The U.K. Still Loves Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May
Despite changing networks — ok, Amazon isn’t a traditional network — and continents, the trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May are still massively popular in the U.K. That much was proven by a report from British broadcasting regulator Ofcom, which revealed that the second season of The Grand Tour was the second-most streamed show in the U.K. The only show that beat it happens to be a 24-year old sitcom about buddies that ended its run 14 years ago. Outside of that, The Grand Tour’s popularity in the trio’s old stomping grounds is a good sign that their fans haven’t left their side.
2018 Lister LFT-666
Although it was revealed in prototype form at the beginning of the year, the Lister Thunder is no more. Say hello to the Lister LFT-666. The Thunder - a Lister tuned F-Type is renamed to LFT-666 to better fall in line with the future products that will spawn from the revived British car company. As it turns out, Lister is on the way to become an exclusive tuner of Jaguar cars. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do something like Polestar did with Volvo. Nevertheless, the company is still in its infancy, but if we are to judge by the first car they revealed, Lister will be a blast.
Lister Motor Company, Lawrence Whittaker, CEO says, “Over the past six months the Lister Motor Company has been working hard on developing our Tuning Division, starting with modifying the Jaguar F-Type. Originally, we named the prototype the Lister ‘Thunder’, however, due to future model lineage, all 99-production models will now be known as the Lister LFT-666, a befitting title and one where an intrigued passer-by instantly knows the brake horsepower of each Lister model.”
Although revealed only in the prototype form, Lister received a record number of orders for the Thunder (now the LFT-666). Finally, the company released a lot more info about it and let me tell you right away - it’s an awesome car.
Design Cut Build Drops Season 3 Teaser
Making art with metal isn’t always easy, but when you can pull it off, the reward is huge, and luckily, we’ve got shows like Design Cut Build to help show us the way. Starting from scrap and carried through to the final touches, Design Cut Build is a great source for ideas and inspiration, and if you’re into fabrication, this show includes tons of stuff any DIY’er is sure to enjoy.
Now, there’s a third season about to drop, and it’s bringing all kinds of good stuff for you viewers. Not only will there be tons of new projects to check out, but there’s also a new host - taking the helm will be Aaron Hagar, owner of Rat Runners Garage in South Lake Tahoe, California, and a force to be reckoned with in the art of building rat rods. Aaron is a true artist when it comes to cars and fabrication, and his always affable personality is sure to be a perfect fit for the show.
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Who Can Replace Matt LeBlanc as Host of Top Gear? We Look at Five Good Candidates
Matt LeBlanc’s departure from Top Gear opens up arguably one of the most desirable jobs in all of television. Some of the world’s biggest celebrities have openly expressed their desire for the job. Unfortunately, it’s one thing to aspire to host the show; it’s another thing to actually sign up for it and work the schedule. If the latter wasn’t an issue, LeBlanc would still be the host of the show. But alas, his departure opens up a number of possibilities on who could fill in as his successor. We take a look at five good candidates that can do it. They’re not necessarily in the running, but they could fill the void left behind by Joey Tribbiani.
Matt LeBlanc Cites Travel and Time Commitments as Reasons Behind Top Gear Exit
For the third time in three years, Top Gear is losing its frontman as Friends and Man with a Plan star Matt LeBlanc has announced plans to leave the show at the conclusion of the upcoming season. His included “extensive travel” and “time commitment” as the biggest issues behind his decision to leave the show behind. Just like that, the show’s hosting lineup is being thrown into turmoil.
Is The Grand Tour In Trouble?
Rumors are swirling that The Grand Tour may be in trouble and that Amazon may be thinking of axing the show entirely after its third season. The unexpected revelation comes by way of the Daily Mail, which is reporting that the show may not be renewed for a fourth season. No reason was given as to why that is, but a “source” close to the show said that “there is nothing to suggest they are going to do another season. No one has signed anything and employees are wondering where everyone will go once filming wraps.”
Alpine A110 Catches Fire During Top Gear Presentation
A car catching fire on Top Gear isn’t a new occurrence. A few years ago, a Zenvo ST1 burst into flames during filming. That prompted a bitter back-and-forth between presented Jeremy Clarkson and Zenvo. Fast forward to this year and it’s deja vu all over again for the hit motoring show. This time, the unwitting victim is a pre-production Renault Alpine A110 that was being driven by Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan.
Top Gear Drops First Trailer of 25th Season
You might have forgotten about it because of how good The Grand Tour has been in its second season, but Top Gear is actually still around. The hit British motoring show has been off the air for a year, but it’s ready to return with a vengeance. The show will have the same hosting crew from the last time we saw it. That means we can expect a lot of fun and good times from Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid.
