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Saturday 17 August 2019

Paddy McGuinness has ‘an accident’ after Top Gear engine failure

The team tackled the Brunei and the jungles of Borneo.

Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff with the cars that Top Gear will feature in an upcoming episode. (Lee Brimble/BBC)
Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff with the cars that Top Gear will feature in an upcoming episode. (Lee Brimble/BBC)

By Craig Simpson, PA

Paddy McGuinness suffers engine failure and an “accident” in the latest Top Gear.

The team have tackled Borneo jungles and protested laws decreed in Brunei for the show.

Presenters painted their dilapidated cars the rainbow colours of LGBT pride after filming in the Asian sultanate, which brought in repressive laws against homosexuals.

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Paddy McGuinness in the new series of the motoring show (BBC)

McGuinness, Andrew Flintoff and Chris Harris decided to decorate their cars after learning of the new legislation in Brunei.

Ahead of filming in the small nation, the team tackled the jungles of Borneo in their Matra Bagheera and Austin Allegro, with the help of the Gurkhas.

McGuinness suffers an engine failure on a mud track in the upcoming episode of the series, which the team have decided to air despite controversy surrounding Brunei.

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The Top Gear team with the painted cars. (Jeff Spicer/BBC)

In the new episode, McGuinness says he has “had an accident” following a panicked downhill drive through the jungle, without any power in his engine and problems with his gear stick.

A new photo has been released of the Top Gear team proudly standing around their rainbow coloured cars, which will also feature in the series.

The team had initially tried to include them in the car collection of the Sultan Of Brunei, who was the centre of a series of protest over repressive legislation which would have seen homosexuals stoned to death.

Top Gear airs on BBC Two on Sunday at 8pm.

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