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The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown (2021)

The presenters are celebrating the great 70s American cars they saw in TV shows, as they road trip around Scotland, creating chaos on the streets of Edinburgh and building a homemade floatin... Read all The presenters are celebrating the great 70s American cars they saw in TV shows, as they road trip around Scotland, creating chaos on the streets of Edinburgh and building a homemade floating bridge across the Hebridean sea. The presenters are celebrating the great 70s American cars they saw in TV shows, as they road trip around Scotland, creating chaos on the streets of Edinburgh and building a homemade floating bridge across the Hebridean sea.

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Lochdown is the third episode of Season 4 of The Grand Tour . It aired on 30th July 2021.

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Synopsis [ ]

Did you wonder what this trio were up to during the pandemic? Well, they took some classic American cars and went on a grand tour adventure through the Scottish coastal roads. There are overheated engines, shouting, plenty of tea, and a whole load of classic car chaos.

Teasers [ ]

Andy Wilman shared a teaser of the intro to the Episode on April 16th, 2021. It shows views of Scotland landmarks and more. In addition, a teaser was released on July 14th, 2021 through the show's new TikTok account. This revealed the name of the episode and properly confirmed that it was official.

The Grand Tour Scotland Special Introduction Teased By Executive Producer

The cars used are from America to "show" Scotland what they're missing out on. The American Classic muscle cars were used for the second part of the episode, while the terrible american cars were used in a "Cold War revival".

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Warning, Spoilers below!

The show starts with gorgeous shots of Scottish landscape. The trio introduce their cars and find out they must travel from Edinburgh to the Outer Hebrides. The trio struggle through the cobbled streets of the city but eventually find their way out. Next, they test their cars against a benchmark time at the Knockhill race track. The trio realise that they can not stay in hotels due to the lockdown, and therefore have to sleep in caravans. As usual, they modify these caravans. However, Hammond and Clarkson destroy their caravans and flood May's one in a prank so they stay the night in a Scottish castle.

The next morning, they switch to classic muscle cars to pay tribute to them. However, wanting to balance out these amazing cars, they showcase the worst in a "recreation" of the Cold War. This is done with a demolition derby of three rubbish cars from the Soviet Union and three from America.

The trio want to find a community that would enjoy the style and flamboyannce of the American cars, embarassing to Europeans. So they drive up to North Uist, but find a body of water in the way. To get over, they build a pontoon-like bridge and reach the American community. However, they are disappointed.

Production [ ]

The episode was filmed in October 2020 over the Scottish Highlands, starting at Edinburgh.

Promotion/Marketing [ ]

For this special, the trio took a different approach to advertising the special's forthcoming release. They pretended as if they had no promotional material (although images were used frequently on their social medias throughout July) and asked the fans to make some images, videos and films to do it instead. This was done through a Twitter Hastag (#Lochdown)

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Lochdown - The Grand Tour Scotland Special: Everything you need to know as it starts streaming

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Fans of The Grand Tour have been clamouring for months to find out when the most recent special will air.

Filmed during lockdown after the pandemic put paid to plans to film in Russia, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond were spotted driving around the Highlands in American muscle cars.

Now, it seems fans of the hit show will finally get to see what the trio has been up to on their adventures in "MacScotland" as Clarkson calls it, with the much anticipated special streaming on Amazon Prime from today.

So what can GT fans expect from the new Scotland special?

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Where can fans watch The Grand Tour Presents: ­Lochdown?

The Grand Tour Presents: ­Lochdown began streaming on Amazon Prime Video on July 30 from midnight GMT, meaning fans can watch it now.

Those with a subscription to the streaming can watch now, while those without will need to subscribe to a 30-day free trial on the streaming platform, with membership costing £7.99 per month after.

What can fans expect from the new special?

Starting out on what promises to be the "most beautiful drive they have ever done", as expected from these three the trip quickly descends into chaos.

