From David Lillywhite, Editor, Magneto
I received The All-American Hero and Jaguar's Racing E-types book a couple of days ago, and I just wanted to say that I think it's absolutely stunning.
I've already read substantial chunks of it, and it's proving fascinating, but also the repro of the photographs and overall quality is just remarkable. Fantastic!
Very best regards,
From Guy Hanten, Luxembourg - Guy ordered a Stirling Moss 90th Birthday Set which we despatched. The courier then decided they had lost this large package, so we sent a replacement set to Guy. Then the courier found the parcel and returned the four Scrapbooks to us!
I just want to let you know that my package just arrived at my home half an hour ago. Everything was so well packed that everything arrived in a very good condition!
I would also like to thank you again for your great help, your patience with me, and your efficiency to manage this ‘special’ situation with one package having been lost or even stolen…
I know that what makes a great and reliable partner is the way this partner manages such difficult situations, and you definitely managed this very tactfully and efficiently.
I had the feeling from the first time I ordered a book, or even a few books, with you that I was in good hands, and this seals definitely my loyalty to your company and its people working for it.
Keep on working so well on behalf of Porter Press and with such a great respect for your customers.
Below: from Driving Pleasure | Something completely different! | Issue 4, May 15 2020
From Alain de Cadenet
Good story by Chas Parker on Rodriguez in the wet Brands 1000Kms. Pedro gave a master class to one and all that afternoon. When the Sifferts, Redmans, Elfords and Ickxs are astounded by a driver’s performance - indeed so was every other driver in the race - you knew that something special was taking place.
At the end of the event, Pedro looked just as immaculate as he had looked at the start - not a hair out of place, his grin giving nothing away. As the late, much-missed RAF pilot, Ray Hannah, used to say, ‘There are those who can and those who can’t.’
But then it was still a sport…
From Howard Cohen, USA
Good morning Philip,
Thank you for your latest Newsletter. I too have fond memories of Stirling Moss and admired him greatly although I didn't know him nearly as well as you did. You might find this brief recollection and very poor quality photograph of some interest. It dates from Johannesburg in 1974. One of my cars was a 1962 Cooper Climax that had a 2.7-litre Coventry Climax engine that it had been fitted with for the Intercontinental Series (I think) and had subsequently been acquired by the Rhodesian Champion John Love who was famous for coming third in the 1967 South African Grand Prix with the car when it was hopelessly out of date.
The car was known as ‘Gertrude’ and I got her from the late-Hugh Gearing after crashing it into the catch fences at Kyalami's Crowthorne Corner after he'd lent it to me to try. I've never been very good in formula cars since I lack that certain deftness to exploit them properly and was happy to lend the car to Stirling to demonstrate before the 1974 South African Grand Prix. We'd known each other slightly through racing in various places (enhanced perhaps by us both having been expelled from the same school) and he arrived in Johannesburg a few days before the Grand Prix to have a visit and practise the car at Kyalami.
He started out at (perhaps) 2 minutes 10 seconds for his first lap and after a dozen more was at 1.36 dead where he stayed for the next six laps before coming in saying, ‘Now I know why I used to go motor racing!’ John Love's best time in the car had been 1.36.5 and mine had been just over 1.37. Both John Love and I used to use a rev limit of 7,200 RPM but when Stirling came in he'd left the telltale at 6,500!
That was when I knew I'd never be a great racing driver!
From Lars Theunissen, Munich, Germany
Dear Porter Press team,
Just wanted to say thank you very much for your great charity offer. As you can see, I´ve happily taken advantage of it and ordered five more books for my collection. Not only was I very pleased to be able to order these with a discount of GBP 65, but to know that another GBP 65 will be donated to the WHO by Porter Press is a real bonus too! :-) So, thank you very much indeed for this great initiative!
May I also take this opportunity to let you know that I absolutely LOVE the books in the "Great Cars", "Exceptional Cars" and "Ultimate Cars" series. With my order of today, I now have 15 of these in my collection and more will certainly follow (MUCH looking forward to the McLaren F1 GTR books for example). I hope that many more interesting titles will follow for many years to come in all three series. For example, a few more on classic racing Porsche´s like the one you did on the 917 would be great :-)
Well, thanks again to the whole Porter Press team for giving me and all the other car enthusiasts worldwide such great literature to enjoy. You are my favourite publisher without any doubt!
Best regards and stay healthy
From Adrian Morris (One of our two superb book designers)
I was watching the Netflix film about Fangio last night and there is a lovely lingering shot in there of a pile of books. Centre of frame: two Porter Press books about Maserati by a certain Ian Wagstaff.