It's starts off with Jezza walking out of the BBC, getting in to a taxi and listening to the radio reports of his contract not being renewed. He goes to the airport, jets off to the US, picks up his hire car which is a Mustang and then begins to smile as he drives it on the road. He is joined by the other 2 in their cars and the pull up to a cheering crowed in the American desert for their first show.
It was just like the old Top Gear we all (most) loved and knew. The same features are there - a track, guests, reviews and an adventure, even the artistic filming on the cars is the same. But it is even better than the old Top Gear. The production is slicker and better.
More of the same, an element of good stuff, excellent cinematography (in 4K too) but sadly the opportunity for that odious buffoon Clarkson to grow up wasn't taken. Of greatest annoyance though was the language, both Clarkson and Hammond were 'bleeped' saying the F-word which it is easy to lip-read, The Yank said Arse and there was liberal 'bloody' - might not bother most people but my 7 year old loves TG (it was aimed at his mental age, after all) and it's a fine line as to whether he could watch it. Poor really.
The opening piece was just about perfect and yes I appear to have gotten some dust in my eye when the cars popped out from behind JC. Some of the jokes missed the target, they always did, but there were so many others where they hit perfectly.
Grand Tour season 2 trailer: teaser released on Amazon Prime
The never-before-seen footage, our first fleeting look at the new series, sees the three hosts in Mozambique, Switzerland and the UK, and features footage of the trio taking to the skies, as well as driving in the requisite fast cars.
In the clip shown on DriveTribe captioned: ""Today I took my first drive since my recent visit to Shuntsville" Hammond can be seen enjoying his classic Ford Mustang GT. The presenter's love for classic American muscle cars is well known. Hammond even went as far as to say that he pities the people who don't understand their appeal.
"This feels better than the first time, being 17 and given the keys to freedom because this time, I'm ready. This is beautiful, thank you, doctors, thank you. I shouldn't even be sharing this moment; it feels too personal right now ... I mean I'm dressed, but I feel like I'm not," Hammond states.
The world is a big place full of interesting things. And The Grand Tour has seen some of them. That's why few people are better placed to lead you around this vast planet of ours than Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. As long as you don't mind getting hot and lost. Welcome, everyone, to The Grand Tour Guide to The World.