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My Dad Had One of Those by Giles Chapman

Title My Dad Had One of Those
Author Giles Chapman
Publisher Random House
Release 2007
Category Humor
Total Pages 159
ISBN 0563539194
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Good old Dad and his good old Dad's car. As solid and dependable as the man himself, if a little less balding, Dad's car was almost a member of the family, whisking you to exciting days out, or just to visit boring relatives in distant parts of the country to the chant of 'are we nearly there yet?' Like the man behind the wheel, Dad's car made you feel safe and secure, because it was as reassuring and sensible as he was. Maybe in an idle moment Dad dreamt of driving something rakish and fast, just like in idle moments he dreamt that your Mum was Twiggy, but the demands of family life meant soft tops, hard suspension and anything even remotely sporty were off the cards. Even anything less than four doors would have been wildly hedonistic. But although the family car may not have been the very essence of rock 'n' roll, Dad was proud of it. Spanning the 1950s to the '80s, this is a celebration of the heyday of the Dad car. From much loved family workhorses like the Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Viva to the rakish excitement and playground kudos of the Rover 3500 and Citroen CX, all the great Dad cars are here. Reflecting a time before people carriers and lifestyle off roaders, when the nearest thing to an airbag was hiding behind your fat brother, this is a celebration of simple, honest cars that were as flawed and as loveable as your Dad himself.

Title Top Gear My Dad Had One of Those
Author Giles Chapman
Publisher Random House
Release 2012-06-30
Category Humor
Total Pages 160
ISBN 1448140684
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Good old Dad and his good old Dad's car. As solid and dependable as the man himself, if a little less balding, Dad's car was almost a member of the family, whisking you to exciting days out, or just to visit boring relatives in distant parts of the country to the chant of 'are we nearly there yet?' Like the man behind the wheel, Dad's car made you feel safe and secure, because it was as reassuring and sensible as he was. Maybe in an idle moment Dad dreamt of driving something rakish and fast, just like in idle moments he dreamt that your Mum was Twiggy, but the demands of family life meant soft tops, hard suspension and anything even remotely sporty were off the cards. Even anything less than four doors would have been wildly hedonistic. But although the family car may not have been the very essence of rock 'n' roll, Dad was proud of it. Spanning the 1950s to the '80s, this is a celebration of the heyday of the Dad car. From much loved family workhorses like the Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Viva to the rakish excitement and playground kudos of the Rover 3500 and Citroen CX, all the great Dad cars are here. Reflecting a time before people carriers and lifestyle off roaders, when the nearest thing to an airbag was hiding behind your fat brother, this is a celebration of simple, honest cars that were as flawed and as loveable as your Dad himself.

Ambitious But Rubbish by Richard Porter

Title Ambitious But Rubbish
Author Richard Porter
Publisher Random House
Release 2012
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 127
ISBN 1849905037
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ambitious but Rubbish reveals the off-camera secrets behind some of Top Gear'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, this book 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?'. Ambitious but Rubbish reveals how those insane ideas came about with remarkable tales of ingenious invention and idiotic engineering. This book is essential reading for any Top Gear fan and a terrific insight into the creation of the world's biggest car show. 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.

The Story of the Car by Giles Chapman

Title The Story of the Car
Author Giles Chapman
Publisher Hachette UK
Release 2017-07-13
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 48
ISBN 1526360780
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A beautifully illustrative history of the world's most iconic and popular cars of all time. Perfect for children and adult motoring fans alike! Cars do so much more than get us from A to B: they are vehicles of beauty that allow drivers to determine their own destination. Trace their extraordinary history in this gorgeously illustrated guide, from Benz's first motor wagon to the jet-propelled ThrustSSC. Along the way, discover how the social upheavals of the past 140 years diverted the car's journey: two world wars, economic crashes, the digital revolution and more. Finally, explore the fantastical cars that have been imagined in film and the incredible vehicles that await us in the future. If you liked The Car Book, Fifty Cars that Changed the World and Car Science, you'll love The Story of the Car. Written by acclaimed motor expert Giles Chapman, and beautifully illustrated by the Us Now design studio, this is a visual treat for anyone who is fascinated by cars. The Story of the Car is the start of a groundbreaking series of stunning books on the social history of transport, with The Story of Flight and The Story of Space Travel to follow.

The Mini Story by Giles Chapman

Title The Mini Story
Author Giles Chapman
Publisher The History Press
Release 2012-02-29
Category Transportation
Total Pages 128
ISBN 0752485288
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Very few cars inspire as much affection as the original Mini. It’s the small car everyone loves to eulogise because it oozes energetic fun, classless minimalism and evergreen style. But it’s also of massive historical importance: the 1959 Mini, designed by Alec Issigonis, set the template from which all successful compact cars have been created ever after. It was the technological wonder of its age. The original Mini was on sale for 41 years, during which its 5.3m sales made it the best-selling British car of all time – an achievement unlikely ever to be beaten. And just when it looked like the little car would shrivel and die, BMW had the vision to reinvent it as the planet’s most desirable small car range, and put it back on the serious motoring map as the MINI. Here, award-winning writer Giles Chapman tells the whole, amazing story.

