Friday 14th October will go down as one of the best days of my motoring media career, and actually my entire life. I attended Clarkson’s new show, The Grand Tour in the studio audience, and I was blown away.
I never got the chance to be part of the studio audience when Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May ruled the roost at the BBC, on Top Gear. So I had no idea what to expect in Whitby for the filming of the sixth episode in the upcoming Amazon Prime motoring show.
I attended as a guest of fellow motoring journalist, Graham King who I’ve worked with on some exciting motoring projects previously. You can see how Graham and I spent our time waiting for the show to begin, below.
As you might expect, I made sure I played a role in the filming, so you’ll be able to watch me challenged by Clarkson to find Hammond in an Audi TT (harder than it sounds!) during what I think will be episode six.
The famous threesome were on top form, at home behind the camera chatting to the 300+ studio guests, just as they were on camera filming for the show. Clarkson’s claims that they “have no f******g idea what they are doing” were clearly unfounded – they have in fact found their niche in the market, and continue to exploit it, in a completely inimitable way.
The whole experience was eye-opening, and reassuring – I can tell you wholeheartedly that I still believe those three motoring stars have the three best jobs in the world. My big dream lives on.
The Grand Tour launches on 18th November on Amazon Prime, and it is set to explode with the best bits of ‘old Top Gear’ put together in a show that – if the filming was anything to go by – will have you smiling from ear-to-ear and celebrating unashamed commercialism.
Look out for my first appearance on TV alongside Clarkson!