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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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For petrolheads, there has never been a better time to enjoy the past

For petrolheads, there has never been a better time to enjoy the past

It’s true: nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. There have been changes in the ways we enjoy driving and admiring classic road and racing cars and perhaps the greatest change of all is the increasing number of events celebrating such vehicles. Congregations such as the Silverstone Classic, Le Mans Classic, and Goodwood’s Festival of Speed and Revival are a joy to attend. Even smaller events, such as this summer’s XK70 Jaguar Festival and Classic Nostalgia at Shelsley Walsh, are an absolute delight. The irony is that the popularity of these occasions owes much to contemporary road and racing cars....

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How did a Ferrari 250 GTO fetch $70 million?

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How did a Ferrari 250 GTO fetch $70 million?

Newspaper headlines expressed astonishment recently when a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (chassis number 4153 GT) changed hands for $70 million. This mind-boggling sum, equivalent to about £52.3m, is the highest price ever fetched by a car - but why? To begin to answer this, it’s worth recalling that several other 250 GTOs have also commanded huge amounts of money in recent years. These set a benchmark which influenced the amount the buyer of 4153 GT, American entrepreneur and WeatherTech founder David MacNeil, was prepared to pay. The first monumental price realised by a GTO was at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction in...

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