Even when it’s as spectacular a thing as a
Ferrari F430 with no roof, sometimes the car
just doesn’t matter. Because sometimes, the
place you’re driving through eclipses every-
thing. Sometimes, a road or a view or a city
can make a car seem insignificant. Or maybe
who you meet when you drive stays with you
for longest, or what happens when you stop,
or the laughs or adventures or incidents you
have along the way. Even for those of us who
love cars almost too much, the drive means
more than the machine – puts it into its proper
context, frames it in a beautiful, exciting or
even hilarious way.
Such is the nature of driving – on the Top Gear
television show, and in the multi-award winning
BBC magazine. And in this book.
Not all of the cars you’ll read about in these
pages are Ferraris, of course. Some of them
are tiny, the smallest cars you can buy, like
the Smart or Mitsubishi i. And they lack for
nothing when it comes to character and
charm. Especially when we drive them in
the places we do.
And when they pass through the world, all
of these machines are captured with amazing
skill by Top Gear’s brilliant photographers.
Take a little time to drink in and appreciate
everyone of the images in this book. They
were produced by masters of the craft.
Spanning six continents In an Impressive
variety of cars, from a Smart through to a
Ferrari, Top Gear Top Drives takes you ()ver ,
and under mountains, across PoJar planes,
up sand dunes, along remote arid rugged
coastlines, into the Australian ‘outback and
through’the gat4JS of Dracula’s castle. ,
~Iong the way, you’ll be chasing the. ‘
American dream driving the. Rat Packer
route to Vegas: you’ll roar through a 15-mlle
tunnel at 120mph: you”ll be arrested for
speeding In Texas: your johnson’s baby wipes
will freeze on a mission to the North Pole,
and your tears will freeze driving an Arlel
Atom to the Arctic Circle.
You’ll travel up the M1 in a Ford Mondeo
dressed as a rep, but this M1 will take you
from Warsaw to Moscow: the editor of
Top Gear In Russia will meet you at the
border, and he’ll carrying a gun. You’ll
drive through the remotest parts of China,
where nobody stops at junctions or cares
which side of the road they are driving on,
and you’ll find that the Highway Code is also
for wimps In India.
You’ll see breathtaking scenery, and,
experience diverse cultures. You’ll drive
In fast cars, cool cars, Inappropriate cars, tiny
cars and some very expensive cars.
These are Tap Gear’s road trips of a lifetime.
Get In and enjoy the ride.
Softcover. Excellent condition. 2008. FIRST EDITION. 214 pages