Top Gear: Series 22 – Patagonia Special (2/2)

  • Patagonia Special Part 2 of 2.
  • The boys go on an epic road trip across Argentina in three used coupes.
  • Porsche 928 GT, Lotus Esprit V8 and a Ford Mustang Mach 1.

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Continuing from the first part, the trio continue on the road. They do lap racing, though give up after Hammond’s front window is smashed. They then struggle to find the road and drive to a locked gate, at which point they suggest walking to collect boltcutters. Jeremy immediately opposes the walking and suggests they ride horses, much to the others’ dismay. James then falls off and cracks three ribs, causing him to be immensely slow getting in and out of his car, and he becomes incredibly cantankerous. With the Porsche’s condition poorer than ever, Jeremy decides they have proved they can survive Patagonia and should now focus on the football game. The presenters therefore modify their cars, fill them with supplies and get on a ferry to the island.

However, as the ferry cannot transport them directly due to territorial disputes between Argentina and Chile, they are dropped on a beach a mile away from the road. They struggle to overcome the beach due to the amount of boulders and the rising tide, and waste most of their supplies in the endeavour. The Lotus is trapped by the rising tide, and the team are forced to camp, although the scenery and night sky mean that for once, they are not very sorry about this. The next day, on high mountains, the Mach 1 crashes and shears a track rod. The others come to a lake which a pick up truck takes them across, though James is forced to leave behind a trailer he was using as it does not fit. Hammond repairs his car miraculously, though is forced to drive through the lake as the pickup truck has left.

They continue, only to be informed by the team that Jeremy’s number plate (H982 FKL) has caused outrage and that the presenters should stay in the hotel room. Discussions between the producers and a representative of the protesters fail to ease the tension, who believe that Jeremy’s registration plate was a deliberate reference to the Falklands War, and they are given just three hours to completely pack their kit and get out of Argentina. Despite complying, they are apparently intentionally slowed down by a truck ahead of them and then are attacked by a mob, who throw eggs, rocks and pick-axe handles at the crew, two of who gets hurt. They abandon the presenters’ cars (as they are believed to be the cause of the incident) and leave across the road that they came (going across the lake without the pickup truck), retreating to Chile.

The morning light reveals the damage: many of the crews’ cars had been hit, their windows and door mirrors broken. In the ending scene, Jeremy, Richard and James discuss what to do in a cabin, before jumping out in a Butch-Cassidy style ending sequence. During the end credits, each member of the cast and crew’s first name was credited as “Robert Leroy”, in homage to Robert Leroy Parker (better known as Butch Cassidy), American bank and train robber.


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  1. Bloody hell. The whole mob thing looked a lot worse than I thought it would. This was proper, proper risk for the whole crew. Glad they came out of it the way they did, because it could’ve been a lot worse.

  2. Those veterans were bloody crazy. The BBC met all of their terms and they still attacked them. It was an accident and they even removed the number plate. Bunch of idiots protesting over a small war that lasted less than three months, someone could have died.

    • Dont be stupid thinking that only some ‘veterans’ took part in that convoy attack… Its like situation in Northern ireland – only hardcore IRA members have been throwing stones ? No – its much bigger case – at least – it was… So dont blame locals only… BBC security wannabe advisors are here to blame-they should know that this kind of situations can be very real… Anyway local cops troops were more less hopeless too, so BBC security advisors sucks-clearly didnt bother do any research before…

  3. I feel for James, that fall looked like agony, good thing he didn’t break his spine, because that’s where he landed. What hurt even more was watching the cars get left behind. That Lotus did not deserve what it got, none of the cars did.

  4. It was a great show last night and I loved it the end was very tense and scary to watch it was like watching nidge getting shoot at the end of love/hate

  5. Yes I did read the blog a while back but from the show it seemed the presenters were still in Argentina after the crew left.

  6. I am really sorry, but I dont buy the coincidence. Whats the chance of having that numberplate by chance when going t argentina. this smells like Clarkson all the way. Not that I think the reaction of the argentinians was right in any way, mind you, I just still think it was on purpose.

    • It could have been on purpose. But then again, Top Gear does poke fun at every country they encounter so even if it was on purpose I don’t see why this one had to end with mobs. To be fair to Argentina, which was offended by a war they started then lost, the Top Gear Three did almost get stoned and beaten in Alabama years ago over silly phrases painted on their cars such as “Hillary for President”, “Country Western is Rubbish”, and the funniest of all, “Man-love Rules”. Now that I think of it, must be something with the southern parts of countries.

      • well, in Alabama they did it on purpose, knowing how much bad blood they would raise with their comments on the cars in one of the most redneck corners of the US.
        in any case, absolutely nothing rectifies the reaction of the argentinians

    • Actually getting the numberplate by accident is pretty high. Jeremy wanted a 928 and only 2 were available. One of them just happened to have the plate.
      If they deliberately wanted that particular plate, What if it happened to be in something else. Just saying.

  7. Argentina should stop bickering about those islands and start working! Every 5 years they have to file for bankrupcy because instead of working, they are playing the nationalist card!

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