Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond mocked last year’s Top Gear Argentina controversy in the latest episode of the show, sending up people who complained about their use of a H982 FKL number plate.
During filming for last year’s Christmas special, the Top Gear team ended up getting chased out of the country and the BBC received a formal complaint from the Argentinian ambassador, because it was believed that the number plate was referencing the Falklands War.
The Top Gear producers and hosts insisted that the connection was coincidental, but they were still forced to abandon filming.
In this week’s episode, the show’s hosts were travelling across Australia’s Northern Territory in luxurious GTs and referenced the number plate scandal.
Clearly mocking the furore that the incident caused, Clarkson sarcastically told May: “Oh god James, what have you done. As you know, there is a strong republican movement in this country.
“People who think it is ridiculous to have a head of state living in London on the other side of the world.
“He turns up here with that on the number plate!” May’s number plate read ICC 3SO.
“Charles and Camilla. You’ve done it on purpose. You blithering idiot,” said Clarkson.
Meanwhile, May suggested that Clarkson’s BMW could reference “Bloody Mrs Windsor”.
Clarkson joked: “I said can you provide a car that doesn’t say convict or anything on it and they’ve done that. We’re going to get stoned by republicans.”
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