Taking Classic American cars from the 70s (and their childhood) as their inspiration, the new tour sees them behind the wheels of a Cadillac Coupe de Ville, a Lincoln Continental and a Buick Riviera.

May was pictured driving the Cadillac, while Hammond was in the Buick, and Clarkson was seen behind the wheel of a Lincoln.

The cast and crew apparently even had their own Covid-19 testing centre van for added safety on set.

Clarkson, 61, recently described the new mini-special as "an unplugged album", adding that it's a change of pace that "some people might quite like".

Speaking to PA he said: "People have been saying that my farming programme - because it's so gentle and down to earth and local - is better for it. So maybe they'll think the same of this Grand Tour."

What parts of Scotland will we see?

Beginning their journey in Berwick-upon-Tweed, they then head to the capital, before stopping off at places such as the picturesque Glentruim and Perthshire.

They then boarded their cars onto a Calmac ferry on their way to North Uist where the adventure finished up.

What did they get up to for the Lochdown Special?

The mischievous trio can be seen hitting the race track, driving over floating bridges (which they built themselves) and crashing caravans.

But it isn't long before Hammond is sinking boats, May is getting stuck and Clarkson is up to no good.

As Clarkson recently quipped: "When we're all three together, everything goes wrong."

It's the kind of high jinks fans expect from the three, and is sure to whet their appetite for the arrival of the third special in the Amazon hit show's fourth series.

How did shooting during the pandemic affect the show?

It's been reported that producers spent £50,000 on coronavirus tests on the ten-day shoot, while bosses at an Outer Hebrides hotel were forced to defend the show's stars following rumours of an 'after party' at their Benbecula accommodation which would have been in breach of coronavirus guidelines at the time.

James May told the RadioTimes.com that the shoot was still great fun, adding: " I mean we had to COVID proof everything, which meant the whole process was not very spontaneous at times,

"Often you have to disinfect things and the crews had to exist in bubbles, and we had to be two metres away from everybody else – but all this stuff wasn’t that terrible considering."

What's next?

With the current problems with travelling abroad, especially to Russia where they originally planned to shoot, it's now likely that the next release will be the second part of the UK double bill across England and Wales, which was recorded in April 2021 to be streamed later this year.

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The Grand Tour season 4, episode 3 is coming on July 30, Amazon has confirmed – and it'll take co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May to Scotland in a special called Lochdown. The episode was actually filmed in 2020, mid-pandemic, so hopefully we won't have to wait too long to see it. The special will imitate the feeling of an American road trip – without actually requiring the British hosts to leave their country. 

There's a first trailer for The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown, too, which you can see below.

There's more good news if you're a fan of The Grand Tour Presents: a new episode has been filming this year in Wales and parts of England like Warwickshire. This dovetails with what James May said in an interview last year about filming more episodes closer to home in an effort to release them more regularly. Given how languid the releases have become lately – a year separated the release of the last two specials, Seamen and A Massive Hunt – that will come as a relief.

Below, we'll tell you everything we know about the future of The Grand Tour Presents on Amazon Prime – including details about the Scotland-based Lochdown special, what we know about the new UK episode as it films, and what happened to the lost Russia special that was originally set to follow A Massive Hunt. 

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The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown release date is July 30, 2021

The next special in The Grand Tour Presents series is called Lochdown – and it just got a release date of July 30 on Amazon Prime Video. Check out the trailer in the section below for confirmation.

That's not all that's coming from Clarkson and pals in the foreseeable future, though.

As of April 2021, another special for The Grand Tour was filming in the UK – the three hosts were spotted filming in Llandrindod Wells, Wales, by The Grand Tour Fans YouTube channel . They were each driving classic French cars, which hints a little at the theme for the episode. Jeremy Clarkson was apparently spotted driving a Citroën CX Break, James May was glimpsed in a Renault Avantime, while Richard Hammond was reportedly in a Matra Murena, according to the channel. Later, the hosts were spot in Leamington in England, filming near a retail park.

