A compilation of some of the best bits of Top Gear has been posted on a YouTube channel posing as the official The Grand Tour one.
The ten-minute video shows various clips of the funnier Top Gear moments from when James ‘Captain Slow’ May joined Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond on the BBC motoring show in 2003, having replaced used car specialist Jason Dawe.
From Clarkson constantly tipping the Reliant Robin over to May falling over and Hammond claiming he is a “driving god”, it is an enjoyable trip down memory lane for what was the most watched factual program… in the world.
YouTubers have showered it with praise in the form of nearly 1,000 likes compared with a mere 37 dislikes and already it has been viewed more than 66,000 times.
The comments are similarly praiseworthy. “Good times with many laughs,” said one. Another added: “Thanks for the years of laughter and memories guys. Can’t wait for The Grand tour.”
Eagle-eyed viewers have pointed out the video has been flipped (mirrored, in other words), which is a technique for avoiding YouTube’s copyright scanner. How long it remains published depends on how quickly the BBC reacts (if at all).
The reason for the flip is because the YouTube channel is actually a fake – or maybe its creator is a really big fan of the forthcoming show. Even though it is called The Grand Tour and has nearly 26,000 subscribers, the actual official channel has more than 260,000 subscribers.
Top Gear is set to return in February 2017 with Chris Harris, Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid at the helm, with Sabine Schmitz and Eddie Jordan making the odd appearance.
Meanwhile the first episode of The Grand Tour will go live on Amazon’s Prime streaming service on the 18th of November, 2016.The following nine episodes for the first season will be released on a weekly basis thereafter.
Here is our guide on how to watch The Grand Tour, in case you are tempted to see the trio back in action since Clarkson left Top Gear after that ‘fracas’ with a producer.