The Grand Tour S01E08

Posted 2017-01-03 in Cars

The Beach (Buggy) Boys - Part 2.

Welcome back to the 8th episode of The Grand Tour: The Beach (Buggy) Boys – Part 2 is released on Saturday the 31st of December on Amazon Prime. The show comes once again from Namibia. The presenters are set a challenge by their producer, Andy Wilman, who wishes to show that beach buggies are poor vehicles. Here is a list of all the cars in the eighth episode of The Grand Tour that are for sale on JamesEdition:

1965 Volkswagen Dune Buggy

Clarkson: “I think everybody in the world should drive a beach buggy, because you are exposed to so much (listed here on JamesEdition). Not just the elements, but the opinions of other people. I mean, when you are in a normal car, you shake your fist and make gestures, and shout and yell, because you feel cocooned and safe and immune from everybody. But in a beach buggy, everyone is just there. It's brilliant! It's such a friendly way of moving about.”

With the previous episode behind us, the presenters got back to the job in hand... Which was to reach the Angolan border, and therefore prove that beach buggies are brilliant go-anywhere machines and not just frivolous toys. At the start, the going was smooth and easy and eerily quiet, which begged a question. Now, apparently, Namibia is the most dangerous place in the world to drive. There are more accidents per head then anywhere else, and car accidents are the first and most common cause of death in young adults. Hammond questions this: “How? How can that be so? I mean... the place is empty.” Clarkson: “In Britain, there are 250-260 people for every square kilometre. Here... it's two. Two! This makes the Australian outback look like Monaco.”

Chevrolet Pickup Hot-Rod Custom

However, the road got worse. Much worse. The rough road took its toll on Clarkson’s and May's buggies until May suggested they continue off-road, which ends up being even worse terrain. Clarkson: “You know we have been saying how bad the roads are, Hammond?” Richard responded: “Yes. They are bad enough to kill an un-killable car. That's kind of a terrifying sight, isn't it? Clarkson: “I know. I have never seen that before in my life. A dead Toyota pickup truck (pointing towards a rusted pick up truck in the middle of the desert).”

The above pickup truck is the outrageous 1956 Chevrolet Pickup Truck, known as the 'Heavy Metal 1'. It is an Over-The-Top Award-Winning custom who's build was featured on TLC's 'RIDES' television program, and now listed here on JamesEdition.

As the show continued, the trio end up in softer sand before returning to the road. After the trio sets camp, May attempts to sabotage Clarkson's buggy when he accidentally sets fire to the front end of his own car. A third of a mile from the border the presenters create a cable car line to cross through a crocodile infested river. Clarkson and May cross successfully, but Hammond is stuck just 200 meters from the goal. Because of this, Clarkson concludes that their failure has proven Wilman right. However, he ends the episode with: “No one's ever said this before, but Namibia... is a beautiful bastard of a country.” 

By Thomas van Doorn