The Grand Tour’s fifth season began filming earlier this year. While Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond are sure to wow us with yet another batch of outrageous stunts, it appears that there is one incident that has remained a secret ever since the trio began filming.
James May reportedly took part in a terrifying crash during one of the stunts for the upcoming season, according to the UK’s The Sun. The group was reportedly filming at the decommissioned Olavsvern naval base near the Norwegian city of Troms. The stunt involved a perilous drag race that took place inside a tunnel.
According to the report, the accident occurred because the tunnel lights didn’t turn on until the cars were moving quickly, giving the drivers little time to react. The rally car unfortunately “jackknifed” onto a wall at 75 mph after “Captain Slow” braked his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII too late (121 kilometres per hour).
A broken rib was caused by the accident for May. According to a source, the Grand Tour host struck his head hard and was severely bloodied. Before being cleared, a brain scan was required.
After some investigation, we learned that the incident took place many years ago, most likely in March. Five months ago, Reddit user u/Jakobkonr confirmed that he had met Clarkson and Hammond in a Norwegian gas station in a post by Grand Tour Nation. May wasn’t present, he continued, because he crashed an Evo while travelling to Troms.
Further reports state that May is fine and rejoined the casts after getting cleared from the accident. It looks like the upcoming Grand Tour season will have the former Top Gear hosts set on an Arctic Circle adventure. The trio was driving an Audi RS4, a Subaru Impreza WRX, and a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII.
Back in March, Clarkson posted on Instagram a photo of the yellow Evo and blue Impreza WRX parked on a football field as a subtle tribute to Ukraine.
We’ll know more of the details once season 5 hits the screen. The release date has yet to be announced by Prime Video.