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Crap Cars (Top Gear) [Hardcover]

Richard Porter
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14 Oct 2004 Top Gear

From the Austin Allegro to the Renault Safrane, and from the MGB to the Volkswagen Beetle, this book brings together 50 of the worst cars ever to grace the roads of Britain.

The book features everything from the aesthetically pathetic to the mechanically misguided and includes tales of the most bizarre and appalling cock-ups in motoring history.

With full-colour photos to illustrate each entry, this chronicle of classically Crap Cars will transport you back to the beige and brown world of the seventies and eighties and your very own Morris Marina.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (14 Oct 2004)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0563522100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563522102
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Porter is script editor for BBC's Top Gear and contributing editor for Top Gear magazine. He has written over 10 Top Gear titles, including the bestselling Big Book of Top Gear, The Top Gear Alternative Highway Code and How to Parachute into a Moving Car.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very short, very uninformative but very funny 28 Nov 2004
This cult book seems to be selling mainly on word of mouth. Don't expect a lot of information in it. The remark on the Rolls-Royce Carmague on page 36 for example is just 12 words which tell you precisely nothing about why it is allegedly a bad car. If information is what you want, try "Worst cars" which it has to be said is technically a much better book, larger with plenty of information for the same money, but only intermittently funny.
There is also a certain amount of bad language in "Crap cars" (not for the kiddies or the vicar), some poor grammar and a lot of pictures which pad out what is very short in any case. Basically what you have here is Richard Porter being savagely, wickedly funny in insulting fifty cars that in his humble opinion are among the worst ever built. There were misses - the remarks about the Trabant for instance - but most of it is gloriously, hysterically funny, probably one of the funniest books ever written, even (and perhaps especially) if you know nothing about cars. I laughed so hard at some of it I had trouble seeing the page through the tears of mirth. The neighbours must have wondered what was going on.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who don't even LIKE cars... 22 Jan 2005
By Katinia
I am a forteen-year-old girl. I have absolutely no interest in cars, crap or not. But I ADORED this book! My younger brother was given it for Christmas and one dull afternoon I picked it up to have a read- I seldom laugh so much at litriture! Though, I felt, less informitive on cars than insulting, it was highly amusing. Beautifully written and full of great one-liners, even those who have no interest in cars what so ever should have a read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pithy. 20 Dec 2007
The two things I look for in a book are that they be:
i) funny
ii) short
Crap Cars has each of these attributes in spades, so I loved it. To be honest, it's too short (hence only 4 stars); I read the whole thing in under an hour. But the fact that I read it cover-to-cover in one sitting must tell you something about how entertained I was by it.
It's bleedin' hilarious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a larf..... 20 July 2009
This book is just fantastic. I read it in bed and was told to put it down or push off 'cause I was laughing so much my wife couldn't sleep.... I tried to show her some of the pictures and captions, she said 'didn't we have one of those?' I stopped laughing at the one or two we HAD owned thinking how much money I had probably spent. Overall an enjoyable light-hearted look at some real dogs of cars and yes even if there were captions of 12 words or so they were succinct. (now leave it out about the Marinas OK, bad enough with Jeremy flippin' Clarkson....)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and amusing 17 Nov 2004
I smiled all the way through this book. The author obviously knows his stuff when it comes to cars and his ready wit and 'take no prisoners' humour make for an excellent read. Personally, having worked at British Leyland, I would have liked the Allegro to have been number one but despite this it is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in cars.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh till you cry 8 Feb 2005
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There are not many books you have to put down every so often to wipe away the tears. this is one of them. Extremely funny
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I feel ripped off! 5 Sep 2012
By S. Lyon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After reading all the rave reviews I thought I was going to really enjoy this book - how wrong I was! I love Top Gear and most of the stuff they produce but this book just wasn't funny or interesting at all. Some of the car reviews are laughably short, just one or two sentences accompanied by a ropey photo or two. It honestly looks like it was thrown together in an evening - it took me about half an hour to go from cover to cover, barely raising a smile in the process. The fact I bought the Kindle version for my iPad means I can't even sell the damn thing to recoup my money! If there was a way to get a refund I would do so without hesitation as I just feel like I've been had. Very disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Okay. I love books that tee off on anything lousy albiet cars, movies, products, etc. Richard Porter reveals some of the usual infamous cars that graced the roads from the AMC Pacer, Ford Pinto, Chevy Vega, MGB, Hyundai, Yugo, Triumph, And Cadillac's biggest mistake, the Cimarron. Porter gives mimimal information with middle school literature. So don't expect to be very informed or impressed with his automotive acumen. Rather you can flip through and read every description with images of of his chosen sets of wheels in less than an hour. I read this for mild amusement at Border's Books and finished in about 45 minutes. I guess I'm a slower reader.

If you really want to read a good book on bad cars I suggest "Lemons" ( The world's worst cars). The book gives detailed technical information along with a concise history of the developments of failed programs. And it's even funnier than Richard Porter's Crapcars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but good
the sad point is I owned a couple of the featured works of art, the good point is I can hide behind the fact I was young and stupid !. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ken Spence
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad book!!!
A marvellous book filled with inspiring and delightful comments and observations. What more can you say? Clarkson at his worst.
Published 8 months ago by A. B. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars porshe 924 far from crap
porshe 924 one of best cars of late 70s80s awesome design thats porshe bread and butter if not for this car and its bigger engine versionwhere would porshe have ended up
Published 12 months ago by edward
3.0 out of 5 stars crap cars
good little book. some cars i have never heard of . but most i remember from the past ! showing my age by revueing this ! Read more
Published 12 months ago by kevin renshaw
2.0 out of 5 stars Crap Cars
Not very well written but will fill a short trip -pity they could have made a good book better luck next time
Published 19 months ago by Steven Sellick
5.0 out of 5 stars A no brainer
I could read stuff like this all day. (In fact I don't, but I could). It is great fun. But only if you are over 50, have an unusual if not unhealthy obsession with cars and love... Read more
Published on 7 April 2012 by Riggers
2.0 out of 5 stars Too expensive. Too short
Not much more to say than the title of this review. Once you've read it there's no need to read it again.
Published on 4 Sep 2010 by unclerichy
4.0 out of 5 stars I drive one of the crap cars featured!
I have owned one of the crap cars featured for thirty years and haven't sold it during that time, as it is such a wonderful machine. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2010 by Richard Oldroyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed til I cried
Had to buy it because I was laughing too much in W.H. Smiths and making a fool of myself. Couldn't believe Beetle came bottom but was so glad my car wasn't mentioned !!
Published on 2 Jan 2006 by Mary
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