Since The Grand Tour: A Scandi Flick was released on Prime Video, we reached out to Morten Hansen, a member of the series’ behind-the-scenes team. Hansen, who himself lives in Norway, took care of the presenters, their cars and the cars of the production company. He himself owns a number of trucks capable of traversing the Norwegian landscape, so he had the tools to equip the team with whatever they needed.
A Toyota Landcruiser and a Hilux, both modified by Arctic Trucks, were both used by Hansen and his crew to accompany the filming. These cars have a lot of potential, and similar cars from the same company were actually used by Top Gear in 2007’s Polar Special when Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May raced to find True North.
“I was contacted in the fall of 2021 by production,” Hansen told Grand Tour Nation. “Before they arrived, we fixed hotels, garages and special rental cars.”
He went on to explain how they had to battle bad weather at the start of filming, as well as some poor tire choices from the production crew:
“We took part in several transport missions, preparing the football pitch in Henninsvær. It went from very nice wintry weather to extreme rain on the very weekend the whole team came to Lofoten, so there were road closures, flooding, etc.
“We received star cars for preparation and some repairs. New tires and batteries. Otherwise, we have replaced many sets of tires on production cars that had driven from England, which came here with off-road tyres. They don’t work on ice.
“Was on hold while production was in Lofoten. It was great working with the crew of the production team: Dave, Chris, Emma, Paul…”
Hansen also sang the praises of the presenters, as well as the skiers who took part in the episode’s final race as they were dragged along by the three hero cars.
“After James May’s accident in Tromsø, they called me for transport help in Abisko, Sweden, so we went up and were able to be with the production for a whole day on the rink.
“There we met Hammond, May and Clarkson, they were very nice. I also met the stunt skiers with whom we developed a very good relationship.
Thanks to Morten Hansen for speaking with us, and we’ll be bringing more of him as we can over the next few days.
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