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The Grand Tour: Did Jeremy Clarkson Actually Jump Out Of A Moving Car?

The Grand Tour presents: Carnage A Trois is here as Jeremy Clarkson explores some of the brilliance behind French cars alongside his co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May.

But, a rather striking scene has sparked questions from fans after Jeremy Clarkson looks to jump out of his Citroen CX while the car’s still driving at quite a pace.

On talking about how the brake pedal of the Citroen CX is like a switch, he explains that because of this, they’re either on or off.

“Probably easier when you get to your destination to just… do a George Michael,” he says before launching himself out of the car.

Lots of fans have asked if this is real, or whether it’s computer trickery. Well, in fact it’s a completly practical effect, and thanks to Reddit user _noncomposmentis, we know how it was done.

How Did Jeremy Clarkson Jump Out Of His Moving Car Then?

It’s very simple. The car was on a trailer, and you can actually see the edge of the trailer in a reflection on the car’s windscreen. This image was posted by Redditor Threedawg.

As he opens the car door, one of the lines (the windowsill of the driver’s door) moves while the other doesn’t. That’s the trailer, or something similar. _noncomposmentis said the following:

See the two curved lines in the reflection of the windscreen at the beginning of the gif? They look curved because the glass is curved but they are actually parallel straight lines.

One of them is the reflection off the windowsill of the driver side door. You can see it move and disappear as Jezza opens his door. The other, graciously circled in the image, is the edge of the trailer.

The lighting is WAY too good to be artificial so that rules out green screen IMHO. And someone else in another one of these posts pointed out that the car stays dead straight despite Jeremy moving the steering wheel when he exits. It’s 100% a trailer or some other low-tech rigging.

Want to know why James May covered his face while eating? Read all about that here!

Alex Harrington

Alex started racing at a young age so certainly knows his way around a car and a track. He can just about put a sentence together too, which helps. He has a great interest in the latest models, but would throw all of his money at a rusty old French classic and a 300ZX. Contact: [email protected]

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One Comment

  1. the only issue I have with your analysis is, he *appears* to move backward down the road while the car moves forward.

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