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That episode seems like it's probably a while away, though. Let's go through what we know about the Lochdown special's filming, first. A first teaser for that episode was released on social media earlier this year – Clarkson describes the special as The Grand Tour 'unplugged'.

Earlier plans to record an episode in Russia were put on-hold because of the pandemic (see below) – so the Lochdown special was filmed in Scotland across nine days earlier in 2020 instead.

"We did it in area of Scotland with not many people," co-host James May told BT . "We didn’t interact with the locals really. There were complicated systems set up for cleaning everything and it was a bit tiresome going through lots of procedures and being tested every day, but it didn’t get in the way of filming to be honest."

The hosts couldn't go to the pub after filming the episode, which must've been a challenge. 

While it might be a long wait until the trio and their crew can head to more exotic locations, the intent is to keep making episodes in locations where it's easier to pull off – hence why a Wales-filmed special probably makes sense. "In the short term we might have to reduce our travel ambitions and we’ll have a better chance of doing it," May says. "Better to film in the UK and deliver regularly than promise the earth and not deliver anything. The Grand Tour may become a little more domestic. But it will still be us three which is the important thing. And cars."

That bodes well for the future – and who knows, maybe we'll start seeing episodes of The Grand Tour season 4 land more regularly than once every year again.

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Check out the trailer for The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown above, which was released in July 2021.

To film the upcoming Scotland special during the pandemic, the crew formed a bubble, and no one caught Covid-19 during the shoot. It was reported that the hosts were seen driving classic American cars from Edinburgh to the Hebrides – which suggests some kind of Route 66-style road trip element. 

Clarkson was seen driving a blue Lincoln, May was seen driving a red Cadillac, and Hammond was seen in a green Buick. The trio also took part in a drag race on a runway somewhere in south Scotland, for which the cars mentioned were apparently modified, and were seen towing caravans at one point too.

May says that being a bit closer to the home for the hosts doesn't matter that much – after all, viewers on Amazon Prime Video could be watching it from anywhere. "If you're watching The Grand Tour from Sri Lanka, Scotland is as exotic and beautiful as Sri Lanka is from Scotland, so there's always going to be a large part of the audience which finds anywhere in the world fascinating."

And hey, anything that gets the hosts to film new episodes faster seems like a good thing. 

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The next planned episode for The Grand Tour Presents was meant to take the hosts to Russia – and this is still the idea, one day. It's just been postponed for now due to the pandemic. James May says that lots of preparation has been made for this special, but that it's "just impossible right now". Hopefully, with the incoming wave of vaccines, that might be able to change in future – but it seems unlikely you'll see a Russia special of The Grand Tour at any point in the next year or so.

After the next UK special, though, Clarkson did confirm the plan was to film abroad – they're just not sure where yet.

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Confined to the UK by Covid, Jeremy, Richard and James embark on a Lockdown Special to celebrate the great 70s American cars they saw in TV shows as kids, and to find out just why it was, given their dads were all driving terrible Austin Allegros, that these amazing vehicles never took off in Britain. 

At the wheel of a Cadillac Coupe De Ville as driven by Elvis, a Lincoln Continental as driven by Jock Ewing of Dallas fame, and a Buick Riviera as piloted by Clint Eastwood, the three hosts take their iconic Detroit machines on a road trip across the stunning scenery of Scotland. And even though they are on home turf this lockdown journey turns out to be one of their funniest, most action packed and most charming adventures in years.

Along the way they cause chaos on the ancient streets of Edinburgh, enjoy a hilarious, tyre torturing, high octane showdown with Abbie on the racetrack, before heading off to stage an epic Cold War shootout between the worst Soviet and American cars ever made. They also find themselves homeless in the Highlands after a series of housing-based crash bang wallop catastrophes, but still find time to use classic muscle cars to put an infamous Pizza Express journey to the test. After receiving a text from Mr Wilman, Richard, James and Jeremy modify their cars and head to the Outer Hebrides for one of their toughest challenges yet. At the far reaches of Scotland, they must build a homemade floating bridge across the Hebridean sea, capable of supporting them and their massive cars on a perilous journey to their final destination.  

