Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May give it a go in a new video.

Those of us who were fans of Top Gear during Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May’s tenure know that it was rather more than a mere car show. And we know from the trailer that their new show, The Grand Tour, which debuts on Amazon Prime in two weeks, is rather more than a mere car show, as well.

But what, exactly, is it?

Clarkson, Hammond, and May attempt to offer an explanation in this new video from the official The Grand Tour Youtube channel.

Clarkson offers: “It’s three middle aged men, in poor condition, falling over and catching fire, and occasionally a car goes by.”

May has a go: “It’s a peripatetic, tent-based, car-themed adventure.”

Hammond can only manage “there’s lot in it”.

All true, but none of them really encapsulates the whole show. And if the presenters can’t do it, what hope do the rest of us have? What do we tell people when we’re evangelizing about it?

I’ll give it a go: “the car-based misadventures of three hapless, middle-aged mates”.

Hmm, doesn’t quite do it.

Maybe “a guide to mucking about in cars with someone else’s money”.

Better, but still not quite a full enough explanation.

“A globe trotting motoring pageant”. No, that’s not it, either.

No, it simply can’t be done. Anyone unfamiliar with the trio’s previous work will only fully understand what happens by watching the show. And at least three seasons of Top Gear, as a primer.

Regardless, we can look forward to thrills, spills, antics, banter, powerslides, and Clarkson yelling “poweerr!” a lot. 

Should be fun. Here's the trailer.