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Top Gear Drivers' Handbook - Top Gear Motoring Assoc.

Top Gear Drivers' Handbook

Hardcover Published: 26th May 2011
ISBN: 9781849901536
Number Of Pages: 128

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The Motorists' Handbook is brought to you by the Top Gear Motoring Association, a bigger, faster, louder alternative to the AA and the RAC.

In the venerable tradition of the AA Members' Handbook, Top Gear provides its own essential almanac for today's motorists, with information on everything from buying cars and car maintenance to taking your car on holiday, by ferry, train or how to adapt it for travelling by sea.

You'll find a mileage chart and new routes across the country that you might have previously thought impossible, advice on how to find the ideal car, even if you are 18 feet tall, and a special section on what happens if you fill the screen-washer bottle with soup. All this, plus up-to-the-minute vital safety news on a range of cars, including the notorious recall on 2500 Vauxhall Ocelots after the interior was accidentally fitted with some wolves.

Illustrated throughout with helpful photographs and line-drawings, this indispensible guide should be kept in the glovebox, and never taken out.

ISBN: 9781849901536
ISBN-10: 1849901538
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 26th May 2011
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 15.4  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1

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Richard Hammond

About the Author


Richard Hammond was born on December 19, 1969, in Solihull, West Midlands, England. He was attracted to automobiles from an early age and it was no surprise that it eventually became the course of his career. After passing from Harrogate College of Art and Technology, Richard Hammond took up the career of an automobile journalist.

In the early days of his career, Hammond worked for a number of radio stations in UK like Radio Lancashire, Radio York, Radio Leeds etc. Soon after, he started hosting the show "Men & Motors" and that was his first step towards automobile journalism.

In 2002, when the show Top Gear was repacked, Richard Hammond was selected as a co-host. Soon his popularity spread far and wide and his comments were thoroughly appreciated. He performed several stunts for the show including getting himself in a sinking car.

During one such stunt, Richard Hammond suffered a severe accident which resulted in a brain injury. Luckily, he was able to cope with it and returned to the show within mere four months. Though the news of brain injury was hidden from public, a full account of the incident was given in his autobiography, On the Edge. The book was pretty successful in the UK and inspired Richard Hammond to write his next book.

In September 18, 2008, Richard's second book, As You Do, was published. The book was about the life behind the scenes of Top Gear. Alike its predecessor, the book did a good number of sale in the UK. Presently, Richard Hammond is determined to continue his career further ahead on the fast lane.

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Jeremy Clarkson

About the Author


Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born April 11, 1960) is an English broadcaster and writer who specialises in motoring.

He writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun, but is better known for his role on the BBC television program Top Gear.

From a career as a local journalist in the north of England, he rose to public prominence as a presenter of the original format of Top Gear in 1988. Since the mid-1990s Clarkson has become a recognised public personality, regularly appearing on British television presenting his own shows and appearing as a guest on other shows. As well as motoring, Clarkson has produced programmes and books on subjects such as history and engineering. From 1998 to 2000 he also hosted his own chat show, Clarkson.

His opinionated but humorous tongue-in-cheek writing and presenting style has often generated much public reaction to his viewpoints. His actions both privately and as a Top Gear presenter have also sometimes resulted in criticism from the media, politicians, pressure groups and the public.

As well as the criticism levelled against him, Clarkson also generated a significant following in the public at large, being credited as a factor in the resurgence of Top Gear to the most popular show on BBC Two, and calls for him to be made Prime Minister. Clarkson himself was keen to downplay his perceived influence on the British public, stating he regularly contradicts himself, and would make a "rubbish" Prime Minister

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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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