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Amazon And Its Grand Tour

Amazon saw an opportunity when the former Top Gear trio left BBC


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Every car enthusiast would be very familiar with BBC’s Top Gear. The show, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, was everything a petrolhead loved in a motoring program. However, on 25 March 2015, BBC dismissed Jeremy Clarkson from the show due to an incident with its producer, Oisin Tymon. Fans then saw Hammond, May, and Wilman announce their resignation in April 2015.


Not too long after that, Amazon Prime approached all four of them with hopes of creating a brand new program. Hence, the birth of The Grand Tour, an Amazon Prime exclusive series. The trio came onto the show with an opening scene that cost Amazon an enormous $3.2 million. The Sun (UK) reported that the opening act was the most expensive ever produced for the small screen.


The opening scene takes place in the Californian desert and featured 150 cars, 2,000 petrolheads, six jets, acrobats and stilt-walkers. Clarkson, May, and Hammond can be seen speeding across the desert in heavily modified Ford Mustangs painted in red, white and blue — colors of the American flag. Viewers will also recognize a Bugatti Veyron and a Rolls-Royce trailing behind the trio’s Mustangs, which is reported to be valued at roughly $25 million. The Grand Tour has just concluded its third series on 12 April 2019 and viewers are anxiously waiting for the fourth installation.


The Grand Tour's opening scene cost $3.2 million to make