand Tour Institute of Technology, or GTIT.
  • Fun with Subtitles:
    • 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.
    • Clarkson does it again in "Berks To The Future", pretending the football stars looking at his custom car ("The Excellent") are complimenting it heavily, when it's obvious they all dislike it. Parodied when one of them is speaking English, but is still subtitled as having praised the car.
  • Gone Horribly Right: During "Opera, Art & Donuts", in an attempt to get Richard Hammond off their backs, Clarkson persuades the group to take a detour into Vicenza and sends out a tweet publicizing Hammond's impending arrival. His intention is that Hammond's car will get mobbed by perhaps a few hundred fans, blocking him in place while Clarkson and May drive off. Instead, all three of them are swarmed by several thousand fans and it takes Clarkson and May quite some time to push their way through the crowd. Hammond does wind up staying behind, and doesn't catch up for over a day.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: In "Operation Desert Stumble", each time a presenter dies, the boys have to restart the course over again from the beginning. As they are not trained military personnel, they die. A lot.
    Clarkson: Is there anyone on God's green Earth less capable than- *May is shot* (Repeat ad nauseum)
  • Happy Dance: James likes to do these. He dances after the presenters finally find a road in Namibia, he briefly engages in one after he beats Hammond at Car Battleship, and when he goes the fastest around the Sitges-Terramar track in "Blasts From the Past."
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: During the Namibia special, May decides to get revenge on Clarkson for the "dickshift" by mounting the Clarkson buggy's front spoiler on comically high struts. While he's busy rigging it up, however, sparks from his angle grinder ignite the dry ground and start a fire... under the front of May's own buggy. Which he has apparently forgotten has a hole in the petrol tank. By the time he's put it out, the entire front end of the buggy is burnt and blackened to a crisp. Fortunately it's rear-engined, otherwise the fire would have gutted his car completely.
  • Hot Potato: Done with May's "dickshift" in the Namibia episode when he and Clarkson toss it back and forth into each other's buggies. In one particularly magnificent shot, May smacks Clarkson in the face with it.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • In "Berks To The Future", Hammond and May criticize Clarkson for having spent £14,000 of the show's budget building a car that was only valued at a fraction of that price. The last segment of the same episode revolves around Hammond building increasingly elaborate armoured vehicles to deal with a post-apocalyptic scenario, only for Clarkson and May to blow them all up in increasingly spectacular ways — first a rocket launcher, then a Challenger tank, then a freaking Royal Navy battleship — the entire segment must have cost dozens, if not hundreds of times more than the £14,000 the Excellent cost.
    • In the Season 2 premiere, Hammond, driving the futuristic electric Rimac Concept One, keeps complaining about all the noise Clarkson's old-fashioned Lamborghini Aventador makes, while he took great joy in harassing May with the loud engine noises of his Dodge Hellcat during "Opera, Art and Donuts", the third episode from the previous season.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: After being instructed to deal with the sniper in "Operation Desert Stumble", Clarkson first locates said gunman (who is kneeling atop a cliff) before countersniping him. With a handgun.
    Clarkson: YEEEES! What a shot! I'll never be able to do that again.
    Hammond (off-screen): Jeremy!! James has electrocuted himself.
    Clarkson: Oh, what a f--... *"time loop" restarts*
    • And, because the whole film takes on the form of a repeating "Groundhog Day" Loop (meaning that the sniper is in the exact same spot, like a videogame), Clarkson is able to do this again on the next loop. Without looking.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: 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.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • The first thing Hammond and May seek out after three frustrating and dangerous days in the Namibian desert? Beer.
    • The first thing acrophobic May seeks out after traversing high above a river on his "buggy cable car?" More beer.
    • 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 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.
  • Insistent Terminology: In "Art, Opera, and Donuts", Clarkson is driving a dark orange car. Hammond and May insist at every opportunity that it is actually brown. This gag has continued on their Twitter accounts long after the episode aired.
