So, they finally named it.
By ‘It’, I mean the new motoring show to be hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May coming soon to Amazon Prime.
So What exactly can we expect from “The Grand Tour”?
Your guess is as good as mine. If you, like me tuned in to Top Gear, whether you’re a complete gear-head, had nothing better to watch, or were in the mood for something funny to watch, you know exactly what Clarkson and co. would get up to on a weekly basis. No doubt we can expect all the thrills, spills and everything in between. Die hard Top Gear fans also know that they’re in class for some world class entertainment.
Yes. The keyword. Entertainment. The show, no, let’s be honest, the hosts of the show, no, even more honest, Jeremy “Jezza” Clarkson has his share (and a huge one) of critics. How couldn’t he? Brash and opinionated, Clarkson draws and even wider audience than the show’s faithful when his mouth gets him in trouble. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a reminder;
“That front end. It looks a bit wrong. Like a smiling simpleton. It should have been called the Ferrari 430 Speciale Needs”. In reference to the Ferrari 430 Speciale
“It’s very fast and it’s very loud. And then in the corners it will get its tail out more readily than George Michael.” While reviewing the Jaguar XKR-S.
“I’d have them all shot. I’d I would have them taken outside and executed them in front of their families.” In reference to public sector workers on strike.
The list goes on. And on. And on. You get the idea.
So, the question you may have on your mind. Why am I, like many other Top Gear fans, looking forward to ‘The Grand Tour’? I can only speak for myself in this case, do I agree with Clarkson’s stance? No. Do I think some of the things coming out of this man’s mouth are wrong and bordering on psychopathic? Definitely. But that doesn’t compromise his ability to do what we expect him to do. Make one of the best motoring, scratch that, one of the best shows in history.
The British Broadcasting Commission must have realised this as well, and treated Clarkson and his gaffes like the weary headmaster and the usual suspect “Oh this again? Apologise, on your way, don’t let it happen again”.
That is, until 2015, when Clarkson allegedly punched a man over a plate of hot food. Why?
Let’s face it. It’s because, with the ability to entertain millions, bring in a few more millions into the British economy, Clarkson has reached the status of “national and cultural treasure”. As an example, here’s another individual considered a national treasure in the U.K.
So, a few months and a few entertaining teaser trailers later, here we are waiting for our favourite Mexico hating, truck driver bashing, irreverent and sardonic motoring trio.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait.