There is of course their treatment of a £1 Million classic car.
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After a segment on the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans, the programme received criticism for damaging a historic Jaguar C-Type valued at £1 million. Top Gear responded that they had permission to “drive the car hard” but Adrian Hamilton, the car’s owner, and Top Gear’stest driver had different ideas on what that meant.
Owner Adrian Hamilton, a classic motor dealer, said: “They behaved like hooligans joy-riding in a supermarket car park. The idiot who drove it showed no respect for a unique piece of racing history.
“We were kept away from the end of the runway where the driving was being done so it was only when I saw it on TV that I realised how dreadfully they had treated the car.
“It was a very shabby thing for them to do and left the car needing a lot of expensive work which I am expecting the BBC to pay for.”
Mr Hamilton, of Hook, Hants, offered the Jaguar for Top Gear to test to mark the 50th anniversary of his father Duncan’s win in the Le Mans 24 Hours race in France in 1953.
Or their Australian trip — The damage done by Top Gear presenters to their loaned supercars
The yellow Bentley Continental has reportedly lost 50 per cent of its original value after Top Gear’s Richard Hammond used it to round up cattle in the Australian outback during filming for their latest season.
Pictures of the Nissan GT-R and BMW M6 Gran Coupé that May and Clarkson drove are yet to emerge, however they are understood to have required similar touch-ups.
The car companies are reported to have been entirely aware of the activities planned for the cars and the potential risk of damage.
A Nissan spokesman told Fairfax that the costs were worth the global exposure that the brands would receive by having their cars involved in the popular show.
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