If you don’t know the story of Top Gear in Argentina, you have a lot of history to catch up on. Jeremy Clarkson, in a Porsche 928, caused the largest controversy possibly in Top Gear’s whole history thanks to a measly numberplate reading H982 FKL. Thanks to the letters and numbers showing some connection to the Falklands war which occurred in 1982.
The Top Gear team was forced to leave the country because of the backlash from the Argentinian public, and while they still insist it wasn’t done on purpose, you do have to wonder.
Now, in a set of tweets from Clarkson, this controversy has been rekindled.
Hilarious news. The Argentine ambassador’s (German) car nearly reversed into my less German can just then.
The Argies should have been more careful with their number plates
This is a surprisingly close comment to something that made him fear his life all those years ago.
“[Thousands] of people turned up on the streets with bricks, paving stones, pick axe handles, the whole nine yards and were intent on doing some serious damage to our crew…I wish I could make fun of that but it just wasn’t funny.
“We hadn’t gone down there to spark fury, we hadn’t gone down there to upset anyone.
“It was a genuinely scary thing and particularly when it transpired just how much trouble the crew were in because they got stuck between two towns and they were being herded from one toward the other where the police were saying there were 3000 people waiting for them…
“Our security people were saying – and these are guys who worked in Iraq and Afghanistan – that this was the most dangerous thing they had ever seen and somebody could have been killed and it just isn’t a subject that I find particularly funny…
“Sometimes we are asking for it on Top Gear – and sometimes we’re not… It all went hideously wrong but you do get quite a good ending to our Christmas Special so there is a silver lining and nobody was killed.”
Clarkson also brought up the incident on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? where he told a contestant who was answering a question about Buenos Aires the following:
“See, Buenos Aires, I have a different term for people who live there, after what happened to us in Argentina.”
Be careful Jezza, we need you for the next episodes of The Grand Tour!