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Jeremy Clarkson COTY

Jeremy Clarkson has named his car of the year

Jeremy Clarkson COTY

The inaugural News UK Motor Awards are in and even Jeremy Clarkson is in on the fun – he’s picked his car of the year.

The awards cover a wide range of cars, with journalists from The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and talkSPORT getting involved in the selection process. Yes, being a Times contributor, that means Clarkson is in on it too. Predictably, he gets his own category. We suppose Clarkson over-ruling everyone else and picking the Ford GT as the family car of the year might have caused a few issues.

So, while the likes of Family Car of the Year and Commuter Car of the Year were awarded to the Volvo V60 and Volkswagen Golf GTE respectively, Clarkson’s car of the year goes at a somewhat different – and heightened – pace. His car of the year is… the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.

Jeremy Clarkson COTY

He might be a year late on this one, but we can forgive him, given how exceptional Lambo’s baby track weapon is. That V10 is unrivalled for drama in the supercar segment and it has driving experience to match. Knowing Clarkson, though, we’re surprised he didn’t deprive it of honours for those spinally challenging seats…

Anyway, other notable winners are Jaguar I-Pace, Aston Martin DBS, Aston Martin Vantage and Honda Civic Type R. They won green car, best-designed car, sports car and hot hatch of the year respectively. The Sun’s car of the year was the new Fiesta ST. The Sunday Times car of the year was the Jaguar I-Pace. The weirdest award? The new Land Rover Discovery with dog-friendly car of the year.

Watch our video on the Lamborghini Huracan Performante below:

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Mazda MX-5 vx Zenos E10 S vs Alfa Romeo 4C

These are all the cars featured on The Grand Tour so far

The Grand Tour: all the cars so far

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another episode of The Grand Tour. This week, Clarkson, Hammond and May are in Rotterdam, a place with well-dressed policemen and the home of the speed camera. Anyway, these are the cars featured this week…

Mazda MX-5 vx Zenos E10 S vs Alfa Romeo 4C

Mazda MX-5 vx Zenos E10 S vs Alfa Romeo 4C

Richard Hammond claims the Mazda MX-5 is “all the sports car you’d ever need,” and it’s a bargain – with prices starting at £18,495. The new model comes with air-con, heated seats, lane-departure assist, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlamps… all of which makes it better, says Hammond.

Zenos E10 S

James May disagrees. Quoting Lotus founder Colin Chapman, he says these extras add weight meaning it’s not a true sports car any more. Which is why Captain Slow’s picked the Zenos E10 S, which manages without a radio, roof or even a heater. It does, however, have a 250hp Ford Focus ST engine.

To decide which is better, the pair head to the “obvious proving ground for all sports cars”: North Africa.

Alfa Romeo 4C

And then Clarkson turns up in an Alfa Romeo 4C. He insists it’s his “favourite car currently on sale”, despite the dim-witted gearbox, lifeless steering and eagerness to chuck you in a ditch for no reason. He justifies it by saying: “Put it this way, we all could probably find fault with our children, and yet we still love them.”

It also gives Clarkson cramp, and it costs more than the Mazda and Zenos put together.

The Grand Tour

The group test concludes with a race between the three sports cars through a film set used in The Jewel of the Nile and Game of Thrones. The sandy roads make for a lot of oversteer and ends with Hammond sliding sideways into an ancient sculpture. Despite this, Hammond in the MX-5 is the fastest around the track, but admits it’s a hollow victory.

Car battleships

Car battleships

Kids of today are no longer interested in board games, apparently. But The Grand Tour trio reckoned they would be if they could play life-size versions. So, they borrowed a crane, a fleet of old bangers and a line-up of G-Wiz electric cars. The results were rather spectacular – but we can’t help wondering if the G-Wiz owners’ club might be penning letters as you read this.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS vs BMW M4 GTS

Porsche 911 GT3 RS vs BMW M4 GTS

Missed episode four? Last week’s episode started with Clarkson singing the praises of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. “Oh, it’s very, very good,” he says, as he slides the GT3 RS around The Grand Tour’s Eboladrome test track. But is it as good as the BMW M4 GTS?

Clarkson gives the BMW M4 GTS a bit of a pasting in The Grand Tour. He slates the lack of practicality, and complains that the ride is too bumpy while the “drone from the tyres is horrendous”. You might be expecting a “but”… but it doesn’t come (yet). He complains about having to fill the water tank for the engine’s water injection, while he describes the steering as “horrid”.

It sounds like there’s a clear winner, then, with Clarkson concluding: “This competition between these two cars is like a boxing match between an actual boxer and someone who thinks he’s a boxer because they’re wearing satin shorts.”

But… and, eventually, there is a “but”, the BMW M4 is crowned the winner, solely because Richard Hammond has bought a Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

Sustainable cars

Sustainable cars

“In recent years, the world’s carmakers have made great strides to make more fuel-efficient and more environmentally-friendly car engines,” says Hammond, “but very little has been done to make more environmentally-friendly car bodies and interiors.”

This gave the team an idea. The three of them bought an old Land Rover Discovery and gave it a more eco-friendly appearance…

An old Land Rover Discovery covered in mud isn’t such an unusual sight, but what about one made of mud? This one weighs five tonnes, and chunks fall off it during driving. It soon requires a re-think, with May rebuilding it out of bricks. That doesn’t work particularly well either, so eventually James resorts to straw and cow poo. And, you guessed it, that’s not exactly problem-free.

Sustainable cars

Hammond’s attempt features a frame made out of hazel before being covered in flowers and shrubs. “It’s basically a hedgerow,” he says. The flowers are planted in compost and nutrients, meaning they’re still growing – and, as Hammond puts it, “you don’t wash this car, you water it.”

And finally, Clarkson’s attempt at being green is a little more controversial. It uses animal skin and bones, with ears for door mirrors and a cow’s rectum as the windscreen. It has its pitfalls – dogs tear it apart overnight, meaning Jeremy has to visit the local butcher to repair his car. Watch the episode to find out whose attempt at sustainable transport worked the best.

Jensen Interceptors

Jensen Interceptors

Episode three began with the sight of the three presenters making their way to Whitby at the wheel of a trio of Jensen Interceptors. It’s a fitting choice of car for an episode dominated by three British blokes gallivanting around Tuscany, as the Interceptor was very much an Anglo-Italian GT car.

Clarkson and May decided to visit Italy to embark on a very modern take on the classic Grand Tour recipe. A journey of art, of culture and of fine food is planned. The question is: what cars should the duo drive?

Aston Martin DB11

Aston Martin DB11

For Clarkson, the choice is the new Aston Martin DB11. Arguably one of the greatest GT cars you can buy today, the DB11 packs a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine, producing a mighty 608hp. It’ll reach a top speed of 200mph, a figure that gives Clarkson some much needed bragging rights later in the show. Oh, and if anybody asks, the car is Sunburst Orange. Not brown. Definitely not brown.

Rolls-Royce Dawn

Rolls-Royce Dawn

As for May, he decides to lord it about in Tuscany with the help of the Rolls-Royce Dawn. If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s the same one Matt LeBlanc drove in the latest series of Top Gear (and we tested it earlier this year). Clarkson does his best to convince May that it’s little more than a BMW 7-Series in a fancy suit, but the long-haired one is not for turning. The scene is set: Clarkson and May are ready to head into the beautifully manicured hills of Tuscany. Or are they?

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

No, because – surprise, surprise – Richard Hammond turns up in a very loud and very thirsty Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The 707hp all-American action hero isn’t your typical GT car, but then the Grand Tour isn’t your typical car show. Hammond justifies the Hellcat by likening the original concept of a Grand Tour as a little like an “18th century Cannonball Run”.

What follows is a road trip that feels very much like an episode you might have seen during the old days of Top Gear. Clarkson and May spend most of the time attempting to escape from Hammond, while Hammond himself spends most of his time in petrol stations. Describing Hammond and his Hellcat, May said: “It’s like someone being sick on you while you read a nice book.”

Jezza’s self-driving car

Jezza’s self-driving car

Back in the tent, the trio urge the buying public to stop buying cars like the Renault Kadjar and Nissan Juke, while Clarkson presents his own take on Google’s self-driving car. “How hard can it be?” asks Jezza. You can judge the results for yourself. Meanwhile, look out for a very explosive ending…

Aston Martin Vulcan

Aston Martin Vulcan

Now, let’s look back at episode two. The episode starts with Clarkson hammering around a track in Aston Martin’s rather special, track-only £1.8 million Vulcan. Only 24 will ever be made but Clarkson doesn’t seem that impressed from the start.

“You will be able to edit this out, won’t you? I don’t want people thinking I’m fat,” he jibes as he struggles to get into the hypercar. He then tears it apart for being uncomfortable and not very well equipped – the windows don’t go down, it’s noisy and “you only get half a steering wheel”.

