Will 'The Grand Tour' Be Better Than 'Top Gear?'

You may have heard that the producer puncher, the fashionista, and the one with facial hair left Top Gear to do their own thing, and do it in their own way. First that show found a home on Amazon, and now that show has a name: The Grand Tour. The title is a nod to the 18th century tradition of upper-class young men leisurely traveling around Europe to study art, music, literature, and women. Given that the nationality of these titans of automotive media, the name is well suited for a show about three very British men traveling around doing the things us plebes can only dream of. Clarkson also sent out a tweet that hints the title is a reference to Gran Turismo cars (GT), and that the show will be shot in a different location every week, from inside a tent. RELATED: Clarkson, Hammond, and May Caught Riding Around in a Lifted Mercedes
Will 'The Grand Tour' Be Better Than 'Top Gear?'
A 15 second teaser was also shared on the show's Facebook page, and it gives us a look at some of the rejected names. Automates sounds like a show about people who got married because they both wanted to run the best used car dealership in Tulsa, and though we'll probably see that show on A&E sometime in the near future, it definitely wasn't right for a show with a 160 million pound budget. Personally, I'm fond of Ace Biscuits, but that's probably a better name for a hip breakfast joint than an automotive show with British hosts. Three seasons of The Grand Tour will be available exclusively through Amazon, and it's unknown whether all episodes will be available right from the start like Netflix, or if they'll be released one by one in a more traditional format. For those that sent in suggestions for names and are disappointed with their choice, here's a statement from the team's rep.

"They would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to send in their suggestions. They were much appreciated. Thing is," said Jeremy Clarkson, "we'll be traveling the world hosting each episode in a different country, from a giant tent. It's a sort of 'grand tour', if you like. So we've decided to call it 'The Grand Tour’."

James May admitted to being underwhelmed by the name. "I wanted to call it ‘Nigel', or ‘Roger'. We needed a name, and they're names."

Richard Hammond was more positive. "I already love camping," he enthused, "But this is something else. We are like our pioneering and prospecting forebears, sallying forth into a new frontier of broadcasting, and making our home where…" But at this point Clarkson and May strangled him with a guy rope.

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