The Grand Tour: Series 2, Episode 8 – ‘Blasts from the Past’

  • Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond tour Europe in a pair of 1950s sports cars
  • James May later joins them in a Honda Civic Type R
  • Jeremy Clarkson power tests the Ford GT at the Eboladrome
  • Celebrity Face Off: Stewart Copeland vs Nick Mason


Episode Guide

In this episode, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond visit some evocative old motorsport locations in Europe using a pair of re-born 1950s sports cars, painstakingly rebuilt by their manufacturers to the original designs.

With Clarkson in the Aston Martin DB4 GT lightweight and Hammond in the Jaguar XKSS, the pair start their adventure on the street circuit in Pau, France before their fun is interrupted by the arrival of James May in a modern Honda Civic Type R which he insists is better in every way.

Also in this show, Jeremy takes care of some unfinished business by track testing the Ford GT first seen on the road in episode 2. Plus, Celebrity Face Off finds the world’s fastest drummer from a band beginning with the letter P as Stewart Copeland from The Police competes against Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason.


Rating: 8.9/10. From 28 votes.
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  1. So why exactly are the Jag and Aston not road legal? Is it some manufacturer rule, or is it just in the UK?

    BTW Good solid episode.

  2. Ace episode,racing cars’ golden ages.To be honest,this ranks top in my S02 view.Lancia second,Jag special 3rd,and following by upcoming EB110 VS XJ220

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