'Top Gear' crew asked to leave Argentina over controversial license plate
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'Top Gear' crew asked to leave Argentina over controversial license plate

A crew from the BBC television program “Top Gear” has left an Argentine province after being denied permission to film by local authorities who said one of its cars had a license plate alluding to the Falklands War between Britain and the South American country.

Juan Manuel Romano, secretary of social development for Ushuaia in southern Tierra del Fuego province, said the program’s crew and its host Jeremy Clarkson were escorted to the airport. “They have made the decision to leave,” he said.

The “Top Gear” crew was in Argentina to film using three cars, a Porsche, a Lotus and a Mustang. Local officials said the Porsche had the license plate “H982 FKL,” which they felt was a reference to the 1982 war between the countries over the Falklands Islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas.

Associated Press