By on May 17, 2013

vw_propagandaThose who frequently demanded that the Autobiography Of BS © is turned into a book or a blockbuster movie see themselves a little closer to their declared goal. The series will be a monthly feature in Top Gear Deutschland, a very glossy magazine and spin-off of the TV series. The BBC-inspired buff book already hit the stands in Germany, and arrived in my Japanese mailbox today.

The series begins with a German version of How I Lied about the Golf, germane due to the fact that the Golf will be 40 next year, and also due to the fact that it just entered its 7th generation.

The historical relevance of Golf & BS has been acknowledged by Volkswagen’s Heritage Dept. and documented  on the Volkswagen-Classic website.

Top Gear prominently features what Volkswagen wisely decided to sidestep:  That internally, the success of the Golf was very much doubted before the launch in early 1974, and that its triumph was a streak of luck, albeit one paired with a very good car.

The magazine can be bought for €5. The movie rights are still up for grabs. Please peruse our comment function.

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7 Comments on “Autobiography Of BS, Now Available On Dead Trees...”


  • avatar
    BigFire

    Great, I speak about 3 words of German.

    • 0 avatar

      No need to speak German. TTAC readers received the English original back in 2009.

      • 0 avatar
        vaujot

        I got me a copy of the mag. Looks like most of the content is a translation from English. Did you translate your contribution yourself or did they let someone else do that?
        Anyway, this has been a recent trend in Germany: Translate English car magazines into German and sell them here. I know of two more recent examples. Not sure they sell well, though. As far as the German Top Gear magazine is concerned, it suffers from the problem that some of the humor get’s lost in translation. Not sure I will be buying another one, especially of the BS-Biography is just a rerun of what I can find in the archives, here.

  • avatar
    Onus

    I find i can figure out most of German. I used to take it back in high school and did horribly with it.

    I can’t say much but when i hear people speak i can sorta make it out.

    It did also help me understand dutch when i went there. German words, English like grammar. Perfect.

    • 0 avatar
      geozinger

      Growing up in a house that spoke German at home and English in public, Dutch just screws with my head when I hear it spoken.

      I keep thinking that the speakers are just messing with me. I can’t imagine what would happen if I were to go there…

  • avatar
    Summicron

    “Dutch just screws with my head when I hear it spoken.”

    Like hearing Korean spoken when struggling to learn Japanese.

    Back in the 80′s I used to enjoy buying Ilford film and unfolding their excellent multilingual instruction sheets. Among others, it had German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian translations.

    Fascinating to watch German morph into those derivative languages.

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