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Top Gear: My Dad Had One of Those Hardcover – 17 May 2007

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1 edition (17 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563539194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563539193
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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

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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 May 2007
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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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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

Luton,Beds
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Brilliant!!! I am 45 and recognise many of the cars shown.......and yes!!! I have seen my dads in there and my grandads!!! a book of our cars now in twenty years time will be just as exciting....and wuite a creation!!! FAB!
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A birthday present for my dad who has possibly owned more cars over the years than is humanly possible so we might need to rename the book "my dad had ALL of those!" It's a good quality book, some lovely pics but I was disappointed when it arrived as it is quite small in size, plenty of pages though. Nice little thing to go with a bigger present.
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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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Hilarious for the most part and mildy comical in others, this book would be ideal as a gift for men of the middle and older age group but the book's humour might be lost on younger generations. It is the type of book appreciated only by those who have 'been there'. Of some use or interest might be the brief technical details given for each vehicle covered. It should be noted that although the book is branded 'Top Gear' there is no input from Jeremy Clarkson and colleagues, more's the pity, but it is nonetheless guaranteed to raise quite a few chuckles.
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Its brilliant! This is the book that I SHOULD HAVE written! :-) Any kid who grew up in the 1970's will easily remember the cars featured in this book - The Ford Cortina, Escort, Capri & Granada, the Hillman Avenger, those powerful and streamlined Rover SD1's (which the Police used to use on motorways)- and who could forget those orange Datsuns ?? These were the mainstay of the 1970's and early 80's - AFFORDABLE, ordinary cars. None of that sporty/super-car nonsense - just every day cars that we used to see...every day!! Remember as you walked to school - all those badges on the backs of cars L, GL, XL, 2000E, Ghia ? Remember when the seats changed from being all plastic to having a bit of velvet/canvass ? Remember when side mirrors changed from being on the bonnet to being on the sides of doors ?? Remember when your dad/older brother used to spend an entire Sunday cleaning and waxing his car ? Remember when someone mentioned they needed to go to the scrap yard to buy a "cam shaft" or "carburettor" ?? These are words, phrases and activities that probably most of us ordinary (working class) people can relate to. That's the beauty of this book - it takes you right back and connects you with real cars that parked right outside your front door. You opened your door, picked up the milk, said good morning to the postman - and parked at the kerb of the pavement, was your dad's/brother's Cortina or Granada. but of course, it was also "your" car - or "our" car. There are many books out there about Sports Cars and Super Cars and Racing Cars - none of which we ever saw on the road, much less owned. But this book takes care of our ordinary, real past - one we can relate to easily!
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Bought as a gift for car mad son. Caused much reminiscing with all the (grown up)children. Some cars were my mum had a car like that, some of which were for children to learn to drive. Pictures on every page were good too and caused amusement. Well written pieces about each car. Ideal for Christmas present or someone who thinks everything used to be better than it is now!
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