Most of you know, I married a Brit. (Yes, good move I know) Lol. This wonderful British man introduced me to his PREVIOUS all time favorite TV show, Top Gear, obviously from England. It was a show about cars; the latest, the fastest, the most efficient etc. but it’s wasnt. It wasn’t just about cars and this is why I fell in love with the show too. It was about the friendship and true comradery of the three hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May created over the years. Now if you too were an avid fan or you just existed in the world this past year or so, you know the recent “events” of the BBC and the Boys which has now transpired in Amazon Prime helping the guys create their own show, The Grand Tour on their own terms allowing them to do what they do best; be themselves.
Yesterday, my Brit and I were 2 out of 2000. And that 2000 were out of 1.2 million people. People who applied to Amazon Prime to be picked to be part of the filming of the opening sequence of the first show of the The Grand Tour to be released Nov. 18th. Today, I am still speechless of how fantastic the whole experience was. We were taken to into the desert of Apple Valley, CA by transport of 36 school buses. No one was allowed cell phones or cameras as it was all top secret. It was so nice to have 2000 people being present. Not looking down at the phone posting and tagging. Interacting and participating “creating a little bit of history” as they quoted. Yes, this was a massive outdoor spectacular TV “set” but it wasn’t. It felt like a private party with crazy amazing one of kind cars, art peices, classics cars, creations on 2 wheels, 4 wheels, acrobats, stilt walkers and great music, by Jeremy’s favorite band, Hot House Flowers. But the best part of this “party” were the hosts. We were told in the pre-letter describing the event that the Boys would be walking around mingling with everyone. We thought, ya, we will see them once and briefly. Nope. Jeremy, Richard and James were around the whole day. Sometimes together, other times alone and just walking up to folks saying hi! It was so lovely. So of course, we met them each separately and we even had a small chat. I had to let them know I had imported my hubby from their homeland which made a chuckle and then straight away they each recognized his accent of another countryman. It was sweet. This intimacy and personable welcome was also extended to the production of the whole crew of this incredible event. We were offered tons of water all day as so no one got dehydrated, fed a yummy food truck lunch of our choice and provided sun cover in a massive tent to beat the heat between shots. But I must say the best part was we actually felt important in the filming of this sequence. We, the audience were “the bit” We were the important part to create the story, to create the excitement and joy that the Boys are back; strong, silly and up to their no good awesome nonsense as usual. They pulled out all the stops by ending the shoot with an truly amazing finale which you will just have to watch on Nov 18th!
I can’t forget to mention how watching this show helped me get an insight to my husband as we were recently married. The British are a whole kettle of different fish than, us, Americans. Through the watching the interactions between Jeremy, Richard, and James, I actually I understood my new British husband in a whole new light. The dry humor, the smart wit and the obsession with “a bit of crumpet” (wink, wink) has made me love my newly found Brit even more.
So for us, yesterday was a Facebook lifetime event. It represented us as a couple living our life on our terms as are the boys through their reserrection out of the ashes and into the The Grand Tour.