Back on Christmas Eve while we were enjoying our eggnog, sharing stories with friends and family, and also enjoying the hell out of the “Happy Finnish Christmas” episode (which showcased the best film ever made by these guys), our favorite British archetype, Jeremy Clarkson, sent out a tweet wishing everyone a happy Christmas:
“Happy Christmas to everyone. Except the Tierra Del Fuego people of Argentina. You lot can sod off”
Happy Christmas to everyone. Except the Tierra Del Fuego people of Argentina. You lot can sod off.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) December 24, 2016
Well, that was quite direct. Clarkson clearly has not forgotten about Argentina and his time there. In case you have forgotten, during Top Gear’s Christmas Special in Patagonia, the trio took a road trip across Argentina and Chile using a Porsche 928 GT driven by Clarkson, a Ford Mustang Mach 1 driven by Hammond, and a Lotus Esprit driven by May. The license plate on the Porsche 928 GT displayed “H982 FKL” which has been registered to the Porsche since its manufacture date of May 1991.
The filming of the episodes generated a lot of media coverage in both Britain and Argentina, at which point comments flooded on Twitter alleging that the number plate was specifically chosen as a reference to the 1982 Falklands War, a war between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands and surrounding islands. The Falkland war lasted over 74 days and resulted in the death of 649 Argentine military personnel.
When the trio arrived in Tierra Del Fuego in Argentina, they were forced to hole up in a hotel room as a massive protest formed, consisting of veterans of the Falklands War. This forced the crew to hole up in a hotel room, which was all captured in the Christmas special, while the show’s producers tried to hold discussions with representatives of the protesters. Failing to come to peaceful terms the presenters and the women of the crew were forced to leave for Buenos Aires, while the rest of the crew drove their equipment and their cars into Chile.
James May had gone on radio describing the entire conflict below:
As the events unfolded the news of the attack was also covered by CBS:
It isn’t a surprise that Clarkson has not forgotten about this conflict, which might be the tensest moment of Top Gear’s history, even more intense than when the Boys almost died. Clarkson has written in his column for The Sunday Times that he “had to hide under a bed” because there was “a mob howling for his blood.”
(Source: Twitter & YouTube)