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I recently got a years subscription to the top gear magazine for Christmas. At first i was excited to get this magazine; it would give me a dose of top gear when the boys were off air and it would give me extra when the show was on the television.
So when the first issue arrived I was a tad disappointed. I really do like cars they are a passion in my life however i watch top gear for the entertainment value, to see what Jermey and the boys have got up to this week. I feel that the magazine has not provided me with any of this information.
It is filled to the brim with information about cars, and the reviews in the magazine are clear and informative, surely all that you would like for a car magazine?
The top gear magazine is a great car magazine it gives you all the information you possible would want and then a lot more! However do not buy it if you want to get your weekly dose of entertainment from Jeremy, Richard and James.
I got into Top gear a while ago, and when I realised they had a magazine too I was really rather excited! I thought the magazine would be much like the show, but when I bought the mag I realised it was nothing like it.
The magazine really is just for people who like cars, and although I do, I love them infact, thats not what atrtratcs me to the show. Its the witty banter which goes on between the presenters.
The magazine has columns by both jeremy clarkson and james may, these are normally 2 page spreads about either cars or other random stuff, Hammond doesnt make an appearence anywhere which is slightly annoying!
the rest of the mag is filled with articles by random people about the cars which they're driving, now I understand the 3 presenters dont have the time to sit and write article after article about cars etc but to be honest the magazine has no relevence with the show. Apart from the name and the fact its to do with cars.
I expected the mag to be full of articles by Richard hammond, james may and jezza, and was very disappointed. Although it does show alot of the new cars, both supercars and normal cars, the articles aren't top gear like, and only say good things!!
Also, for almost £5, the magazine is a bit expensive seeing as half the mag is taken up with a spec list of all cars (well most of them!) at the back whihc makes the mag look alot thicker than it really is. Which is also very annoying!
All in all, if your going to buy this mag, dont expect it to be anything like the show!!
The Top Gear TV programme has begin to achieve nationwide recognition in it's last few series, and with good reason; you'll struggle to find anything more entertaining on the box. However, with this popularity has come a burden of sorts - the new audience. Previously it was the reserve of automotive buffs, but now, people from all walks of life, whatever their opinion on cars, are tuning in, because it is such good entertainment. In short, while the show is still very good and highly enjoyable, it isn't quite as good at providing information on cars as it used to be.
So what can the motoring enthusiast do to fill this void? The answer comes in Top Gear magazine. The articles are more technical, and because they are targeted towards a more niche audience, place a much higher focus on the vehicles themselves. However, the wonderful sense of humour has not been lost, and the zany, entertaining nature still remains. The challenges for which the TV series is now famous for still exist (for example, the January 09 issue contained a drive across the spine of the USA in a knackered ex-police car), but in less quantity. In fact, the magazine seems to have found the same mix as the earlier TV shows - primarily a car publication, in a highly amusing, entertaining style, rather than the other way around.
At times, it can get a little technical for the average reader - people who enjoy the TV programme won't necessarily enjoy the magazine. However, the reviews of the vehicles are top class, and the magazine is very casual and funny throughout, which gives it the edge over many of it's paper rivals. Top Gear magazine is informative, well written, and a very good read.
If I had to sum it up in one sentence, it would be this: just as entertaining as the TV show, but with a higher emphasis on the cars themselves. To get the most out of the magazine, you need at least some interest or passion for cars. If you have that, and enjoy the humour of the TV programmes, I'm sure you'll love the magazine. I know I do.
I got my first edition of Top Gear magazine a couple of years ago at a filling station on the way home from Outlon Park Gold Cup racing weekend, partially because I was bored and wanted something to do for the long journey, but also because included were a ser of particularly interesting looking fridge magnets.
Not being a reader, this was realy the first magazine I had read and I have to say it was thouroughly enjoyed. So good infact, that upon arriving home, I subscribed for the year, and around three years later, I am still a Top Gear magazine subscriber.
The magazine itself is split up into different sections, which appear in each edition, but obviously filled with different content.
As its the first thing you see, I have decided to start with the cover (to me this doesnt make a difference as I have already paid for each magazine - but this is importnt to everyone who buys every month from the shelf). The traditional top gear logo can be found religiously at the top of each magazine, in cover complimenting colours, beside the website, price and edition of the current magazine. Above this, at the top of every magazine, is a sometimes humerous quote from Jeremy Clarksons column found later on in the magazine. The rest of the cover displays relative titles to content and fantastic immagery giving a brief idea of what will be inside that issue.
As you go through the mag' you may notice a lot of adverts, however, you will be pushed to find a magazine of this quantity (around 300 pages) without adverts inside. The great thing is tho, all adverts are topic related and most show great looking cars anyway!
The contents is split into two sections, the 'Features' and the 'Regulars'.
Everything new to that issue, such as one off stories about new cars, or previews about certain racing events etc... can be found in the features section.
The regulars section is further split up into seperate parts, outlined below.
Metal, is the bit all about cars, usually containing fascinating immages about the newest, oldest, wildest, wierdest, eco-friendliest, fastest, smallest, largest... you get the idea ?
Faces, features columns from Clarkson himself (mentioned earlier), James May (co-presenter from the TV show), amongst others such as Paul Horrell, Jamie Kitman and Emma Parker Bowles. Others occasionally contribute, but each issue also contains a column called 'Motorworld' displaying humerous events from the world of motoring over the past month.
Drives, is the next section and has in depth reviews of cars new on the scene, or even just beautiful cars which need reviewing. Some stories are incredible renditions of the reviewers journey in which they had the car to review, which can last for page upon page and contain wonderful stories.
Top Gear, is a further section displaying some of the great purchases available to the motoring scene, ranging through all price brackets, there is usually something everybody will be itching to get after its portrayal in this magazine.
Regulars, is the next and last 'real' section which follows the lives of actual cars each month, telling of their ups, downs and in-betweens, it is usually quite a good, quick read that is sure to be enjoyed.
After these parts, the magazine nears the end and starts to decline in quality, basically having nothing more than adverts, which, I suppose, could be useful to some if they advertise what you are looking for.
Just before these is a comprehensive list of new cars in the New Car Guide which shows all new cars with their specifications from almost every manufacturer you can think of! Great if you are thinking about getting a new car.
The Campaign For Real Racing Drivers is a fairly new page at the very back of the magazine which goes into light detail about certain 'heroes' in the world of motor racing, a section which is a great addition and provides both entertainment and educational information.
Top Gear is a brilliant magazine and for the price, is well worth it for what it offers!