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The Grand Tour Season 1 Episode Guide, Recaps & Fun Facts

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The Grand Tour Season 1 began in on November 18 2016 and was aired on the streaming service, Amazon Prime Video. It consisted of 13 episodes, two of which made one long special episode, and while official viewing figures haven’t been released, Episode 1 quickly became the most popular pilot episode of any series on Amazon.

The touring tent was a popular aspect of Season 1, as it was erected in 9 countires across the globe allowing people from different countries to watch the live recordings of the tent segments. This was however stopped for Season 2 as it was deemed to be too much of a hassle and expense to keep moving the tent which had to be adapted for filming.

Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May reprised their roles as presenters after their leaving of Top Gear.

The Holy Trinity

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Tent Location: Lucerne Valley, California, United States

The episode launches with a film of Clarkson leaving London and flying to Los Angeles where he finds Hammond and May. They introduce the tent then review the Porsche 918, La Ferrari, and McLaren P1. The Eboladrome is introduced by Clarkson who drives a Ferrari 488 and BMW M2 around it. They then introduce the American.

Tent Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

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Tent Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Clarkson tests the Aston Martin Vulcan which is later driven by the American. Wilman then sends the trio to the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre where they review an Audi S8 and evade being shot at. Car-builder Johan Ackermann introduces his self-made Sauber C9 replica, and Ma goes to South Africa to take part in ‘spinning’.

Opera, Arts, And Donuts

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Tent Location: Whitby, England, United Kingdom

The trio go on a grand tour arou Italy. May drives a Rolls Royce Dawn, Clarkson an Aston Martin DB11 and Hammond a Dodge Charger Hellcat. They argue over the colour of the Aston, and finally, Hammond and May demolish Clarkson’s house.

Enviro-mental

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Tent Location: Whitby, England, United Kingdom

Clarkson reviews the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and the BMW M4 GTS. Then the presenters head to Wales with Land Rover Discovery chassis to make an environmentally friendly car.  Finally they discuss the best ways of hiding illegal immigrants in cars.

Moroccan Roll

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Tent Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands

The trio go to Morocco to compare the MX5, Alfa Romeo 4C, and Zenos E10S. They go to Atlas Corporation Studios in Ouarzazate to race their cars where Hammond wins but also crashes his MX5. Later on, Hammond and May play Battleships with cars and explosives. Finally, Clarkson uses a V8 to inflate a blow-up doll.

Happy Finnish Christmas

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Tent Location: Saariselkä, Lapland, Finland

Hammond drives the new Mustang in England and is met by Clarkson and his Ford Focus RS. The presenters introduce their Christmas merchandise and play with toys which end up being quite dangerous for them. May then discusses the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans where he pits Ferrari against Ford with their P3 and GT respectively.

The Beach (Buggy) Boys – Part 1

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Tent Location: N/A

The trio is sent to to Namibia to drive 1000 miles in beach buggies of their design. they waste 36 hours and end up in the same place before camping there over night. The next day, they start traversing the sand dunes where Clarkson breaks down. Hammond and May abandon him and move on.

The Beach (Buggy) Boys – Part 2

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Tent Location: N/A

The trio reunite at Windhoek and make their way to the Namibia-Angola border. The terrain is harsh and May sets fire to his own buggy accidentally while trying to sabotage Clarkson’s. Finally, to traverse a river, the trio produces a cable car. Hammond gets stuck which proves Wilman right.

Berks To The Future

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Tent Location: Ludwigsburg, Stuttgart, Germany

May reviews the new Honda NSX and Clarkson joins a MGB Roadster to a Land Rover Discovery. He later swaps the MG for a Mercedes-Benz SL, before naming his creation ‘The Excellent’. It’s sold at the Coys of Kensington car auction for £4,000, £10,000 less than what Clarkson paid to make it.

Dumb Fight At The O.K Coral

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Tent Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Clarkson reviews the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio before the presenters travel to Barbados to solve the issue of dying coral reefs. They plan on sinking cars into the area for coral to grow over.

Italian Lessons

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Tent Location: Loch Ness, Scotland, United Kingdom

Hammond test drives the Fiat Abarth 124 Spider before they each buy a Maserati for under £8,000 to prove that it’s better than a second-hand Ford Focus. They travel to France where they test the cars on track. Clarkson in his Biturbo S Coupe, Hammond’s 430 Saloon, and May Zagato Spider. May had broken his arm for this episode, but thankfully his car is an automatic. Only Hammond’s car survives.

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Tent Location: Loch Ness, Scotland, United Kingdom

Clarkson reviews the Lexus GS-F, then the presenters travel to aptly named locations in SUVs. Clarkson drives a Range Rover, Hammond a Jaguar F-Pace, and May a Bentley Bentayga. They head to the Nurburgring but instead arrive at a disused quarry where they perform times laps.

Past VS Future

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Tent Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Clarkson compares a Gol GTI to May’s actual BMW i3. Then  May tries his luck at off-roading. Hammond beats a Bugatti Veyron in a drag race with a Porsche 918 Spyder but then loses to a Nissan Patrol. Later on, he takes lessons on how to drift.

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