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BBC Top Gear Magazine BBC Top Gear Magazine

BBC Top Gear Magazine September 2019

Top Gear is the worlds most exciting Car magazine bringing you up to date news, the latest drives and stunning features.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
BBC Worldwide Limited
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome

What is it about a certain car that makes it stick in our collective psyche and take on a mythical status? Something that transforms it from a mode of transport to a thing we collectively covet? For some, it’s a status hard won on the track through miles and miles in the heat of competition. For others, it’s a design language that spans generations, a successful formula developed over decades, with each new iteration coming with a weight of expectation. Some are so fundamentally linked to the nation of their origin that they become shorthand for it, rolling global ambassadors that multiply across the world as people buy into the narrative. The stars of this month’s cover all represent an aspect of the automotive icon dynamic" Up first, the Porsche 935…

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director’s cut

Lee Brimble “I wanted to photograph the 935 with a retro feel. I also wanted to reflect Tom’s emotions – mostly nerves, then exhilaration” Jack Rix “First-ever bike launch, felt like my first day at school. Rumours of a wheelie-based initiation ceremony fortunately failed to materialise” Rowan Horncastle “The heatwave led to two malfunctions on this shoot. First, I melted. Then the camera exploded and became toast. Luckily, I had a spare” Big thanks to Goodwood, the team at the Motor Circuit and the brilliant group of marshals who made our covershoot possible…

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top gear

CHARLIE TURNER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF DEPUTY EDITOR Jack Rix MOTORING EDITOR Oliver Marriage ASSOCIATE EDITOR Tom Ford CONSULTANT EDITOR Paul Horrell EDITOR AT LARGE Jason Barlow SENIOR ROAD TEST EDITOR Ollie Kew STAFF WRITER Tom Harrison EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Greg Potts BRAND MANAGING EDITOR Esther Neve HEAD OF COMMERCIAL CONTENT Chris Mooney EDITOR, TOPGEAR.COM Vijay Pattni DEPUTY EDITOR, TOPGEAR.COM Stephen Dobie DIGITAL EDITOR AT LARGE Rowan Horncastle SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM Simon Bond, Olivia Morton SUB-EDITOR Tom Cobbe DATA SUB-EDITOR Craig Jamieson ART TEAM CREATIVE DIRECTOR Andy Franklin ART EDITOR Elliott Webb SENIOR DESIGNER Peter Barnes DIGITAL ART DIRECTOR Owen Norris FREELANCE REPROGRAPHICS Chris Rowles CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Mike Channell, Chris Harris, Richard Holt, Timo Knees, Sam Philip, Dan Read, Rory Reid CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Lee Brimble, Mark Fagelson, Wilson Hennessy, Rowan Horncastle, Alex Howe, Jamie Lipman, Greg Pajo, Mark Riccioni, Philipp Rupprecht, John Wycherley ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Jason Elson HEAD OF PARTNERSHIPS Phil Holland GROUP TRADING HEAD Dan Hellens BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Liam Kennedy SENIOR X-MEDIA SALES…

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the valkyrie’s big day out

Aston’s long-awaited Valkyrie hypercar is a moving object. Just before qualifying for the 2019 British GP, Aston’s ‘High Performance Test Driver’ Chris Goodwin took the first verification prototype for a lap of Silverstone – the start of an “extensive physical testing regime” before customers get their cars in a few months’ time. “On the spectrum of road cars I’ve driven, it’s not even on that. It’s totally off that scale,” he told us afterwards. It’s more along the lines of Formula One cars I’ve got experience of. I’m racing GT cars all the time – and it’s not like that. It’s just like sitting in an F1 car, right down to the seating position. When you fire the engine up, there’s a lot of structure-born feel from the powertrain coming through. You…

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coffee break

Top Gun: Maverick trailer This is a classic sequel to rival Aliens, The Godfather Part II right…? Even without a hint of Kenny Loggins in the trailer. WE. ARE. IN Return of the footie New kits, new players, new teams. Same shaped balls The best cover song ever? Nirvana’s cover of Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ or Johnny Cash’s version of ‘Hurt’?…..FIIGGGHHTT! Croquet 101 When Wimbledon is over and you need a new fix… ‘Teach yourself Croquet’ videos have been a must Office playlist – KISS These are crazy, crazy, crazy crazy nights…(key change), These are Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy nights…(key change) THESE ARE CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY NIGHTS…

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diary of a test driver

Howdy partners! As you have doubtless guessed from my greeting, it’s all change in the Cheery Bong II development programme, as we move onto the hot weather testing phase. Yes, after a challenging and varied 10 months in the Arctic Circle, followed by a surprisingly comfortable 14-hour flight in the hold of a North Korean military charter, I’m now soaking up the sun in Green Lakes, California. I assume this name is an example of the Americans’ legendary sense of humour, because I cannot help noticing that Green Lakes is not green, and has no lakes. Green Lakes is slap-bang in the middle of Death Valley. By day the temperature on the desert floor touches 50ºC. By night, the temperature in my motel room touches 50ºC. Though I have suffered heatstroke…

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