100 Fastest Cars, by Matt Master
Hardcover, © 2012 Penguin, ISBN 9781405907170

imageIf you’re looking for a good stocking filler as we  head towards the mad rush for Christmas presents, then Top Gear’s 100 Fastest Cars could well be the ticket for your loved one who is a car nut.

Countdown-style books are an inherently dangerous beast and open to plenty of debate. But when it comes to creating a shortlist of the quickest cars to have come out of the showrooms around the world, then the team at Top Gear is brilliantly placed to do so.

As the book’s introduction states, this is not meant to be a shortlist of the 100 quickest cars to have ever existed, or about how fast these cars happened to lap the show’s famous test track with The Stig behind the wheel.

Instead, it’s “that thing you cant really explain, that makes your eyes narrow and your hands shake. These are the one hundred coolest cars that ever went fast”.

Showcasing many of the marques and models we have all heard of – and a handful that you may not have – 100 Fastest Cars takes a look at the best motors spanning the last six decades.

Beautifully presented with great photographs and text, this is a fun, fact-filled little book good for young and old.

It’s great to see the redoubtable Chevrolet Lacetti – the recently deposed ‘Reasonably Priced Car’ piloted by many a celebrity on the famous TV show – make its own appearance on the countdown.

That being said, the sub-editors and publishers would be well-advised to actually use photos of said Lacetti in the book, and not the Suzuki Liana that preceded it…

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award 100 Fastest Cars


100 Fastest Cars is available for purchase at major book resellers (RRP AU$19.95). Our review copy was supplied to us by Penguin Books.

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Richard Bailey

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