Top Gear team make surprise Lincoln road-test stop

James May and Jeremy Clarkson at the top of Steep Hill in Lincoln
Image caption Jeremy Clarkson said Lincoln's welcome was even better than Market Harborough's the week before

The Top Gear team have stopped off in Lincoln while road-testing two electric cars in a surprise visit.

Jeremy Clarkson and James May were passing the city in a Nissan Leaf and a Peugeot iOn when they found they were low on fuel.

They drove into Lincoln only to find that there are no official charge points for electric cars.

James May said: "To be brutally honest our visit to Lincoln is a matter of circumstance."

"But we are rather glad it happened," he added.

'Middle-aged and portly'

"We've learned a lot about medieval history, Lincoln Cathedral and the Norman conquests."

Mr Clarkson added: "It's amazing how many people turned out just to watch two portly middle-aged men fooling around.

"Although we were testing two electric cars in a genuinely sensible way to see how they work.

"So, while they are charging we're going for a cup of tea."

The cars were taken to be charged at the Brayford campus of the University of Lincoln.

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