Nearly a full year since dropping Carnage A Trois, Richard Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May have reuinited for The Grand Tour Presents: A Scandi Flick, which promises to serve as a crucial reminder that life can occasionally be silly.
Following the extremely punny naming convention, the first post-pandemic instalment of the beloved travel-motoring series has been named after the driving technique – otherwise known as a pendulum turn – popularised by rally-car racers during the 60s.
The title’s twice as clever when you consider the forthcoming special involves the trio crossing Scandinavia in rally-inspired saloon cars: a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII for Captain Slow, a Subaru Impreza WRX STI for the Hamster, and for some reason, an Audi RS4 for Jezza.
As you’d expect from British goofballs of this calibre, shenanigans will be plentiful. Based on The Grand Tour Presents: A Scandi Flick trailer alone, we already know they’ll be towing skiers across the ice – one of whom only has a single leg – dragging a stolen bus shelter along (God knows why), letting Hammond’s WRX drown in arctic waters, and unknowingly spending a night in a museum exhibit.
The footage provided today also provides a glimpse of James May sending his Mitsubishi down the decommissioned Olavsvern naval base’s tunnel, cutting away right before the epic crash. Earlier this month, there were reports the poor bloke had been hospitalised after “jackknifing” his ride at 120 km/h while filming this very stunt at a Cold War submarine facility near Tromsø, Norway.
“It looked extremely worrying at first. Jeremy and Richard were concerned about their mate and the paramedics swooped in quickly,” an inside source told The Sun.
“As ever on a shoot of this scale, medical staff are waiting in the wings in case — as they did here — things go horribly wrong.”
“James smashed his head quite hard in the impact and was bloodied by it. He was complaining about pain in his back and neck. He was only able to join them once given the all-clear a day or so later.”
For the crime of hitting the brakes just a little too late, James May was punished with a broken rib. And I guess we’ll find out the true extent of the damage he suffered soon enough.
The Grand Tour Presents: A Scandi Flick is scheduled to hit Amazon Prime Video next month on September 16th – check out the trailer above.