  • Irony: Hammond attempts to demonstrate how well an air cannon will work launching cars for Car Battleships. The first thing that Hammond successfully blows up is the Health & Safety van.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: In Season 1, Episode 2, "Operation Desert Stumble", there are many, many lines. Listing them all would take all day!
    Clarkson: James just shot the Queen in the back of the head!
    Hammond: Well, now what're we gonna do?!
  • Key Under the Doormat: Also in "Operation Desert Stumble". After May fails to hotwire a truck the presenters are trying to use to escape, Hammond lampshades this by asking May if he has "not seen every movie ever made" before retrieving the truck's key from the sun visor.
  • Knife Fight: Again in "Operation Desert Stumble", Hammond and a terrorist engage in one, and Hammond even gets to quip "Let's dance!"
    • Though this becomes Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight after Hammond loses. Once the next loop gets to his fight on the wing of the plane, he simply draws his rifle and shoots the terrorist point-blank.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: When James attempts to sabotage the front of Jeremy's buggy with a saw in the Namibia Special, sparks fly out and cause the front of James' own buggy to catch fire.
    • At the start of the Mozambique special, Clarkson is distracted by his faulty gearbox while towing May's Mercedes and accidentally reverses into it, bashing a hole in the front grille. Later on, when the group encounter a long stretch of road filled with puddles, James constantly breaks down because of water entering through the broken grille and stalling the engine, forcing Clarkson to wait continuously while May restarts his car.
  • Leave No Witnesses: While most of the occupants of the airliner containing their VIP hostage in "Operation Desert Stumble" were mannequins, James ensures that their departure is at least unseen.
    Clarkson: Are all the terrorists dead back there?
    May: Everybody's dead back there.
    Clarkson: Good man!
  • Lethal Chef: In "Feed the World," after Clarkson's ice machine breaks, he rigs up a away to smoke the fish while on the road... by using exhaust directly from his diesel engine. Optimistically calling them kippers fools no one.
  • Live-Action Cartoon: The promo, "James May is Alive", in which May goes about his normal day while barely dodging death. After he goes to visit his co-presenters in hospital (a jab at Hammond's accident and Clarkson's illness earlier in the year), he gets into his car and promptly gets a dumpster dropped on it. His reaction? A deadpan "ow."
  • Loophole Abuse: In "Blasts From the Past," neither Clarkson's Aston Martin or Hammond's Jaguar were road legal. Clarkson got around it as his car was registered as a prototype, and therefore okay to drive. Hammond's, however, was a test vehicle which could only be driven by one of Jaguar's test drivers. So, in order to drive it for the episode, Hammond had to be hired as a Jaguar employee. He promptly resigns after the episode airs.
  • Lovable Rogue: The persona all Jaguar drivers have, according to the trio. They can do questionable things, like take hotel towels to save the staff the trouble of cleaning them, "borrow" silverware and artwork, and drink most of a bottle of wine to determine if it's been corked or not. But it's okay, because they drive a Jaaaaaaaag...
  • National Geographic Nudity: During the Namibia Special, a group of local ladies dance while Hammond tries to fix his car nearby. He tries to be polite and acknowledge the dancing while being gentlemanly by not openly staring.
  • Not-So-Fake Prop Weapon: Hammond notes the SAS (British special forces) soldiers who demonstrate the survival course in "Operation Desert Stumble" for the presenters were using real weapons. Clarkson insists they did not and takes a nearby assault rifle and shoots it at an old Mercedes 280SL. The rifle does has live rounds and he succeeds in blowing out the car's tires and windows. And, as Clarkson is a lefty and the shell casings eject from the right side of the weapon, some of the hot casings hit him, cutting into and bloodying up his right arm.
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: Parodied in "Oh Canada", during Clarkson's review of the Tesla Model X. The last time Clarkson reviewed a Tesla - the Roadster - Tesla unsuccessfully sued him over some of his claims, so to prevent the same thing happening again, Clarkson describes the Model X's flaws while driving half-a-dozen lawyers around the track. Well... he *tries* to describe its flaws, but gets drowned out by legalese, so before describing its biggest flaw - the £156,000 price tag - he gets out of the car and uses its Summon mode to maneuver it into a tight parking space, so the lawyers can't get out and interrupt him.
  • Overly Long Name: Opposed to the Top Gear test track in Surrey, with turns nicknamed "Chicago", "Hammerhead", "Gambon", etc, the Grand Tour test track in Swindon, the "Eboladrome", has some absurd names, including the "Isn't Straight", "Old Lady's House", the meant-for-advertisers "Your Name Here", "Field Of Sheep" and "Substation". Most are based on the items that are close to the track.
  • Pop-Up Trivia: Turning on Amazon's "X-Ray" feature reveals more info about the cars, music, filming, Britishisms, obscure references, and the occasional snarky comment.
    [from Season 2, Episode 2]: "Central Park is the most visited park in whole of the United States. It is so-named because it is central, and a park."
  • Product Placement:
    • The tight turn at the head of the 'Eboladrome' track is nicknamed 'Your Name Here', with the idea it will be adorned with banners from advertisers, who will get their money's worth when cars are shot in slow-motion as they drift through the turn. Early episodes show no takers, as the turn only has simple, white banners with 'Your Name Here' on the fencing. However, in episode 4, the turn finally got its first sponsor, Swindon Springs, which Clarkson promptly misreads as "Swindon Swings".
    • DHL is a show sponsor: banners are placed in other parts of the track, and DHL trucks show up occasionally on the show. There is also footage on Twitter of the three presenters having a contest to assemble a standard DHL box the fastest. Clarkson, naturally, goes for his All-Solving Hammer.
      • The second season credit sequence is more overt, showing DHL trucks and handlers as the tent is being assembled.
    • There are also ads supporting the Science Museum at Wroughton, who own the airfield the Eboladrome is on.
  • Purple Prose: Richard always segues into Conversation Street with overly-flowery language.
  • Put On a Racing Bus: The American was dropped between the first and second seasons due to Mike Skinner's dissatisfaction with the way the character was written.
    Hammond: ...and because you all hated him.
  • A Rare Sentence:
    • From events in the Namibia episode, Hammond comes up with an odd news snippet: "James May died in an exploding beach buggy holding a rubber penis."
    • Also lampshaded by Clarkson when he notes: "This is something that nobody has ever said before, but Namibia is a beautiful bastard of a country."
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • In the series premiere, Clarkson makes a Side Bet 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 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 Hammond's crash in the Rimac, and so consequently he is on crutches, it puts the pair of presenters at a disadvantage.
      • The Amazon X-Ray feature reveals Clarkson has his own problem that slows him down — he can't pay directly at the pump during his fuel stops, and has to pay through the cashier, since the card reader requires entering in an American zip code.
    • While they are meant to stay discreetly in the background, and the presenters are meant to work out most issues for themselves, at times the camera crew or support staff are called upon to help with repairs or to get them out of a particularly bad jam. So, when they are actually referred to on-camera, like when Clarkson radios the crew during the Namibia Special in Season 1, or when they're seen driving to the site of the Rimac crash in the Season 2 premiere, then it means things have gotten quite perilous.
      • Subverted in "Up, Down, And Round The Farm", when the crew is shown beleaguered by Clarkson's antics trying to film his rally-car video. The exasperated director is Phil Churchward, who also came from Top Gear and has directed all the episodes of the series to date.
    • Subverted in Season 2, Episode 4's "Unscripted" — while the travel segments in Croatia (with Clarkson driving an Audi TT RS, Hammond in an Ariel Nomad, and May in a Lada) were, according to Clarkson, entirely unscripted, the episode just plays out (deliberately) as a series of missed opportunities, comical mistakes, comments and monologues trailing away, and May mostly off on his own, all because it's supposedly "unscripted" and was not planned out in advance as it usually is: like when an airport isn't available for a drag race, or a Croatian model keeps the lap times instead of a member of the crew, and May's ridiculous "fire engine challenge" that only he takes part in.
  • Recycled Premise:
    • Chris Harris, for an episode of his Internet series Chris Harris on Cars, took the same three 'Holy Trinity' cars out for timed laps at Portimao as well, beating The Grand Tour to the Internet by a few months.
      • Harris' results had the P1 beating the Porsche by .41 seconds, and the LaFerrari (which came 2nd in The Grand Tour shootout) coming in last, losing to the P1 by .68 seconds.
      • Harris used the same make of tires just as The Grand Tour did, so the difference in finish could be more on the driver or road conditions than the car's performance. It's also interesting to note that Harris' times were all faster than D'Ambrosio's times - by between .4 and 1.25 seconds!.
      • And like Clarkson noted towards the end of the shootout episode, When Harris used the P1 with its stock Pirelli Trofeo R tires, it made it even faster, with Harris shaving another 1.79 seconds off his laptime.
      • Ironically, six months later, Harris became a presenter for Top Gear when the show was rebooted with Chris Evans and Matt LaBlanc. Seven episodes of Chris Harris On Cars (including the Trinity shootout) were later broadcast on BBC America in the Summer of 2016.
      • It would appear the cars were available for multiple members of the press to play with for a time, because MotorTrend magazine also did a test at Portimao, but only between the P1 and the 918. Like it did on The Grand Tour, the Porsche came out on top. Going by the number plates, they do seem to be same two cars Harris and The Grand Tour both used.
    • The second season dispenses with Celebrity Brain Crash, and introduces Celebrity Face-Off, where two celebrities (who actually appear in the studio, without comically dying before getting there) run lap times against each other in a Jaguar F-type on a new, rougher (part paved, part-gravel) track. Having two celebrity guests compete and using a higher-end car on a rougher track were both introduced during the Chris Evans-led Series 24 of Top Gear. note 
    • Andy Wilman, the executive producer, in his off-screen messages and texts, is more or less taking the part of the card-handing, white lab-coated assistants that served the same function in Top Gear — outlining a challenge, berating the presenters for their stupidity, or getting upset at their lack of progress.
  • Running Gag:
    • The "Conversation Street" intros, showing the three presenters in silhouette while they converse, changes every episode. There's usually a gag or clearly something out of place.
    • 'Celebrity Brain Crash' set itself up to be an audience interview segment but the celebrities end up dead or killed. It also ends with the exchange:
    James: ...Does that mean (s)he's not coming on, then?
    Richard: Well, James, [graphic description of what just happened], so that would be a "no"!
    • Several episodes feature two of the presenters wanting to compare a pair of cars for a particular purpose and going to some exotic location to do so, only for the third presenter to butt in with his own car.
    • The second season brings back the old "In this episode..." gag from Top Gear where Clarkson lists three inane, weird, or out-of-context events that happen at some point later on.
    • The Mozambique special has May getting splashed by the water in his aquarium, and Hammond falling off his cheap motorbike. May tries to put a stop to the former by putting a tarpaulin over the top, but Clarkson subtly sabotages it so he gets splashed again; as for the latter, Clarkson remarks that Hammond has fallen off so many times he's actually gotten bored of watching it.
  • Series Continuity Error: In "Moroccan Roll", watch closely during Hammond's lap. As he drives into the Egyptian temple, his Mazda has a big unexplained dent in the side and is missing a side skirt. When it comes out the other side, it's fine again, and remains fine until the end of the lap, when he sideswipes a statue. Cue dent and missing side skirt. In other words, footage of Hammond's "one lap" was actually stitched together from multiple attempts. note 
    • Done heavily and lampshaded heavily in the second season as Hammond breaking his leg meant he appears in the studio fine while presenting footage of him while still dealing with the injury. Before this though is the fact that between the location and tent shots James May dramatically changed his hair, a discontinuity the trio try to play as even worse than Hammond's injury. In the end of year awards though Hammond comes out on top, (by switching cars in a cut during the middle of a review) winning a water bottle that is small in Clarkson's hands but once the camera cuts to Hammond taking hold of it, becomes five-gallon sized.
