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The Top Gear Years

Author : Jeremy Clarkson
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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.

And On That Bombshell

Author : Richard Porter
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I was Top Gear's script editor for 13 years and all 22 series. I basically used to check spelling and think of stupid gags about The Stig. I also got to hang around with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. It didn't feel like something you should get paid for. From the disastrous pilot show of 2002 to the sudden and unexpected ending in 2015, working on Top Gear was quite a rollercoaster ride. We crossed continents, we made space ships, we bobbed across the world's busiest shipping lane in a pick-up truck. We also got chased by an angry mob, repeatedly sparked fury in newspapers, and almost killed one of our presenters. I realised that I had quite a few stories to tell from behind the scenes on the show. I remembered whose daft idea it was to get a dog. I recalled the willfully stupid way in which we decorated our horrible office. I had a sudden flashback to the time a Bolivian drug lord threatened to kill us. I decided I should write down some of these stories. So I have. I hope you like them. And now, a quote from James May: 'Richard Porter has asked me to "write a quote" for his new book about the ancient history of Top Gear. But this is a ridiculous request. How can one "write a quote"? Surely, by definition, a quote must be extracted from a greater body of writing, for the purpose of illustrating or supporting a point in an unrelated work. I cannot "write a quote" any more than I could "film an out-take". 'Porter, like Athens, has lost his marbles.'

The Top Gear Story The 100 Unofficial Story of the Most Famous Car Show In The World

Author : Martin Roach
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From humble beginnings as a 1970s motoring show, Top Gear has gone on to achieve diesel-powered world domination. After Clarkson and producer Andy Wilman successfully pitched a new format to BBC bosses, Top Gear returned to become the irreverent, funny and often controversial show we now know and love. The Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, the Cool Wall and Power Laps by the mysterious Stig have all become staples of Britain's favourite Sunday evening entertainment. Recent series have been defined by their madcap challenges such as driving across Africa in clapped-out bangers - with predictably hilarious results. However, 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. Clarkson, Hammond and May; they are the politically-incorrect-joking, stone-washed-denim-wearing, bloke-hero trio for the modern(ish) age. This brilliant, detailed book is fitting tribute to the show, its presenters and its most memorable moments.

Ambitious But Rubbish

Author : Richard Porter
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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.

The Stig and the Silver Ghost

Author : Jon Claydon
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Bunsfold, Surrey, and the nights are drawing in. And something wicked this way comes. A thick fog descends on the town and refuses to disperse. Is a malign spectre really afoot in the town? Or just mass paranoia? The junior Top Gear gang - Sam, Buster, Cabriola and Ford - have a theory. Four hundred years ago to the week, the God-fearing and righteous villagers of Bunsfolde burnt a sinister crone who lived deep in the woods - and she appears to be making a return. But are the sightings simply publicity ruses engineered by the Cruiser Corps? Or has the ghost of the old crone really risen to seek revenge on the descendants of her village persecutors? What greater scheme does PT Cruiser have up his sleeve? The junior Top Gear gang investigate - with the help of one very special white-suited chap stepping in just when he is needed - to race, and to save humanity ...

Collection Editions Top Gear

Author : Damien Buckland
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Collection Editions present "Top Gear"... The world's most watched factual television program. With over 160 car reviews and manufacturer information, presenter biographies from the original 1977 series through to todays modern masterpiece. History of the UK, Russian, Korean, US & Australian series, Track reviews, Power laps, all the present 'Star' timings, and so much more. This huge book is the ultimate authoritative and comprehensive guide to the worlds most loved television series for the most dedicated of fans.

Top Gear Supercars

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Featuring the sexiest supercars from the last three years, Top Gear Supercars will be an essential purchase for the TV show's core audience of dedicated car enthusiasts, featuring V8 engines, 1,000 break horsepower, plenty of torque and more. Full of expert analysis, battles between the big-gun showstopping cars from the last three years and witty, informed input in true Top Gear style, Supercars will also be packed full of glossy supercar portraits, making it as stunning to look at as it is to read. With contributions from Clarkson, Hammond, May and some hair-raising test drives by the Stig, this is motoring heaven that's perfect for informed car fans and everyone who's ever dreamed of sitting at the wheel of their own Lamborghini.

Top Gear 1977 2015 2000 Copy Limited Edition

Author : Damien Buckland
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Collection Editions books give you this one time edition commemorating the end (as we know it) of the most popular factual television show in the planets history. Limited to just 2000 copies worldwide Top Gear: 1977-2015 gives the most comprehensive illustration to Top Gear yet with dozens of episode reviews and illustrations including some never before seen, presenter biographies right from the original 1977 series through to today's modern masterpiece... History of the series, guides and behind the scenes to every Top Gear "Special" including the latest and final Patagonia adventure. Find out about all the spin-off shows across the world, Track reviews, Every single Power Lap time, Every single Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, Cars of the Year, Car of the Decade, The Stig's of past and present, And absolutely tons more... Top Gear: 1977-2015 provides the biggest, most authoritative and comprehensive guide to the Top Gear series for only the most dedicated of fans"

The Stig

Author : Simon Du Beaumarche
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Who is The Stig? Where did he come from? Why does he never speak? To answer these questions, award-winning biographer Simon du Beaumarche spent a year chasing The Stig and talking to those closest to him, including Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May and leading figures from Formula 1, music, movies and the military. What he discovered is an explosive story of intrigue, influence and a sensational conspiracy that seeks to hide the truth about one of the 21st century's greatest icons. Get behind the visor of the man, the myth, the driver, the legend, THE STIG. This book contains adult humour and some themes that may be unsuitable for children.

