What Not To Drive

Author(s): Richard Hammond & Andy Wilman


Top Gear's Richard Hammond describes the cars NOT to drive. One positive if belated aspect of Cool Britannia is that British-originated cars have become (again?) among the coolest on the planet. Range Rover, Mini, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin - especially the Aston Martin - these are names not only of historic significance but have a new resonance in the contemporary world too. But what of the not so cool cars, the cars you shouldn't opt to buy - and those you shouldn't even be seen in or alongside? No, not the Skoda or station wagon, which have a heroic anti-car coolness of their own, but the Golf or Astra or professional footballer's Ferrari. This is a book that jumps from an enormous height on personalised number plates, but celebrates Jarvis Cocker's decision to drive a station wagon and Roger Moore a Renault 5. It questions what happens to the status of your car after you have seen a celebrity posing next to a model of it in the newspaper. So there is a 'Showroom Questionnaire' for car manufacturers to check out their customers before they deign to sell them a car that might become irrevocably uncool as a result. As funny as it is cool and aspirational, What Not to Drive will entertain all who love the information, banter and humour of BBC TV's Top Gear. First published December 2005.

2005. Reprint. A fine copy in a fine d/w.


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  • : 9780297848004
  • : Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd
  • : Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd
  • : August 2012
  • : books

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  • : Hardback
  • : Richard Hammond & Andy Wilman