After the hosts of Top Gear left and created a new show on Amazon, The Grand Tour, a new community of fans and auto enthusiasts, was formed called Grand Tour Nation. The first step was to create a new Facebook fan page in August of 2016 that quickly grew to 400,000+ fans in less than four months. The goal of the website is primarily share with the community all the good times that the hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have created and will create with their new adventures. We will be producing a variety of content ranging from blog posts to videos of old clips and interviews to photos that remind the fans of how amazing the chemistry is of these hosts.
Grand Tour Nation hopes to continue it’s engagement with fans and increase the reach of over 1M fans around the world with news updates on the upcoming series premiere along with the two additional series that Amazon has signed them on for. Comparisons to Top Gear will bound to happen, so at Grand Tour Nation, we hope to straddle the line between the two shows as well with news and updates. The bottom line is that Grand Tour Nation is a fan site that will be covering every The Grand Tour has to throw at the world as well as everything Top Gear is doing to match.
Gary Lee – Founder | Community Manager | LinkedIn
A blogger from Los Angeles who loves his Lakers, Dodgers and the food that this great city provides. I also have a passion for golf, sneakers and obviously the cars and adventures of The Grand Tour.
Favorite Host: If I had to pick one host to be my favorite, it would have to be Jeremy Clarkson for his entrepreneurial spirit and his passion for everything whatever is in front of him at the moment. Yes, it some times leads to the wrong decision, but he has shown the ability to learn from his mistakes and become a better person.
Favorite Show: My favorite show so far is the one they filmed going to the North Pole! The humility they developed throughout the trip both from Hammond on the sled and Clarkson and May in the truck was an amazing example of human endurance captured on television.
Nick Dunlap | Staff Writer
An avid auto enthusiast and longtime Top Gear, now Grand Tour fan, who is working to make a career out of being completely immersed in automotive culture. I have done everything from building award-winning show cars to racing high-end cars like the Nissan GT-R and even created and sold my own aftermarket parts and accessories.
Favorite Host: Richard Hammond would have to be my favorite host. He has an undeniable charm and charisma to boot. I have always liked that he is willing to go the extra mile and put himself in harm’s way just to get the job done and make amazing T.V. for his fans. Hammond has an undeniable passion for what he does and the people he cares about and that deserves the upmost admiration in my book.
Favorite Show: I think my favorite episode of Top Gear would be Season 15, Episode 1, featuring the Reliant Robin. Every time that I watch that episode I absolutely cannot stop laughing, especially when the tip it over behind the news crew. It may be juvenile and ridiculous but that’s what makes Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear/ The Grand Tour so much fun to watch.
Tony Hsieh | Staff Writer
Cars, the Buffalo Bills, video games, sandwiches, jelly beans, and the shooting star press; these are the things that I love (in addition to my family, of course). When I’m not spending my time writing tech reviews for theslanted.com as my day job, I can be found putting my lifetime love of muscle cars to use on my beloved 2015 Mustang GT. My top three favorite cars are split into two categories: “Never Ever Cars” (Aston Martin DBS, Ferrari 458, Ferrari F40), and “I Can Buy One Right Now Cars” (1973 Mustang Mach 1, Challenger Hellcat, Camaro ZL1). It goes without saying that Top Gear (and The Grand Tour, considering the hosts and subject material) is my favorite show, followed closely by Doctor Who.
Favorite Host: That’s easy; while all three are simply the bee’s knees, my favorite is Captain Slow himself, James May. James’ taste in cars and overall demeanor seem to fit most closely to my own, and his penchant for common sense (most of the time) mirrors the way I approach life (most of the time). I also am a fan of James’ other shows and find the subject matter to be incredibly interesting. No one else in my family seems to share those interests….
Favorite Episode: Can I choose two? One would be Series 10, Episode 9 where the boys enter the Britcar 24 Hour Endurance Race (Penis and Arse Biscuits). I have always been a fan of endurance racing, and to see the boys participate in one was genuinely entertaining. The other would be Series 10, Episode 2 where the trio build amphibious cars in order to cross the English channel. It was the first TG I ever saw, and it hooked me for life.
Nick Squires | Staff Writer
Hello! Nick Squires here. The best description I could give myself would be – Utah native, photographer and major auto enthusiast. I have been a huge fan of Top Gear and the boys for over 10 years. I remember my teen years mesmerized by the show and always thinking, “what would it be like to do what they do for a living? Getting to travel the world and drive the most amazing cars available?”. That fascination really threw the hook on to me then added in all the humor and shenanigans and I instantly became a fan for life.
Favorite Host: As far as the trio, I hate to really choose a favorite but I am going with Richard Hammond. Jeremy has the best jokes, James has the knowledge and Richard, I feel, has the most passion. His genuine love for more than just cars is really shown on and off screen. Not to say the others don’t show what Hammond does, there just seems to be something…a bit more I guess. I absolutely love his (not so)-secret love affair with the USofA.
Favorite Show: If I absolutely had to pick a favorite episode of Top Gear it wold probably have to be series 9 episode 7 – The Arctic Special. This special, (like most), really had everything you can in a show. Laughter, suspense, good looking truck, competition….not to mention a Guinness Book World Record. It had a lot of trials and pretty intense moments that did leave you to really wonder if they were actually going to make it to the end.
That just about sums it all up in a tiny little nutshell. I am very excited and honored to be a part of the Grand Tour Nation and I really look forward to sharing with you all stories, insiders and all out fun about The Grand tour and all things automotive!
Michael Pattinson | Staff Writer | Twitter @MikePattinson
Born and bred in the UK, Michael has grown to love all things automotive. Describing himself as a bit of a petrolhead, Michael is never too far away from the crisp sound of a classic or supercar engine. From being to more motorshows than he can remember, to being on BBC Top Gear atleast three times as well as getting a guided tour of the ins and outs of the McLaren factory, he simply loves everything on four wheels. His all-time favourite car is, either… between the Aston Martin DB5 and, well, anything with a Lamborghini badge on. And his all-time favourite presenter, well, this is a tough one.
Favorite Host: Of course, all three (Clarkson, Hammond and May) have their own unique credentials, but for Michael, it would have to be James May. He describes him as such a down to earth person, and found it a pleasure to have been able to have a chat with him during a recording of the show, which was mostly about the love of his crazy colourful choice of shirts.
Favorite Episode: Michael’s choice of his favourite episode is a difficult one, but it would have to be the Burma special if he had to give one, the chemistry between the three is fantastic and a joy to watch again and again, but then saying that, the Africa special is also a favourite for the same reason, it’s a difficult choice!
Meg Honeck | Staff Writer