The Grand Tour Episode 3: Opera, Art and Donuts. A grand tour of Italy in a Hellcat, Aston and a Rolls, (perhaps a personal choice of car that matches each one of the guys’ personality??), a chat about some coal, self driving cars and a big explosion! I believe this is the episode that we have all been waiting for. An episode that has a lot of the naysayers second guessing their negative opinions on what this show really is. Let’s peel this episode a part via Amazon’s X-Ray and learn a bit more about what we’ve seen.
What is General Trivia and where can you find it?
For those of you who watch The Grand Tour on the television, (like myself), Xbox or other means other than computer, (or I’ve heard tablets as well), you may have missed out on Amazon’s “X-Ray.” X-Ray provides General Trivia facts about the cars, track, places, crew and all sorts of things about The Grand Tour and everything involved, so for those that missed it here is X-Ray General Trivia for Episode 3.
Scene 1: The Intro
Alrighty, the intro to episode 3! The boys are home! We are in for a real treat as the trio takes us on a road trip across Italy.
General Trivia Starts at 0:00:00
The studio part of this episode takes place in the UK.
Scene 2: More Intro
Small videos of the boys driving in their homeland. It’s been said that these 3 classics overheated quite a lot during the filming of this intro.
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Jeremy Clarkson: Writer, broadcaster, loud noise. Richard Hammond: Writer, broadcaster, goose nemesis. James May: Writer, broadcaster, likes a nice sit down.
Scene 3: Welcome to England!
So is it fish n’ chips n’ scraps? Or is it bits? All I know is I’d love to try some REAL fish n’ chips. Also is Jeremy the most “Yorkshire” of them all? He thinks so.
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Jeremy’s family proudly comes from Tickhill near Doncaster.
Scene 3: Yorkshire is no Detroit…
Here it was determined that that Yorkshire isn’t exactly the Detroit of the British Isles.
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Yorkshire did have one car maker of note. They were called Jowett, they were vased in Bradford and they went our of business in 1954
Scene 3: 3 Old Men
Discussing a television show about 3 badly dressed old men and everything they did went wrong….hmmmm rings a bell.
General Trivia Starts at 0:03:06
The BBC sit-com Last Of The Summer Wine ran from 1973 until 2010, although it felt like a lot longer.
Scene 3: What is a Grand Tour?
James tells us a bit of history as to what a Grand Tour actually is. The boys start their Italian road trip.
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Magaluf is a resort on the Spanish island of Majorca. It is where a lot of young British people go to compare notes on interests such as drinking, dancing, and casual sex.
Scene 4: Horse racing is Intense!
We get a small taste of how brutal this race really is.
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The Palio di Siena is a bareback horse race around the Piazza del Campo held twice a year to honour the Virgin Mary. Palio is also the name of a Fiat.
Scene 4: Rolls-Royce
And here we have the cars, starting with S.S. Rolls.
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The Rolls-Royce Dawn has a 6.6-litre twin turbo V12 engine with 563bhp, 0-62 in 4.9 seconds, and a top speed of 155mph (limited).
Scene 4: The Aston
The mighty DB11. The replacement for the DB9. (Not the prettiest Aston in my personal opinion…)
General Trivia Starts at 0:05:17
The Aston Martin DB11 has a 5.2-litre twin turbo V12 ingine with 600 bhp, 0-62 in 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of 200mph.
Scene 4: Brown or Orange?
Is Clarkson’s Aston brown or sunburnt orange?
General Trivia Starts at 0:05:36
The official name of this colour is actually Cinnabar Orange. Other colours available on the DB11 include Silver Fox, Yellow Tang, Silver Blonde and Hardly Green. We’re not making this up.
Scene 4: The Hellcat!
Our favorite “secret American” shows up in one of the most American cars on the market, The 707bhp Hellcat!
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The Doge Challenger SRT Hellcat has a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine with 707 bhp, 0-62 in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 199mph.
Scene 4: The Spirit of Ecstasy.
Very pretty music set with gorgeous cars in a breath taking location….tearing up at this point.
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As on all modern Rolls-Royces, the Dawn’s Spirit of Ecstasy radiator mascot electrically retracts. This stops people stealing it when you’re parked and means if you run over someone, it wont stab them in the kidney.
Scene 4: Rolls details
James gives us his thoughts on the Rolls. “It’s very serene”.
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The very British Rolls-Royce Motor Car company was bought by the very German BMW in 1998.
Scene 4: Paintings
Ah yes, here we have culture in art, peace and quiet….minus the quiet…and the peace.
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The painting Jeremy and James are looking at is The Birth Of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. Or, as Hammond would call it, That Nudey Lady Standing In A Shell.
Scene 5: Donuts at the Track
After Hammond “challenged” Jeremy to a power stand off, they take to a track to see if the Aston can hold off the Hellcat.
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Jeremy is talking about the classic, metal-toothed Bond baddie Jaws played by Richard Kiel. He appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me, where he pulled the roof off a van, and Moonraker, where he smashed through a building in a cable car and then disappeared off into space with a lady.
Scene 5: Get to Work!
Richard finally gets Clarkson to turn off stability control and have some fun! Maybe too much fun?
General Trivia Starts at 0:21:47
Sometimes on the Grand Tour the director eventually has to tell the presenters that play time is over, otherwise they’d be out there all day.
Scene 5: Painting
After all the racing about, Hammond and Clarkson join May in a bit of painting. I think they did rather well, haha.
General Trivia Starts at 0:24:59
Richard Hammond went to art college. Not that you’d know.
Scene 6: Where Have all the Drivers Gone?
The boys have a chat about how the numbers of people learning to drive have dropped by a LOT in just a few years.
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A Kilkenny cat is an Irish expression used to describe something that fights with pluck and tenacity. No one knows where it comes from. Well, it comes from Kilkenny in Ireland, but it’s not entirely clear why.
Scene 6: Expensive Roundabouts..
Jeremy tells us an interesting story about 2 roundabouts that are very, very expensive.
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Oxford is British university city. It’s near where Jeremy lives, which is why he knows an abnormal amount about is ring road.
Scene 7: Wearing Your Seat belt?
Hammond reads a bit on the Dawn and makes sure James is wearing his seat belt.
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Rolls-Royce claims the Dawn is ‘the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built’. Mmm.
Scene 7: MPG’s
A discussion on their overall miles per gallon so far in the trip….the Hellcat’s numbers are a little painful.
General Trivia Starts at 0:37:21
The 6.2-litre, V8-powered, 707 horsepower Dodge Challenge Hellcat has an eco mode.
Scene 7: Hammond Annoying James….yup
Hammond being Hammond, romping the go pedal and annoying the hell out of May. But mmmm that Hellcat sounds soooooo good!
General Trivia Starts at 0:38:25
The Hellcat engine is so powerful that during its development Dodge had to upgrade their engine test rigs or they would have been torn to pieces.
Scene 7: Musicals
James and Jeremy “enjoying” a musical performance…and then there’s Hammond enjoying donuts.
General Trivia Starts at 0:40:40
Carmen turns out to be an opera written by Georges Bizet and first performed in 1875. Despite the title, it contains almost no mention of crankshafts, bore spacing or double wishbone suspension systems.
Scene 7: Quiet Mode
Clarkson and May attempt to get away from Hammond so they can enjoy the rest of the trip in peace and quiet. *Spoiler, it doesn’t work…
General Trivia Starts at 0:41:23
The DB11 is the first Aston Martin with a quiet start system. Press the starter button to fire the engine in full theatrical mode. Press and hold the starter button if it’s 7am and you don’t want your neighbours to hate you.
Scene 7: One Big Party
Jeremy set up a trap to try and get Hammond to fall behind by sending out a “Tweet” stating Hammond will be appearing at this location.
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How many people in this crowd? We don’t know but Jeremy estimated it at ’47 billion’.
Scene 7: A Fast Boat
Oh hey it’s Hammond in a fast loud “obnoxious” (but awesome) speed boat.
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Hammond’s very subtle speedboat is an 800 horsepower C237 SUNUS racing boat. It can do 115mph. Or just zoom around in circles with an idiot in it.
Scene 7: Water Donuts!
Donuts, donuts and more donuts! Annnnd in goes Clarkson and May, whoops.
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James claims he nearly drowned in Venice.
Scene 8: Self Driving Cars
Clarkson shows off his very own “self driving car”, modeled after Google’s self driving car.
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“I’ll go t’foot of our stairs” – An old Yorkshire expression of surprise and amazement based around taking a trip to the base of a staircase.
Scene 9: Jeremy’s House
Jeremy lost a bet. Hammond and May prep Jeremy’s house for destruction.
General Trivia Starts at 0:56:52
Bats are highly protected in the UK. Unlike rats.
Scene 9: James Doesn’t Like Heights
Still more prepping for what’s going to be a pretty spectacular ending.
General Trivia Starts at 0:57:25
James May really is very unkeen on heights. other things James doesn’t like: formal clothes, the Nurburgring, people who say ‘myself’ when they mean ‘me’.
And there you have it folks. Episode 3. A real Grand Tour! Now let’s go test what you’ve learned on our fun little quiz!