Top Gear chased out of Argentina!

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Sooner or later something like this would happen considering the wannabe thug/anti-manners style Clarkson and his crew have carried so far. Sure it was just a coincidence, the plate 1982 FLK... They are lucky they saved their skin.
 

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You never know what's going to "set people off". Coincidental license plate number that was taken wrongly to "mean something" by people who never forget things that happened in the past. People are crazy a lot these days it seems.
 
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They have zero credibility here after having many staged setups and other ratings boosters they contrive. Not sorry for them at all, they set this up...
 
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This happened in the US too! They were chased around some southern state (I forget which) by a bunch of guys in a pickup truck after stopping for gas in a car with a "HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT" sign on the side (or spray paint? I don't recall).
 
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Originally Posted By: SteveSRT8
They have zero credibility here after having many staged setups and other ratings boosters they contrive. Not sorry for them at all, they set this up...
I agree. I watched the show once or twice, and find it a waste of an hour. Opinions vary.
 
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My suspension of disbelief slowly wanes as they show they won't put their stars in real danger (anymore). Still better than anything else on TV though.
 
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Originally Posted By: SteveSRT8
They have zero credibility here after having many staged setups and other ratings boosters they contrive. Not sorry for them at all, they set this up...
Not this time, read the link to the reddit copy of the article
 
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If Clarkson's account is accurate this makes a mockery of those who claim they set this up:
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Back at home, newspapers were saying I had caused the problem by arriving in this political tinderbox in a Porsche bearing the numberplate H982FKL, which if you turned the H into a 1 and transposed the K and the L, could have been seen as a reference to the 1982 Falklands War. This, however, was untrue. The car had indeed arrived in Argentina with those plates, but two days into our journey, when we were in Chile, a Twitter user pointed out the problem so we removed them. When we arrived in Tierra del Fuego the car had no plate at all on the front and a meaningless jumble of letters and numbers on the back. And no, it wasn’ W3WON. Which it would have been if I’d been trying to ruffle feathers. The numberplate then wasn’t the issue. But something was causing more and more people to arrive at the hotel. Twitter was rammed with messages from locals saying they wanted blood. One said they were going to barbecue us and eat the meat. “Burn them. Burn their cars,” said another. Mob rule was in the driving seat. Government officials then stepped in saying we were no longer welcome in the city, that our safety could not be guaranteed and that we needed to leave Argentina immediately. Plainly they had given us permission to visit simply so they could make political capital from ejecting us when we arrived. The problem was: how do you leave when the streets are filled with mobs with pickaxe handles, paving stones and bricks? No one had an answer to that one. Chile is a spit away across the Beagle Channel but we weren’t allowed to cross it because Argentina says it owns the land on the other side, too. We therefore gathered up as many possessions as we could, rounded up the girls from our party and made a dash for the airport. That night we were in Buenos Aires among sensible Argentinians who couldn’t believe what had happened. And the next morning we were back in Britain. We felt that with us three gone the situation might calm down. It didn’t. We had left behind 29 people; cameramen, sound recordists, fixers, locals and producers. They had to make their escape overland in a ragtag collection of hired 4x4s, trucks and the three “star” cars that they had been told to remove from the ski resort. They faced a long, bumpy and gruelling six-hour trek to the Chilean border and safety. But in the first town the locals were ready. A lorry was blocking the road and as our convoy approached, it reversed at speed towards them, forcing our guys onto the verges, which were filled with people who made it plain they wanted blood. Bricks were hurled, windscreens were smashed and two of the party were cut by flying glass. But they made it through. And then they had a problem. The next city was Rio Grande. And the word from there was that 300 cars and thousands of locals were setting up an ambush. This turned out to be true. The British embassies in Chile and Argentina were doing their best to get a police escort. And the nine of us who had escaped were in a hotel room in Buenos Aires working through the night to find a plane and an airfield from which they could get out because, make no mistake, lives were at stake. Meanwhile, a chase had begun. Our guys were being herded towards the ambush. So they abandoned the star cars, which were filled with hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of camera equipment — and my new hat — at the side of the road. And took off across the frozen wilderness to a remote border post where there isn’t even a road. You get into Chile by fording a river. We had to get a tractor there to pull them across. And it had to be a fast tractor because we knew our convoy was being chased by the thugs. And you try finding a fast tractor at 2am, in the middle of nowhere. All credit to producer Al Renton that he did it. With the batteries dying in the convoy’s satellite phone, we lost contact and for six hours had no clue whether they had been caught. Whether our friends were alive or dead. That was a long night. I still haven’t had a chance to speak to any of them but I know they were held at the Argentine border from 3am, when they arrived, until 11am. Why? To allow the thugs to catch up? Who knows? All I really care about is that they are now in Chile and safe.
 
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I like the show, but let's face it: Clarkson is an Ugly American if there ever was one. Except he's a Brit. That's all. The Alabama one was real. They were actually chased almost to the Mississippi border from Seminole Alabama. In their defense they were obviously dealing with a deranged woman---with a lot of aggressive kinfolk.
 
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Originally Posted By: jimbrewer
I like the show, but let's face it: Clarkson is an Ugly American if there ever was one. Except he's a Brit. That's all. The Alabama one was real. They were actually chased almost to the Mississippi border from Seminole Alabama. In their defense they were obviously dealing with a deranged woman---with a lot of aggressive kinfolk.
That was interesting how the that place had well organized militia to fight obnoxious Brits. Was that KKK?
 
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Originally Posted By: jimbrewer
I like the show, but let's face it: Clarkson is an Ugly American if there ever was one. Except he's a Brit. That's all. The Alabama one was real. They were actually chased almost to the Mississippi border from Seminole Alabama. In their defense they were obviously dealing with a deranged woman---with a lot of aggressive kinfolk.
I love Clarkson, his dry British humor is quite good. Plus now I know if I'm ever shooting out of an SLS I want to use a Sig or an FN rifle instead of an AR which could spit hot brass into my seat! You just don't get such in depth car reviews from other places!
 
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