  • Shovel Strike: During the "Groundhog Day" Loop that forms the main feature of "Operation Desert Stumble", when Clarkson gets stuck in the window and... ahem, locates the terrorists, he pleads for his co-stars to "kill" him. In the end, Hammond bludgeons him with a shovel.
  • Side Bet: During the 'Holy Trinity' shootout, Clarkson makes an arguably bigger bet than changing his name to "Jennifer" this time - he bets Hammond and May that if the P1 loses, they can come around and knock his house down. In the end, Hammond's Porsche wins the shootout, beating May's Ferrari by only .2 seconds, but beats the P1 by 1.3 seconds. note 
  • Simulated Urban Combat Area: Used in the mission in "Operation Desert Stumble": it is a special forces training area located in Jordan.
  • Single-Episode Handicap: 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.
  • Small Reference Pools: As they traveled from city to city for the first season tapings, the presenters slipped in references for their local audience to keep them amused. Some of them get explained for the global audience, such as the South African prime minister's "counting" skills. Sometimes, they don't, which has gotten the show into trouble: during the "Happy Finnish Christmas" episode, Hammond made strange jokes about not eating ice cream because he wasn't gay, and was taken to task by the British and American press by it. It turns out he was referencing a well-known ad in Finland about two men starting a gay relationship over ice cream.
  • The Snack Is More Interesting: During "Operation Desert Stumble," James is sent down a hill into a highly-exposed area to steal a car. The car is being watched by a sniper and May constantly keeps getting shot, forcing the group to restart the entire mission over and over again. After his fifth attempt, Richard and Jeremy start bringing baskets full of goodies from the high-end boutique store Fortnum & Mason to munch on while waiting for May. However, they never get to enjoy them, because no matter how fast they try to prepare their food, James always gets shot just as they are about to eat and they have to leave to begin again.
    • This could also be seen as a Call-Back — May brought food from F&M when he and Clarkson drove a Toyota Hilux to the North Pole on their previous show.
  • Speak in Unison: In the first episode of the second series, Hammond and May's "You ungrateful bastard!!" upon learning that Jeremy hadn't unboxed a gift from his children due to an aversion to the squeaking noise polystyrene packing makes.
  • Start My Own:
    • 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.
    • The four also created a new online car enthusiast community called DriveTribe , along with further investments from former EMI exec Ernesto Schmitt and 20th Century Fox.
  • Take That!: Some digs to (and from) the BBC, after the presenters had left Top Gear:
    • Clarkson's Fire Stick ad, as he browses through the different content channels:
      Clarkson "... Demand5, Netflix, [advancing to BBC iPlayer] ...that...
    • James May, during the first episode of the second series of his show Cars Of The People:
      May: [concerning getting rid of the Morris Minor] But actually, would we really notice? Would it in fact give us a chance to move on? It might be a little bit as if a very popular and well-liked television programme suddenly came to an end. Everybody would think it was a disaster. But after a while, they'd get over it.
    • Clarkson, after being let go from Top Gear, was the guest host of the 50th season premiere of the BBC series Have I Got News for You in October, 2015, and took a fair amount or ribbing - especially from guest contestant Richard Osman. note 
    • The series premiere begins with Clarkson walking out of a generic replacement for BBC Television Centre, turning in his badge and then walking away in the rain, for the weather to clear up as he arrives in America for his new start.
