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Argentina claims BBC Top Gear had three different plates and planned to set the cars on fire

Monday, December 8th 2014 - 07:18 UTC
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The BBC Top Gear team which last October toured Argentina with three vehicles and which triggered a strong controversy apparently had three different plates in just one car and tried to torch the vehicles to cause further 'scandal', according to reports from the Patagonian police which were attached to a second letter sent by Argentine ambassador Alicia Castro to the BBC Executive Board. Read full article


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  • Britworker

    What about the stunt they pulled with the, so called athlete, in the Falklands just prior to the London Olympics? To compete on UK soil, we train on Argentine soil but lose on everyone's soil.
    At worst this is just tit for tat, but they sure don't like it when it's reciprocated.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 08:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zathras

    This from the woman who claims the Falklands War (technically an armed conflict), STARTED with the sinking of the Belgrano.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 09:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    All seems a bit contrived so as to deliberately take offence.
    Growing awareness in UK that the Argentinian people and police behaved like animals and only the intervention of a few Chilian Border Guards prevented a serious crime taking place.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 09:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    “Ms Castro insists that the head of Top Gear team Jeremy Clarkson is not saying the truth...”

    Ms Castro is incapable of truth.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 09:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Porto Margaret

    Just when we thought that Argentina has reached the bottom, we find they have even further to fall.

    The more that the ninnies squeal about this self created piffle. The more that they bring their country into realm of global 'OMG & lol' territory.

    Alicia sends this letter, signed the Ambassador of Argentina, without blushing.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 09:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    The Top Gear team are doing the chat show rounds promoting the Christmas special. I think the Argentines will have a lot more to whine about after it is shown.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 10:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    Be11 end its a joke on who ever is driving the car.
    Top gears whole thing is the presenters are ambitious but crap chasing them out with an organised mob and then claiming it was some conspriacy to make argentina look bad.
    next the mob were actually britsh special forces inflitrated by nuclear submarine.
    Argentina you let your nationlist feelings run away with themselves organised a mob to attack an entertainment programme and are now going to be mocked world wide for it.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 10:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jo Bloggs

    This will be the most watched Top Gear Special ever.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 11:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    The stupid, stupid argies STILL don't get it, do they?

    This fiasco will run and run to the continued damage for the people of Argentina: GOOD!

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 11:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Christ the Argies are thick, they should have taken a photo of the H982 FKL number plate and then if they felt that strongly then written to the BBC.This has really stirred up “ hornets nest ” they ( Jeremy Clarkson et al ) will be really milking this. He was on the Jonathan Ross show the other night saying“ the Argies were throwing rocks like girlies ” I pissed myself laughing but he did say he was scared at the time. I was once faced with an angery mob once very frightening but I had an SLR rifle for protection but nevertheless it was frightening

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 11:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Furry-Fat-Feck

    Oh this is just getting funnier by the day. No class, no sense of humour, no honour. Argentina your politicians and your diplomats suck. You know that don't you?

    When you are at the bottom of the hole stop digging.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 11:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    You would 'Think' a football obsessed nation like Argentina would have a clue about the embarrassment of own goals! But, this woman is really thick, devoid of any diplomatic skills and simply a puppet of a crooked group of failed polictricians. The British thing to do in this situation would have been to make it into a big joke to share with the Top Gear team and then make sure that they were resoundingly beaten in the car football match. Instead they send a group of thugs in to intimidate them and turn the whole thing into an international incident?
    What a bunch of serial idiots and loosers? But, I guess we already knew that!

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 12:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    When are we going to hear about the numerous prosecutions for rioting and criminal damage?

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 12:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JustinKuntz

    Tells you there were 76 Porsche 928 GT available in the UK in 2014.

    Gives you vehicle details. Vehicle was originally registered with that plate in 1991. It also shows Tax and MOT data. Cars are usually taxed at sale, a check of the classified ads in Classic Car magazine shows this was the only manual 928 available for sale.

    Allows you to check vehicle history. Between 1998 and 2001 a previous owner had the personal plate H 1 VAE on the car, it was transferred to another Porsche. The care then reverted to the original plate, which was simply stuck over the personal plate.

    Takes you to another story regarding the team, where May described Clarkson as a monstrous bellend. The team have already stated the plate was made up as a joke and intended to be used off road in a game of “car football”.

    The team has also revealed that when the controversy over the number plate became apparent, they reverted to H1VAE with the knowledge and consent of the Argentine officials present.

    The team made no attempt to burn the cars, the only burn damage there was occurred when a battery for a camera was removed in a hurry. I know one thing, the Top Gear team would have done a proper job if that was their aim.

    In fact, there are explanations for every point raised in the letter already in the public domain. So it makes the Argentine ambassador look decidedly thick to continually raise the same point.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 01:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • behonest

    I think someone should explain the significance of BE11 END to the argentines before they embarrass themselves any further .

    I love Castros wording “ spontaneous gathering ” ... yeah right a 1000 strong angry mob with pick axe handles .

    They seem to forget that is was Argentina that started a nd then lost a war o In their own doorstep . Bell ends

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 01:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Who cares? Why do stupid people take such offence over perceived small slights?

    There's really something wrong with Rgs.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 02:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • darragh

    “Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others....... The man who lies to himself can be more easily offended than any one. You know it is sometimes very pleasant to take offense, isn't it? A man may know that nobody has insulted him, but that he has invented the insult for himself, has lied and exaggerated to make it picturesque, has caught at a word and made a mountain out of a molehill--he knows that himself, yet he will be the first to take offense, and will revel in his resentment till he feels great pleasure in it, and so pass to genuine vindictiveness.”
    ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 03:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anbar

    The other plates were clearly for Alicia herself.. she really is total bell end.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 03:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Usurping Pirate

    The stupid woman clearly realises the veiled threats to stop David Attenborough from filming have backfired , so she is basically begging the BBC not to air the programme and to fire Clarkson .
    “Perhaps the Executive might wish to share our thought that there are still some values more important than money and revenues: one of them being the international prestige of the BBC” ( Quote ).
    Sorry Alice , this is the real world , not Aerolineas Argentinas .
    As a member of an administration that has spent 10 years trying and failing to muzzle free press in your own country , do not try to lecture the BBC .
    I promise you , it won't work .

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 03:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    Ah, the smell of fear. If there was nothing to be ashamed of in the behaviour of the K's paid mob they would be happy for this programme to go out.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 04:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1. To be fair, as we British always are, one instance of unacceptable behaviour does not excuse another. However, argieland sent a pirate by the name of Jewett to the Falklands to 'claim' the Islands illegally in 1820. In 1832, argieland sent a band of rapists, murderers and other criminals to set up a penal colony. In 1964, an argentine terrorist lands a private aircraft on the Falklands. In 1966 a group of argie terrorists called the Condors crash-lands a hijacked DC-4 on the race course, and 'claims' the Islands. Then there was the argie sports idiot dancing around on the war memorial. And argieland whinges about a number plate?

    Anybody got an email address for Rona Fairhead so I can send a message telling her what to do with the Castro woman's bleats?

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 05:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    This show will let the world see the real RG behavior.
    That's what they're scared of..
    There's not much left bringing in u$ and they don't need more foreign tourists shying away.
    Its already perceived as being dangerous and this sho aint helpin

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 05:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    “Its already perceived as being dangerous ….” Yes, that is the general perception at the moment and for good reason. Crime is through the roof.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 06:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    23. All the neighborhoods that used to be considered safe in BA have so much crime now.
    They've got to get it under control before it ends up like Caracas.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 06:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Is that why they recruited 10000 more police officers in BA alone.? What about the rest of the country or is it just BA?

