For the stunt, the two presenters drove their Peugeot cars into each other, which then meant James’s car had to be hauled out of a ditch.
Their stunt has been slammed as “insensitive” by local officials, who are unimpressed with the fact that the scene takes place on the Oxfordshire road where Jane Sandalls and a newly qualified driver clashed in a head-on collision. Jane later died in hospital after suffering severe head injuries.
Local councillor Victoria Edwards told The Mirror: "It is reckless and insensitive to use this spot for a stunt."
Producers of the BBC driving show approached Thames Valley Police to see if they could have special permission to close the road while filming took place, but were told they would have to contact local authorities.
This is just the latest in a long line of controversies surrounding ‘Top Gear’, and more specifically its presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who became embroiled in a racism scandal earlier this year after an out-take from the show surfaced where he was allegedly heard muttering the n-word as part of a chant.
He later revealed in his newspaper for The Sun that he’d been reprimanded over the clip, stating: “I've been told by the BBC that if I make one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time, I will be sacked.
"It's inevitable that one day, someone, somewhere will say that I've offended them, and that will be that."