The Grand Tour: Series 1, Episode 2 – Operation Desert Stumble

  • Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May pitch their travelling tent in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • They attempt to become special forces soldiers in Jordan.
  • Jeremy Clarkson power tests the Aston Martin Vulcan at the Eboladrome.
  • James is forced to try something called spinning.


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Episode Guide

The tent is at the Cradle of Humankind nature reserve overlooking Johannesburg. The presenters discuss President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, the Nkandla compound firepool controversy and carjacking.

Clarkson tests the Aston Martin Vulcan at the Eboladrome.

Producer Andy Wilman sends the presenters to the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre (KASOTC) outside Amman, Jordan for a SAS-style military training exercise. Car-builder Johan Ackermann shows his self-built replica of a Sauber Mercedes C9.

May visits Soweto to take part in South African motorsport of “Spinning” where cars generate smoke by performing doughnuts set to rap music until the tyres blowout.

A person introduced as actress Charlize Theron is pounced on by a lion and “killed”.

Finally the presenters return to KASOTC in Jordan to review an Audi S8 Plus while rescuing a VIP and transporting them to the “British Embassy”.

Eboladrome Lap Times

Aston Martin Vulcan


Rating: 8.3/10. From 25 votes.
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  1. This episode was brilliant. Miles better than the first which was already awesome. But that Aston is plain stupid. 1.8mil and all you get is 0-60 in 2.9 and 208 mph.

  2. There is no doubt these guys know how to make a beautiful car film. Stunning stuff. Loved the fun film like the Tom Cruise movie… you know, Cocktail. Nothing scripted here… no sir, just factual entertainment. 🙂 I’m not sure about the celebrity brain squeeze bit… it has been 2 episodes and it already feels old and tired.

  3. The problem with the episode is episode 1 . It was never going to be as good as the premier we had last week but sure it will pick up again next time

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