Official 'Top Gear' from BBC Books

<p>BBC Books is to launch a range of official &quot;Top Gear&quot; titles over the next three years to tie in to the BBC&#39;s popular programme. </p><p>The publisher previously released a number of small humour titles under the &quot;Top Gear&quot; logo, such as <em>Top Gear: My Dad Had One of Those</em>, but the new publishing programme is set to have &quot;much broader appeal&quot;, according to BBC Books. </p><p>It launches with <em>Top Gear Top Drives</em> for Father&#39;s Day 2008, an illustrated book of road trips, featuring the presenters and spanning six continents, followed by <em>The Big Book of Top Gear 2009</em> in October, which BBC Books hopes will rival <em>Guinness World Records</em>. The deal includes a further three books a year for the next three years. </p><p>Lorna Russell, BBC Books editorial director, said: &quot;We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Top Gear, and we&#39;re really looking forward to creating this fantastic new list.&quot;</p><p>Top Gear m.d. Adam Waddell said: &quot;For the first time, with Random House we now have a long-term and ambitious book publishing strategy from which we predict great things. &#39;Top Gear&#39; is riding the crest of a wave right now and pre-Christmas it all went a bit mad: The TV programme was getting a staggering 9 million viewers and the huge success of Top Gear&#39;s and indeed the presenters&#39; own DVDs, books and licensed products clearly illustrates that there is a massive appetite for all things related to the show.&quot;</p><p>The show is currently broadcast in 90 countries, with <em>Top Gear</em> magazine the UK&#39;s best selling motor magazine. Hammond and Clarkson have recently dominated the hardback non-fiction chart, with their books, <em>On the Edge </em>(Weidenfeld) and <em>Don&#39;t Stop Me Now</em> (Michael Joseph) respectively.<br /> </p>