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