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  • Published: 9 November 2023
  • ISBN: 9781529913613
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Variable Valve Timings

Memoirs of a car tragic




Revered in the petrolhead community years before his star gig on Top Gear, automotive print and video journalist, racing driver and the UK's favourite car geek reveals how all things motoring became his life's driving force

'What defines the car-saddo condition is not being able to recall a time when the toy-car-era of your life actually ended. Because for us sufferers, it never does.'

Nobody knows cars like Chris Harris does. He calls it 'unhinged geekery', but the rest of the world call it infectious enthusiasm, adrenaline fuelled escapism and rigorous journalistic integrity.

And then there are his famous skills at the wheel, from city cars to rally cars, not forgetting the Guinness World Record 3.4km sideways in an electric car.

And now for the first time, Harris takes us down the road of his lifelong obsession with the automobile - along surprising diversions, around hazards and obstructions, down the fast lane collecting Gs and back to the lock-up to prep the stock.

From the six-year-old who could recite the stats from What Car? magazine to the YouTube car guru whose honest reviews got him banned by Ferrari. From the Scalextric track of his childhood, to podiums as a racing driver out in the world. From behind his garage doors to the floodlit Top Gear studio.

Variable Valve Timings brings you an incredibly engaging story of adventure and petrolhead joy, told with wit, warmth and disarming honesty. This book is a true one-off, just like Chris.

  • Published: 9 November 2023
  • ISBN: 9781529913613
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the author

Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an automotive journalist, amateur racing driver and TV presenter. He has worked as a reviewer and columnist for many automotive magazines including Autocar, Evo and Jalopnik. Chris has been appearing on Top Gear since 2016, and became one of the three main presenters in 2017. He also has his own web series Chris Harris on Cars, now hosted by Topgear.com. This is his first book.