We’re counting down the days for The Grand Tour to return to our screens as Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May return for their new episode, Carnage A Trois. In the second lockdown special, the boys explore the world of French cars and what makes them so special alongside a host of stunts and even mountain climbing.
And now, talking to the press ahead of the episode release, Richard Hammond has opened up about his connection to France, as well as the crash he was involved in for a part of the show.
“It was our attempt at making cultural observations, prompted by the slightly provocative concept of ‘What’s the matter with the French?’,” the accident-prone presenter told the press.
“I loved that idea, it was such a good starting point for the show, but by the end of it, we come to the conclusion, ‘Oh, nothing’.”
Richard was then asked about his connection to France before saying the following: “Well, they’re very close, aren’t they? France was the first place that the Hammond family, 100 years ago, went on holiday abroad.
“I remember as a 10-year-old or 12-year-old, getting on the ferry, and thinking how they speak funny, and they’ve got funny money, and it’s amazing.
“So it always seemed exotic to me, even though it’s closer than some towns and cities in Britain are to where we lived.
“It’s a long way from us socially, and attitudinally. They’re different, aren’t they, the French, and that’s why it’s a great stepping-off point for the show.”
He continued: “It’s not surprising, given that they are certainly different in many, many, many ways, that their cars are expressions of that.”
Richard, who recently released his own show called Richard Hammond’s Workshop, then commented on what fans can expect from the upcoming episode, teasing that there would be a lot of car accident. He gave us a little more information:
“I did some French parking, which resulted in, ahem, some damage to it,” the revealed.
“It was weird filming that, because there were people in a restaurant watching and I went to park in a French fashion, and they didn’t know what we were doing.
“They obviously thought, ‘There’s that little fella off the telly, he’s clearly gone mad’ because I was destroying cars up and down the road.
“I ended up on my side at one point, inevitably, but we did that all in a very sort of French way.”
The Grand Tour returns on December 17 on Amazon Prime Video.