All Aston Martin Vulcan buyers can have it shipped out to a racetrack of their choice where a team of mechanics will set it up for them and show them how to drive it – all part of the service. In typical Clarkson review style, by the time he’s spent some time driving it aggressively, he’s rather more convinced.

“I LOVE THIS THING VERY MUCH,” he concludes, shoutily.

Once The Grand Tour’s American racing driver Mike Skinner prises the keys from Clarkson’s grip, he sets a time of 1:15.5 around the show’s test track – that’s 2.4 seconds quicker than a McLaren 650S, the outgoing leader.

Audi S8 Plus in Jordan

Audi S8 Plus in Jordan

Now onto the mean feature of episode two. Jordan, in the Middle East, has built a mock town where special forces around the world are sent to compete and decide which one’s best. What’s this got to do with The Grand Tour..?

“Mr Wilman, who is the fat man who controls our lives [and executive producer of The Grand Tour], decided that us three should go and take part,” explains James May.

Now, those who were hoping The Grand Tour would be a ‘proper’ car show might be a tad disappointed with this feature. But it involves guns and helicopters, and they’re cool, right?

It also features an Audi S8 Plus used as a getaway car to transport the Queen (yes, it’s definitely her) away from terrorists. Clarkson and May can’t help but review the car, praising its ride quality and performance.

Spinning in an E30 BMW 3 Series

Spinning in an E30 BMW 3 Series

The final feature of Episode Two is what Clarkson describes as “making James May do something that he doesn’t want to do.” The first of what’s likely to be an on-going feature involves ‘spinning’, a South African thing that involves doing donuts in an elderly, rear-wheel-drive car to a backdrop of rap music.

“It’s lively, it’s interesting and it’s youthful. It’s everything he [James May] isn’t,” Clarkson explains.

Apparently, old E30 BMW 3 Series models are a popular choice for the sport, so that’s what James May is taken out in. He’s not very impressed when his driver gets out and leaves him in the car doing donuts by itself. So that’s all the cars featured in Episode Two…

McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918

Not watched the first episode yet? The team managed to get the “hypercar holy trinity” of the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 together. It’s a group test that the team never managed on Top Gear – the car manufacturers wouldn’t co-operate, apparently, and while the crew were desperately trying to convince owners to let them borrow their cars, the fracas happened and ruined it all. Until now.

McLaren P1 - The Grand Tour

The McLaren P1 is Clarkson’s hypercar of choice. The plug-in hybrid uses a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 petrol engine combined with an electric motor to produce 917hp. It’ll hit 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and reach an electronically-limited top speed of 218mph. Without its limiter, the P1 is good for 249mph.

Prices for the McLaren P1 started at £866,000. Only 375 were made, with the last one leaving the firm’s Woking production line in September 2013. There are currently four listed on Auto Trader – but you’ll need to splash out at least £1,675,000. Call it an investment.

LaFerrari - The Grand Tour

The LaFerrari’s power (all 963hp of it) comes from a 6.3-litre V12 combined with an electric motor. The 0-62mph run is dispatched in less than 3.0 seconds, while top speed is more than 217mph. James May reckoned it would “absolutely mince” the other two…

Just 499 LaFerraris were sold worldwide at a cost of around £1 million each. There’s currently just one listed on Auto Trader, for an incredible £3.5 million.

Porsche 918 - The Grand Tour

Now onto Richard Hammond’s choice, the Porsche 918. Power comes from a 4.6-litre V8 engine combined with not one but two electric motors, producing a total power output of 887hp. In standard guise, it’d hit 62mph in 2.5 seconds and was capable of a top speed of 218hp. The one featured in The Grand Tour has the optional Weissach Package – a £60,000 pack which reduces weight and can lap the Nürburgring three seconds quicker than the standard 918.

Meanwhile, the Porsche 918 would have cost you a relatively affordable £625,000 when it was on sale. But today you’ll be looking at paying at least £1.1 million on the second-hand market.

Spoiler alert: the fastest around The Grand Tour’s new test track was the Porsche 918 (1:54.2), followed by the LaFerrari (1:54.4) and McLaren P1 (1:55.5). Clarkson promised Hammond and May they could bulldoze his house if the McLaren didn’t win.

