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  • Published: 27 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473531369
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

Private: No. 1 Suspect

(Private 4)




The stories behind the Top Gear boys' weird, wonderful and frequently disastrous home-made vehicles.

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.

  • Published: 27 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473531369
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

About the author

James Patterson

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 375 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers, including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, House of Robots, Confessions, and Maximum Ride series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author of adult fiction in UK libraries for the past eleven years in a row. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

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