Top Gear specials are known for their over-the-top antics, but last night’s Nepal special saw Paddy McGuiness in a very close shave.
The new line-up of McGuiness, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff and Chris Harris were set the challenge of driving from Kathmandu to the Forbidden City of Lo Manthang in city cars, when the near-miss occurred only 10 miles from their destination.
The trio were driving uphill when Chris Harris stopped to get out of his Renault 4 GTI – which soon started rolling back towards a shocked McGuiness.
Unable to catch up with his car, Harris could only call out to his co-presenter as his runaway car gained a worrying amount of speed.
Luckily the Take Me Out frontman was able to reverse out the way in time, as Harris’ car eventually tumbled onto its side. Unfortunately for Harris, his Renault was damaged beyond repair, meaning he could not use it for the rest of the trip.
Viewers at home took to Twitter to express their shock at the presenter’s near accident:
Tense rollback. NOT THE FANTA!
— David Murphy (@D1Smurphy) December 29, 2019
#topgear near misses in Nepal on the mountain road! Wow
— S⃣H⃣A⃣D⃣O⃣W⃣O⃣F⃣L⃣I⃣G⃣H⃣T⃣ (@Shadow_0f_Light) December 29, 2019
#TopGear loved the Christmas Special! Brilliant and had me hiding my eyes at time – intense! Loved the Nepalese passengers ????
— Serendipity Sarah #handsfacespace (@Sarahndipity59) December 29, 2019
I remember when I accidentally left the handbrake off on my car.
And that’s where we’ll start and leave that particular story.#TopGear
— ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? (@LMAD_87) December 29, 2019
— Kenprickett (@PrickettKenneth) December 29, 2019
Though some were more concerned about McGuiness’ car than the presenter himself:
Paddy, please don't wreck that 106 Rallye… #TopGear
— Car Obsession (@carobsessionuk) December 29, 2019
The Nepal trip was the first special featuring the new line-up of presenters, which went down well with some fans:
Tonight’s #TopGear was a great special, the first one in about four years. Also a Christmas highlight. The new trio are a great refreshment for the show and I can’t wait for the next series @BBC_TopGear ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ pic.twitter.com/7K1yOHy1PP
— Tim Saxby (@TimxSaxby) December 29, 2019
Well I think Chris paddy and freddie have made #TopGear enjoyable again. If you don't like It, there's loads of other channels to watch.
— Lianne (@Lady___HaHa) December 29, 2019
— Sarah (@Rainbowztwit) December 29, 2019
The special also coincided with a new trailer for the upcoming 28th series of the popular motoring show, which included stunts such as Flintoff bungee jumping in car(!). The new series is due to broadcast early in 2020 and sees Flintoff, McGuinness, and Harris returning for the second series as presenters.
The Top Gear Nepal Special is available on BBC iPlayer now