After many, many months and many, many silly names, our ex–Top Gear chaps have finally come up with an official name for their new Amazon Prime motoring show. And guess what? It's not cheeky or ridiculous! [Pause for dramatic effect. Keep pausing. Vroom vroom.] It's going to be called The Grand Tour, and Jeremy Clarkson excitedly took to Twitter to explain the name and the show's interesting format.
Start the smoke. We have a name.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) May 11, 2016
So, the Grand Tour (GT for short) will come from a tent, which we will put up in a different location every week. Your town?— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) May 11, 2016
The leading contenders for locations so far are Heckmondwike and Texas.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) May 11, 2016
We have 12 shows. One is a Christmas thing. That means 11 locations for our tent. Many requests from Mexico.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) May 11, 2016
Fellow co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond also chimed in:
I still think 'Nigel' was a better name.https://t.co/nIlrOaosXF— James May (@MrJamesMay) May 11, 2016
Still. It's an anagram of Hot Grunt, Dear.— James May (@MrJamesMay) May 11, 2016
We've got a name. And it was bleeding obvious cos it's what we're doing: coming from a different place every weekhttps://t.co/T93o2M7dh9— Richard Hammond (@RichardHammond) May 11, 2016
Fans of the old Gear will note that Clarkson’s brief synopsis deviates from the show’s previous format. Yet it’s certainly a welcome change (and, of course, it's an entirely new show) — The Grand Tour will not only have a vast amount of pre-recorded films shot all over the world, but the studio audience recordings will take place at a different location every week as well. Additionally, these pre-recorded studio sections will be filmed in front of a live audience housed in a giant tent. (A tent, we can only hope, that’s overflowing with Dacia Sanderos and Reliant Robins.) The show will debut sometime in the autumn, but until then, the trio has a brand new Facebook page. Poooweeeerrrr!