Clarkson, Hammond and May tested Skoda years later, in Slovakia
If you want to see the famous British trio at a stage you really care about, you won’t have a better opportunity. In one month, a new special concert, The Grand Tour, will be shown for the first time. Clarkson and his teammates will explore Central and Eastern Europe in all its glory.
I fell for the deadpan comedy of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in 2003. It was when the trio tried to destroy a seemingly indestructible Toyota Hilux in the third series of Top Gear. Since then, I have devoured each new episode, just as I paid off the debt of the previous unwatched episodes. Speculations by Clarkson et al in 2006 were even more exciting. And since I obviously wasn’t the only one who voted for them, regular episodes started shooting in their minds.
But it was these changes that ultimately rendered the series sterile. To some extent, I was grateful that the trio moved to Amazon after Clarkson was dissatisfied with Cold Dinner. The internet giant gave him unlimited creative freedom as well as a large sum of money, which represented the best of days. However, The Grand Tour has become a brighter copy, but even less original, of Top Gear.
Unfortunately, Amazon does not provide audience statistics, but in 2018 it was clear that satisfaction with the American company was not very high. Therefore, although the show was renewed, changes were made with the fourth series. All the inside of the studio disappeared, and instead only professionals got a chance. In the first show, however, the cars were not seen at all, things were not right between the presenters, and we only saw four episodes.
Clarkson and her co-stars have now focused on the fifth series, which began on September 16 with a special called A Scandi Flick, during which May suffered a fatal accident. However, this did not affect the filming of the next episode, as the cameras rolled before the holidays last year. A new special aired almost a year later. Amazon has announced that it will premiere the Eurocrash episode on June 16. In this episode, the trio will travel to Central and Eastern Europe.
This place is probably why many people, myself included, will give Trinity another chance. The 2,200 km route will start in Gdansk, Poland, and cross Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. Although the news did not mention the Czech Republic, Clarkson said on Twitter last year that he had already been to the Czech Republic for The Grand Tour. We don’t know what it really means. What is certain, however, is that the famous broadcaster took his place on board the Skoda 1100 OHC, which will appear on the screen.
Eurocrash should last around two hours and end with a “Fast and Furious” type sequence. It remains to be seen what to think. However, it is quite possible that the three cars that will be available most often are available, which are Chevrolet SSR, Mitsuoka Le-Seyde and Crosley Convertible. The broadcasters will travel to Africa this month to film their seventh special in Mauritania and Senegal. It is not yet known when this show will arrive.
However, Amazon has already hinted that the partnership with Clarkson in particular is coming to an end. It will be very expensive for the company, and interest outside the UK is declining. Its agriculture program, for example, is 30 percent less watched than the average program. Jeremy may also have been affected by the abuse scandal involving Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle. So it seems that his era is coming to an end. But at 63, he’s certainly entitled to a break, and he’s done a lot for motoring journalism.
For their latest special, the trio chose an unusual mode of transport to get some air in Slovakia. Clarkson himself then entered the Skoda 1100 OHC. Photo: Amazon Press Center
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