The Grand Tour is Back on 8/12/17

The Grand Tour just revealed the release date for the next series of the Amazon Prime show. Coming out on the 8th of December the release date was accompanied by a new trailer for the show, giving us a glimpse of what we can expect to come into the new year.

Top Gear 1The Grand Tour has had a much better run than Top Gear has since the ‘fracas’ Top Gear has had two series since the trios departure and is only just finding its legs. The Grand Tour disappointed some with its debut series but has had a lot more time to rejigger the show into something the fans want to see. The new trailer shows us that the trio seem to be going strong with the cheap car challenges the public loved when they were on Top Gear. Clarkson Hammond and May appear to be taking three Jaguars down a ski slope with terror from all three being the result. We also see them go to Africa in what appears to be May in a Mercedes estate, Clarkson in a Nissan SUV and Hammond on a motorbike.

Top Gear Bugatti ChironWhat troubles me is that we also see a lot of stuff that we’ve seen before, ie: a Bugatti Chiron review from Clarkson (we saw Chris Harris review it on Top Gear) and a review of the Arial Nomad (which we also saw on Top Gear). The trailer also shows them driving an amphibious car, which, they’ve done before themselves, and the new Top Gear has done it as well. From what I can tell the schedule for the show means that when they review a car its often months if not years after someone else has beaten them to it.

Rimac Concept oneWe also get a view of the trio testing the Honda NSX, Lamborghini Aventador and the Rimac Concept One. We don’t see any of Hammond’s crash in the Rimac but its unlikely that they will try to avoid it as with Hammonds much more serious Jet car crash they went through it in extreme detail. Well just over a month to go to see whats what, see you on the 8th of December with a review of the first episode.

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The Grand Tour Trailer is out!

The trailer for the second series of the Grand Tour has been released and of course it’s the usual spectacle of high-speed hijinks, explosions and fast cars. The trio of ex Top Gear presenters have had a much better run of luck than the new Top Gear presenters, but it is yet to be seen if The Grand Tour will be as bigger success as their run with the BBC. The first series of the Grand Tour had some chips in the paintwork but was overall an enjoyable entertaining show.

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If The Grand Tour can change a few things (personally I hope Celebrity Brain Crash burns in hell for eternity) they can either recover this skid from the ditch it’s heading for or turn it into a magnificent drift in their case. The trailer sees a number of fantastic cars, such as the new McLaren 720S, the Bugatti Chiron, a Lancia 037 and even the worlds fastest tank called the Ripsaw, which even featured in the recent Fast and Furious movie.

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Then of course we saw a bit that we’ve all been waiting for, the Rimac. The 1000BHP electric super car that tried to kill our favourite Hamster. Whilst the crash was terrifying to hear about, I am hoping that the Grand Tour film crew managed to get good footage of it, as the shaky phone camera footage doesn’t really show what happen after he went off the road.

Overall I’m excited for the new series. What do you think of the new trailer? Sound off in the comments.

See my review of the first series of the Grand Tour here at Motor Verso.

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The New Rumoured Top Gear line up

Top Gear Presenter rumours surrounding the reinvention of Top Gear have been going since Clarkson left, but we now appear to have three clear candidates for the show. Hidden Philip Glenister is rumoured for one of the roles, the Life On Mars star has been on old Top Gear before as the Star In a Reasonably Priced Car. But could now be set to present the show. His car knowledge might not be up to scratch though as the only similar thing he’s done is For the Love of Cars, kind of a Wheeler Dealers Clone, which worries me as they were even asking the question, “Could the Golf GTI be seen as a Classic.” on the previous episode. Jodie Kidd Jodie Kidd is also rumoured for a role in the show, she currently present The Classic Car show on Channel 5 with Top Gear alumni Quentin Wilson. I would think Jodie would be taking up the Richard Hammond role of the group. When she appeared on old Top Gear she almost went to the top of the leader board in the Suzuki Liana. She also helped Jeremy defeat the Australians in a double decker car race. Guy Martin

The third and final member of the new crew is Guy Martin, a man more famed for his work with motorbikes than cars. He has his own show on Channel 4 in which he tries to beat numerous world records in vehicles, such as fastest speed on a pushbike. His credentials behind a steering wheel though could be called into question whilst he’s good on a bike and is certainly daring is he any good as a driver. However whoever they choose it doesn’t matter. The reason Top gear worked before was because of the rapport the stars had with each other. They were willing to openly insult each other on the show and nobody cared it was just three old men having a laugh. I don’t see this as being the same. I just can’t see the three of them having a good relationship with each other. I can see Philip and Guy getting on well together but Jodie is the wild card. Not because she’s a woman, its because she is from a different world, Phil and Guy are from similar backgrounds, Jodie was a model. Whilst she was a racing driver he career was very short and very underwhelming old Top gear worked because two of the presenters could gang up on the other. With this configuration if Guy and Philip were to gang up on Jodie that would be deemed sexist and would put the show in jeopardy yet again. I just don’t know how this can work.

