Top Gear: Patagonia Special
December 28, 2014 11:56 AM - Season 21, Episode 10 - Subscribe

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May take three V8-engined sports cars on a gruelling 1600-mile journey through the spectacular landscapes of Patagonia. Along the way they encounter rough roads, collapsed bridges, broken bones and a cow as they press onwards against the odds in a quest to reach the southernmost city in the world.
posted by dominik (6 comments total)
(I hope I didn't mess this up: TopGear specials are sometimes outside of their seasons, so I just used the last season and the first unused episode number.)
posted by dominik at 11:59 AM on December 28, 2014

Well, that escalated quickly.
posted by pharm at 12:48 PM on December 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

I was amazed that the Lotus held together as long as it did. Did anyone else also lose track of how many times they crossed from Argentina to Chile and back again?
posted by culfinglin at 9:38 PM on December 30, 2014

What a gorgeous episode. For once, I feel like it was not Jeremy's fault that things got out of hand (it may have been but I don't feel that way).
posted by kat518 at 10:22 AM on January 3, 2015

I've always enjoyed the Specials (not counting the stupid racism stuff which is stupid), but I feel like they're getting a) a bit samey now (cars break down, someone gets injured, they marvel at the beautiful landscapes, cars get stuck in mud, they have to cross a river with no bridge), and b) more and more obviously staged.

And the bullshit excuse that no-one noticed the licence plate is bullshit. I wish they'd cut that crap (and the rest of the stupid racist stuff) out.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 12:51 AM on January 5, 2015

IIRC, according to an article Clarkson wrote in the Telegraph, they genuinely hadn't realised that the number plate would be problematic until a fan pointed it out via Twitter whilst they were in Chile. At which point they took the number plate off the car & replaced it (legally? I presume so) with a temporary one. I can't remember whether we ever saw the Porche's plate after that - I do remember noticing the front plate falling off during one of the off-road bits during the program though & I don't think it was replaced.

That behaviour doesn't seem consistent with a "lets wind up the Argies" plan to me.

Unfortunately, word had got out & some 2-bit politician decided that they could improve their profile with a bit of rabble-rousing that got seriously out of hand and the rest we know. I doubt the authorities in Buenos Aires were particularly happy about the whole clusterfuck but for PR reasons they couldn't be seen to back down afterwards either.
posted by pharm at 4:22 AM on January 6, 2015

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