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Top Gear number plate saga adds new twist

By Charl Bosch - Oct 9, 2014
Top Gear number plate saga adds new twist

The BBC’s top rated motoring show, Top Gear, has been plunged into further controversy after the discovery of two number plates in the boot of star presenter, Jeremy Clarkson’s Porsche 928.

Last week, Clarkson and his co-presenters, Richard Hammond and James May as well as the show’s film crew and producers, were forced to leave Argentina after locals hurled stones and bricks at them, claiming that the Porsche’s number plate, H982FKL, was a direct reference to the Falklands War of 1982.

In the latest discovery, official also found a further two plates, one yellow and one white, that read BE 11 END in the car, denoting the word ‘bellend’. Officials claimed that this is additional proof that the plates were indeed meant to mock the country and not a coincidence as claimed by Clarkson and the show’s Executive Producer, Andy Wilman.

“We know bellend doesn’t mean the end of the bell and is a word used instead to describe the head of the penis which is often employed as an insult in England,” an Argentine official reportedly told the UK's Mirror newspaper.

“We’re sure the Top Gear team were planning another provocation with the number plate in the same way they provoked us with the one referencing the Falklands War.”

Responding to the claims, an unnamed spokesperson for the show admitted to the existence of the plates, but stated that they were to be used during the film’s car football ending sequence.

The term bellend is used often between the presenters with May tweeting earlier this year, “Jeremy Clarkson is not a racist. He is a monumental bellend and many other things, but not a racist. I wouldn't work with one,” in response to a leaked outtack, which saw Clarkson mumbling the n-word while reciting the nursery rhyme, Eeny-meeny-miny-moe, during a track test of the Toyota GT86 and its mechanically identical twin, the Subaru BRZ.

Earlier this week, Clarkson blamed the incident on the Argentine government, stating that they had been led into a trap.

“Our producers tried to explain that we were there to film at a ski resort and then to host a game of car football in the city (of Ushuaia).

“They were not listening. They were angry. They said that they were not violent but that a group of men from the local truckers’ trade union were on their way,” he wrote in the UK’s Sunday Times.

He also described how he, Hammond and May and to hide under their beds after being surrounded by an angry mob outside their hotel, saying that, “There were hundreds of them. They were hurling rocks and bricks at our cars. They were trying to attack us with pickaxe handles.

"They were shouting: 'Burn their cars, burn them, burn the pirates'. I am convinced the mob was state organised.”

Neither he, Hammond or May have commented on the latest saga.


CAPTION: The two controversail number plates found in the boot of Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson's Porsche 928 by Argentine officials. IMAGE sourced from www.telegraph.co.uk