However, all is not what it appeared to be... according to a recent article by the Daily Mail this was staged. Which, again in true Top Gear style, has caused a large amount of controversy - which I'm sure May, Hammond and Clarkson are all relishing with gusto!
Unfortunately there will always be people who take these things a little too seriously.
But - just think about it for a minute - James May takes out a classic, very rare car like a Ferrari California Spider at the busiest time of day and you don't expect some hilarity and high-jinks to ensue?!
It's a potential recipe for disaster... especially when you throw in a couple of carefully placed learner drivers all practising (or trying to practice) manoeuvres on a busy road.
Fortunately - for James May at least, the learner driver cars were actually being driven by fully qualified driving instructors who were simply there to add a little tension (and comic effect) to the scene.
Commenting on the criticism the show received a spokesperson for the BBC stated: "As an entertainment programme, Top Gear prides itself on making silly films that don't pretend to represent real life."
"Any suggestion it deliberately misled viewers is patently ludicrous."
Want to watch James May take to the street in a Ferrari California Spider? Check this out: