Hello and welcome to week 5 of The Grand Tour! This week features convertible sports cars (one being just roofless), a game of Battleship, adult toys and all sorts of other fantastic random-ness. So let’s take a look at what Amazon’s X-Ray trivia has in store for us this week!
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 5!
Scene 1: Intro
Here we are, episode 5! 3 different locations. 3 little sports cars and much fun to be had. What will go wrong this week?
General Trivia Starts at 0:00:00
Jeremy Clarkson: Writer, broadcaster, casual jacketeer.
Scene 2: Intro
This week the Tent was filmed in Rotterdam, the road trip in North Africa and Battleship in England. A lot of traveling once again. (Lucky ducks).
General Trivia Starts at 0:00:04
Richard Hammond: Writer, broadcaster, beard owner.
Scene 2: Morrrre Intro
Looks like it’s once again James who gets a ‘goof up’ in the welcome sign. Has it been May the whole time?
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Jams May: Writer, broadcaster, casually crumpled.
Scene 3: May Gets Treats
Interesting fact, the Dutch really are the tallest ‘average’. James gets some treats and stays quiet…nothing abnormal here.
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The Dutch really are the tallest nation on earth. A study published in the journal eLife found that the average Dutch man is a strapping 6 feet tall. The smallest men in the world are found in East Timor, which is why this country is not known for it’s basketball team.
Scene 3: Generous Gift
Jeremy tells us what the Dutch have given us all. Jeremy also shows us a picture he really enjoys…of buff Dutch Policemen.
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The speed camera was invented by Dutch racing driver Maurice Gatsonides. He once said, ‘Even I can’t escape my own invention because I love speeding’. Doh.
Scene 5: Let’s Begin
Welcome to North Africa, the…obvious place to test sports cars.
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The retro-looking ‘Marrakech’ title at the start of the lightweight sports car test is an homage to the titles used in old movies filmed in glamourous overseas locations.
Scene 5: The MX-5
Richard has chosen the Mazda Miata MX-5. Japan’s hot little two seater that has stood on the proving grounds of ‘sports cars’ and has proven to be a top choice of many for a very long time. (Since 1989)
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The Mazda MX5 has a 1/5-litre, four cylinder engine making 129 horsepower. It can cover 0-62 in 8.3 seconds and has a top speed of 127mph.
Scene 5: Whoops
As James teaches Hammond what a “sports car should and shouldn’t be” Hammond chimes in with a bit of an interesting fact about Mr. DeLorean. I love their little arguments.
General Trivia Starts at 0:05:29
Lotus boss Colin Chapman signed a deal with John Z. DeLorean to develop the infamous DeLorean DMC-12 sportscar. IT all became a bit complicated, DeLorean got caught in an FBI drugs string, and some of the project budget went ‘missing’.
Scene 5: The Zenos
James’ pick for this test. The Zenos E10 S! Also available as an E10 or E10 R. Zenos is a British auto manufacturer that started in 2012 with the E10 as their first example.
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The Zenos E10 S has a 2-litre, four cylinder turbocharged engine which produces 250 horsepower. It can go from 0-62 in 4 seconds and has a top speed of 145mph. It weighs 725 kilos.
Scene 5: The Alfa
Last but not least, Jeremy’s pick. The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. The latest in Alfa’s 2 seater lineup.
General Trivia Starts at 0:09:34
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a 1.7-litre, four cylinder turbocharged engine which makes 234 horsepower. It can go from 0-62 in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 160mph. It weighs 1128 kilos.
Scene 5: James and Hammond Pick Apart the Alfa
James and Richard do what they do best, pick on Jeremy. Here they go through and pick apart what they can on the poor Alfa.
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Some of the Alfa 4C’s interior fittings are taken from other cars. Other, cheaper cars. Such as the Fiat Punto hatchbacks.
Scene 5: Drag Race
James and Jeremy are about to have a street race. Yup, you read that right, James asked for a drag race.
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The Zenos E10 S has a power-to-weight ratio of 345 horsepower-per-tonne. The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a power-t0-weight ratio of 207 horse-per-tonne. Jeremy might have forgotten to look this up before the drag race.
Scene 5: More Arguing
So here we have something unheard of. The boys arguing about each others cars AND a bit of making fun too. Craziness I tell ya.
General Trivia Starts at 0:16:16
The Alfa 4C was designed in Milan, but it’s actually made in the Maserati factory in Modena. Because they know more about building exotic things.
Scene 5: Jeremy Wants a Weigh-in
Jeremy wants to find a way to weigh the three sports cars to prove that the Alfa is in fact the lightest. There is a problem though…there isn’t a weigh station at the resort.
General Trivia Starts at 0:16:50
It is unclear if Jeremy’s lightweight sports car jacket was bought for a bet. But if it was, he definitely won.
Scene 6: Police Cars
Today on Conversation Street! Police cars, which country has the worst? Not America. Perhaps England? James thinks so.
General Trivia Starts at 0:18:30
Jeremy’s skepticism about Dutch-made cars is well founded. Cars made in Holland include the Volvo 340, the Daf Daffodil and the Mitsubishi Carisma.
Scene 7: Battleship!
Here Richard explains to us how easy it is to recreate the glorious game of Battleship using cars.
General Trivia Starts at 0:24:21
The massive former Cold War airfield is RAF Bentwaters in Suffolk, England.
Scene 7: More Battleship
Hammond explains to James how they are going to go about playing Battleship at such an epic scale.
