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Top Gear: My Dad Had One of Those

Top Gear: My Dad Had One of Those [Kindle Edition]

Giles Chapman , Richard Porter
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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A trip up memory drive in the familiar cars your Dad knew and loved.

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Good old Dad and his good old Dad's car. As solid and dependable as the man himself, if a little less balding, Dad's car was almost a member of the family, whisking you to exciting days out, or just to visit boring relatives in distant parts of the country to the chant of 'are we nearly there yet?' Like the man behind the wheel, Dad's car made you feel safe and secure, because it was as reassuring and sensible as he was. Maybe in an idle moment Dad dreamt of driving something rakish and fast, just like in idle moments he dreamt that your Mum was Twiggy, but the demands of family life meant soft tops, hard suspension and anything even remotely sporty were off the cards. Even anything less than four doors would have been wildly hedonistic. But although the family car may not have been the very essence of rock 'n' roll, Dad was proud of it.

Spanning the 1950s to the '80s, this is a celebration of the heyday of the Dad car. From much loved family workhorses like the Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Viva to the rakish excitement and playground kudos of the Rover 3500 and Citroen CX, all the great Dad cars are here. Reflecting a time before people carriers and lifestyle off roaders, when the nearest thing to an airbag was hiding behind your fat brother, this is a celebration of simple, honest cars that were as flawed and as loveable as your Dad himself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7955 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (30 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DTXZA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia-fest! 26 May 2007
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a nostalgia-fest for men of a certain age looking back at the cars of their youth, primarily from the 1970s.

Despite sturdy covers and good production, I was disappointed at first by the small dimensions of the book, but once inside I revelled in the (mostly colour) photographs of Hillmans, Fords, Austins and Vauxhalls, many of them coming from original sales brochures. Although primarily geared towards British models, there are foreign cars too: French, German, Swedish and Japanese.

The book is divided into twelve chapters, looking at the different types of car and assigning them to the types of Dad. The finale focusses on Cortina Dad, the summit of Dadness. Each entry has a photograph, a list of stats and a few paragraphs of witty comment from the authors.

Although the book took me less than an hour to read, the style is warmly humorous and down-to-earth and I often found it difficult to repress a chuckle or ten.

This would make a perfect extra present for boys in the 30 to 50 age-range.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane. 7 Jun 2007
A splendid little book, full of humorous nostalgia for the cars your dad and in many cases you possibly also drove with such pride in the 60's 70's and 80's.

A great present for maybe Father's Day or Christmas.

Derek Bissell

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Er..yes, I did have quite a few of those..... 22 Oct 2009
Having previously purchased the similar 'Crap Cars'book which on reading found out that I had owned a few of them it came as no surprise to see some of the same cars in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the memories....the Marina, packing up at the traffic lights, the 105E Anglia...that would never start, the 1100 that as a mechanic working on one would guarantee to skin ALL your knuckles removing the rust ridden sub frame assemblies...after just two years. I even had a friend with a Moskovitch that was so bad he buried it in his back yard..........
The book is great, the illustrations are good and some even selected from advertising literature of the time.Yes OK, the book is small(and awkward for fitting in your bookshelf) but it is well made and sturdily bound and quite capable of withstanding being passed around your mates,the 'Here Dave, remember these...'sort of thing.
Don't know how far you can go along this line though, maybe a 'My Granded had one of those' featureing just before and post WWII cars, old Morris 8's and Ford Pop's, (now my Grandad DID have one of those........)
I recommend to the point of 9 and 1/2 out of ten and good value for the dosh too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing but ... 23 May 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I like Giles Chapmans sense of humour & it comes to the fore in this book about, well, Dads Cars. This is a good coffe table book & people love flicking through it. It kicks off a lot of memories & jovial reminiscing about those vehicles, good and bad. But what I would like is more information on the cars themselves. We learn very little about them, really. Chapman is surely capable of producing lucid and amusing text so I look forward to the day when he expands this book into a fuller & more informative tome. This would then have earned another star!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read... 5 Aug 2008
All in all, an enjoyable book. It is always interesting to view something from someone else's perspective; in this case, how the Brits view their father's mundane "daily drivers". Interesting to note how Ford products are viewed as somewhat boring, yet popular because products such as the Cortina and the Gran-Dad, er sorry, Granada, were reliable, durable, and stylish in that they copied their larger American cousins.
I found the Austin 1100 article to be of interest; that car was sold in Canada as the Austin America; in retrospect, it was far ahead of it's time; the current Nissan Versa seems to be an update of the Austin !!
It you buy this book, check out the Hillman Hunter photograph; the car is interesting but you'll see what I am referring to when you buy the book !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dad LOVED it! 4 July 2014
By A S.
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Dad LOVED it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday Present ideas 29 May 2014
By Sammy
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I purchased this book for my Dad for his 50th Birthday and he absolutely loved it! It is by far his most used present, the majority of the cars he had as a youngster were in there and he spotted cars his dad and granddad had. Even other family members commented on it and picked it up to have a browse. It is definitely worth every penny you pay.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a disapointment 14 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I bougt this book becuse I love top gear. This book was a disapointment because it was not even written by Jeremy, Richard or James. I thought that this book would have been better if it had been written by one of the unholy trinity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I got lost in memories of childhood - My dad really did have one of those
Published 2 days ago by J Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars I remember when
Brilliant!!! I am 45 and recognise many of the cars shown.......and yes!!! I have seen my dads in there and my grandads!!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms. Kathryn Bellard
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin !
Fun read, takes you down memory lane with good photos and informative text. My dad enjoyed it very much. Hilarious to see how quiet the roads used to be.....
Published 4 months ago by Alice in Wonderland
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal Christmas day light relaxing read for any petrolhead!
Ideal Christmas day light relaxing read for any petrolhead!
Hubby read it, our 7yo son was intrigued with the 'old cars'! - both enjoyed the nostalgic and humorous style book.
Published 4 months ago by N. Fulker
5.0 out of 5 stars Top choice
The pics in these sorts of books are always fun but the text is terrific here. I laughed out loud several times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dave kitchen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book for the men
My husband loves this book and spent hours looking at the old cars and reminiscing. Whether you had one of the cars or your parents did it brings back lots of memories and is great... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great present
I gave this to my Dad and he loves it. If your Dad is into cars and has been all his life, this is the book for him!

And it's good value.
Published 5 months ago by Buddm4nz
2.0 out of 5 stars Short coats and Driving Gloves
Motoring nostalgia! Good book for a coffee table, can spin through it quite quickly. To be honest, no more than a memory jogger, no real description of the cars and just the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Knight-Family
5.0 out of 5 stars cars
another top gear factual book- with pictures and descriptions to compliment. a good read for all ages. would be a good read for the younger reader too.
Published 6 months ago by rob 1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very nostalgic for father and son
Lots of photos of classic cars, brings back lots of memories for my dad and also for me growing up. Ford Cortina, Princess, Escort, they are all in there.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Jason Wilson
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