Ambitious but Rubbish: The Secrets Behind Top Gear's Craziest Creations (Hardcover)

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Richard Porter is 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.

The stories behind the Top Gear boys' weird, wonderful, and frequently disastrous homemade vehicles

Essential reading for Top Gear fans, this book reveals the off-camera secrets behind some of the show's most memorable creations. From the challenge of turning a Reliant Robin into a rocket and the genesis of the Hammerhead-i Eagle Thrust electric car to the complexities of building a caravan airship and the inspiration for destruction-testing a Toyota Hilux, it is packed with the previously untold stories behind dozens of classic TV moments. Top Gear has never shied away from trying to answer questions no one has even thought to ask, questions like: Can you make a convertible people carrier?, Can you cross the Channel in a pick-up?, and Can you turn a combine harvester into a snow plough? This book reveals how those insane ideas came about with remarkable tales of ingenious invention and idiotic engineering, and it's also a terrifying window into the minds of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. Don't say you weren't warned about that last one.


ISBN 9781849905039
Genre PERFORMING ARTS / Television / General
Format Hardcover
Pages 127
Publisher Date 2013-04-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Bbc Pubns
Copyright Year 2012
Height 6.25 in
Wdth 7.75 in
Thickness 0.5 in
Unit weight 0.72 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Secrets Behind Top Gear's Craziest Creations
Audience General/trade
Authors Porter, Richard
Country of Origin United States

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    Only for TOP GEAR fans, no one else would understand the book. Loaded with photographs the book reviews 29 of stunts, challenges and specials over a number of years of the shows newer incarnation. The title is misleading in this regard -- it's not all about creations and, as a fan, none of them are rubbish! As a fan of the show my issues with this small book are few, but I do have some. There are not enough events covered AND not enough writing about the events as well. As an example, SNOWBINE, the conversion of the harvester into a snow clearing vehicle -- barely covers the challenge, leaving out events such as -- setting a pedestrian afire (Had to be stunt, right?) OR James May damaging the car buried in a pile of snow (Real mistake or a stunt?). This is my problem with this fun, lithe, book, not enough depth. It left me wanting more.

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