Top Gear make surprise stop in Lincoln

Jeremy Clarkson and James May made a scene in Lincoln when their cars broke down while filming a segment for the upcoming series of the BBC Two show “Top Gear”.

Jeremy Clarkson and James May were filming for a new series of Top Gear in Lincoln. Photo: David Wriglesworth

The two presenters were testing electric cars, the Nissan Leaf and Peugeot iOn, but faced issues when one of the cars ran out of power.

After checking at Lincolnshire County Council, the presenters discovered that there were no electric charging points in the area.

A crowd formed as the presenters broke down in front of the Lincolnshire Echo building alongside the Brayford, before they moved the cars on to the University of Lincoln campus.

As a few students helped push one of the cars, Clarkson joked that people could just wake up a few students and get them to push you to work instead.

The cars were eventually left charging in front of the university’s main admin building, with cables going through the windows of student services and the uni shop.

The new series of “Top Gear” is set to start in June.

— Photos by Jonathan Cresswell and David Wriglesworth

5 Responses to Top Gear make surprise stop in Lincoln

  1. Michael says:

    Here’s a video, if you’re interested

  2. Graham Smith says:

    At last: a story about Jeremy Clarkson that doesn’t involve a super-injunction!

  3. Rik says:

    Hmmmm….. so they just happen to breakdown between a newspaper and a journalism school? Don’t get me wrong, It’s all good stuff that can only help the city’s cause.

  4. katie says:

    Talkin to their mechanic – yes they had planned on breakin down in Lincoln – but not right outside somewhere where they could get too much publicity – due to not wantin to spoil the filming and the story lines for the next series.

  5. Rik says:

    Interesting. Cheers for the info Katie. Though I’m sure they’ll cope with the publicity somehow.