Top Gear Team Planned to Torch their Cars to Make Argentina Escape More Dramatic

The provincial police in Tierra de Fuego recently finished their report on the Falkland license plate number incident and it turns out that not everything was covered in Top Gear’s controversial Argentina fiasco. According to local authorities, the team planned to set their sport cars on fire after the mob of protesters forced the crew to abandon filming in the South American country.
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Top Gear producers have recently announced they’re going forward with broadcasting the controversial Christmas special episode they partially taped in Argentina, but Alicia Castor, Argentina’s ambassador to the UK, is not yet ready to put things behind.

According to the official police report, quoted by The Independent, footage of burn-out cars might have been used for “dramatic effect” and could have given the impression that Jeremy Clarkson and his mates had been forced to flee torched vehicles, Argentine diplomats suggested.

This might sound a bit alarming, but after all it turns out that the Top Gear team had their spare license plates with them, the moment they left for Argentina, which made Alicia Castro assume they planned the entire scandal. The South American diplomat has even written to Rona Fairhead, chair of the BBC Trust, to demand that the national broadcast television takes further action against the presenter after new details emerged about the episode.

Apart from allegedly planning to torch the sport cars, the police report also suggests the scandal was planned. It confirms that the number plate of Clarkson’s Porsche – H982 FKL, which started the whole scandal in the first place as it’s seen as a reference to the Falklands war between UK and Argentina - was changed before the BBC team was forced to leave the country.

The veterans did act violent

The official police report also confirms the Falklands war veterans did act violently and it details the dangerous pursuit which eventually led to the Top Gear team flee. But unlike what Jeremy Clarkson wrote after the incident, it would seem the police did all they could to prevent any collision between the parties involved. Clarkson’s grey Porsche 928 along with the Lotus Esprit and Ford Mustang driven by Top Gear’s co-hosts, Richard Hammond and James May, all escaped unharmed.

According to the source, it would seem that upon on arriving at the San Pablo road the “Top Gear crew took the decision to leave the sports cars behind and set them on fire”. Officers did not allow them to go forward with the idea but instead impounded the cars. The vehicles are currently located at the Argentine customs house in Rio Grande. In fact, it was recently rumored the Top Gear team has already asked back for the vehicles, even though it was not officially confirmed by the British media network.

A BBC representative denied the report and told The Independent that the crew already had enough dramatic material without taking further risks. They also told the ambassador that they have seen no evidence to contradict Clarkson’s explanation that the offending plate was a “coincidence”.

We’re not taking sides here, nor are we claiming that the Falkland number plate incident should be left unsolved. If it turns out that Jeremy Clarkson or whoever for that matter did something wrong they should at least say they’re sorry. But let us not forget the scandal is also quite a big publicity source for the local media, so it might as well simply be a classic tabloid thing.
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