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Vauxhall Fault, Top Gear Gaff and 50 Year Old Jag - This Week

Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall steering fault affecting 3,000 customers

The British manufacturers have warned that all Adam, Corsa and Corsavan models registered since May 2014 have a potentially dangerous fault with the steering column.

"Vauxhall puts the safety and convenience of its customers first and as this condition concerns their safety, the company is taking immediate action", a Vauxhall spokesperson said, "As a precaution, these vehicles should not be driven prior to inspection."

Information regarding inspections and the fault itself will be available from Saturday 4th, on the Vauxhall website. Alternatively, customers will be able to call 0800 026 0034.

Vauxhall declared the fault following "routine testing".

The cast and crew of Top Gear flee Argentina

Jeremy Clarkson and cohort were filming their latest international special in Argentina this past week, when controversy arose over Clarkson's chosen vehicle's numberplate. The presenter was accused of taunting the Argentinian people by driving across the country with the numberplate H982 FKL.

A furious Argentinian media saw the numberplate as a not-so-subtle reference to the 1982 Falklands war. The BBC, of course, have urged that the choice was "an absolute coincidence".

Politicians and war veterans came out in condemnation of the alleged stunt, with some locals stating  that if the crew did not leave, they would see "consequences".

Top Gear have had to flee Argentina without completing their filming, as locals bombarded them with rocks.

Clarkson's Porsche, along with his fellow presenters' cars, now lies abandoned at the roadside near a customs checkpoint into Chile.

"We're leaving the cars", a member of the crew is reported to have said, "Burn them if you want, but we're getting out of here."

Whether or not the gaff was intentional, or just particularly coincidental, it highlights the need for drivers to be aware of local customs, faux pas and, perhaps most important, laws.

Ancient Jaguar M1 saloon

50 year old Jaguar M1 sold for three times its estimated value

Found in a disused garage in Conwy, Wales, the Jaguar M1 saloon was so dilapidated it couldn't even be transported for sale. However, such is the interest and fashion in classic car collecting, that the auction rose to over £1,600 - for an immovable husk.

Christopher Proudlove, auctioneer, admitted, "The task of putting it back on the road will be a long one".

Included in the sale was the original service manual and a letter from 1963, suggesting the owner was leaving for the Far East. How it came to rest in Conwy is anyone's guess.