The Grand Tour Series 3

The Grand Tour: Series 3, Episode 13: ‘Survival of the fattest’

  • Clarkson, Hammond and May attempt to build a car and navigate their way out of Mongolia


Episode Guide

In a special episode, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are dropped in the vast wilderness of Mongolia and told to await a delivery which turns out to be some basic rations and all the flat-packed parts they need to assemble a vehicle in which they can escape to civilisation.

Navigating their way out of this epic, enormous and completely people-free terrain is going to be hard enough, especially with only a few days’ worth of food and clean water to see them through, but first they’ve got to build an entire car, and one of the ‘engineers’ is the world’s most ham-fisted hammer enthusiast.

About the ‘Creepy Teepee’

The ‘Creepy Teepee’ seen in this episode of The Grand Tour is a wooden Ovoo. An Ovoo is a sacred altar or shrine in Mongolian folk religious practice and in the religion of other Mongolic peoples, and are often found at the top of mountains and in high places, like mountain passes. They serve mainly as sites for the worship of Heaven and lesser gods led by shamans and kins’ elders, but also for Buddhist ceremonies.

When travelling, it is custom to stop and circle an ovoo three times, moving clockwise, in order to have a safer journey. Also, one may leave offerings in the form of sweets, money, milk, or vodka. If one is in a hurry while travelling and does not have time to stop at an ovoo, honking of the horn while passing by the ovoo will suffice.


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G. Davis February 23, 2020 at 11:25 am

What is the make and model of that piece together vehicle?

Andy Chen April 10, 2019 at 6:07 pm

Since the TG’s days the show is already scripted,so long time viewers should have an idea of how every kind of content goes on.Rural area sepcial with home made car isnt a new idea for the trio.TG and GT show both showed such content before(Beach Buggy special from S01)The trio always make to the finish one way or another.Even in some unbelievable situation

Alex April 7, 2019 at 9:20 pm

Good episode, but certain things make me doubt though. I mean Hammond and May really built that car without any help and an instruction manual? Really? The navigation process also doesn’t look true. They only had a compass and a map, which was just a drawing. No GPS and no Internet. And they reached every point marked on the map without an error. Doesn’t it all look a bit strange?

Sean McKellar April 8, 2019 at 1:51 pm

And that moment you realised John needed a bit of a push to make him roll over. There would have been a certain amount of planning and in my opinion someone must have already driven the route previously.

Kian April 7, 2019 at 9:59 am

This was honestly the best episode of not only all three seasons of The Grand Tour, but better than anything from the last 10 seasons of Top Gear.

It was as great as the old Top Gear specials like North Pole Special or Africa Special the trio did back in the day. Loved it.
I genuinely had lost hope that they could repeat such good episodes.

Henry E Clay July 17, 2019 at 11:45 am

I would have liked to see more of them when they finally completed their grand journey. It was quite an amazing one. What a robust vehicle John turned out to be. I just wanted a better ending, instead of such a cheeky one.

Andy Chen April 5, 2019 at 8:12 pm

Well,this really feels like a 2 in 1 episode,they can still do 2 part with this content,but I dont reject a big special

Aaron C April 5, 2019 at 10:04 am

So there we are, if you need a reliable, sturdy, hardworking off road car, forget a Defender, a Range Rover, an Urus, a G Wagon, a Land Cruiser and even an aircross. Buy a John!!


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