Born To Be RiledBorn To Be Riled, by Jeremy Clarkson
Paperback, © 1999 Penguin Books, ISBN 978014028996

Born To Be Riled is Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s third book in the series of his compiled newspaper columns, and despite its vintage, it is a great read that still carries relevance in today’s motoring world.

It would be an understatement to say that Clarkson finds the world, at times, to be a maddening and confusing place, and doubtless many would in fact agree with him. Compound this with observing the state of the world from behind a steering wheel – particularly within the vicinity of other mad and confused people who can’t control their own cars – and you will definitely have an appreciation for many of his dry observations on the state of play.

There are no doubt times when ‘Jezza’ can be a little over-the-top in his prose, but this book contains more laugh-out-loud moments than most and is the better for the sheer volume of motoring-related content, in contrast with some of the other compilations published.

For the F1 fan, there are several sections devoted to his (largely incorrect) predictions on who will win the world championship in a particular year – and later – the justifications on why his predictions should have come true!

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Born To Be Riled


Born To Be Riled is can be purchased via major book resellers or Our copy was supplied to us by Penguin Australia.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.