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

The hypercar trio aside, what else did Clarkson, Hammond and May drive in the first episode of The Grand Tour? Well, it starts with the threesome driving through the States in red, white and blue Ford Mustangs. Powered by a 5.0-litre V8, the latest Ford Mustang (and the only to officially be sold in Europe) will hit 62mph in 4.8 seconds. It also features a burnout mode. And this wasn’t all…

Ferrari 488

Ferrari 488

New programme… new track. To show off the “eboladrome”, The Grand Tour’s unidentified driver completed a lap in a “performance icon”, the Ferrari 488. Unfortunately Ferrari wouldn’t let them time it.

BMW M2

The Grand Tour - BMW M2

It’s one of our favourite ever BMWs – and Clarkson’s now dubbed it “the best M car BMW has ever made”. The BMW M2 produces 365hp from its turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six and, as Clarkson proves on track, it’s very happy to flatter the driver in some oversteer fun.

He concludes that the BMW M2 is “an absolute masterpiece”.

James May’s Prius

James May’s Prius

Teasing the show, The Grand Tour has planted three ‘crashed’ Toyota Priuses around the world. The first one, sporting the number plate ‘M4Y’ and ‘The Grand Tour’ decals, was seen squashed against a postbox outside London’s King’s Cross station.

Richard Hammond’s Prius

Richard Hammond’s Prius

Meanwhile, a red Prius with the plate ‘H4MMOND’ was seen crashing through the ground in Berlin…

Jeremy Clarkson’s Prius

Jeremy Clarkson’s Prius

And sporting, you guessed it, a ‘CL4RKSON’’ number plate, this blue Toyota Prius was spotted in LA. Previously, the controversial presenter described Prius owners as ‘morons who think they’re saving the planet’.

The Grand Tour hosts go commando in episode 2: Operation Desert Stumble

The Grand Tour episode 2 teaser revealed: Operation Desert Stumble

The Grand Tour hosts go commando in episode 2: Operation Desert Stumble

The second episode of The Grand Tour will be available from 00:01am tomorrow – and a teaser clip revealed today suggests it could be even more action-packed than the first in the series.

The episode, titled ‘Operation Desert Stumble’ is hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May from a tent in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In the clip, the ex-Top Gear hosts are seen dodging explosions and ‘going commando’ as they are forced to become special forces soldiers with an all-action challenge at a top secret training base, deep in Jordan.

The Grand Tour hosts go commando in episode 2: Operation Desert Stumble

Meanwhile, Jeremy Clarkson tests the 800hp Aston Martin Vulcan around the Grand Tour test track, while James May investigates an unusual form of motorsport called spinning. Judging by his face in the teaser clip, it’s not asport he’s set to take up anytime soon.

Last week’s episode has attracted a lot of positive comments on social media – with many likening it to Top Gear with a bigger budget.

Episode one featured a group test between the hypercar trio of the Porsche 918, McLaren P1 and LaFerrari.

The Grand Tour: Clarkson, Hammond and May filming in Yorkshire

The Grand Tour: everything we know so far

The Grand Tour: Clarkson, Hammond and May filming in Yorkshire

Amazon has announced that The Grand Tour will be available to watch on its Prime streaming service from 00:01 GMT on Friday 18th November.

It comes after months of filming including studio recordings in its tent around the world – from Whitby, Yorkshire, to Nashville, Tennessee.

The Grand Tour: Clarkson, Hammond and May filming in Yorkshire

What do we know about The Grand Tour?

For a start, excitement reached fever pitch with the release of the first official trailer. In just 90 seconds, the trailer passes the Mark Kermode ‘six laughs test’, suggesting The Grand Tour might be worth the extremely long wait. In fact, it feels like they never really went away…

There are cars, obviously, but there’s so much more besides. James May has fractured his arm. Jeremy Clarkson is attempting to pull a camel. There’s a tank. Jet skis. Not to mention a reference to Roger Moore and his white suit, in a setting that looks straight out of The Spy Who Loved Me. Excited? Read on to find out what else we know about The Grand Tour.

It won’t be on mainstream TV

Following Clarkson’s ‘fracas’, which led to the trio leaving the BBC, there was much speculation about where they’d appear next. Some expected them to appear on rival TV channels ITV, Channel 4 or Channel 5 – but a clause in their contracts reportedly meant they wouldn’t be able to appear on a mainstream TV channel.

It’ll be shown on Amazon

The clause didn’t apply to online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, however – which partly explains why the trio will be appearing on Amazon’s Instant Video service.