Title Top Gear s Midlife Crisis Cars
Author Matt Master
Publisher Random House
Release 2012-05-31
Category Transportation
Total Pages 128
ISBN 1407024108
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Following up on Crap Cars and My Dad Had One of Those, Top Gear celebrates the midlife crisis with the definitive collection of the flashest, fastest, most impractical cars ever to be found in the driveways of otherwise perfectly sensible men. Drawing on the high level of expertise in this area, Top Gear explores the phenomenon of motoring and the midlife crisis, identifying over 50 classics of the genre across four desperate decades. From Ford Capri to Ferrari Testarossa, it celebrates the flashest, fastest and most ridiculous attempts to cover a bald spot, meanwhile offering a profound insight into the complex psychology of a middle-aged man and his quest for eternal youth. Top Gear's Midlife Crisis Cars both rejoices and recoils at the time-honoured tradition of flushing the children's inheritance on something you're too arthritic to get into in the first place.

Title The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Automobiles
Author Giles Chapman
Publisher Dorling Kindersley Ltd
Release 2009-05-01
Category Transportation
Total Pages 360
ISBN 1405344083
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A nostalgic look at the world’s best-loved and most significant automobiles Drive down memory lane with this celebration of 150 of the world’s greatest cars, from the weird and wonderful to the largest, fastest and most infamous. From 0 to 150 take a journey through the first steam-powered vehicles and the Model T Ford, to favourites like the James Bond amphibian car, the holder of the supersonic land speed record and the latest Air car recently hailed as the true car of tomorrow. Just the thing for boys of all ages!

Ultimate Wilderness Gear by Craig Caudill

Title Ultimate Wilderness Gear
Author Craig Caudill
Publisher Page Street Publishing
Release 2018-07-10
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1624145531
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Get the Most Effective Gear for the Best Value Craig Caudill, author of Extreme Wilderness Survival and chief instructor at Nature Reliance School, takes you to the cutting edge of outdoor gear. Find out which items will perform the best in the field without breaking the bank. Learn what you need, why you need it and how to care for it. Craig lets you in on his favorite tried-and-true brands and shares dependable items tailored to your specific environment. Gearheads will love this in-depth analysis of knives, cordage, fire starters and fuel, water purifiers and containers, packs, compasses and maps, first-aid items, clothing, tents and sleeping bags and so much more. With nearly five decades of wilderness experiences, Craig has seen almost everything nature can throw at you, and he has become a distinguished wilderness skills teacher, survival guru and seasoned outdoorsman. Full of tales straight from Craig’s own adventures and tips from trusted wilderness experts, this is more than an essential gear guide; it’s an unparalleled wilderness advisor and companion.

The Ford Capri Story by Giles Chapman

Title The Ford Capri Story
Author Giles Chapman
Publisher History PressLtd
Release 2012-09-01
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 9780752484617
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Story series takes on the development of the Capri Before the Ford Capri arrived in 1969, GT cars had tended to be expensive, temperamental, impractical, and rarefied. Ford decided there was no reason why a four-seater coupe couldn't look stunning and go like a rocket (with the right engine), yet be as easy and cheap to run as a Ford Escort. Little wonder that the slogan they used in 1969 to launch it, "The car you always promised yourself," made an immediate impact. The Capri was a hit from day one, and continued to be a favorite until 1986, at which time it had been somewhat overshadowed by the emergence of the Hot Hatchback. Over its lifetime, the Capri was available in a vast array of guises over three distinct "Marks," but all of them had at their heart affordable fun and a surprising degree of everyday practicality. Nothing has ever quite replaced it, but it lives on in the fond imagination of everyone who loved it.

I Know You Got Soul by Jeremy Clarkson

Title I Know You Got Soul
Author Jeremy Clarkson
Publisher Penguin UK
Release 2006-05-25
Category Humor
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0141901373
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In I Know You Got Soul, Jeremy Clarkson writes about the machines that he believes have 'soul'. It will come as no surprise to anyone that Jeremy Clarkson loves machines. But it's not just any old bucket of blots, cogs and bearings that rings his bell. In fact, he's scoured the length and breadth of the land, plunged into the oceans and taken to the skies in search of machines with that elusive certain something. And along the way he's discovered: * The safest place to be in the event of nuclear war * Who would win if Superman, James Bond and The Terminator had a fight * The stupidest person he's ever met * What an old Cornish institution called Arthur has to do with 0898 chat lines * And how Jean Claude Van Damme might get eaten by a lion . . . In I Know You Got Soul, Jeremy Clarkson tells stories of the geniuses, innovators and crackpots who put the ghost in the machine. From Brunel's SS Great Britain to the awesome Blackbird spy-plane and from the woeful - but inspiring - Graf Zeppelin to Han Solo's Millennium Falcon, they can't help but love them in return. Praise for Jeremy Clarkson: 'Brilliant . . . laugh-out-loud' Daily Telegraph 'Outrageously funny . . . will have you in stitches' Time Out 'Very funny . . . I cracked up laughing on the tube' Evening Standard

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