The Big Book of Top Gear 2011

The Big Book of Top Gear is becoming somewhat of a Christmas tradition for me. It’s something to relax with after all the festivities and have a few laughs. Unfortunately for me, my 2010 was one long day so I couldn’t sit down with this until some time after. It was worth it though!

I’m never quite sure who this book is written for – teenage boys, younger boys or young men. I don’t think it’s written for the female Top Gear fan, but I didn’t find anything objectionable in it!

The book is written as a number of short articles, often poking fun at the Jezza, Hamster and Captain Slow personas. For example, James as a DJ (completely unthinkable, would this be the Mozart Nightclub?), Richard writing an advice column (actually, semi-plausible) and Jeremy’s hyperbole service (highly likely). My favourite has to be the spoof National Geographic column, The Pacific Island of Oom. I also enjoy the comic style sections – I would definitely buy a Top Gear comic! There’s also some photo summaries of the Bolivia and Vietnam trips, a bit about the Stig and some bits about cars that could contain factual information. Or perhaps not.

Can you imagine this club?

Not from That’s Life magazine. Really. I think.

See where Jules Verne got his inspiration from?

My favourite ‘article’ in the book


I don’t think this was quite as funny as last year’s annual (perhaps something to do with the disruption of Australian Top Gear viewing pleasure due to commercial networks showing it) but it’s still very, very good.

Read it if: You love Top Gear. Or even know a little bit about it. It’s not about cars.

8.5 out of 10.


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