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on 25 May 2008
I normally love Top Gear books, but this is just yet another book bashing and moaning about cars that lots of people love.

Incorrect facts and heresay abound.

Some of the cars slated have been highly rated by Clarkson in the past, but then, this book is not written by the 'proper' guys either.
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on 31 May 2008
I have to agree, the car reviews in the book are meaningless, unresearched claptrap. The book reads as if it was written in an afternoon over a pint and it's not funny unless your 12. It's more about taking the piss out of people. Cheap shots and cynical.
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on 25 May 2008
Obviously he has never driven half the cars he has put down, if this was the case they wouldn't of written such rubbish.
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on 4 February 2012
This book had me smiling from the moment I saw the cover with the bald,middle aged guy along with his attractive blonde and,surprise,Porshe 911 Targa!(I must add at this point that that all the bald blokes I know have really nice girlfriends/wives and hairy ol'me is sad and single..must be a moral somewhere but I'm not sure that I want to hear it!).
Yes,the book is a bit of a mickey take but that's part of its charm..those wanting a serious analysis of various marques really must look elsewhere.That said,the book does have interesting snippets of info about these cars.But,essentially,this is a light read for passing time with a grin on your face.Very nice(and occasionally amusing)period photos accompany each item.Recommended for those with a soh!
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on 22 June 2010
Whilst I found it amusing there is no excuse for poor research especially when you are making derisory remarks for your own personal gain. This seems to be the case with most Top Gear associated crass where the presenters like to think they are more important than the cars themselves.

The car pictured for 51 is an Alfasud Sprint and not an Alfa Romeo GTV. The text refers to the Alfa Romeo GTV which could either be the Alfetta of the early 80s or an early 70s 105 series both of which are a totally different prospect than the Sud Sprint.
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on 25 May 2008
Terrible book. Seems to have nothing to do with Top Gear and its sarcastic and sneering rather than witty and nostalgic.

Avoid at all costs.
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on 26 May 2008
As others below have said, there is no way the person who has tested or written about these cars has ever driven them long enough to appriciate what they are and the good aspects about them. It is just a car bashing book... Dont buy it....
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on 19 November 2009
THis book seemed like a bit of fun for a friend's fortieth (or fiftieth) birthday , it was a disappointment even at the modest price!
the photos of iconic cars of the last few decades are good quality and a fair representation of the vehicles, there the positives end.
The text was probably composed in a quick lunch break and edited on a beer mat in a local hostelry on the way home the following evening.
This is a great disappointment and devalues the Brand name / identity of Top Gear which is emerging as a stamp of approval for all things which take a side swipe at the establishment and the man in the tweed coat drinking lager topps in the corner of the local pub on a pleasant saturday afternoon.
I will now consider carefully the next item I see for sale with Top Gear branding to see if it is a cash cow or an amusing and entertaining publication.
Buy one for Christmas for the "out of touch uncle" who buys you a boy band cd marketed for teenage girls when you've just bought your first car and are thinking of saving for a deposit on your first flat.
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on 27 May 2008
Absolute garbage, wouldn't waste money on a book that the author seems to know sod all about!!!
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on 3 July 2009
This book features many cars from the previous Top Gear title 'Crap Cars' and also some parts of the reviews seem to be cribbed from it as well. As such it's not origional and a bit of a rip off.
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