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What Not to Drive Hardcover – 13 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; 1st Edition edition (13 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297848003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297848004
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.8 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 699,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Hammond is internationally famous for co-presenting Top Gear over the last 4 years with Jeremy Clarkson; he also presented Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky 1, Should I Worry About...? on BBC 1 and Time Commanders on BBC 2. His Richard Hammond's 5 O'Clock Show was shown every weekday on ITV1 during January and February 2006, and he is a team captain on the BBC2 quiz show, Petrolheads. He writes a weekly column in The Daily Mirror. His crash whilst filming for Top Gear in September 2006 made him a household name.

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Broadcaster and writer Richard Hammond co-presents BBC television's Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson. He is presenting a new BBC science series later in 2004.

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125 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christian M. Southgate on 25 Sep 2006
Format: Hardcover
A great read but it's probably best to wait for the updated edition which will include "300mph Jet Car With Wobbly Wheels".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Mustang. on 5 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was at a car boot sale the other day, and spotted "What not to drive" in a pile of books. It was only 50p so bought it for a laugh. I should have kept my 50p as its about the biggest load of old drivel Ive ever read. This is like Top Gear on paper with Hammond spouting loads of jibberish on almoust every page. Clarkson and May are no better on the telly, so thought Hammond would have made a better job on paper. There were a few funny bits, though, the elderly men in a smelly tent with dicky bladders made me laugh, was one of the few [P88], but what really offended me was calling American muscle car owners truly stupid, and "Youd have to be nuts to get one". I know many smart interesting people who have worked hard and saved for there dream car, be it a Mustang, Charger, Challenger ect. and they would also be very offended by his stupid immature comments. Late 60s muscle cars are fantastic sexy head turners, much better than modern Mercs, BMWs, ect ect. I should know, as I am one of the lucky few to have my dream car, a 1966 Mustang Coupe V8, in mint condition, in Ford Focus Performance Blue with white Shelby stripes, and it runs and drives fantastic. It ia the best, sexiest, fasest car Ive ever had. It also stops as good as any modern car. Its better than sex. Hammond, you dont know what youre talking about. It is also stupid to say that 70s American cars rust like an Alka-Seltzer in the rain. Any classic car be it American, Alfa Romeo, Lada ect. will last for years if looked after properly. You could have been forgiven if you had written this book after your accident, as the bump on the head would have caused a few short circuts up there, but no forgiveness for before the accident. Car buffs out there, only buy this book if youre a complete Top Gear anaorak.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simone P. Del Bigio on 16 Jun 2009
Format: Hardcover
In my opinion it's basically a collection of drafts from older Top Gear shows, cut & pasted together with some press releases pics and Hammond's face on the cover.
I paid few coins for this pile of paper, and basically that's what it's worth.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Authors Weekly on 21 Jan 2007
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This is a fabulous book. Guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of any driver. Quality pictures and good humour the way only Hammond can deliver it. Withour doubt a compulsive page turner. Find out just how cool are the cars you've previously owned and of course the ones you would like to own. Strongly recommended to drivers and non drivers alike..
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gaz Pacho on 1 Aug 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book from Richie Hammond, the little guy from the Top Gear car programme. Most people will be familiar with his big mucker Jeremy Clarkston, the one who wants to kill foreigners, smoke where he wants and drop litter. Hammond is the more acceptable face of Top Gear and he's produced a nice book which takes a 'sideways look' at cars and the people who drive them. Apparently, BMW drivers are more likely to profane in front of their kids than Saab drivers. And Ford Mondeo drivers are 37% more constipated than the British average - though not as a result of the driving position! Hammond also has some fun with the types of cars that celebs drive. He himself has a Jaguar XK8, with customised raised seating; Ross Kemp has a Hummer, with a 'baby on board' sticker; and Stephen Fry drives a London taxi, though he won't stop if you try to flag him down. He also has a train for longer journeys. Clarkson (obviously!) has a great big tank.
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By Peeeeeee on 10 Dec 2014
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great book, excellent price and condition
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