The Stig Drives Again

Author : Jon Claydon
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'The action rattles along at a rate of knots with twists and turns at every corner ... At sight of the book, I had a queue of boys in my class wanting to borrow it' READING ZONE on THE STIG PLAYS A DANGEROUS GAME An enigmatic racing driver. A bunch of kids. One hell of a ride ... The Stig's one known nemesis, the evil villain PT Cruiser, is dying, his plan for global domination in pieces. And The Stig is missing, presumed dead. But rumour has it that he is in a dusty hick town in the USA, racing again and winning every time, no matter how beaten up the car. So begins another adventure for the gang: Sam Wheeler, Ford Harrison, Buster Mustang and Cabriola Cruiser. The friends head out to the USA in search of The Stig, to try to unlock the mystery of the helmeted hero. Sam and Ford embark on a road trip across the country in a massive Winnebago. Buster scopes out the desert towns with his trusty sidekick TG Dog. And Cabriola finds herself in a mountaintop eyrie, with a new wicked family member to contend with ... The gang soon find that PT Cruiser is still hellbent on eliminating The Stig, no matter what. And his evil reach extends beyond his sick bed with a new piece of evil tech for the gang to thwart ...

The Top Gear Guide to Britain

Author : Richard Porter
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For over ten years, Top Gear has been travelling all over Britain in the course of making the world’s best programme about cars, driving, and three men in smart-casual clothes shouting at each other. So, who better to assemble a guide to Britain itself with all its glories, quirks and multiple words for bread rolls? This book is not only a guide for outsiders; it is an invaluable reference manual for Britons themselves, like a mirror held up to our very souls.* Join us then, as we travel from A-Z cataloguing and making moderately flippant remarks about every aspect of life and living in the best country in the world after New Zealand, Denmark, probably Canada and some bits of France. *Although in this case, a mirror that has been dropped and then run over by a small lorry but don’t worry, some bits of it still just about work.

Top Gear Daft Cars

Author : Matt Master
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From flying cars to amphibious vehicles, solar-powered saloons to rockets on wheels, these are over 50 of the most wacky cars ever devised. Fancy a car that drives sideways? Try the Jeep Hurricane. Or maybe a car in which the windows change colour according to your mood for a more serene and health-giving driving experience? That'll be the Toyota RiN. And if you like a flutter, you'll need the Chrysler Town and Country Black Jack, which contains a mini onboard casino. Some concept cars are designed to demonstrate alternative materials and energy sources, or to showcase the gadgets of the future, or even cater for specific lifestyles or groups of people. Many don't even get beyond the prototype stage - for reasons of cost or practicality, or, in the case of the nuclear-powered Ford Nucleon of 1958, the danger of causing a small atomic explosion. Featuring everything from practical experiments such as the hatchback fire engine, and ideas that have managed to make it into production, to stunning yet impractical supercar concepts, this book both celebrates and cringes at some of motoring's most daft - and even idiotic - ideas.

TopGear Portfolio

Author : Top Gear Magazine
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World-class car photography from TopGear Magazine. For the petrolheads at TopGear Magazine, car photography is about more than just a car on a stretch of tarmac. It's about ultimate escapism. For TopGear, a truly great photograph should instantly transport you to the location and behind the wheel, delivering the speed, power and atmosphere of the moment in one shot. In this collection of TopGear's finest car photography, we get up close and personal with the hottest cars of recent years in some of the most stunning locations. You'll see the world reflected in gleaming bodywork, raindrops on windscreens at 90mph, and the blur of wheels against a backdrop of epic vistas. Portfolio is the perfect coupling of automotive masterpieces of design and world-class photography. If the speed, power and craftsmanship of the world's finest, fastest cars can be captured in a moment, this is it.