It’ll be called The Grand Tour…

The Grand Tour: what we know so far

Another point that attracted a great deal of speculation was the name of the show. Many expected it to be called ‘Gear Knobs’ following a trademark application by a firm linked to the show, but Clarkson quickly quashed the rumours. A lawyer reportedly told the trio that it would be ‘unwise’ to use a name so close to Top Gear.

…because it is a ‘grand tour’

So why is The Grand Tour (or GT for short – the reverse of TG) called The Grand Tour? Simple, really – because it is a grand tour. Originally the series was expected to be filmed in countries around the world without a studio segment – but now a studio segment is expected, shot in tents in those various locations.

James May wanted to call it ‘Nigel’ or ‘Roger’

Not everyone approves of the name – with some suggesting it’s a tad dull. Even James May admitted it wasn’t his first choice of name… “I wanted to call it ‘Nigel’, or ‘Roger’,” he said. “We needed a name, and they’re names.”

It’ll be filmed around the world

It’ll be filmed around the world

An episode of The Grand Tour has already been shot in Johannesburg, South Africa, while other episodes are expected to be filmed in the UK, Germany and the USA. As expected, the big green tent has been erected in Yorkshire.

This is what the logo looks like

The official logo was leaked on Reddit in June, with Richard Hammond confirming on Facebook that it was correct. He said: “Right, well, that saves us the bother of thinking up a clever way to unveil our new show’s logo: It has leaked. Not in the way my Landie leaks oil or James May leaks if he laughs or goes on a trampoline, I mean leaks as in the secret is out.

“Serves us right for trying to secure a European trademark. All things European proving a little tricky this week.”

The Grand Tour’s production company is called W. Chump and Sons

Following the trio’s departure from the BBC, they established a TV production company along with former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman. The firm, which is responsible for The Grand Tour, is based in London and features the initial letters of its directors’ surnames in its name.

…and it owns four Reliant Robin company cars

...and it owns four Reliant Robin company cars

Naturally, while looking for offices in London, the company put ‘generous parking space’ high on its list of priorities. It then filled some of those parking spaces with four Reliant Robins, bought as company cars for the four directors. They cost ‘less than £15,000’ and, Clarkson insists, they’re used regularly.

James May hurt his finger during filming

Although not quite as big a deal as Hammond’s jet-powered crash during Top Gear filming in 2006, James May is thought to have hurt his finger during filming for The Grand Tour. Clarkson tweeted that he had a ‘poorly finger’.

Jeremy Clarkson has struggled to find steak

Clarkson was famously sacked from Top Gear following a ‘fracas’ when a hotel refused to serve him steak because the chef had gone home. It seems that nothing has changed with filming of The Grand Tour, as he tweeted this picture with the caption: “People of South Africa. What is this nonsense?”

It will feature a Ford Focus RS

It will feature a Ford Focus RS

Although there’s expected to be the usual amount of ‘messing around’ between the presenters, The Grand Tour is ultimately a car show. We don’t know exactly which cars will appear, but Clarkson tweeted this picture of the new Ford Focus RS and Ford Mustang.

And ‘our’ Rolls-Royce Dawn

He also tweeted a picture of James May in a Rolls-Royce Dawn that looks suspiciously like the one Matt LeBlanc drove on Top Gear (and, more importantly, Motoring Research also drove earlier this year).

As well as the Aston Martin DB11

Aston’s DB9 replacement is expected to be one of the hottest cars of 2016, and Clarkson also revealed on Twitter that he’d been driving it. “It’s going to be a brutal day on the Grand Tour,” he said. “I’m driving an Aston Martin DB11 across Tuscany.”

The Grand Tour cost Amazon £160m

Although Amazon has never revealed how much it paid to bag The Grand Tour, it’s believed to be in the region of £160 million. That’s one of Amazon’s biggest deals ever.

The Grand Tour will be shown in autumn

The Grand Tour will be shown in autumn

Amazon Prime has confirmed the show will stream weekly from 18th November 2016. So you don’t have long to wait.

There’ll be 36 episodes

You’ll be pleased to know Clarkson, Hammond and May are unlikely to ‘do an Evans’ – they’re all contracted for 36 episodes, split up into three series. If they’re successful, Amazon’s likely to extend that.

It’ll cost £79 to watch it

Amazon will be hoping The Grand Tour will be a big seller for its Prime video service – as you’ll need to subscribe to watch the new show. It costs £79 a year, or you can pay £7.99 a month – and new members get a 30-day free trial. Sign up to that closer to the launch date and you’ll be able to watch several episodes for nothing.

There won’t be a Stig

Although the format is expected to be very similar to Top Gear, certain features including The Stig and Star in a Reasonably Priced Car belong to the BBC – so for copyright reasons, they won’t appear on The Grand Tour.

Jeremy Clarkson's The Grand Tour is going to Scotland

Jeremy Clarkson's The Grand Tour is going to Scotland

Jeremy Clarkson's The Grand Tour is going to Scotland

Amazon has announced this morning that it’s taking The Grand Tour to Scotland – and invited fans to apply for tickets to its tent on the banks of Loch Ness.

It comes after Clarkson, Hammond and May filmed an episode in Whitby last month – returning to the county where the infamous Top Gear ‘fracas’ took place.

“We can’t wait to bring The Grand Tour tent back to the UK,” said VP of Amazon Video Europe, Jay Marine. “The guys had a great time filming in Whitby last month and we’re excited to bring the tent to Scotland. Demand for tickets to all recordings has been phenomenal with applications coming in from around the globe, so get in quick for an opportunity to join Jeremy, James and Richard at this monster location.”

The Grand Tour will be available to watch on Amazon Prime from 18th November, with new episodes being released every week for 12 weeks.

The ex-Top Gear trio have been travelling around the world with their pop-up studio – visiting exotic locations including Johannesburg, California, Whitby and Rotterdam.

Lapland, Stuttgart and Nashville will also be visited by the big tent.

Fans can apply for tickets until midnight on Friday 4th November and successful applicants will be contacted over the next few weeks.

Jeremy Clarkson's The Grand Tour is going to Scotland

Jeremy Clarkson’s The Grand Tour is going to Scotland

Jeremy Clarkson's The Grand Tour is going to Scotland

Amazon has announced this morning that it’s taking The Grand Tour to Scotland – and invited fans to apply for tickets to its tent on the banks of Loch Ness.

It comes after Clarkson, Hammond and May filmed an episode in Whitby last month – returning to the county where the infamous Top Gear ‘fracas’ took place.

“We can’t wait to bring The Grand Tour tent back to the UK,” said VP of Amazon Video Europe, Jay Marine. “The guys had a great time filming in Whitby last month and we’re excited to bring the tent to Scotland. Demand for tickets to all recordings has been phenomenal with applications coming in from around the globe, so get in quick for an opportunity to join Jeremy, James and Richard at this monster location.”

The Grand Tour will be available to watch on Amazon Prime from 18th November, with new episodes being released every week for 12 weeks.

The ex-Top Gear trio have been travelling around the world with their pop-up studio – visiting exotic locations including Johannesburg, California, Whitby and Rotterdam.

Lapland, Stuttgart and Nashville will also be visited by the big tent.

Fans can apply for tickets until midnight on Friday 4th November and successful applicants will be contacted over the next few weeks.

The Grand Tour: fans from more than 100 countries want to visit Whitby

The Grand Tour fans from more than 100 countries want to visit Whitby

The Grand Tour: fans from more than 100 countries want to visit Whitby

Jeremy Clarkson fans eager to see The Grand Tour being filmed in the county where the infamous fracas took place have bombarded Amazon with applications – with devotees from more than 100 countries worldwide filling in the form last week.

The show announced amongst a plethora of Paris Motor Show news on Thursday that it was taking applications to see it being filmed on the UK leg of The Grand Tour.

Fans were asked to justify why they should be chosen and who their favourite presenter is – with applications closing after just 48 hours.

“We are thrilled with the huge demand for tickets to the first UK recording of The Grand Tour and it is amazing that Jeremy, James and Richard have captured the attention of fans in more than 100 countries,” said Jay Marine, Amazon Video EU’s vice president.

Applications from fans were received from every region in the UK – with the highest percentage from Amazon customers in Yorkshire (19%), followed by the South East (16%) and North West (10%).

Scotland (4%), Wales (3%) and Northern Ireland (2%) were less keen to see the Top Gear trio.

Marine added: “Chosen fans will be contacted over the coming weeks with ticketing details, and all Prime members can look forward to seeing The Grand Tour on 18th November when it launches exclusively on Prime Video.”

