“You should never meet your heroes, as I demonstrated years ago on Top Gear TV when I drove the Lamborghini Countach. It had dwelt in my mind as the enduring afterglow of some passion long spent, like Byron’s recollection of the sweetness of first love, and I ruined it by actually driving the thing, which was awful. A part of me sustained by blind romantic faith was ruthlessly slaughtered, and it was my fault.”—James May on: meeting your heroes - BBC Top Gear
I have not the vaguest clue how I know the Fiat Panda has character and the Toyota Avensis does not. There is not one single tangible reason why I love the Ferrari 458 Italia but only respect the McLaren MP4-12C. Both cars do the same thing and make the same noise, but one makes your heart sing and the other doesn’t.
The Veloster does none of these things. The styling doesn’t work at all. It’s silly. And because of the split rear screen, you can’t see what’s behind you. Don’t get me started on the doors, either. No, actually, do get me started. What were they thinking of? I realise that a child can’t get out into the traffic, and that’s nice, but when you’re in a car park, or at home, having to shuffle over the seats to get out is a bloody nuisance.
“I would contend that the greatest change effected by digital photography is not the way we take photographs, but how we store and look at them.
I have thousands on my phone. There are some of my wife and kids, a couple of my home and one, for reasons best examined elsewhere, of James May and Jeremy Clarkson bending over a sofa together while a South African nurse bears down on their exposed backsides with a syringe.”—Richard Hammond on: photos - BBC Top Gear
“There’s a school of thought that says we shouldn’t [read the manuals], because it’s unmanly. But, hang on: I bet the astronauts read the manuals for the Saturn V and the Lunar Module very extensively, and you wouldn’t call them soft.”—James May on: instruction manuals