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The Bluffer's Guide to Cars


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The five million copy best-selling series

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Motoring writer Martin Gurdon's first car cost 5p, but then it was a present from his dad. He's since owned about 80 more in various states of dilapidation. As the years passed, Martin decided that writing about cars would be more fun than fixing them, so he became a motoring journalist. He's written for The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Octane, and Classic Cars magazine, where he spent six years as a columnist. He also writes road tests for the London Evening Standard.


'The Bluffer's Guides present the means to apparent instant erudition without actually having to know or study anything.' THE DAILY MAIL 'An amazing amount of solid fact disguised as frivolous observation.' THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'A series which threatens to undermine the proper foundations of knowledge.' TODAY 'Martin's knowledge of cars is both extensive and peculiar - nobody knows so much weird stuff. This is a must-read book for anyone who claims to be a car expert and is guaranteed to keep you smiling over every page.' -- Quentin Willson TV Presenter and Motoring Expert 'If universities offered courses in cars, Martin Gurdon would be the Regius Professor at a delightfully eccentric Oxbridge college. Enlightening and funny, yet savagely critical and perceptive.' -- Jon Bentley The Gadget Show Presenter 'Martin enjoys writing about cars more than driving them, so fully appreciates that you won't be remotely interested unless he can make cars interesting, supply you with surprising facts with which to win a pub quiz, or even snippets to recount over the dinner table without driving your fellow diners to drink.' -- Honest John Motoring Agony Uncle, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Martin Gurdon's excellent little book, The Bluffer's Guide to Cars, is misnamed. It purports to help those with zero car knowledge never to confuse their trunnions with their gudgeon pins, but it is actually packed with so many obscure factoids and amusing tales that even the most car-literate person will learn and be amused.' -- Steve Cropley Editor-in-Chief, AUTOCAR 'Entertaining, witty and knowledgeably written. A must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in cars... or perhaps just those wishing to pretend.' -- David Williams Motoring Correspondent, THE EVENING STANDARD

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