- I bet it's harder than he makes out.

Man buys book on-line

1y ago


In a curious collision of technologies representing seven centuries of human progress, a man in a second-hand shirt in Hammersmith has used ‘the internet’ to buy a print edition of a book about racing cars that was delivered to his house by a real human being in a diesel-powered van.

An excitable James May told Carbolics, ‘I once met Adrian Newey at an event. We talked very briefly about some tiny aspect of aerodynamics and then moved on to trivia.’

He continued, ‘But now look. A whole lump of Adrian Newey, delivered with a resounding crump to my doormat by Amazon Prime (who also offer streaming video, music, and more etc). This book is a staggering 37mm thick, or 1 15/32 inches.

‘I’m resisting the urge to start reading, because I want to save this for a forthcoming flight to the US. It will stop me drinking, and will be even more effective than my Clarkson-cancelling headphones at ensuring in-flight privacy.’

But he went on to admit, ‘It’s difficult. Just fanning the pages to check for acceptable new-book smell, the terms ‘Gurney Flap’ and ‘Coanda Effect’ spiralled vortex-like from the leaves and found the backs of my eyeballs wanting. And look at the lovely diagrams.

‘I can’t wait.’

The long dreary hours of international jet-setting will rush by

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Comments (86)
  • I'd love to see a Grand Tour Special where you guys try to actually build a sports car for under £250 using this book. amzn.to/2B6PApq I'm not convinced it's possible, but given your attempts at making an Espace Convertible and other successful projects I'm sure if anyone could do it YOU lot could. Please buy a copy and do the episode! It'd be hilarious and it'd be useful consumer advice too! :)

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  • This is the most James May book to ever exist.

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