    • When they introduce each other on stage during the series premiere, they list off the various times they've been fired from various jobs, but, when they get to Clarkson, Hammond admits he technically has never been fired from anything. note 
    • In the Season 1 Christmas Special, as Hammond is driving the new, right-hand drive Mustang around London, and gets to the Cenotaph, he explains that the monument is "...where we remember who died for us". Then he continues: "Slowing down a bit here... show some respect" — a jab at Top Gear alluding to when, during the filming for Series 23, Matt LeBlanc and rally-car driver Ken Block did donuts in front of the memorial, which angered the UK press. Host Chris Evans later apologized for the stunt and the footage eventually wasn't used in the completed segment.
    • During "Dumb Fight at the OK Coral", taped in Nashville, as they argue about the Nashville vs. Detroit music scenes, when Clarkson begin to rattle off influential Southern groups, and Clarkson says, 'The Allman Brothers', Hammond responds, 'Never heard of them'. Clarkson then doubles-down:
    Clarkson: ... they had that one hit... instrumental... what was it called? Jeb... Jennifer! You never hear it anymore—
    May: Oh, I hated that.
    Clarkson: You never hear it anymore, do you?
    May: No... rubbish.
    Hammond: Weirdest thing, weirdest thing. note 
  • Take That, Audience!: The Season 2 episode "Unscripted", leveled at fans who frequently complain about how scripted the show has become. By having a segment without a basic script to use as an outline, it shows how things go wrong without the rough ideas in place since tracks can't be found or booked in time, the presenters wander aimlessly since routes go unplanned, everyone picks a completely different type of car to test, Clarkson takes ages to come up with hyperbolic analogies about the car's systems, May engages in a challenge the other two refuse to participate in, and so on.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: The $800 motorbike Hammond buys for the Mozambique special is hilariously impractical: his fish all fall off the drying rack, Hammond himself falls off about a hundred times due to the bike's lack of grip, and it gets stuck and/or stalls almost as often on the muddy roads. Then towards the end of the challenge, the trio find the road blocked by a very large pond. Clarkson makes it through in his Nissan but ends up waist-deep in water, May tries to drive through it and completely kills his Mercedes... Hammond, on his narrow bike, just carefully drives round it.
  • Tie-In Novel: The Grand Tour Guide to The World, published in October 2017, featuring abundant snark from the presenters, along with behind-the-scenes photos of the filming of the first season, along with a preview of the second, reminiscent of the Big Book Of Top Gear books that the BBC used to publish annually.
    "...Some of this book is factual, but most of it isn't. Many of the observations are incorrect and the advice idiotic."
  • Too Much Information: Clarkson and Hammond mock the concept of cars being gender-specific and Clarkson states that the only relevant gender-specific concepts are bicycles and underwear. Hammond pipes up with "sometimes" after the second example before looking abashed.
  • Twitchy Eye: May develops one in "Opera, Art & Donuts" whenever Hammond or his obnoxiously loud Dodge Hellcat is near or featured in a horribly obnoxious painting.
  • Unusual Euphemism: During a discussion on marketing cars specifically for men or women, May refers to women as having a "magic triangle."
  • Voodoo Doll: Hammond finds one with May's face on it while the two are tearing down Clarkson's house, during "Opera, Art & Donuts". It's not the most disturbing thing they find, though.
  • Wacky Racing: "Environ-Mental" has the presenters build ecologically-sustainable car bodies, and then race them against some normal cars. Hammond's car is made of plant materials, Clarkson's car uses dead animal parts and slabs of meat, and May, after unsuccessfully using mud and then bricks, succeeds with a body made of a combination of hay and dung. However, it keeps him from seeing properly (adding to his already infamous No Sense of Direction), and it's so heavy he only completes a single lap. Then, Clarkson's car develops a problem with maggots. The regular cars obviously thrash the presenters, with the race ultimately ending when the last car standing, Hammond's, catches on fire.
  • Your Head A-Splode: May's head in the Conversation Street intro for the Season 1 finale, much to Clarkson and Hammond's surprise.


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