In aChristmas special episode aired over the weekend, BBC 2’s popular motor-show Top Gear finally revealed how its crew members came under attack in Argentina.
The incident made headlines in October when hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were attacked and chased by angry mobs while filming in the Patagonia region.
The reason: The license plate on Clarkson’s car contained the letters “H982 FKL”, which some speculated was chosen deliberately as a reference to the 1982 Falklands War.
The team was asked to change the seemingly controversial numbers but it couldn’t be done.
“You can't just change a car's number plate,” Clarkson argued in an interview.
Consequently, the crew was asked to leave and they had to abandon the trio of V8 sports models. However, as they departed from the hotel that night, the team came under fire from rocks thrown by outraged locals.
Clarkson revealed in a Sunday Times interview that the Argentines “100 percent wanted to kill us”.
"There is no question in my mind that we had walked into a trap," he stated. "Make no mistake, lives were at risk. Bonnets were banged, abuse was hurled. The police arrived and immediately Breathalyzed us.”
“Richard Hammond, James May and I bravely hid under the bed in a researcher’s room as protesters went through the hotel looking for us. The car park was filling up. This was starting to get ugly.”
The episode featuring the attack has now been aired in the UK. The part where the mob approaches the team is posted below: