First footage of Top Gear’s controversial Patagonia Christmas special

Watch a clip of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond on their headline-making trip to Argentina

Described by Jeremy Clarkson as “the most terrifying thing I’ve ever been involved in,” Top Gear’s trip to Argentina made headline news when the crew were forced to flee the country after mobs attacked believing a Porsche with the numberplate H982 FKL was a reference to the Falklands War of 1982. Claims that this was a deliberate “stunt” have been repeatedly denied by Top Gear producers and presenters who say the plate was a pure coincidence.  


Tonight the Top Gear Patagonia Special finally reaches our screens and above is a sneak-peek: the first official footage. 

The controversial number plate does not appear on the promo, although a reference to the baying mob faced by the team in Argentina appears referenced when the team look through binoculars and ask: “Who the hell are these guys?”

Apparently by this stage the plate had “fallen off” we have been assured. understands that two-and-a-half weeks of filming had happened before they had to flee, so we shouldn’t read anything in to its absence – the Top Gear team couldn’t and didn’t retrospectively change anything.

Jeremy Clarkson has said that the attack on himself and the Top Gear crew in Argentina was the scariest experience of his life.

“I’ve been to Iraq and Afghanistan, but this was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever been involved in,” said Clarkson on his arrival back in the UK.


The two-part Top Gear Patagonia Special airs on December 27th at 8.30pm and on December 28th at 8pm on BBC2