Dave has killed Top Gear

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The UK TV channel Dave has killed Top Gear many people complain about Top Gear being horribly stale and boring. They never had this problem many years ago, but since the inception of Dave they have just been showing repeats of Top Gear. This reminds people of the old top gear when it was more about cars.

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If Top Gear wants to return to form it needs to stop being repeated on Dave. This will stop reminding people of old Top Gear and excite people when a new series of Top Gear comes on the TV. Just like the good old days. Yes I am aware it is quite easy to find top gear online but that is done by choice. Dave throws it in your face all day, and because daytime TV is crap it’s the only thing to watch.

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Personally I think Top Gear has run its course now anyway after 22 series they have reached the limit of what they can do. Truck driving done, van driving done, super car drive across the world done, they only have space to cover now… oh no they’ve done that as well. When they start repeating themselves you now they’ve run out of ideas (amphibious cars).

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Top Gear has to end, as they can’t get new presenters because they will always be in the shadow of Jeremy, Richard and James. People may complain about the foreign versions of Top Gear such as USA and Australia but personally I enjoy them they are fresh and new but still the same as Top Gear UK. They never will reach the hype of Top Gear UK as its not Jeremy Richard and James presenting.

Top Gear Series 20 is OVER

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So Series 20 of Top Gear has finished, and frankly that’s annoying because it felt like they’d just got into their stride. This is the problem with the 6 show series Top Gear does. When the first show starts it not the best and by the end of the series they’ve managed to put together a brilliant show, but then it finishes.

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Top Gear has always been a mixture of great car tests, races and cheap car challenges, then they have the stupid stunts (Hover Van, Peel P45, Caravan Holiday) personally I have gone off the stupid stunts, everyone knows they’re faked and they’re starting to get annoying.

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This time the guests for the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car were very very good even though some of them were just there to plug things such as Hugh Jackman with The Wolverine. Most of the guests seemed liked they actually wanted to be there, especially the last guest Mark Webber. Who seemed especially keen to beat a certain Future ex teammate. It also seemed clear that hes not Sebastian Vettel’s biggest fan, I share his view.

The New Icona Vulcano

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This is the new car by Icona called the Vulcano. It’s a V12 Hybrid with 950BHP. The car also has a claimed top speed of 216MPH. The car will go on show at the Salon Prive in London this will be its debut.

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Personally I don’t think it’s a particularly good-looking car, its too tall in the front and those vents are way too big. It clearly has publicity photos taken by Jeremy Clarkson. I also think its going to be incredibly hard for it to be successful especially with the ne Ferrari LaFerarri and the McLaren P1 both coming out soon.

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Also there is the problem of price the Ferrari and the McLaren are both around the £1 million mark. The Vulcano is going to be €3 million which is just over £2.5 million. Who would rather have this than one of the two top cars from two of the top companies? 

Top Gear is Back

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Yes Top Gear has returned for its 20th series, and may I say this series has started with a bang. It began with Richard Hammond testing three hot hatches, the Peugeot 208GTI, the Renault Sport Clio and the Ford Fiesta ST. Now if you’ve been here before you’ll know I’m a massive fan of fast Fords and it seems Top Gear are as well as they think although it wasn’t the fastest of the three setting a time of 1:32.7 they still believe that it will be future classic and personally I agree.

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The second segment of the show was a race between James May in a catamaran (boat for non-nautical people) which was captained by Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainsley and Jeremy in the fastest car in the world, no not the Bugatti Veyron SS but a Toyota corolla 1.8. No that’s not a joke the thing is, it’s a hire car meaning you can do whatever the hell you want with it and as can be seen Jeremy does.

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The third section in the show was the reveal of their brand new Reasonably Priced Car and surprisingly not some boring Asian heap of junk like all previous RPC’s. This time it’s a Vauxhall Astra with a lifetime warranty the guests they had come to their BBQ was: Brian Johnson of ACDC, Charles Dance of Game of thrones, actor Warwick Davis (which they had fun with him not being able to reach the pedals), singer Joss Stone, comedian Jimmy Carr, heavy-weight boxer David Haye, Rachel Riley of Countdown and The Gadget show fame and Mike Rutherford from the band Genesis. Quite a good list I think you’ll agree with Brian Johnson leading the new board and Mike Rutherford at the bottom.

