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Bizzarrini - the Rebel, the Count and the Commendatore

Bizzarrini - the Rebel, the Count and the Commendatore

He was fired by Enzo Ferrari for his role in a failed ‘Palace Revolt’, fought back by trying to out-do Ferraris on road and track, briefly produced cars under his own name before being swindled into bankruptcy, and ended his career as he had started it, teaching mechanical engineering at the University of Pisa. Giotto Bizzarrini’s journey through life was certainly a bumpy one, but along the way there were some lofty high points.     Bizzarrini deserves to be admired for designing the quad-cam V12 engine which powered Lamborghini road cars for decades, starting with the 350 GT and continuing...

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Remembering the “gentleman” privateer whose F1 team was a giant-slayer

Remembering the “gentleman” privateer whose F1 team was a giant-slayer

A few Sundays from now, historic racing cars will rumble through the streets of a town in Surrey to celebrate a local man whose little privateer team defeated Formula 1’s big-hitters. The event will commemorate the centenary of Rob Walker, son of the heir to the Johnnie Walker whisky business, who famously travelled to the race tracks of the world carrying a passport in which his occupation was described as “Gentleman”. Far from being a dilettante, however, Rob ran his team through the ’50s and ‘60s with such dedication that his star driver, Stirling Moss, described him as “a perfectionist.” ...

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How English icon Aston Martin was saved by an engineer-designer from Italy

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How English icon Aston Martin was saved by an engineer-designer from Italy

Although famous today for powerful good looks, Aston Martin came into the world as an ugly duckling. Aston’s first car was known, because of the unattractive metal container it resembled, as the Coal Scuttle. But that name didn’t much bother the vehicle’s creators, Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, because they saw their 1914 open-top two-seater as a first step towards greater things. Martin intended nothing less, he said, than “to put Great Britain right in the very front as regards light cars.” Martin’s mention of his country was typical of the national pride swelling many European hearts during the inter-war...

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My Top 10 Tips for those wanting to be a motoring writer

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My Top 10 Tips for those wanting to be a motoring writer

You must go the extra mile to make your material fresh and new, and not just repeat a well-known story If you want to earn respect from your readers and your colleagues, and have more satisfaction yourself, then you need to inform, intrigue and entertain readers with content that they have not read before. You need a passion, a deep enthusiasm for cars If your attitude is that an article or book is just another job to wrap up and cross off your To Do list, it will be very obvious to readers. If you have a real enthusiasm for,...

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Can you translate a passion for classic cars and motor racing into both a hobby and a business?

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Can you translate a passion for classic cars and motor racing into both a hobby and a business?

Yes. Read on! The following is an insight into how author and motor sport enthusiast, Philip Porter, transformed his love of old cars not only into a successful publishing company but also two classic car clubs. Porter Press International is both a book publisher and a classic car and motoring bookseller. It has an ever-growing range of highly sought-after books for sale online and at significant motoring events. Read on to find out how Porter Press began…  Background – The early years In the '50s when I was growing up, my father had a rapid succession of everyday cars but,...

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