Jeremy Clarkson Recounts Every Disaster From Making Season 2 Of The Grand Tour

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The making of The Grand Tour's second season has been...eventful, to say the least. Several people got sick, one nearly died, and thanks to Jeremy Clarkson's Sunday Times column from this morning, we know now the exact conditions under which these myriad calamities took place.

Surprisingly, the first one to become ill was actually James May, who was laid up with severe food poisoning within minutes of the first season coming to a close. Clarkson quips that without James there to throw a neatly organized spanner into the works, the second season's ideas were banged out quickly.

Unfortunately, once James was back, the trio headed off to Switzerland to film a past-present-future battle with the Lamborghini Aventador S, the new Honda NSX, and the Rimac Concept_One. Then, inevitably, Richard Hammond binned it. I won't bother recapping that well-covered disaster, but you can read a bit more about it here.

With catastrophe #2 out of the way, Clarkson thought it was done. Then he went on vacation and was promptly laid up with double pneumonia for eight weeks. This was of little consequence, however, as he was able to cure himself quite expediently: "Because I’m made largely from wood and stone, I made myself better in a fortnight and finally we were ready to get cracking."

By spending most of the week on the phone with Amazon, they managed to push the release date back several weeks to December 8, and according to Clarkson, things are indeed chugging along.

"Despite the extra time, flat out doesn’t begin to cover the way we are working now. Home is a distant memory and my children are nothing more than well-thumbed photographs in my wallet. Terminal 5 is where I live now as I race from New York to Toronto, then back to France and Spain before hopping back on a plane to Vancouver. I’m writing scripts into the night and answering emails on the bog. Eating? I can’t remember when I last did that."

Clarkson mentions a few of the new things that'll be happening in Season 2 as well, most of which we've already known about, except for one amusing detail: taking a Tesla Model X around the track. After how the TopGear episode about the first Roadster went, I'm surprised Elon Musk signed off on this one. But, as the new Roadster reveal a few days ago showed us, he is prone to surprising maneuvers. I'm sure this time around it won't break down so conveniently.