Overall I think this episode was brilliant, Top Gear hasn’t been that amazing for a while but this episode was brilliant I haven’t laughed all the way through an episode for quite a while and this episode brought it back with a bang and I’m so happy it has.

Top Gear is Back!

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Yes the legend that is Top Gear is back for a nineteenth series. Personally I think this episode was on the upper side of average. WARNING SPOILERS! In this episode we see James co-drive whilst Kris Meeke throws a Bentley Continental GT Speed around a rally stage. We also see Hammond drive the Pagani Heuuurur sorry, Huayra on the track. And finally we see Jeremy being Jeremy in a car supposedly smaller than the Peel P50 although to it looked a whole lot bigger.

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Personally my favourite piece of the show was the GT Speed. Kris Meeke you may remember beat Amy Williams at Lillehammer in a Mini rally car. His driving hasn’t got any worse, his driving on the rally stage was simply incredible along with the facial expressions of Mr. May, especially considering he couldn’t se the handbrake.  I’ve never really liked the Continental GT it seems just too big and cumbersome, and then there’s the footballer factor.

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The Huayra, I’ve also never liked, I always preferred the Zonda. The Huayra always looks giant to me and it may be incredibly fast, and it really blitzed the track but I think the Zonda is better looking and just nicer in every way. The Zonda was always the first to be absolutely bonkers and the Huayra just isn’t as bonkers as it should be.

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Jeremy’s Peel P50 or P45 as he calls it looked giant compared to the P50 it may be just taller but the whole idea was for it to be Smaller than the P50. I think Jeremy’s original P50 film where he drove round the BBC building was much better. However Jeremy must have huge kahunas to drive the P45 on the dual carriageway as although it was planned the cars were still travelling upwards of 70 MPH.

Love the beast

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Love the beast is a documentary about Eric Bana and his Ford Falcon. It follows him as he takes part in the Targa Tasmania a road rally across Tasmania. It also follows Bana’s deep love for his car, a car that he’s had since he was 15. This film is essential for car lovers everywhere; because it not only follows Bana’s racing career but it also shows the tragic death of the car. Bana sadly crashed the Falcon on the Targa, and is currently rebuilding it. Many people may think that it’s just a car but in the film we see Bana’s emotions come through at the thought that he might have killed his love, his Beast. This car to him has been with him through everything.

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The documentary gets interviews with two famous petrol heads Jay Leno and Jeremy Clarkson, These two understand the spiritual love that Eric has for his car as they reveal in the interviews. Bana also interview Dr. Phil to find out why this car means so much to him. I also recommend this film for non-petrol heads as it will explain why we have such a love for cars.

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The pain at the death of the car is felt throughout his family and his friends, that car was the centre stone of there friendship. The car is a central part of family life and both his father and Bana himself have a love for cars, his father happens to have ford thunderbird, the last time it ran was at Bana’s wedding. Towards the end of the film the thunderbird gets fired up for the first time in 10 years. Both these cars are central to Eric and his father.

 

I say again this film is essential to any car lover

Legends of the motor industry

Enzo Ferrari

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Yes the man himself, the one who brought us the prancing horse of Ferrari without him the super car industry, would not be the same Lamborghini may have brought us the first mid- engine road car with the Miura but Ferrari is the true hero of supercars if its not red with a prancing horse on the badge then it can’t be a true thoroughbred super car. Known as quite a harsh man he managed to see the launch of the F40 one of the greatest cars of all time before his death in 1988 and had the F60 named the Enzo in his honour.

 

Henry Ford

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The only man to rival Ferrari in the legend status he was the man to bring the world the production line, he brought the Model T into the world, by 1918 half the cars I America were Model T Fords. However contrary to popular belief he never said, “You can have any colour so long as it’s black.”

 

Jeremy Clarkson

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Whether you love him or hate him Jeremy Clarkson is a legend. He is the one who is blamed by many for the death of Rover.  His non-caring attitude towards other people’s opinions has caused him to be a worldwide success, that and the fact he is on the most watched show on the planet.

 

Richard Noble

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Many of you might not of heard of Richard Noble. But you should. This is the guy that pushed the limits of speed on land in the Thrust cars. He set the record in Thrust 2 at 633.468 MPH(1019km/h). He was also on the project for breaking the record in Thrust SSC pushing the record to 763.035MPH (1221km/h). Now he is pushing the boundaries again with the rocket engine Bloodhound SSC which is set to break the 1000MPH barrier. This guy is a true Hero and He’s British.