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 06:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    the number plate cannot be changed. (twins cars)
    2. the police or officials give you consent to change it???? its ilegal.
    3. the cars were without number plate in lasts photos. ilegal
    4. the cars were transformated in the meanwhile (they were put a tráiler) you need permission to use that. if not ilegal.
    5. the heavy jokes made were to produce these angry reactions, if you dont make them nothing would have happened and you wouldnt put the show in christmas day.
    arg paid for putting a ban saying Malvinas arg in a football game played in arg. sports should not mix with politics neither with cars.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 08:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Most of the civilised world ignored what the crocked argies had to say a long time ago,

    this is nothing more than an excuse to throw more anti British bile.
    to anyone that will listen.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 08:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @25 Did you see the video of the pickpocket caught in action over at No shame. No police. They know it is pointless so the Argentines dealt with it directly. They did rather well and very civilised but the criminal had no shame whatsoever.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 08:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    crocked ==crooked,

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 08:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    28, The passengers were decent with her because they knew she worked for some Mafia organization and if they did something they'd retaliate.

    Its a horrible place, its stuff like that I could not stand any longer and that's why I moved back to the USA.

    If the population doesn't do something to reign in the crime it will get exponentially worse and be like Caracas in no time.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 09:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    sports should not mix with politics neither (with no, sorry) cars.
    and in patagonian provinces they should check other posible infractions of these vehicles: trasspassing speed limits, parking in inappropiate place, saw a photo parking in “banquina”, and if they have all the papers of the cars in rule and all the permissions required??? because if they change the number plate, they could have commit any other inappropiate action too.
    30 take care..........!.I cant breath”, first the police kilsl you and then they arrest you.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 09:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    @31 NABO we don't don't understand you! U spika the eeenglish?

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 09:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    sure sure they have trasspassed speed limit and parked in inappropiated places.
    those infractions are expensive. as you are worried about costs.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 09:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “sports should not mix with politics neither”

    I'm not aware of any British sports team politicising the Falkland Islands. Your statement is correct-I hope Argentina have learned the lesson of trying to publicise their colonial aims in football and hockey/the Olympics-which appeared to backfire.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 09:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • malen

    sports should not mix with politics. neither cars. (cars should not mix with politics).

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 10:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Malcontent @35
    Please use google translate we do not comprehende

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 10:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    I think it is using google translate, he's probably dumb in spanish too.

    Dec 08th, 2014 - 10:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Malen IS just like Brassiero, he is an Argie persona created by the same people and run by the same 2 or more people that run Brassie - one an inarticulate knob and the other, an indoctrinated K troll who is fluent in English.

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 12:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • EscoSes Doido

    Lol - Bingo!

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 12:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Giorgio C. Tsoukalos

    This all is indeed great, it is fostering and promoting even further and more widespread hatred amongst the population of both countries for the other, and that is fantastic!

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 04:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    30 YB

    The Trolls will deny there is a problem with crime.

    They'll just blame the woman's behaviour on her ethnicity - a subhuman member of society, or an illegal - ie. she's “Bolivian” or something.

    Crime must be rising as prices rise, and purchasing power drops...

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 05:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0

    And why wasn't this so-called “ evidence ” revealed until just now ?

    It seems that it would have been important to produce it before. Thins must be getting desperate for the Ambassador and former flight attendant Castro.

    Speaking of reproductions, anyone can manufacture or reproduce such car plates. Even fraudulent passports from all countries can be made and purchased.

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 06:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    “Its a horrible place, its stuff like that I could not stand any longer and that's why I moved back to the USA.”

    so the usa, eh?
    it seems you choose the wrong place then.

    “Ferguson Riots and Bundy Ranch Showdown - Signs of an Approaching Breaking Point”


    not to mention the more than 150 school massacres during the 21st century.
    horrible, horrible place.

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 12:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Paul, The people “rioting” are the same as the Occupy Wall Street, they're professional agitators, I saw “protests” in 2 cities, both had about 30-40 people chanting and holding signs.
    In a free country we are allowed to do that.
    Nobody was burning tires, destroying private property, hurting anyone, this is not the 3rd world ie Argentina.

    I am really happy I moved back. I wouldn't even go to Argentina for a vacation now.

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 12:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    The scenario of which you are delighted, in the past has resulted in wars. Is this what you want for your country ?

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 05:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro

    And he's out!

    Ah the benefits of being a professional motochorro robbing foreigners for Vatayon Militante on the government payroll.

