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Top Gear: Ambitious but Rubbish: The Secrets Behind Top Gear's Craziest Creations Hardcover – 24 May 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849905037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849905039
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 1.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The stories behind the Top Gear boys' weird, wonderful and frequently disastrous home-made vehicles.

About the Author

Richard Porteris a "Top Gear" script editor and the author of three editions of "The Big Book of Top Gear," "Crap Cars," and "My Dad Had One of Those."


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Not bad little book by any means, but it contains very few "secrets", and mostly consists of descriptions of a handful of memorable episodes, peppered with a few shots that didn't appear on TV, and a few little bits about the show behind the scenes.. but very little of what I thought might be contained within - that is to say.. 'making of' those episodes. I have seen all the episodes, and remember them well, so I just hoped for a bit more than a warmed over re-telling of them. A bit of a shame, but still for the Top Gear fan, a solid, if very short, book, that is definitely readable and will bring back memories of some of those classic moments.
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If you have viewed all the top gear series there is nothing new in the book . but it's good to look back and see how the series has developed.
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This is very funny. It’s got that hilarious Top Gear surreal thing, plus laugh-out-loud observational stuff. Among many other tedious places we are all required to frequent, clothes shops and petrol station forecourts become comedy environments after reading this book, and that has to be a good thing!
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I had high hopes of this title, written by Richard Porter (the man behind Sniffpetrol) and all about Top Gear. On paper this should have been a good read, sadly the book is less than the sum of its parts.
The biggest complaint is that there is nothing really new, the book contains small chapters on various aspects of the show; the specials, some of the vehicles and stunts. However there are no real relevations and for the most part it just retells the story. It's far simpler (and more entertaining) to actually watch the relevant episode of Top Gear.
The book itself is pretty short and can be read through fairly quickly mainly due to the rather bland writing style. Whilst the book makes for a reasonable coffee table read it doesn't offer any real substance.
This book was bought as a gift, would I buy this book? With money? Sadly no, and on that bombshell...
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As an avid top gear watcher (and the repeats),i have all the books
but this one sadly lacks detail,-every subject is briefly covered with what i basically could guess myself.
woul not reccomend.
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this book is written catering to those who buy in to the mythos of top gear. there is no background information as to how the stunts were set up, we are left with the impression that the presenters bumble along with no preparation and less clues as to what they are doing.
Good if you want more edutainment
Not so good for the preparation and behind the scenes stuff
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I have had probably too much high hopes, thinking of reading some interesting behind-the-scenes information or unknown fact, which wouldn't have been revealed already in Collins' Stig biography. You don't get that with this book. What you actually get is a list of several challenges, simple story behind and one or two so called facts, which in most cases are not really interesting. The trouble is - the writing style is simple, shallow and not really funny (maybe for 8yrs old kids). And, and the book has something like 60 pages only, so it's 60 minutes reading maximum. I was certainly expecting more from Mr. Porter.

If you're into TG and want to have yet another branded collection item, go for it but don't expect much. If you're looking for some real info, get Ben Collins' book.

And sorry for my English :).
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Tiny.
Took all of five minutes to read. Well when i say read, i mean flick through comic-book style!
Glad i never paid full price for it.
Should have gone to speck savers.
Should have saved a tree!
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