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Car Fever : The car bore's essential companion - James May

Car Fever

The car bore's essential companion

By: James May

Paperback Published: 18th August 2010
ISBN: 9780340994559
Number Of Pages: 304

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From political correctness to cars, "Top Gear"'s James May is back with his hilarious and controversial opinions on just about everything. James May has an opinion on most things. In addition to writing about his first love, cars, James also has a go at political correctness, the endless rules and regulations of modern life, the internal combustion engine, and personalized license plates. He discusses gastropubs, Jeremy Clarkson, and other trials of modern life. An indispensable guide to life for the modern driver, these highly entertaining observations from behind the wheel will have readers laughing out loud.

Mandatory lavatory reading for a nation of men - Independent

James May is the best thing ever to come out of Top Gear - Radio Times

A pacy, rollicking good laugh...you don't need to be a car lover to appreciate the wit and wisdom - Herald Sun

Praise for James May's Magnificent Machines - -

Smart, sharply written - Guardian

The most loveable of the Top Gear presenting trio . . . there's a sharp and interesting mind under the corduroy. Fascinating. - Nottingham Evening Post

Introductionp. ix
May's Britain, a broad sunlit uplandp. 1
Italian engine, charismatic, would like to meet small Japanese sports car for shed frolicsp. 5
Old things - not as good as they once werep. 9
How not to drive like an Italianp. 13
The rot stops herep. 17
Join the police and look really stupidp. 21
A postcard from France, part Ip. 25
The strange case of the missing Pandap. 29
If the car fits, wear itp. 33
Thank you for buying an unfinished carp. 37
Is there a doctor in the garage?p. 41
Trust me, I was a choirboyp. 45
The seed of despairp. 49
Cheese grater, plug, wheel. It's obviousp. 53
When you have finished reading, you may hang upp. 57
Citroën Ooh La Lap. 61
A postcard from France, part IIp. 65
Dogs should be able to buy their own biscuitsp. 69
The incredible disappearing roadp. 73
What Audi could learn from Jesusp. 77
Maxing the Veyron - a piece of cakep. 81
The double-ended sword of motoring progressp. 85
Mercedes Benz foreverp. 89
One good thing came out of the 1970sp. 93
Out of date and out of mindp. 97
Rubbish in, rubbish outp. 101
A postcard from France, part IIIp. 105
The pointy end of motorcycle purchasingp. 109
The case for cat-navp. 113
Driving is easy, and that's just as wellp. 117
That North Pole nonsensep. 121
A brief history of historyp. 125
Give me a car, not a cuddly toyp. 129
We are not amusedp. 133
A load of horse's arsep. 137
Porsche - taste the differencep. 141
A postcard from France, part IVp. 145
The future of motor racing, and it's cheapp. 149
Cars are rubbishp. 153
Er, cars are greatp. 157
Brochure rage part Ip. 161
Old bag dies after 25 years as my friendp. 165
Triples all roundp. 169
Rolls-Royce - no longer a car for clownsp. 173
A modernist's guide to the Goodwood Revivalp. 177
How the small car will save the carp. 181
Eee I 'ad one of them - best bike everp. 185
The queen of cleanp. 189
Motoring holiday spoiled by tasteless curtainsp. 193
A balanced view on the irrelevance of handlingp. 197
First class super saver day return - by Fiatp. 201
How the three-day week improved your carp. 205
Mercedes-Benz, now you're just being sillyp. 209
The curse of carbonp. 213
The two most boring men in Britainp. 217
Small electrical fault, would suit enthusiastp. 221
Brochure rage part IIp. 225
The Bentley in outer spacep. 229
Cars for art's sakep. 233
The domestic cooker - an underrated appliancep. 237
The coupé that doesn't cheerp. 241
The difficulty of going nowherep. 245
Why we should take heart from car makersp. 249
The car - what were they thinking of?p. 253
James Bond would like to thank his sponsorsp. 257
Harley-Davidson, hardly appropriatep. 261
The biggest spanner in the worldp. 265
Brown must gop. 269
I saw the light, and saw that it was poorp. 273
Australians singing in shower - world will endp. 277
Once more, with feelingp. 281
No jam tomorrowp. 285
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780340994559
ISBN-10: 034099455X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 18th August 2010
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1

James May


About the Author


James first appeared on Top Gear under the old format and became a permanent co-host in the second season of the revamped show. When James was first introduced, Jeremy Clarkson claimed he was "clearly a blithering idiot," because at the time James drove a Bentley T2. Not too much has changed since then as James continues to have love/hate relationships with Jeremy and other co-presenters Richard Hammond and Stig.

He has his pilot's license and has been known to tickle the ivories, both of which have come in handy when filming: watch James flying a caravan blimp and hear his Scirocco ad jingle. James once admitted he was fired from a well-known magazine for putting a secret message in a supplement—it's exactly that kind of fooling around that makes him perfect for the U.K.'s favorite motoring show.

In addition to hosting Top Gear, James has kept busy on television by presenting various shows including Jame May's 20th Century, James May's Big Ideas, James May on the Moon and James May at the Edge of Space. He's also authored several books with a range of topics about cars, history, alcohol and toys.

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