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Chess by Ferrari

Chess by Ferrari

Dec 23, 2016, 11:00 PM 0

Ferrari sells a carbon-fiber chess set, and it costs $1,800.

Why is this relevant? I'll explain.

Grand Tour is an Amazon Prime Original TV-style video series. It's a car show featuring British presenters James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson. It's much in the style of Top Gear, which they all did together before Clarkson got into a scuffle with off-camera staff member and the BBC ditched him (that, of course, is a story in and of itself). If you're not familiar with the shows' format, they both involve lots of egocentric ranting about their motoring preferences, supercar exploitation footage, and hilariously ridiculous TV stunts.

Grand Tour is in its first season and a new episode is released each Friday. This one being the Christmas episode, they riffed on Christmas gifts with a comedy segment mocking non-car items you can buy with car logos on them: Women's underwear, pillowcases, I forget the rest. Clarkson made a chess joke and then introduced a photo of this chess set  from Ferrari. I wasn't sure if this was a joke or not -- or an aftermarket product sold from a dark corner of Etsy -- but I plugged it into Google and, viola:


A good present for Hikaru Nakamura, I think.

... Get it? A Ferrari chess set for a speed chess phenom? I'll leave comedy to the professionals.



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