The cast and crew of the original “Top Gear” were attacked by a crowd in Argentina over a license plate that appeared to refer to the Falklands conflict, reports the U.K. publication The Guardian.
Hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond were taping in Patagonia when the issue erupted. Clarkson was driving a Porsche with the license plate H982 FKL, which some Argentinians believed was a reference to the war, which took place in 1982.
Clarkson said the license plate was a coincidence, the BBC reported. The host tweeted, “Thousands chased crew to border. Someone could have been killed.”
The BBC said the program left three days early after local authorities denied permission to film.
“Top Gear production purchased three cars for a forthcoming program; to suggest that this car was either chosen for its number plate, or that an alternative number plate was substituted for the original is completely untrue,” “Top Gear” executive producer Andy Wilman said.