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About Porter Press International

Around the world, Porter Press International is renowned for its top-quality motoring books. Founded in 2005 by acclaimed automotive author and Jaguar expert Philip Porter, the company is now firmly established as a leading motoring publisher.  

The flagship ‘Great Cars series' has won numerous awards, with subjects including the prototype lightweight Jaguar E-type and Ross Brawn’s Ferrari 250 GT short wheelbase, and its new sister ‘Exceptional Cars Series’ is already garnering widespread praise. Porter Press has worked with the stars of the motoring world, including Murray Walker and Martin Brundle, and published Stirling Moss – the Definitive Biography Volume 1 by Philip Porter in 2016.

The Story of Jaguar C-type XKC 051

Video: A brief biography of this significant Jaguar C-type

Please follow the link for an in depth look at the history of XKC 051 in Great Cars book 9. 

The book tells the remarkable story of XKC 051 in exhaustive detail, supported by a fine array of period photographs sourced from archives and collections across the world together with a gallery of high-quality modern images showing this great car as it is today.

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In the winner’s enclosure

Jaguar C-type – the autobiography of XKC 051 by Chas Parker and Philip Porter.
Shortlisted for the Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Book of the Year Award. This glorious book tells the story of the celebrated lightweight Jaguar C-type, chassis number XKC 051, that Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt drove to victory in the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours. Deluxe edition also available.

Lotus 18 – the autobiography of Stirling Moss’s ‘912’ by Ian Wagstaff was published on September 5. This lavish book tells the story of the car in which Stirling Moss achieved two of his most famous Grand Prix victories, including his stunning win at Monaco. Deluxe edition imminent.

Approaching the chequered flag

Ford GT40 – the autobiography of 1075 by Ray Hutton. This sumptuous book tells the story of one of the world’s most important racing cars. Always raced in Gulf’s iconic blue-and- orange colours, this Ford GT40 won the Le Mans 24 Hours not just once but twice, in 1968 and 1969, and the second victory came after the closest fight ever seen at the finish of this great endurance race. The car’s entire competition life is covered in fascinating detail, together with biographies of its drivers and insights into John Wyer’s crack team that ran it, all supported by a fine collection of period photographs.

In the pits

Forthcoming titles include an Austin Healey title - the first in our new 'Profiles' series, which will be published in November/December.

January and February 2018 see the arrival of the next two ‘Exceptional Cars’ books, The First Three Shelby Cobras and Ford GT40 1016. They will be joined by number 12 in the 'Great Cars' series - featuring a 1933 Monza Alfa Romeo,

Also in preparation are the first in the ‘Great Car Collections’ series, focusing on the Gulf Collection, and two hugely anticipated titles devoted to the legendary motoring figures Gordon Murray and Derek Bell. Keep an eye on our newsletters for publication dates.

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9600 HP - The 150mph E-Type

Philip Porter talks about his historic Jaguar E-Type 9600 HP, the 150 mph test car and 1961 Geneva Show Car.

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