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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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Book signings at XK70

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Book signings at XK70

The event saw the launch of a brand-new venture for us – our first children’s book. There were also plenty of book signing sessions with some of our authors.

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First Lady of F1 Dies at 91

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First Lady of F1 Dies at 91

I was very sad to hear that Bette Hill, Graham Hill's widow and Damon's mother has died. It was in 2006 that Bette acquired a copy of the first Scrapbook I wrote with Stirling Moss, the very first book that Porter Press published. Bette contacted me and said she had all Graham's old scrapbooks and would I be interested in doing something similar. Stirling was my childhood hero and when he sadly retired, Hill became the driver I supported. So, I was overjoyed to write the Graham Hill Scrapbook, and honoured when Damon Hill penned the foreword and signed the...

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The bad omens that plagued Ford before its GT40 Le Mans 1-2-3

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The bad omens that plagued Ford before its GT40 Le Mans 1-2-3

Ford went into a third consecutive year of trying to win the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1966, still hell-bent on a mission declared when its attempt to buy-out Ferrari had been snubbed. This was a bitter rivalry in which Ford was being humiliated. Ferrari had scored a 1-2-3-5-6 at la Sarthe in ’64, when all three GT40s failed to finish, then Ferrari racked-up another 1-2-3 in ’65 while not one of the six GT40s lasted the distance. When at last the tables were turned in ’66, Henry Ford II was trackside to relish the revenge and GT40 Mk IIs...

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