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The Grand Tour Scotland special is upon us! The first-part of the double bill lands on Amazon Prime Video this week, and sees Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May back in action.

This is the third special for season four, following some format changes, and the Grand Tour have now confirmed the second location of the UK special .

It comes after Jeremy Clarkson addressed the future of The Grand Tour amid pandemic , admitting: "We're facing some difficulties.

“It’s one of the big nightmares it is. We chose a country, I won’t say which one we chose, but we were working on a story in a country which was an amber country, so we could have gone to it, and then it went red just a few days ago, so back to the drawing board," he explained.

For now, it looks like the trio will be keeping things pretty local, starting off with the Scotland leg. And it sounds like we're in for a right treat with Jeremy Clarkson revealing his highlight from The Grand Tour Scotland special , which of course involves Richard Hammond experiencing some misfortune!

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CONFIRMED: Part one of The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown will be released on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, 30th July .

So far in season four, we've seen the original Top Gear trio take on Cambodia and Vietnam in the 2019 Seamen special, before travelling across Madagascar in December's A Massive Hunt. This time round the petrol heads will be heading to the Scottish Highlands.

Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain, Richard Hammond opened up about filming the upcoming series.

"We managed to get one done," he said. "I mean, it's difficult going anywhere because obviously it's about travel and that's been off the cards. But there is another one, coming out later on this year."

Series four is comprised of a number of specials. The first – Seamen – dropped on Friday, 13th December 2019 , while the second – A Massive Hunt – arrived in December 2020.

After the release of The Grand Tour presents Seamen, production was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic – however, it seemed as though the trio were back to work by summer, with Clarkson sharing a picture in June of himself and his two co-presenters at a safe social distance.

He captioned the image: "Today’s important work. Planning the next adventure.”

Filming then began in October with Clarkson posting another cheeky snap to his Instagram revealing The Grand Tour team had formed a social bubble.

This allowed the team to film new episodes of the show without breaking any of the coronavirus guidelines set out by the government and industry bodies.

While episode three was originally meant to take place in Russia, those travel plans were postponed – although James May confirmed in November the episode had not been cancel and that filming for the special in Scotland had already taken place.

He told RadioTimes.com and other press: "We’ve already filmed one for next year which is our recent Scotland adventure, so I would hope we could do another one next year but it’s slightly out of our control. It depends what happens with all the COVID stuff. But I’m confident we’ll be able to film another one, so two will come out in 2021!"

He added: "The Russia plan is simply postponed until we don’t know when, but we haven’t cancelled it. We’re just having to put it in the cupboard at the moment but we will get it out one day and finish it off."

The Grand Tour Lochdown trailer

Amazon Prime Video recently released the first full-length trailer for The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown, which gives a first look at how The Grand Tour filming was affected by COVID .

A day before, Grand Tour shared a teaser trailer on their TikTok account with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May back in action.

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What are the format changes in The Grand Tour season four?

An emotional Clarkson told the audience in the season three finale that the current format, featuring a live studio audience in a tented studio, will be scrapped in favour of more road trip “adventure specials”.

“So although the tent has gone, The Grand Tour goes on,” Clarkson said.

Amazon will also be backing solo projects for The Grand Tour presenters, with May immersing himself in Our Man in Japan .

Clarkson previously told the Radio Times he has “no plans” for what he will do beyond The Grand Tour , although the star is already hosting Who Wants To Be A Millionaire over on ITV.

“I never run out of ideas," the 59 year old said. "Someone asked me, before this series, ‘What can you possibly do with a car that you haven’t already done?’ But my head’s filled with enough ideas for five years,” he said.

