Car Fever

Car Fever

by James May

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Overview

Car Fever by James May

When I'm in power there are going to be some changes around here, I can tell you. May's Britain is going to be a better place to live.

The Grand Tour's James May is back with his hilarious and controversial opinions on . . . just about everything.

As well as writing about his first love, cars, James has a go at political correctness, the endless rules and regulations of daily life, the internal combustion engine and traffic wardens. He discusses gastropubs, Jeremy Clarkson and other trials of modern life.

His highly entertaining observations from behind the wheel will have you laughing out loud, whether you share his opinions, or not.

Car Fever is an indispensable guide to life for the modern driver.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780340994559
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.87(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

James May is a writer, broadcaster and co-host of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime. He has presented series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. His previous books include James May's Man Lab and How to Land an A330 Airbus.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 May's Britain, a broad sunlit upland 1

2 Italian engine, charismatic, would like to meet small Japanese sports car for shed frolics 5

3 Old things - not as good as they once were 9

4 How not to drive like an Italian 13

5 The rot stops here 17

6 Join the police and look really stupid 21

7 A postcard from France, part I 25

8 The strange case of the missing Panda 29

9 If the car fits, wear it 33

10 Thank you for buying an unfinished car 37

11 Is there a doctor in the garage? 41

12 Trust me, I was a choirboy 45

13 The seed of despair 49

14 Cheese grater, plug, wheel. It's obvious 53

15 When you have finished reading, you may hang up 57

16 Citroën Ooh La La 61

17 A postcard from France, part II 65

18 Dogs should be able to buy their own biscuits 69

19 The incredible disappearing road 73

20 What Audi could learn from Jesus 77

21 Maxing the Veyron - a piece of cake 81

22 The double-ended sword of motoring progress 85

23 Mercedes Benz forever 89

24 One good thing came out of the 1970s 93

25 Out of date and out of mind 97

26 Rubbish in, rubbish out 101

27 A postcard from France, part III 105

28 The pointy end of motorcycle purchasing 109

29 The case for cat-nav 113

30 Driving is easy, and that's just as well 117

31 That North Pole nonsense 121

32 A brief history of history 125

33 Give me a car, not a cuddly toy 129

34 We are not amused 133

35 A load of horse's arse 137

36 Porsche - taste the difference 141

37 A postcard from France, part IV 145

38 The future of motor racing, and it's cheap 149

39 Cars are rubbish 153

40 Er, cars are great 157

41 Brochure rage part I 161

42 Old bag dies after 25 years as my friend 165

43 Triples all round 169

44 Rolls-Royce - no longer a car for clowns 173

45 A modernist's guide to the Goodwood Revival 177

46 How the small car will save the car 181

47 Eee I 'ad one of them - best bike ever 185

48 The queen of clean 189

49 Motoring holiday spoiled by tasteless curtains 193

50 A balanced view on the irrelevance of handling 197

51 First class super saver day return - by Fiat 201

52 How the three-day week improved your car 205

53 Mercedes-Benz, now you're just being silly 209

54 The curse of carbon 213

55 The two most boring men in Britain 217

56 Small electrical fault, would suit enthusiast 221

57 Brochure rage part II 225

58 The Bentley in outer space 229

59 Cars for art's sake 233

60 The domestic cooker - an underrated appliance 237

61 The coupé that doesn't cheer 241

62 The difficulty of going nowhere 245

63 Why we should take heart from car makers 249

64 The car - what were they thinking of? 253

65 James Bond would like to thank his sponsors 257

66 Harley-Davidson, hardly appropriate 261

67 The biggest spanner in the world 265

68 Brown must go 269

69 I saw the light, and saw that it was poor 273

70 Australians singing in shower - world will end 277

71 Once more, with feeling 281

72 No jam tomorrow 285

Index 289

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