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'Top Gear' hosts race in mobility scooters: Pictures

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Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May attracted an audience today, as they filmed for the new series of the BBC show.

Jeremy Clarkson races his Top Gear co-presenters on a customized mobility scooter through Abergavenny Town,  as they film scenes for the new series of the hit BBC motoring show
Abergavenny, South Wales - 18.01.12

© WENN / Andy Sherwill



Driving what appear to be customised mobility scooters, a crowd formed to watch the trio race against each other in Abergavenny, South Wales.

Top Gear producers recently defended the programme amid criticism over its India special, which was branded "offensive" by the Indian High Commission.

James May races his Top Gear co-presenters on a customized mobility scooter through Abergavenny Town,  as they film scenes for the new series of the hit BBC motoring show
Abergavenny, South Wales - 18.01.12

© WENN / Andy Sherwill


Richard Hammond races his Top Gear co-presenters on a customized mobility scooter through Abergavenny Town,  as they film scenes for the new series of the hit BBC motoring show
Abergavenny, South Wales - 18.01.12

© WENN / Andy Sherwill



Responding to 188 complaints, the BBC said: "Our film showed the charm, the beauty, the wealth, the poverty and the idiosyncrasies of India, but there's a vast difference between showing a country, warts and all, and insulting it.

"It's simply not the case that we displayed a hostile or superior attitude to our hosts and that's very clear from the way the presenters can be seen to interact with them along the way."

It concluded: "We genuinely loved our time in India and if there were any jokes to be had they were, as ever, reflected back on the presenters rather than the Indian people."

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