Clarkson, Hammond and May 'stunned by beauty of Poland' in latest Grand Tour excursion
The long-anticipated Poland episode of The Grand Tour aired on Friday, with former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May praising the country for its beauty.
Often known for their controversial comments on other nations, Polish viewers were left surprised and delighted with the trio’s glowing praise during their tour of the country which aired on Amazon Prime on Friday.
The episode titled Eurocrash saw the trio start off in Gdansk, stop at a racetrack near Poznań, swerve close to the German border in Świebodzin, drop into the Stalag Luft III and finish the Polish leg of the tour in Kraków before moving on to Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia.
The episode started with the lads onboard a ferry in the Baltic sea around a table strewn with maps engaging in their signature banter, deliberating over why they had chosen Poland as their destination..
Amidst dismissals of countries plagued by terrorism and self-proclaimed bans from certain nations, they come to the conclusion that no-one else has travelled the length of Poland before so they would do it themselves.
Starting in Gdańsk, viewers were shown a montage of images of the city from the 1980s, leading to Clarkson comparing it to the dull English northern city of Hull.
May was quick to counter, saying "It's amazing. It's a really nice city."
In Poznań the gang arrived in time for Formula Easter, a car racing series during the 1970–1980s, specifically created for drivers from communist bloc countries, who drove cars created solely from parts manufactured locally or created from scratch.
Day two saw the trio venture to Świebodzin, where they encountered the world's second tallest figure of Christ.
Despite sharing close-to-the-bone jokes, James May couldn't help but admire the colossal sculpture.
The next stop on the tour was Stalag Luft III in Żagan, the famous World War II prisoner-of-war camp where dozens of prisoners escaped through a self-dug tunnel more than 100 metres long.
After visiting the museum and talking to the director, Marek Łazarz, Hammond admitted, "It was amazing. Genuinely one of the 10 most interesting places I have ever seen in my life."
On arriving in Kraków, the trio were treated to stunning images of Wawel Hill, the Cloth Hall, the iconic St. Mary’s Basillica and the grandeur of the Słowacki Theatre.
Clarkson described the city as one of the most cultured places on the planet. Hammond echoed the sentiment.
The gang also had great fun laughing at the unrealistic renderings of royal couple William and Kate, Donald Trump and Elvis Presley at the Polonia Waxworks on Floriańska street.
After an hour of airtime, the boys and their entourage crossed the border into Slovakia.