Over the many years it has been in operation, Le Circuit d’Albi has played host to filming for lots of racing scenes in movies and television. Now, we are thrilled to announce the latest appearance the historic track will make worldwide.
The BBC series Top Gear has been beloved by motorsport fans all around the world for over a decade. Created by Jeremy Clarkson after the failure of his “straight” car show on the BBC, which was purely informational and regarded as boring, Top Gear was an exciting and extremely funny show that featured Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May as non-traditional motor journalists who reviewed, raced, and messed around with all sorts of vehicles. Most of the staff here at Le Circuit have been watching Top Gear since the early 2000s, and we have regularly made the Christmas Specials part of our holiday celebrations here at the track in our viewing room. Over the years, it grew to be the biggest television show in history, with more viewers than anything else ever broadcast on any network, and being shown in nearly every country around the world.
When the series came to an end in 2014, we were deeply saddened. Still, exciting news wasn’t far on the horizon because Amazon quickly announced that they would be producing an all-new show featuring May, Clarkson, and Hammond, which would be essentially Top Gear but with no real restrictions on what the trip could do with the show. The series is called The Grand Tour, and it is now available on Amazon Prime in many countries.
In 2015, we were thrilled to be asked to play host to a segment of the new series, where the trio would arrive with three supercars and carry out a section of challenges. If you’ve ever watched Top Gear, you’ll be familiar with the entertaining style of drag races and challenges that the boys undergo to decide who has picked the best car. It is always anything but a traditional drag race or time trial.
We are not permitted by contract to tell you much about the episode that Le Circuit is featured in, but we can certainly attest that there will be lots of tire-squealing and excitement. You will not be disappointed in the slightest.
While they were here, Clarkson May and Hammond were completely gracious and a pleasure to work with. Our staff also greatly appreciated how much the trio know about the track’s history and legacy which is often under appreciated by producers who simply want some asphalt on which to film.
So, please check out The Grand Tour! Here is to the future of Le Circuit on screens!