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Why We Think Abbie Eaton Should Stay On The Grand Tour | Season 4

I’m sure you’ve heard that Abbie Eaton has yet to be asked to return to The Grand Tour. If you haven’t, you can read about that here, but for those of you who have… well, it’s safe to say you want her to stay.

We thought about this and compiled some of the best reasons why she should stay.

She’s a woman

Let’s face it: motoring journalism is a male-dominated industry, so having Abbie on the most popular car show in the world is something to be grateful for. Not only can she show viewers that women can be badass on the track as well as men, but she has become a huge role model for the young girls out there who are watching an all-male grid for most races. Great stuff!

Break up Clarkson, Hammond and May

Don’t get me wrong, I love watching these three waffle on about cars I can’t afford. But from Season 4, there is going to be no Conversation Street, no celebrity segments, no tent. So maybe it’s a good idea to have something to break up the waffle? Specials are great, but do we want 100% CHM? Yes? Oh, well okay then.

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Lap times

Right now, we have no idea whether or not The Grand Tour is going to feature car reviews. Surely, new cars are going to feature during at least some of these ‘special episodes‘, but how are we going to be able to compare the performance of these cars without a trained racing driver? Could Abbie meet them at a local track and set times for them? But even then, there’s no comparison if she times cars on different tracks. I’ll think about this and let you know…

She’s entertaining!

See her race Clarkson and Hammond in an old banger during their road trip across Georgia and Azerbaijan? It was hilarious! And it was great to see her take on a larger role. If they could give her a larger role with more speaking, then we’d be happy viewers.

Have more reasons why she should stay? Let us know in the comments below.

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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  1. She’s skilled behind the wheel, funny as hell, and can give the guys as good as they give. Abbi needs to be a staple of season 4!!

  2. She definitely can drive a car and I wouldn’t mind her getting a little more air time like when she was racing them in that old beater

  3. Give Abby the role of doing the reviews instead of performance testing on a track because really how many roads would you usually drive a car at its peak levels on a daily basis? The test tracks only tell you how quickly a car can be driven from point a – b (aka return to point a) that isnt a real world environment test.
    Don’t get me wrong, i enjoy the track time tests, but the real world road tests are the better informative articles and this is where Abby could be used to push the cars to their limits to show how they would handle in real situations.

  4. The most important reason for her to stay , she’s better looking than the three of them put together and can out drive them

  5. Let’s be honest, the big 3 aren’t getting any younger and with Hammond actively trying to kill himself, at some point, you’re going to need a replacement. By easing Abbey into larger roles within the show it won’t be such a shock when Clarkson punches another staffer, May gets irretrievably lost or Hammond crashes again and his wife won’t let him out to play anymore

  6. Couldn’t agree more, if you watch interviews with her, she has personality and she is a respected driver. I think she would be great to pop into some of the random challenges or even be included in a special.

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