The Grand Tour team recently spent nine days in Scotland as they traveled from Edinburgh to the Hebrides in three classic American cars. But in a recent column by Jeremy Clarkson, he admits that while he and James May were fine, Richard Hammond was involved in yet another accident.
The three were spotted in a Cadillac, a Lincoln, and a Buick, and were captured on camera towing caravans around the Scottish highlands. Later on in the trip, these caravans were eventually modified and left behind, but the presenters weren’t finished with their cars. These were eventually modified as well for a rumoured drag race, including slick drag tyres, a supercharger, and side-exit exhausts.
But despite what sounds like a great episode, filming was made very difficult by the restrictions that have accompanied the Coronavirus Pandemic, which became the subject of Jeremy’s latest column.
“I didn’t think there was a hope in hell we’d get started, let alone finished. And that’s before we get to the problem with Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon seems to be driven solely by a deep-seated hatred of the English, so we were expecting her to close the border at any moment,” Jeremy wrote.
With the accompanying costs of dealing with the regulations, a cancellation of this stint of filming would have been seriously bad news, but thankfully they were able to get through it with none of the 50+ team members testing positive for the virus. See, instead of getting rooms at a hotel, to maintain social distancing, they had to rent out the whole hotel. And they couldn’t just get a plane, they had to get their own place.
But nine days later the filming came to an end and they had successfully filmed their Scottish episode of The Grand Tour. Well, all except Richard Hammond who had apparently had an accident yet again.
“Astonishingly, thanks in part to the rules but mainly to luck, not one of us tested positive on the whole nine-day shoot. Which meant all the cameras were rolling when Hammond had his customary accident. It was a good one.
“Probably his best yet, mainly because he didn’t actually hurt himself. I guess that’s lucky because, strictly speaking, he wouldn’t have been allowed by the Covid rules to go in a stranger’s air ambulance.”
This makes us incredibly excited to see what this episode has in store for us, but we are yet to hear anything about the Madagascar Special episode which is set to be released before the end of this year. We can only guess that the Scottish episode will be next year now. Please hurry, Amazon.