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Jeremy Clarkson told the audience in the season three finale that he had been working on season four “for some time”.

Clarkson, alongside presenters Richard Hammond and James May, were reported to have started filming their Seaman special in June 2019, while episode two wrapped afterwards in Madagascar.

In an interview with The Sun in May 2019, Clarkson confirmed that locations for season four will include Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

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During a recent interview, James May assured fans the show will continue.

He said: "There are all sorts of lovely places without having to go too far. Everything is postponed, it’s not cancelled.”

May went on to admit it would be nice to take a break from exotic locales, saying: “It’s exciting to go to exotic places but I’ve been to an awful lot of them.

He added: “Whenever we make the Grand Tour, and it was the same on Top Gear, it’s about the subject first and the story, then we make it fit somewhere.”

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However, if you don’t already have Amazon Prime Video you can sign up for a free 30 day trial where you can binge on The Grand Tour and more.

The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown arrives on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, 30th July. If you're looking for more to watch, check out our TV Guide or visit our Entertainment hub for more news and features.

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Amazon has dropped the first full trailer for the latest The Grand Tour special, which features Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May adventuring around Scotland at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.

During The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown  the presenters will celebrate the great 70s American cars they saw in TV shows, as they road trip around Scotland, creating chaos on the streets of Edinburgh and building a homemade floating bridge across the Hebridean sea.

The Scottish special was filmed over 10 days last year, during which time producers spent £50,000 ($69,000) on coronavirus tests. Executive producer Andy Wilman t old Deadline that the show marked a return to the team’s Top Gear roots, when UK-based shoots were a mainstay.

“Scotland was tremendous. In adversity — a slight element of backs to the wall — we’ve got a really great film. If you don’t have Madagasgar or the Mekong River… it makes you work harder. We don’t leave as much to chance, you set up more scenes and that is like going back to the old days,” he explained.

The Grand Tour Presents:   Lochdown premieres July 30 on Amazon Prime Video. Check out the trailer above.

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The Grand Tour will return on July 30, Amazon Prime Video has announced, with a new trailer for “The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown”, the third feature-length special part of The Grand Tour season 4. In it, the former Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May get in classic American cars and take off for Scotland. For those wondering why they aren't in a more non-British exotic place — such as Cambodia/ Vietnam for episode 1, or Madagascar for episode 2 — that's because The Grand Tour's Scotland special was shot filmed during the COVID-19 lockdown. Hence the pun “Lochdown” in the title, referencing the Irish word for lake — and the famous Loch Ness.

Still, May promises “the most beautiful drive we have ever done” in the two-and-a-half-minute long trailer for The Grand Tour season 4 episode 3 “Lochdown”. And you can't argue with that, given the sneak peek at the vistas that we see in The Grand Tour Scotland special trailer. Of course, things are not going to be smooth sailing. Their classic (read: old) cars will naturally give them a lot of trouble, be it boiling engines or the struggles of getting out of them. Or just even basic turning abilities. The “Lochdown” trailer reveals that Clarkson, Hammond, and May will also keep switching cars throughout the new The Grand Tour episode.

And what are they up to? As Clarkson says in The Grand Tour Scotland special trailer, they have to build a bridge to ...somewhere in Outer Hebrides. The “Lochdown” trailer ends with May's car stuck on said bridge, with Clarkson about to use his patented use-all-the-power strategy to give him a push. You know, as well as I do, how's that going to go. Elsewhere, there's Hammond crashing his RV (expected), playing pranks on someone else's RV (what can go wrong?), and being applauded by Clarkson, May, and the masked crew for doing something stupid, it seems.

After airing 38 episodes across three seasons between 2016 and 2019, The Grand Tour has really slowed down its production as it has moved away from the hybrid studio and outdoors format. Amazon has expanded its deal with the trio, which includes new solo shows (Our Man in Japan for May, Clarkson's Farm for Clarkson, and The Great Escapists for Hammond). Starting with season 4 , The Grand Tour is now only about feature-length specials. The first of them, “Seamen” aired in December 2019, followed by the second “A Massive Hunt” in December 2020.