General Trivia Starts at 0:26:06
Hammond’s car board game cannon is normally used to make cars do improbably massive jumps in movies.
Scene 7: Tactics
The point of this game is all about tactics. Richard isn’t “thick”….or is he? James will answer that for us.
General Trivia Starts at 0:28:20
Thick – A quaint British word meaning daft, stupid, a bit like Richard Hammond.
Scene 7: The Battle Rages On!
With the game a tie James makes a very hard decision as to where to drop his “bomb” to finish the game, if he misses Richard will win.
General Trivia Starts at 0:33:19
Horatio Hammond is a reference to Horatio Nelson, famed British naval commander who led his forces to victory in the Battle of Trafalgar, thereby preventing the French from invading England. He died in the process, and was honoured with a massive monument in London’s Trafalgar Square. The founder of the Pagani supercar company is also called Horacio, but this wasn’t a reference to him.
Scene 8: Celebrity Brain Crash!
This week on Celebrity Brain Crash, Golden Earring! Who are they you may ask? They are a Dutch rock band, founded in 1961. They are known for their hit songs Radar Love, Twilight Zone and When the Lady Smiles.
General Trivia Starts at 0:37:33
Golden Earring’s Radar Love was first released in 1973. It reached number 7 in the UK charts, number 13 in the US charts, and was number 1 in Holland for 13 weeks. Or was that years?
Scene 8: Toys
Since the band is no longer with us the trio has to fill the time allotted for their performance. So Jeremy shows off some toys he found at a local shop.
General Trivia Starts at 0:39:33
The night before the studio recording, Jeremy proudly showed off his ‘motoring accessory’ purchases in a busy Rotterdam hotel bar.
Scene 8: Express Lanes
They have a discussion about express lanes on the highways. They use some of Jeremy’s findings to show you can use it as a second occupancy in the vehicle. Jeremy also shows us how you can inflate this second occupant.
General Trivia Starts at 0:40:11
When Jeremy says ‘Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side’ he’s making a reference to the chorus of the UK number 1 it, Pass The Dutchie by Musical Youth. The Grand Tour – bringing you bang-up-to-date cultural references since 2016.
Scene 8: The Inflator
Jeremy demonstrates how to blow up this second occupant for your travels down the express lanes.
General Trivia Starts at 0:40:30
The V8 lady inflator engine is from a Ford.
Scene 8: Awkward
Jeremy managed to explode his inflatable person, while Hammond has his fully ready to roll!
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Richard’s HOV lane inflatable passenger came in a box marked ‘Fatty Patty’
Scene 9: The Weigh-in Machine is Complete
With Jeremy’s contraption completed, they now have to figure out how to counter balance the cars.
General Trivia Starts at 0:43:13
Jeremy Clarkson owns some donkeys. The one in the lightweight cars film isn’t one of his.
Scene 9: Richard’s a Pro
Still struggling to get the animals to stay where they need to be even with the pro Hammond, animal wrangler, helping out. There may have been talk about a three-some…gross.
General Trivia Starts at 0:43:41
Richard Hammond lives in the countryside so he knows about manoeuvring animals.
Scene 9: Time for Other Means
Admitting defeat, they now have to come up with another way to counter-balance their cars.
General Trivia Starts at 0:44:37
James May lives in London and does not have livestock. Although he does have a cat.
Scene 9: Jeremy the Thief
Well the weigh machine broke with unsuccessful results of who’s car weighed the least. So now it’s time to hit the road again.
General Trivia Starts at 0:47:27
Muppet – British word for a stupid or foolish person. Also, a type of puppet. But that’s not relevant in this case.
Scene 9: Jeremy, All Alone
With James and Richard mad at Jeremy, they send him away to be on his own. Jeremy takes the film crew and creates a beautiful piece for the Alfa.
General Trivia Starts at 0:51:04
During the filming of the sports cars item, some British paparazzi turned up and tried to spy on the plucky hosts going about their business. Unfortunately for these photographers, they got stopped by the police, had to admit they didn’t have permits to work in Morocco and were marched back to the airport. Ooops.
Scene 10: Hammond Makes a Discovery!
Hammond has stumbled upon what he believe to be an ancient civilization lost in time. It may be just a movie set though.
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The setting for the race in the sports cars film is Atlas Studios, near Ouarzazate, Morocco.
Scene 10: All Dressed Up
They decide to have a real race through the “ancient city”. Jeremy dresses for the occasion.
General Trivia Starts at 0:53:15
‘The Dick From Del Monte’ is a reference to ‘The Man From Del Monte’, a tinned produce ad campaign shown in Britain in the 1980s. The titular character in the ads went around tasting and approving fruit while wearing a pale linen suit. Which, if you thing about it, was an impractical choice of clothing.
Scene 10: The Race
James completes his lap and is a bit dirty. “Why didn’t you roll your windows up” – Jeremy. Haha
General Trivia Starts at 0:57:05
James estimates this to be the third most dusty he’s ever been.
Scene 10: The Finish
Richard gets his turn. Does the Mazda stand a chance against these other two more powerful sports cars?
General Trivia Starts at 0:58:50
‘Sir John Blashford-Hammond’ is a reference to famed British explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell (who James seems to have accidentally knighted).
Well folks, we once again come to an end of another Amazon X-Ray Trivia. I hope that what you’ve learned here may stick with you for a lifetime…or maybe just a few minutes while you take the Episode 5 Quiz! (You can do that right below) Ciao!