Cape Town - Former Top Gear host and presenter of new motoring show The Grand Tour (GT), Jeremy Clarkson, has announced the first location of the new show - it's South Africa!
The first episode of GT, hosted by Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, will be filmed in Johannesburg on July 17.
Spotted in SA
The show will be housed in "a large tent" with different studio locations around the world.
Clarkson's contract was unceremoniously canceled by the BBC after he verbally attacked Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon in March 2015.
In May 2016, Wheels24 reported that Clarkson revealed the name of their new show, due to be aired on Amazon Prime, via Twitter.
Wheels24 hinted that the trio were in South Africa following photographs tweeted by Clarkson and Hammond at a local airport in May.
Clarkson broke the news via Twitter on Thursday:
So there we are. First stop on our Grand Tour is Johannesburg. Mid July. Details on how to get tickets follow shortly.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 2, 2016
I can't give you ticket details yet because my children aren't here at the moment. So I can't add the attachment.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 2, 2016
More information on our first ever Grand Tour recording in Johannesburg. Mid July https://t.co/TXT672fttd— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 2, 2016
Amazon Prime UK, the platform that will stream the show, released these details: "The first ever studio recording of the new Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond & James May Amazon Prime show “The Grand Tour” will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 17 2016.
@noelienhunter The fact is, we all absolutely love South Africa. Can't wait to be there.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) June 2, 2016
"The pre-recorded studio section of the programme will be filmed in front of a live audience, all housed within a giant tent."
"To celebrate, Amazon is giving fans the opportunity to win one of three pairs of tickets, travel and accommodation to be part of the recording in Johannesburg.
Note: South African citizens are legible to enter
It's official. First stop: Johannesburg. pic.twitter.com/mqquQRtxEC— The Grand Tour (@thegrandtour) June 2, 2016
The announcement comes after South Africans took to social media on Wednesday (June 1) and reacted to the new season of Clarkson's former show Top Gear, which aired for the first time on local television this week.