Here's the official synopsis for The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown from Amazon :

Confined to the UK by Covid, Jeremy, Richard and James embark on a Lockdown Special to celebrate the great 70s American cars they saw in TV shows as kids, and to find out just why it was, given their Dads were all driving terrible Austin Allegros, that these amazing vehicles never took off in Britain. At the wheel of a Cadillac Coupe De Ville as driven by Elvis, a Lincoln Continental as driven by Jock Ewing of Dallas fame, and a Buick Riviera as piloted by Clint Eastwood, the three hosts take their iconic Detroit machines on a road trip across the stunning scenery of Scotland. And even though they are on home turf this lockdown journey turns out to be one of their funniest, most action packed and most charming adventures in years. Along the way they cause chaos on the ancient streets of Edinburgh, enjoy a hilarious, tyre torturing, high octane showdown with Abbie on the racetrack, before heading off to stage an epic Cold War shootout between the worst Soviet and American cars ever made. They also find themselves homeless in the Highlands after a series of housing-based crash bang wallop catastrophes, but still find time to use classic muscle cars to put an infamous Pizza Express journey to the test. After receiving a text from Mr Wilman, Richard, James and Jeremy modify their cars and head to the Outer Hebrides for one of their toughest challenges yet. At the far reaches of Scotland, they must build a homemade floating bridge across the Hebridean sea, capable of supporting them and their massive cars on a perilous journey to their final destination.

The Grand Tour Presents: Lochdown premieres July 30 on Prime Video worldwide. The previous episode released a day early so I'd keep an eye on the app from July 29.

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The Grand Tour Presents Lochdown – Parts Of The Episode Revealed To Be Shot In Swindon, 350 Miles South Of Edinburgh

It’s been revealed that while the latest episode of The Grand Tour, named Lochdown , was set in Scotland, not all of the show was actually filmed in the country. In fact, it’s been confirmed that the ending was actually set in Swindon, 350 miles South of Edinburgh.

The final segment of the episodes follows the ex-Top Gear presenters as they head to a new town on the Isle of Skye called Hammondsburg . In the episode’s story, it was set up by Andy Wilman to be an American-themed location with things such as laser quest, a multiplex, and a sports bar.

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The Grand Tour Bumped Into Top Gear While Filming In Scotland Along With Others

What viewers didn’t realise is that with a subtle sweep of the camera and a transition, we’d travelled from the Outer Hebrides and arrived in Swindon, specifically, West Swindon leisure park. The area had obviously had an American makeover, which Jeremy compliments as he pulls up at a bar called The Ridge.

The manager of this establishment, Luke Jacobs, was interviewed on how this came to be and what it was like hosting The Grand Tour presenters.

“It was really cool but it was a very hard-kept secret! It’s quite exciting for us and great for the area, it’s put Swindon on the map.

“The show’s crew arrived at around 7am to set everything in the leisure park up and they were a good group of people.

“The boys arrived in the afternoon in their expensive cars, which was great, and they spoke to us briefly, they seemed like nice guys.

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“They were all done by 3pm, it all happened quite quickly. We ticked all the boxes for them and I think someone had recommended us to them so this might snowball into other things, who knows.

“We’ve had so many messages from people who saw the special over the weekend, it’s been mad.

“It’s a massive show so it was really surreal seeing The Ridge in it, I rewound it a few times and felt very proud.”

Obviously, the episode was heavily planned and it’s not like other TV shows don’t do similar things. But why does it feel like cheating when The Grand Tour does this? I’m interested to know your thoughts…

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Its not like they were ACTUALLY going to build an “American car enthusiast retreat” in the Outer Hebrides complete with running water and electricity and an American-style sports bar. It was a funny and fitting end to the trip.

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