The Grand Tour: fans from more than 100 countries want to visit Whitby

You're invited to join Clarkson's Grand Tour in Whitby

the-grand-tour-whitby

With filming underway for The Grand Tour, the ex-Top Gear trio have announced they will be filming in front of a live studio audience in North Yorkshire. Yes, that’s right: Clarkson, Hammond and May will be in Whitby.

It’s the first UK stop for The Grand Tour, which will also visit Johannesburg and California. Jezza and the gang will follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker and Captain Cook, who are both linked with the seaside town. Stoker stayed in the Royal Hotel and is said to have based Dracula on the town.

No comments about rare steaks, please.

Jay Marine, vice president of Amazon Video Europe, said: “We were blown away by the customer demand for tickets to our studio tent recordings in Johannesburg and California and today we are excited to announce that the guys are coming home!

“Our first UK stop on The Grand Tour will be the historic North Yorkshire town of Whitby, so we invite fans to get in early to join Jeremy, Richard and James for thrills, spills and fish and chips by the seaside.”

But no steak. Definitely no steak.

Amazon’s website suggests filming will be taking place on the 13th and 14th October and that ‘audience participation is key’. Applicants must say why they want to go and, curiously, which of the presenters they most like and why.

The Grand Tour will launch on 18th November 2016 exclusively for Amazon Prime members. If you fancy standing in a big tent in Whitby, you’ll need to be quick, as entries are only open for two days and will close at midnight on Friday 30th September.

To apply for your trip to the seaside, go to: www.amazon.co.uk/GTGuestlist.

The Grand Tour: fans from more than 100 countries want to visit Whitby

You’re invited to join Clarkson’s Grand Tour in Whitby

the-grand-tour-whitby

With filming underway for The Grand Tour, the ex-Top Gear trio have announced they will be filming in front of a live studio audience in North Yorkshire. Yes, that’s right: Clarkson, Hammond and May will be in Whitby.

It’s the first UK stop for The Grand Tour, which will also visit Johannesburg and California. Jezza and the gang will follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker and Captain Cook, who are both linked with the seaside town. Stoker stayed in the Royal Hotel and is said to have based Dracula on the town.

No comments about rare steaks, please.

Jay Marine, vice president of Amazon Video Europe, said: “We were blown away by the customer demand for tickets to our studio tent recordings in Johannesburg and California and today we are excited to announce that the guys are coming home!

“Our first UK stop on The Grand Tour will be the historic North Yorkshire town of Whitby, so we invite fans to get in early to join Jeremy, Richard and James for thrills, spills and fish and chips by the seaside.”

But no steak. Definitely no steak.

Amazon’s website suggests filming will be taking place on the 13th and 14th October and that ‘audience participation is key’. Applicants must say why they want to go and, curiously, which of the presenters they most like and why.

The Grand Tour will launch on 18th November 2016 exclusively for Amazon Prime members. If you fancy standing in a big tent in Whitby, you’ll need to be quick, as entries are only open for two days and will close at midnight on Friday 30th September.

To apply for your trip to the seaside, go to: www.amazon.co.uk/GTGuestlist.

21st Century Fox invests £4.8m in Jeremy Clarkson's new website

21st Century Fox invests £4.8m in Jeremy Clarkson's new website

21st Century Fox invests £4.8m in Jeremy Clarkson's new website

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been busy since their departure from Top Gear last year – filming a new show for Amazon, the Grand Tour, and setting up an online community for car enthusiasts, DriveTribe.

The latter has been given a huge boost in the form of a $6.5 million (£4.8 million) investment from Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.

The website expects to launch in November 2016 and hopes to become the ‘world’s digital hub for motoring’. It’s been established by the Grand Tour trio along with producer Andy Wilman and tech entrepreneur Ernesto Schmitt.

In a statement on the website, Clarkson explained: “I didn’t understand Drivetribe until Richard Hammond said it was like YouPorn, only with cars.”

It will feature a variety of ‘tribes’, essentially communities established by the presenters as well as users, where car enthusiasts with similar interests can share content.

James May added: “This is pure digital inclusivity. Some of the world’s most endangered tribes – Volvo enthusiasts, for example – will now have a voice as loud as everyone else’s.”

Very little is known about how the online community will work – with many drawing comparisons with popular UK website CarThrottle.

In a statement, Fox Networks Group CEO, Peter Rice, said: “We saw the DriveTribe platform and we were blown away by its ingenuity.

“We’re excited to collaborate with the DriveTribe team on this new approach to digital content and to help them expand their business on a worldwide basis.”