The incident occurred while Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond were on location, filming the final sequence of a road trip DVD from Venice, Italy to Pau, France.
Under the false impression they were in a 130km/h zone, Clarkson was travelling at 141km/h, Hammond at 143km/h. Unfortunately for the pair, the speed limit was in fact 90km/h.
An on-the-spot fine comprised the contents of their wallets with the two Brits then losing their licences and being banned from driving in France for three months.
Call it convenient timing, but Top Gear's “The Perfect Road Trip” (the ironically named DVD they were filming at the time) has been teased via a YouTube clip and is now available for order.
Apart from the two cars Clarkson and Hammond were caught speeding in, the DVD also features a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Pagani Huayra, Porsche Cayman S and both the original Jaguar E-Type and its new-age successor the F-Type.