Top Gear Drops New Trailer For Season 25: Video
Are you ready for the new season of Top Gear? Well, you better be, because it’s charging up your rear-view mirror in a cloud of tire smoke, mechanical abuse, and slapstick comedy. This will be the 25th season for the British motoring program, and as evidenced by this 30-second clip, it looks to offer viewers plenty of sliding, lots of airborne antics, and a generous heaping of gratuitous displays of speed. The clip looks as though it’s set in an abandoned industrial center, which is set up in perfect Gymkhana-style with dirt, jumps, and several heavy things to run into. Making their appearance is the trio of new hosts, Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, and Chris Harris, who are piloting a Shelby Mustang GT350, Jaguar F-Type SVR and McLaren 570S, respectively. Making a cameo is long-time friend of the show, Ken Block, who’s looking to take a little time off from nearly sliding off mountains to issue some high-performance justice to the TG crew as some kind of deputized speed sheriff behind the wheel of a custom off-roader. Of course, the boys aren’t taking it sitting down, and you can guess what happens as a result...
The BBC should release Episode 1 of the new season of Top Gear sometime early next year. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for updates as we get them.
The Grand Tour Teases The "Fastest Car in the World" Ahead of Third Episode
We’re already two episodes in on the second season of The Grand Tour, and ahead of the third episode, Amazon is doing a bit of teasing on what we can expect on tonight’s show. The star of the trailer is easy to decipher. It’s the Bugatti Chiron, the car Jeremy Clarkson called “the fastest car in the world.”
The Grand Tour’s New Test Driver Is A She
One of the biggest mysteries surrounding The Grand Tour’s second season was the identity of the show’s new tame race car driver. We didn’t get an answer in the first episode of the new season, but the reveal finally came in the second episode. In a surprising move, the show’s new test driver is actually a she, and her name is Abbie Eaton.
The Grand Tour Takes New York by Storm
The second season of The Grand Tour got off to a good start as the show didn’t waste any time showing the crash Richard Hammond had while driving the Rimac Concept_One in a hill climb competition in Switzerland. Some of the other segments were a little spotty, but it was still a pretty good episode. Now the boys are heading to our neck of the woods for the second episode, specifically in that urban jungle we all affectionately call New York City.
The Grand Tour Is Still In Search Of A New Test Driver
With only 11 days left before the premiere of The Grand Tour’s second season, the show remains without a test driver to replace The American. That predicament has forced some scrambling on the part of hosts, each of whom scoured the globe to find a suitable replacement for Mike “The Grinder” Skinner. Jeremy Clarkson invited former F1 driver Mark Webber for an audition, only to find out that the current Porsche ambassador is incapable of driving anything that isn’t from his employer. With Clarkson’s choice out of the picture, James May and Richard Hammond stepped in to save the day. Or at least they tried to.
Say Goodbye To Another Segment From The Grand Tour
Add another item to the growing list of things that won’t return for the second season of The Grand Tour. We already know that the globe-trotting tent segment has been grounded in favor of a more permanent setup in the UK. We also know that The American, last season’s “tame” race driver, won’t be back when the new season drops on Amazon Prime Video on December 8. Now it looks like the Celebrity Brain Crash segment has also been axed.
For its part, Amazon has yet to give specific details on what the show’s new celebrity segment is going to be. Instead, it released a new teaser video of the show’s three hosts — Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May — brainstorming on a suitable replacement for the ill-fated segment. Clarkson predictably led the way in the tomfoolery, cutting what looks to be an Alfa Romeo Brera and calling it the “Half-a-Romeo.” Clever puns aside, his intent was to have celebrity guests set lap times with the Half-a-Romeo, that is if they can even manage to complete a lap in the thing. That proved to be a challenge in it of itself as May, and a handful of crew members failed miserably in their attempts to even get a few hundred meters out of the Half-a-Romeo. I highly doubt that the Half-a-Romeo will play an integral role in the second season of The Grand Tour, and that’s not a bad thing at all. Laughs and giggles aside, it really is nothing more than an 11th-hour gag ahead of the season premiere next month.
Mark Webber’s The Grand Tour Audition Is A Barrel Full Of Laughs
The Grand Tour’s quest to find a new racing driver is heating up. Last season’s driver, The American, isn’t returning for the second season, so the trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond are burning up the classifieds in search of a suitable replacement. The first man to answer the call is former Formula One driver and current Porsche driver and ambassador Mark Webber. Needless to say, Webber’s whole “audition” was captured in all its glory, and in typical Grand Tour fashion, hilarity ensues as Webber does a “hot lap” on a Mercedes-AMG GT R while the three hosts argue over his identity.
GQ Talks Shop With The Boys From The Grand Tour: Video
Ahead of the release of the second season of The Grand Tour, the motoring show’s three hosts – Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond – recently took time out from their presumably busy schedules to have a sit-down talk with British GQ. Like anything else that involves these guys, the 11-minute interview was eventful in so many different ways. Nobody got hurt, which is a good thing, but the trio did reveal plenty of new information about themselves and the environment surrounding them that most of us didn’t know, or at the very least, have been dying to ask.
