Jez a coincidence? Clarkson drives in Argentina with unfortunate reference to the 1982 Falklands War on his numberplate.
Byline: MARK JEFFERIES Showbiz Editor
WE all know Jeremy Clarkson hates upsetting foreigners.
So was the Top Gear presenter surprised yesterday when he was banned from driving through Argentina - loser of the 1982 Falklands War - in a Porsche with an FLK numberplate?
Controversial Clarkson's 1,350-mile trek through Patagonia with fellow presenters James May and Richard Hammond in a Lotus and a Mustang was halted by Ushuaia regional minister Oscar Rubinos who said other plates used by the team were also offensive.
National newspaper Clarin claimed: "This is highly sensitive for Argentinians." The presenter was also blasted on Twitter. One user told him: "Your irony is not funny."
The car, H982 FKL, was yesterday said to be hidden near Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.
It is thought further filming will now take place in a closed-off site - but only once the vehicles have been stripped of their plates.
BBC bosses last night insisted Clarkson's number was on the car when it was bought in August and was not designed to offend.
All Falklands registrations begin with an F but the islands' international passport code is FLK.
WAR? WHAT WAR? Jezza leads convoy in suspect Porsche
HALTED With rest of team yesterday
SYMBOLIC He drives past the national flag
RIDE ON BBC said plate on Clarkson's Porsche was genuine
OFF ROAD Clarkson was banned