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The Big Book Of Top Gear

The Big Book Of Top GearTop Gear fans have a fun treat in
 
store with The Big Book Of Top Gear,
  crammed full of trivia and spoof
  features — in fact, all the elements of
  the show (and more!) that make it
  so popular, in one irresistible package
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EVER WANTED TO GET CLOSER TO TOP GEAR? Now you can with The Big Book Of Top Gear that tells you everything about the programme from turning your home into the Top Gear Production Office through to a breakdown of the Top Gear track and the answers to all the questions about Top Gear you always wanted to ask.

BBC2's niche-interest Top Gear is terrific family entertainment with viewing figures regularly hitting over six million. Top Gear fans love the programme as it hits all the right spots: the unashamed petrol-head need for speed; a bit of Boys' Own adventure and special features based around each presenter along with essential automotive stats and details for the hardcore motoring nuts, etc, etc.

The Top Gear phenomenon now comes in a full colour hardback book that reflects the three presenters' collective and infectious enthusiasm for all things automotive. The on-screen dynamic between ultra-competitive Clarkson, painstakingly pedantic May and the 'in-betweenie' Hammond is television gold and the book is sure to appeal to Top Gear's many admirers.

The Big Book Of Top Gear is wittily written, has the most amazing spoof features, is illustrated with interesting and amusing photographs and looks like a superior comic book crossed with a trivia magazine — perfect for Top Gear fans and blooming marvellous!

Enhancing such entertaining sections as Pages Of Power and Muscle Car Meltdown is terrific dialogue: "What use is packing more power than God when the militant efficiency of the Swiss railway network is getting in the way?" (Jeremy held up at a train crossing while on his way to take part in the Top Gear Challenge Bugatti vs Plane); and "Jeremy unleashes his plan to beat Japanese speed cameras… thanks to Clarksonian cunning, Bill Oddie is going to take the rap…" (Jeremy uses a Bill Oddie mask to foil cameras in Top Gear Challenge Great Train Race).

Check out the section called Top Gear Doesn't Do Bumper Stickers. One sticker is placed upside down and states "If you can read this then something has gone badly wrong…" And read about how Top Gear would improve Formula One — er, perhaps not!

Two spoofs — Bigglesmay Flies Off (very over-the-top!) and a pseudo-romantic story Love In A Time Of Rust — are simply brilliant, as is The Stig Through History, starting with 1066 and a deft touch-up of the original Bayeaux tapestry along with some rather intriguing period photographs (did you know The Stig was one of The Beatles or that he was a supporter of JFK? Neither did I!!!).

And there you have it. Jeremy Clarks-on-the-ball; James May (or may not!) turn out to be an accomplished chef and Richard possibly preferring Hamm-ond-eggs!

So if you've ever wished your favourite Top Gear television show was a bit smaller, made out of paper and didn't whiz around quite so frantically — here it is: The Big Book Of Top Gear, just like Top Gear on the telly but in a book!

The Big Book Of Top Gear is out now in hardback, published by BBC Books on 13 October (2008) at an RRP of £12.99. Tip: Great for Christmas presents!

"The Big Book Of Top Gear is wittily written, has the most amazing spoof features, is illustrated with interesting and amusing photographs and looks like a superior comic book crossed with a trivia magazine — perfect for Top Gear fans and blooming marvellous!" — MotorBar