Obviously, the interview’s main focus was to highlight the return of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime Video as the second season is reportedly scheduled to drop before the year ends. The conversation then stretched beyond the usual promos and plugs as the presenters were asked about the differences between working for the BBC as opposed. Not one to back down from tough questions, Clarkson gamely answered, lamenting how he missed the fun of annoying people at the BBC because he can’t do the same with Amazon, not because the latter frowns on it, but because, in his own words, they’re “un-annoyable.” Part of this is likely due to Amazon having a more relaxed working environment than the BBC, though it must also be said that the streaming service does have a lot invested in the success of The Grand Tour. Speaking of which, the show’s rumored budget was also brought to the host’s attention, to which Clarkson responded by saying that the show’s budget isn’t actually far off from what Top Gear had during their era. “Broadly the same as it was before,” according to Clarkson. The interview covers more ground on a number of other topics, not the least of which is the surprising popularity, at least for them, of the hosts. In fact, May even recounted a story of Top Gear’s visit to Syria some years back. Who would’ve thought that not only were Clarkson, May, and Hammond famous in that country, but at least one local in a roadside hut somewhere in the country even knew May by his nickname, Mr. Slowly?
If you have the minutes to spare, do check out the interview.
Amazon’s Cheeky Ad Posting Is On The Hunt For A Replacement For Jeremy Clarkson
Amazon rarely gets to show off its sense of humor, but it was on full display in a recent job posting on its website. Turns out, Amazon Prime Video is in a mad search for a new TV host to fill in temporarily and cover what it describes as “an absence due to pneumonia.” You don’t need to be super sleuths to figure out that this listing is nothing more than a tongue-in-cheek jab at The Grand Tour’s own Jeremy Clarkson, but we’ll go along with it because the ad is actually pretty funny.
If you think you have what it takes to join a “long-established team of variously sized co-hosts,” then, by all means, throw your name in the hat. Just remember that before you do, you’re going to have to pass certain qualifications, including, but presumably not limited to a “strong knowledge of cars, metaphors, and progressive rock music.” Likewise, you’ll need to possess unlimited amounts of patience, particularly when you’re dealing with annoying colleagues, and be willing enough at least to “pause before delivering the final word or words of some sentence.” Oh, and if you happen to be tall, have curly hair, and a predisposition to wear an inordinate amount of pre-washed denim clothes, you’ll have the inside track to landing the job of your dreams. Just be sure that you also have a valid driver’s license, a good grasp of British English, including advanced qualifications in “exaggeration and braggadocio,” and most of all, a social media platform with at least 6.5 million followers. Think you’re up for it?
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Jeremy Clarkson Hospitalized With Pneumonia, Continues To Make Fun Of Co-Hosts
Former Top Gear host, current Grand Tour host, and habitual line stepper Jeremy Clarkson is reportedly out of commission for an undermined amount of time following his hospitalization for a severe case of pneumonia. According to a representative from Amazon, Clarkson was on a family vacation in Spain when he came down with the lung infection.
Despite the severity of his sickness, Clarkson still had the good spirits to make fun of James May, posting a less-than-flattering picture of his co-host on Instagram with the caption “The only functioning member of the Grand Tour team right now. God help us.” This is the second time in just a handful of months that a Grand Tour host has required hospitalization, with Richard Hammond requiring an airlift following a massive crash in a Rimac Concept_One while filming in Switzerland back in June. Hammond managed to exit the smoldering all-electric super car on his own, and miraculously did not suffer any serious injuries. Clarkson also posted to the Grand Tour social media hub, DriveTribe, saying “Thanks for all the good wishes. And to keep you up to date, I’ll be out of the action for quite some time apparently. It’s really really annoying because I’ve never had one day off work since I started in 1978.”
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The Grand Tour Season 2 Promises More Monkey Business
The first trailer of The Grand Tour’s second season has officially arrived, and as expected, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond are up to their old shenanigans. As promised, we also see a what’s what of cars being driven around, including a Bugatti Chiron, a Mercedes-AMG GT R, a Lancia rally car, and since this is The Grand Tour, a military tank of some sorts.
There’s enough good material in this 35-second clip to really get excited about what’s to come. Of particular note though are the clips of Hammond in his Rimac Concept One, the same car he crashed in Switzerland that led to him fracturing his knee. We didn’t get to see clips of the actual accident, but we do get the sight of seeing Hammond start his run up the Hemberg Bergrennen hill climb event back on June 14, 2017. We all know what’s going to happen next, but it would be really interesting to see how the whole accident was captured from the eyes of the show’s production team. Oh, and in case you didn’t notice it, there’s also a monkey in the video. Kind of made we wish they’d use an orangutan instead since Hammond does affectionally refer to Clarkson as one. The second season of The Grand Tour debuts later in the year on Amazon Prime.
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