Top Gear seeks to recover cars from controversial Argentina episode
According to the report in UK's Mirror, based on local accounts, representatives from Top Gear have contacted customs officials in the southern Argentinian province of Tierra del Fuego to inquire what it would take to collect the cars. Among them are James May's Lotus Esprit, Richard Hammond's Ford Mustang and Jeremy Clarkson's Porsche 928.
It was the latter that is said to have been at the heart of the controversy when Clarkson affixed to it the license plate H982 FKL – which many locals believed to be a reference to the Falklands War of 1982 between Argentina and the UK. An angry mob reportedly stormed the hotel where the hosts were staying, forcing them to abandon the cars and flee to the airport while the crew of 30 support staff had to escape on the ground by crossing into Chile under police escort.
The cars are currently sitting in the Argentine customs house in Rio Grande while officials try to figure out what to do with the cars that can either be donated or reclaimed by their owners. If it's determined that the only way the BBC could recover the cars is for the hosts to return to claim them, we have a feeling they'd be better off writing them off altogether.
If you want a refresher, feel free to watch the video below showing a small part of the incident in Argentina.
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