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 05:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Giorgio C. Tsoukalos


    Nope, not for mine, or yours. I do want the acrimony however.

    Dec 10th, 2014 - 05:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    All I am saying is that if you rank up the rhetoric, things can get out of control !

    Dec 10th, 2014 - 10:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro


    Speaking of acrimony, Chopper, have you managed to locate an Afro -Argentine to stab for the holiday yet? There's only 15 more chopping days left until Christmas!

    Dec 10th, 2014 - 05:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    “The conflict in the South Atlantic - and especially the memory or those who lost their lives in the war on both sides- deserves to be treated not with malicious mockery, but with understanding and respect”.

    The stupid woman should heed her own words.............. This is something that argentina has comprehensively FAILED to do since the end of the war.

    Dec 10th, 2014 - 08:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Giorgio C. Tsoukalos


    So it wasn't enough that first you insulted my cousin as a gorilla / Sasquatch for her size 45 shoe, now you claim I have said somewhere I am seeking to kill an “Afro-Argentine”.

    Do you have any sense of shame, or are you fully British in character?

    Dec 11th, 2014 - 12:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • imoyaro


    Not at all Chopper, just wishing you and your buddy Drink “A Very Martin Fierro Christmas.” ;)

    Dec 11th, 2014 - 12:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Giorgio C. Tsoukalos

    Chopper? I don't get that name. I thought I was Ucumar due to my size 50 shoe.

    Dec 11th, 2014 - 01:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sallus

    44 - Yank urself....
    “In a free country we are allowed to do that.
    Nobody was burning tires, destroying private property, hurting anyone, this is not the 3rd world ie Argentina.”
    You are a d-u-m-b-a-s-s, Did you just not see Ferguson Missouri?? Did you happen to not see the buildings set ablaze or cars firebombed or the National Guard and the semi military Police detaining the looting? How about NYC where the cops choked a man to death for selling cigaretted without a license. How about Rodney King and the LA Watts and Compton riots. bravo stupid.

    Dec 12th, 2014 - 03:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    54 Sall-ass Dumb-ass,

    How many times a day do your cops kill people in Argentina, without a frickin' peep from the people or government?

    Kinda like they just accept it in The Dark Country.

    Sad comment on your crumbling society and economy.

    Dec 12th, 2014 - 06:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    This is all part of a Grand Plan by the Brits to completely undermine Argentina and make them look stupid.
    Subtle and slow, little by little, pressure here, pressure there, exploit the weaknesses, go for the pinch points...
    Keep smiling, whilst constantly chipping away at the feet of clay...
    So far, so good!

    Dec 12th, 2014 - 11:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest


    ilsen , ha ha, you crack me up!!

    Sallus / Dumbass, how's your blood pressure ???

    Bah ha ha ha ha!!

    Dec 13th, 2014 - 02:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sallus

    57 - tempest -
    Oh the angelic Uk and their can do no wrong military, proud as ever:

    “One BBC news correspondent, who trailed through the document’s 4,500 pages, highlighted a section labeled “UK Collaboration,” in which the Brazilian military’s admiration for British interrogation methods was laid bare, especially over the UK’s “discretion” when dealing with detainees and its “clean torture” ”

    oops...what other little dirty secrets does the UK have. now go fk yourself.

    Dec 13th, 2014 - 07:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    Still didnt manage to kill 30000 of are own people and ground are economy into the dirt. Even with losing an empire fighting two world wars.
    argentina shooting itself in the foot for a hundred years the fact you only started bleating about malvinas when it looked liked hitler would win shows how well you are at picking winners.

    Dec 13th, 2014 - 10:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sallus

    59 - Mr Nick - start throwing stones in a glass house. You Brits have a lot of skeletons that make Argentina's state sponsored disgrace of 10k murders (clearly unacceptable) look like a walk in the park. For the Brits, it's a matter of picking the century for the British Genocide - Where do you want to start??? Up until 1947, Indians claim that the UK is responsible for up to 1.8 BILLION INDIAN DEATHS. You managed to kill off over ONE MILLION IRISH in the Potato Genocide and you literally killed off the Tasmanian population and this Nick is the tip of the ice berg. You would hope that with the subjugation and the mass slave labor that the UK employed that there would be something left over in the
    UK coffers. We all know that the native FI'ers are either practicers of incest or the product thereof, I'll gladly throw my lot in with Argentina.

