Is this the moment the Top Gear team were attacked in Argentina over the “Falklands” car?

Video clips emerge appearing to show Jeremy Clarkson and the Top Gear team coming under fire from angry protesters

A video purportedly showing the moment the Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond came under attack from Argentine protestors has emerged on YouTube.


The blurry footage appears to show an angry crowd gathering ahead of a convoy of sports cars driving past late at night and shouting “puto” which is Spanish for male prostitute.

A police siren and the sound of rocks hitting cars can also be clearly heard.

Additional footage has also emerged of Top Gear’s Argentina road trip showing Clarkson at the wheel of a Porsche bearing the controversial numberplate “H982 FKL”.

In the YouTube video below, uploaded by a different user to the first, Clarkson can be seen at the wheel of the car and also stopping to apparently have a drink from a can while driving through mountainous terrain.

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Earlier today it emerged that the production team was forced to flee a region of Argentina after protests about their use of a car with the “H982 FKL” number plate which protesters say referenced the Falklands war.

Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond plus the BBC show’s crew were escorted to the airport three days earlier than planned following protests over the plates outside their hotel by Argentine Falklands veterans.

Demonstrators then stoned their vehicles at a petrol station as they crossed the town of Tolhuin on their way to the Chilean city of Punta Arenas where they are now reported to be staying. The crew were forced to abandon the cars in Argentina.

Pictures have been posted on Twitter showing one of the battered cars:

And another:

Top Gear was in Argentina using three cars, a Porsche, a Lotus and a Mustang. Local officials said they believed Porsche’s license plate “H982 FKL” was a reference to the 1982 Falklands conflict between the UK and Argentina.

However the show’s executive producer Andy Wilman denied the claims.

“Top Gear production purchased three cars for a forthcoming programme,” he said. “To suggest that this car was either chosen for its number plate, or that an alternative number plate was substituted for the original is completely untrue.”


The BBC has continued to decline to comment on the latest developments but it has confirmed that the Top Gear crew has now left Argentina.