The Top Gear Years
The Top Gear Years brings together Jeremy Clarkson's collected magazine columns for the first time. Clarkson at his pithy, provocative, hilarious best We now know all about the world according to Clarkson. In a series of bestselling books Jeremy has revealed it to be a puzzling, frustrating place where all too often the lunatics seem to be running the asylum. But in The Top Gear Years, we get something rather different. Because ten years ago, at an ex-RAF aerodrome in Surrey, Jeremy and his friends built a world that was rather more to his liking: they called it Top Gear HQ. And Top Gear is for Jeremy what the jungle is for Tarzan: the perfect place to work and play. But they didn't stop there ...With this corner of Surrey sorted out, Jeremy and the boys decided to have a crack at the rest of the world. With Top Gear Live charging through with the subtlety of a touring heavy rock band and far flung outposts across the globe from North America to China - an empire of petrol-headed upon which the sun never set. And all along Jeremy was writing about it in Top Gear magazine. Here, collected for the first time, are the fruits of his labours: the cars, the hijinx, the pleasure and the pain. Brilliantly written and laugh out loud funny. The Top Gear Years follows Jeremy Clarkson's many bestselling titles including Round the Bend and The World according to Clarkson series. Praise for Jeremy Clarkson: 'Jeremy Clarkson is very funny and his well-honed political incorrectness is a joy. .' - Daily Telegraph Jeremy Clarkson began his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun, the Sunday Times, the Rochdale Observer, the Wolverhampton Express & Star, all of the Associated Kent Newspapers and Lincolnshire Life. Today he is the tallest person working in British television.
Top Gear: How to Parachute into a Moving Car
Life is full of complications. From buying petrol and driving on a motorway to using a microwave oven and becoming a Formula 1 driver, all men have suffered from the stresses and inconveniences of the modern world. Happily, this handy book will solve all of these problems by applying the unique brand of Top Gear logic to a range of everyday situations, such as making a ham sandwich, designing a supercar, receiving directions and, of course, how to parachute into a moving car.
Top Gear: the Cool 500
Ever since Karl Benz first powered up his Patent-Motorwagen in 1885, man has salivated and swooned over automobiles. And none more so than the motoring fanatics at Top Gear, who have test-driven, critiqued and worshipped some of the best cars in motoring history. While many have fallen short of Top Gear's exacting standards, others have triumphed, proving so damn cool they're SubZero. In this unique bible of motoring coolness, Top Gear's Matt Master recounts the stories behind history's greatest cars, from pre-war vintage motors to the supercars of the future, pairing stunning Top Gear photography and rarely seen archive photographs with expert commentary. He'll break down the technology behind these incredible machines and place each car in the context of its time, with anecdotes and analysis that explain just what's so cool about each one. From the quintessential British luxury of the Bentley Brooklands to the Italian sex appeal of the Bizzarini Strada, the old Hollywood glamour of the Chrysler Airflow to the futuristic lines of the Aston Martin Bulldog via Steve McQueen's Ford Mustang and James Dean's doomed Porsche Spyder, this will be social history as much as car worship. The only book like it on the market, this is the evolution of cool, Top Gear-style; the definitive guide to the undisputed coolest cars on the planet.
The Top Gear Story
From humble beginning as a 1970s motoring show, Top Gear has achieved world domination. Reaching a peak in the 1990s thanks to presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the original series faced the axe in 2001 - but Clarkson and producer Andy Wilman successfully pitched a new format to BBC bosses and Top Gear returned to become the irrevernt, funny and often controversial show we now know and love. The addition of Richard Hammond and James May completed the Top Gear dream team and ratings soared as viewers tuned in to see the latest Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, arguments ove the Cool Wall and Power Laps by the mysterious Stig. Recent series have been defined by their madcap challenges - with predictably hilarious results. Hour-long specials such as the 1000-mile journey across the Africa in cars bought for only GBP1500, and a race to the magnetic North Pole in which Clarkson and May became the first people to drive a motor vehicle to the Pole, have cemented Top Gear's reputation as much more than just a motoring show. But the show's most shocking moment came in 2006, when Hammond suffered serious head injuries while driving a Vampire turbojet drag racing car at over 300mph.
Top Gear: the Stigtionary
The Top Gear presenters do talk rubbish. Have you ever wondered what James May is talking about when he rattles on about engines? Or what the gibberish Jeremy Clarkson spouts actually means? Or how to pronounce Richard Hammond's favourite cars?
Top Gear: Ambitious but Rubbish (Hardback), Snow
Ambitious but Rubbish reveals the off-camera secrets behind some of Top Gear's most memorable creations. From the challenge of turning a Reliant Robin into a rocket and the genesis of the Hammerhead-i Eagle Thrust electric car to the complexities of building a caravan airship and the inspiration for destruction-testing a Toyota Hilux, this book is packed with the previously untold stories behind dozens of classic TV moments. Top Gear has never shied away from trying to answer questions no one has even thought to ask. Questions like Can you make a convertible people carrier, Can you cross the Channel in a pick-up and Can you turn a combine harvester into a snow plough. Ambitious but Rubbish reveals how those insane ideas came about with remarkable tales of ingenious invention and idiotic engineering. This book is essential reading for any Top Gear fan and a terrific insight into the creation of the world's biggest car show. It's also a terrifying window into the minds of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Don't say you weren't warned about that last one. Hardback.
Top Gear: 100 Maddest Cars (Hardback)
From amphibious automobiles to record-breaking supercars, "Top Gear's 100 Maddest Cars" is a truly bonkers collection of the craziest cars we've ever encountered. From the amazing and ambitious to the downright rubbish, this book is packed with facts and stats on the strangest things on four (and sometimes more) wheels. Even the Stig looks normal in comparison...
"Top Gear" Supercars
Ask any man the first thing he would buy if he won the lottery and we guarantee you the answer would be - a supercar. It's what every real man and every alpha woman aspires to - a blisteringly fast V8 engine, achingly high-tech design and style that snaps the necks of passers by as they watch it sloping down the high street putting the saloons and hatchbacks of mere mortals to shame. One thing's for sure, when it comes to cars, there's nothing that gets the heart pulsing like a supercar, and the motoring geeks at Top Gear live out the fantasy, putting the most exotic, the most elusive and the most expensive cars to the test in the pages of this book. Between obscenely sexy photographs of the most exquisite machines the motoring world has to offer, you'll find first-hand accounts of the driving experience, expert analysis of engineering expertise, speed and handling, all the stats to satisfy the most dedicated of car enthusiasts, plus special reports from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. And who better to test the prowess of these mastercrafted feats of modern engineering than Stig himself, who'll do battle with the big-gun showstopping cars from the last three years to find out just who can claim the glory of fastest supercar. Step into the driver's seat and brace yourself for some serious car porn as we bring you the most tantalisingly beautiful supercars you'll find in the world today. There's only one word for it - Poweeerrrr!
Top Gear: the Spotter's Guide
This Top Gear Spotter's Guide will keep Top Gear fans young and old quiet on long car journeys, as they identify unusual cars, search for rare road signs and keep their eyes peeled for the lesser-spotted Clarksonus Maximus. Beat your friends and family by scoring points for super rare spots! The Spotter's Guide is the perfect stocking filler for Christmas! Based on the BBC Two television series featuring Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
Top Gear: 100 Fastest Cars
With supercharged supercars, roadster rockets and futuristic freaks, this title can leave you gasping for breath. 100 Fastest Cars is the must-have gift for fans of the hit BBC series Top Gear. With supercharged supercars, roadster rockets and...