    Dec 13th, 2014 - 04:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @58 Sallus

    Sallus, you are like the mobsters buying guns to machine gun bank tellers, and then blaming it on the gun manufacturers.

    @60 Sallus
    “1.8 billion Indian Deaths” ?? - doesn't that sound ludicrous, even to you??
    That would have 4 x the population of India in 1947.

    Tell me, what is your IQ ???
    How would you or a few thousand Brits go about killing 1.8 BILLION people across a whole continent?

    I suppose you find it comforting to think it's true, so you believe it.

    What a fool you are!!! Are you a child??

    Now, you're calling the Potato FAMINE a “Potato GENOCIDE” - you idiot !!

    How many countries practiced in the Slave Trade?

    Did you know that England outlawed slavery in all her territories and colonies by 1833, well before Argentina???

    Argentina still legally had African slaves until 1861.

    “The first Constitution of Argentina abolished slavery in 1853. This, however, did not apply to Buenos Aires, as it was not a part of the Confederation. Once Buenos Aires joined the Confederation in 1861, slavery was completely abolished in Argentina.”

    And... what happened to all that large population of African slaves you exploited??
    The Trolls would tell us that they all became full Argentine citizens in the enlightened new Republic.
    However, they don't mention the systemic racial discrimination they faced.

    Where are the “blacks” now?? Almost unseen in modern Argentina, unlike your neighbours.

    During the “Triple Alliance” against Paraguay, the Blacks were all put on the front lines - “cannon fodder” for the enemy guns!

    How about now the Argentine “War of the Desert”, your hero Roca's campaign of genocide against the Amerindians of Patagonia ???

    Today, the UK has one of the most culturally diverse societies, and a democracy to be envied.

    One of the most overtly racist countries in the Western Hemisphere, and a corrupt Dictatorship.

    You're a fool !

    Dec 13th, 2014 - 08:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    We killed 1.7 billion Indians.That is about 6 times the population between 1800/1900's
    Throw in your lot with Argentina. Now why is that no surprise. It matters not a whit if you do that or throw yourself off a cliff. It doesn't affect us in the slightest.

    Dec 14th, 2014 - 12:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sallus

    61/62 - Troy and Clyde - you both arrogant p.o.s., then you wonder why people blame and despise the Brits and their colonial tendencies, you actually think I am that foolish to post that large sad human figure without at least looking it up, here are a many website contending the same (aren't you proud to be British??? I'd f%%king burn the Jack flag truthfully):

    Here are some excerpts if you are too lazy to go to the websites:

    ”The “avoidable deaths” (from violence, deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease) in British India totalled 1.5 billion (or 1.8 billion if you include the so-called Native States). About 20% of the victims (about 350 million) were Muslims. ”

    “ Educated Indians are aware of the ghastly 2-century imposition of British colonialism on India. However, because history is generally written by non-scientists, most Indians are utterly unaware of the horrendous human cost (1.8 billion violent and non-violent avoidable deaths in the period 1757-1947).

    The British deliberately caused famines in India“

    ”The British caused the genocide of 2 million out of 8 million Irish subjects in four years. When it was “over,” the British officials directly in charge of “Irish famine relief,” particularly acting Treasury Minister Sir Charles Trevelyan, congratulated themselves and were decorated as Queen Victoria made her gala 1848 visit to Ireland. “

    ”In 1962, MI6 and SAS begin covert operation in North Yemen that eventually involves providing arms, funding and logistical support to royalist rebels in dirty war against pro-Egyptian republican forces. Around 200,000 die in the war.“

    ”British invaded in 1914. Bombing of Kurds using poison gas in the 1920s.”

    Who is the fool......Brit.

    Dec 15th, 2014 - 01:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    43. Paul you ran away from my question. Why did Argentina kill off the black a final solution.....why?

    Dec 15th, 2014 - 02:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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