Looking Back, It’s Surprising Car Football Didn’t Become a Thing

Ok, before we resume this trip down memory lane, I know car football kind of sort of exists in in the form of the spectacularly fun video game Rocket League. Honestly, if you haven’t checked it out, please do so. It’s basically car football (soccer for us Yanks) turned all the way up to 11.

With that being said, I’m not suggesting that car football become a professional sports league or anything like that. But ever since seeing the Series 6 episode where the “sport” was first created, I can’t help but think how easy it would be to set up a game of car football (as far as setting up motorsports goes).

Richard and James set up a game featuring the Toyota Aygo and it was incredibly fun to watch. Once the novelty of watching cars play football had worn off, it became a genuinely interesting game, made even more entertaining by the fact that Richard and James were partaking in it. Anything any of the boys do is instantly made more entertaining.

It would be one thing if this concept was a one and done deal, but the boys returned for a second round of car football, this time pitting the Toyota Aygo against the Volkswagen Fox, a battle between Japan and Germany. I’m sure Jeremy would have something to say about this face off between the former Axis Powers, but I’ll leave those sort of comments to him.

The Aygo proved itself to be a surprisingly hardy car, as the same ones from Car Football 1 were used for this segment, with the cars sporting their old injuries. The VW Fox came out victorious this time, but one thing was for sure: car football needed to become a regular occurrence.

Well, it didn’t. But as a surprising bonus treat, we eventually got Jeremy partaking in a game of car rugby (naturally) featuring the Kia Cee’d and Kia Sportage, complete with a Vauxhall Astra referee.

The first car football segment seems like a silly waste of time and resources like the boys are known for, but it was an early look at what the boys were capable of coming up with creatively. Not only did this lead to much more car sports segments, but we were eventually treated to such classic segments such as Car Darts and the Reliant Robin rocket.

I’m hoping the second season of The Grand Tour will bring more of these shenanigans to the show. The first season gave us a look at Car Battleship, which was more of a tease than anything. I am very much hoping for more segments like these!


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