The Stig Plays a Dangerous Game

Author : Jon Claydon
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The first in a fast-paced, funny series featuring The Stig: Top Gear's legendary racing driver. Sam Wheeler may be the new boy in Bunsfold, but he's got a feeling that all is not well either in the town or at Bunsfold High - and he's not just talking about the maths teacher with the unfortunate flatulence. A local boy, Buster Mustang, has recently gone missing, and no one seems to care - they're all too busy playing the highly addictive video game Xenon or getting the town ready for its very first TT race. Both are the brainchild of mysterious local billionaire PT Cruiser. Besides global domination, PT Cruiser wants nothing more than to destroy his nemesis The Stig once and for all - and his TT race is just what he needs to tempt him on to the big stage again ... Sam sets out with his new friends Minnie Cooper and Ford Harrison to uncover the truth behind all the strange goings-on in Bunsfold - but danger has a habit of showing up wherever they do, and soon all that stands between our heroes and disaster is ... a taciturn man in a white suit. Perfect for fans of ALEX RIDER and CHERUB

Top Gear Drives of a Lifetime

Author : Dan Read
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Every year, Top Gear dispatches correspondents to cover many serious stories around the world. Wherever they go, they ask tough questions and leave no stone unturned in search of the cold, hard truth. Questions such as: Is it possible to drive a Ferrari up a Scottish ski slope? Exactly how far can you drive a bulldozer across the Antarctic before it falls down a big crack? And what happens when you drive a small 4X4 up a volcano, during an earthquake, with a high chance of eruption? The answers to all of the above – and more – can be found in Top Gear Top Drives, a new book featuring Top Gear’s best adventures, neatly arranged in precise geographic order: top, middle and bottom. These are not Sunday drives to country pubs. You will not find any mentions of freshly cut grass and picnics under oak trees. In fact, you are more likely to encounter roadside landmines and a pack of Chilean llamas with a relaxed approach to personal hygiene. Of course you will also find supercars on winding mountain passes, but this book goes much further, bringing you the most unusual combinations of car and tarmac – or lack of it – from across our planet. All of which are accompanied by a surprisingly useful collection of travel tips, featuring such useful advice as when to go, what the weather’s like and where to find a reasonably priced beer. Like any classic travel guide, you really shouldn’t leave home without it. Unless you write down the really important bits, in which case you’ll probably be OK.

Top Gear Epic Failures

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Designing and making cars is an expensive thing to do. So is racing them. All told, the car business spends billions every year and with such vast sums at stake you’d think the people involved wouldn’t give desk space to Captain Cockup. Sadly, you would be wrong. Every department in every car firm and motorsport operation is capable of complete and abject failure, and on a surprisingly regular basis. Which is what this book is about. You see, Top Gear knows a thing or two about embarrassing mistakes, as anyone who watched our India special will know. The truth is, for many years Top Gear has also regarded failure as funny. Where other television programmes edit out the moment where the presenter falls over or slams their hand in a door, Top Gear gleefully leaves it in. So who better to take you on a gentle canter through 50 of the car world’s biggest and most glorious failures? That’s right, it’s Top Gear. Who else did you think? If you want this sort of stuff from Countryfile you might be in for a wait.

Top Gear Drivers Handbook

Author : Richard Porter
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In the venerable tradition of the AA Members' Handbook, Top Gear provides its own essential almanac for today's motorists, with information on everything from buying cars and car maintenance to taking your car on holiday, by ferry, train or how to adapt it for travelling by sea. You'll find a mileage chart and new routes across the country that you might have previously thought impossible, advice on how to find the ideal car, even if you are 18 feet tall, and a special section on what happens if you fill the screen-washer bottle with soup. All this, plus up-to-the-minute vital safety news on a range of cars, including the notorious recall on 2500 Vauxhall Ocelots after the interior was accidentally fitted with some wolves. Illustrated throughout with helpful photographs and line-drawings, this indispensible guide should be kept in the glovebox, and never taken out.

The Man in the White Suit

Author : Ben Collins
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Ever since Black Stig disappeared off the front of HMS Invincible in 2003, one question has captivated 350 million viewers of Top Gear around the world: Who is the man in the white suit?

On the Road

Author : Richard Hammond
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ON THE ROAD: GROWING UP IN EIGHT JOURNEYS - MY EARLY YEARS is a new form of autobiography, in which TOP GEAR presenter Richard Hammond tells the story of his early life through a series of significant driving episodes. He's a child in the back seat of Dad's car on the way to the seaside in Weston-Super-Mare. He's on his first bike, a red one, in Solihull, then on his first motorcycle, a Honda MTX50. He's at the wheel of his first car (and in the back with his first girlfriend). He is driving a furniture delivery van as part of his first job in and around Ripon. Now he is showing off with a friend, risking everything. ON THE ROAD is an emotional road map in which each chapter has its own registration number, and its own distinctive interior. Most importantly, each chapter sets off and arrives. ON THE ROAD surges on to its destination, reversing or moving quickly through the gears, reliving the central episodes and conflicts of Richard's life. Every chapter is a stage in a longer journey. Although there are precious few road-rage monologues against four-wheel drivers and men in vests in white vans, Richard Hammond's readers will quickly recognise the funny self-deprecating and balanced ease that has made him one of Britain's best-loved writers and television presenters.

Top Gear The Stigtionary

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The Top Gear presenters do talk a lot of rubbish. Ever wondered what on earth James May is talking about when he rattles on about engines and physics and stuff? Or what the gibberish coming out of Jeremy's mouth really means? Or how to pronounce Richard Hammond's favourite cars? The Stigtionary will explain all those tricky things for you, with hilarious definitions of words and phrases from the BBC show.