Item description for Top Gear: My Dad Had One of Those by Giles Chapman & Richard Porter...
Overview Spanning the 1950s to the '80s, this work celebrates the heyday of the Dad car. It features great Dad cars from much loved family workhorses like the Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Viva to the rakish excitement and playground kudos of the Rover 3500 and Citroen CX.
As solid and dependable as the man himself, Dad's car was often almost a member of the family, whisking you to exciting days out, or just to visit relatives to the chant of "Are we there yet?" Maybe in an idle moment Dad dreamed of driving something fast, but the demands of family life meant hard tops and firm suspension—anything less than four doors would have been wildly hedonistic. Even though the family car may not have been the very essence of rock ‘n' roll, Dad was proud of it. Spanning the 1950s to the 1980s, this is a celebration of the heyday of the Dad car. From beloved family workhorses like the Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Viva to the rakish excitement of the Rover 3500 and Citroen CX, 60 of the best-known and best-loved family cars of all time are organized into categories such as Sporty Dad, Frugal Dad, and Compact Dad, with an affectionate and witty article dedicated to each car. Reflecting on a time when the nearest thing to an airbag was hiding behind your brother, this is a celebration of cars that were as flawed and as loveable as Dad himself.
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Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 7" Height: 5.75" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
ISBN 0563539194 ISBN13 9780563539193
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Reviews - What do customers think about Top Gear: My Dad Had One of Those?
Hugely nostalgic for those of a certain generation Sep 12, 2009
This could be the perfect book to have in the smallest room of the house - assuming you're male, British, and at least 38 or so. If you have memories of family driving in the '70s and 80's then you'll find much to remind and delight in this slim volume.
A very well researched and produced collection of motoring memories.
Enjoyable Read... Aug 5, 2008
All in all, an enjoyable book. It is always interesting to view something from someone else's perspective; in this case, how the Brits view their father's mundane "daily drivers". Interesting to note how Ford products are viewed as somewhat boring, yet popular because products such as the Cortina and the Gran-Dad, er sorry, Granada, were reliable, durable, and stylish in that they copied their larger American cousins. I found the Austin 1100 article to be of interest; that car was sold in Canada as the Austin America; in retrospect, it was far ahead of it's time; the current Nissan Versa seems to be an update of the Austin !! It you buy this book, check out the Hillman Hunter photograph; the car is interesting but you'll see what I am referring to when you buy the book !!