One of the biggest questions coming into season one of The Grand Tour was whether or not the boys would continue the tradition of trekking off to exotic lands for their annual Christmas special. It could be argued that these episodes are the foundational pillars of what made Top Gear the world’s most popular show with 350 million people watching worldwide, so everyone is curious to see what the Grand Tour version will be like.
Well, with a simple tweet, the boys have decided to have the Christmas special with their first adventure finding them in Namibia.
— The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) December 19, 2016
What everyone is going to look forward to now is where this special is going to fit in the best specials of all time. If you have a hard time remembering, we put together a list for you to start watching now.
Season 7 Episode 7 – Winter Olympics Special
The first “big” budget special that really didn’t travel anywhere, but instead was located in Norway before the 2006 Winter Olympics. The boys did some incredible stuff and have even more incredible laughs.
Season 9 Episode 3 – U.S. Special
For Americans, this could easily be one of the most embarrassing specials made. The boys traveled down south to Alabama and instigated some horrible actions from the under-educated locals.
Season 9/10 – Polar Special
In probably one of my personal favorites, the special shows the boys in the harshest of elements have truly genuine moments of despair, struggle and success. This special was especially controversial as Jeremy Clarkson and James May had a cup of gin while they drove while the global warming groups used the opportunity to criticize the use of 4x4s in the part of the world that doesn’t need it the most.
Season 10 Episode 4 – Botswana Special
The special that introduced the world to Oliver and one of the first episodes where there was real struggle and a possibility that the boys wouldn’t be able to get the job done.
Season 12 Episode 8 – Vietnam Special
If it’s not the North Pole special, then the Vietnam Special would rank as the best special ever created by Clarkson, Hammond and May. The fact that they didn’t use cars was the moment people realized that this car show really isn’t about cars, it’s about these three middle-aged men on a grand adventure.
Season 14 Episode 6 – Bolivia Special
“We must be very close to equator!” “Maybe we’re there?” “No, we’d see a big dotted line!” – That is all you need to know about this episode.
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Season 16 Episode 00-1 – East Coast Road Trip
This is what Americans needed after the disaster down south. A true road trip with some epic cars on some of the best driving roads the good ol’ U.S. of A could offer.
Season 16 Episode 00-2 – Middle East Special
It is the sheer fact that the boys got to travel through Syria (considering what is going on now) and the ability to have anything go wrong like it did in Alabama and Argentina that makes this special a must watch.
Season 18 Episode 00 – India Special
Arguably the worst special every produced by the boys and the special that most fans use to compare to some of the scripted moments in The Grand Tour, the India special tends to be that family member you never want to invite to your parties.
Season 19 Episode 6 & 7 – Africa Special
Easily one of the episodes all fans talk about when asked which episode was their favorite, the Africa special gave very special moments of the chemistry that these boys share. The actual race to the Nile gave this special a little bit more competition, which is always greatly appreciated.
Season 21 Episode 6 & 7 – Burma Special
The beautiful views of Burma and the use of lorries to trek across a country that has rarely let anyone in made this special one of the most unique. Throw in the actual building of a bridge and you have a recipe for a very memorable special.
Season 22 Episode 1 & 2 – Pantagonia Special
The last ever special that Clarkson, Hammond and May ever made for Top Gear and what could be argued the beginning of the end for Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear. The episode is famous for the license plate that insulted the Argentinian people to the point that just recently, Jeremy Clarkson was not allowed to board a plane after filming in Germany.
The boys know what they have to live up to, but the good thing is that they are surrounded by pretty much the same crew that have traveled with them around the world.
Where will Namibia rank amongst these specials? We’re going to have to wait and see.
What was your favorite special? Leave a comment below to let us know.
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