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Top Gear: Ambitious But Rubbish: The Secrets Behind Top Gear's Craziest Creationsby Richard Porter
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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.
About the Author
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.
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