It’s been a while since we’ve had any new Top Gear to satisfy our appetite for quality British motoring hijinks, but mercifully, the waiting is about to come to an end. The BBC has just released a twenty-second trailer of the upcoming Patagonia Christmas Special, and if it’s anything like the press that preceded it, it should be one of the most epic road trips ever broadcast.

In case you didn’t know, this past October saw reports that Jeremy Clarkson and company were forcibly expelled from Argentina during filming. The cause was general civil unrest stirred up over a license plate adorning Clarkson’s Porsche 982 that read “H982 FKL”. Perceived as a reference to the 1982 Falklands War, the entire crew was forced to flee the country three days ahead of schedule as a mob of pissed off South Americans pelted their cars with stones and attacked the convoy with pickaxe handles. The Argentinian government demanded an apology, which the BBC flatly refused. All in all, there were injuries and damaged property, including the destruction of the offending Porsche, James May’s Lotus Espirit, and Richard Hammond’s Ford Mustang. Of course, knowing the rampant abuse we regularly see in these specials, odds are those cars were well on their way to the crusher anyway, but still.

The Top Gear: Patagonia Special is set to air in two parts on December 27th and 28th. Expect quirky British humor, insane stunts, and a riot.


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