The three musketeers Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are back but this time not on TG but on GT. In case you’re not familiar with the initials, TG stands for Top Gear while GT stand for Grand Tour, the brand new show by the trio that has got fans and car enthusiasts talking. After being dishonorably discharged from BBC for reasons that will not be mentioned in this article, Jeremy and his gang has partnered with Amazon to produce this new amazing show that is set to rival his former show. As expected, after the airing of the first episode, the show has drawn comparison to Top Gear and the debate over which show is better has taken over the internet. In this article, we will give you some of the comparisons and let you be the judge.
Now Grand Tour’s opening sequence is really something to make your jaw drop. It starts with Jeremy leaving the BBC offices in London and heading to Los Angeles, (A kind of metaphorical middle finger to his former employer) where he and his co-hosts race across the Mojave desert in three customized Ford Mustangs followed by over 100 cars. All this to the background of Hothouse Flowers’ rendition of Johnny Nash’s ‘I can see clearly’. Top Gear’s opening sequence is really nothing much to talk about except the split screens showing various cars in exotic places and ending the with show logo while playing the instrumental of ‘Jessica’, a song by the Allman Brothers Band.
Top gear is produced at a budget of 650 pounds per episode but that is just a fraction of Grand tour’s budget which stands at 4.5 million pounds per episode. The difference in the budget can be seen in the cinematography of the show and the different locations the show is shot.
A key difference between the two shows is the studio setting. Top gear is recorded at Dunsfold Aerodrome at one of the hangars while Grand tour has no studio! well it has a temporary one in the form of a tent that is carried around from location to location.
Ever since Jeremy and his co-hosts exited the scene at Top Gear, the show has received lots of criticism mostly due to the lack of chemistry between the new hosts Chris Evans, Matt Leblanc and Rory Reid. This chemistry between the old top gear crew is what is expected to draw people to this new show. The banter, the jokes and the silliness of the three is what people really want to see.
There’s too much talk about hosts that we forget that the show is really about cars! Top gears features a variety of cars from SUVs, supercars and classic cars. In the pilot episode of Grand Tour, only supercars were present. A Ferrari Laferrari, Mclaren P1 and Porsche 918 raced at the Autodromo Internacional Algrave in Portugal.
The familiar Dunsfold Aerodrome, Waverly is Top Gear’s primary test track. The Eboladrome, Grand tour’s test track is dubbed ‘The most dangerous track in the world’ and is a former World War airfield.
Top Gear’s test driver is the infamous ‘The Stig’. Well he is a character clad in white protective gear and helmet and has been played by various race car drivers over the years and is currently being played by Peter McCarthy. NASCAR’s Mike Skinner is the Grand Tour’s in house driver although Belgian racer Jerome d’Ambrosio also took part in the premiere episode.
From what we have seen so far, it is definitely going to be a good show and no doubt BBC executives are not very comfortable in their seats after the overwhelming reception of the Grand Tour.