Austin Healey - The Story of DD 300 Book Reviews & Testimonials

Classic Motor Monthly, February 1, 2018

'Porter Press International, the publisher of some of the world's finest motoring books including the award-winning "Great Cars" series, has launched a new entry-level book format under the name of Porter Profiles.

'This more accessible series starts by taking readers back to the swinging sixties and the adventures of one of the most successful Big Healeys of all time - a charming story of a lost era told in 96 pages featuring insightful narrative, evocative archive photos, and new studio shots, all fro a cover price of just £20.

'The car examined in this book was one of the earliest produced and, by taking to the tracks, played a part in building the model's trans-Atlantic reputation for no-nonsense performance.

'The author: Simon Ham is a consultant for RM Sotheby's, the world's largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. He races historic cars internationally, including the Lister-Jaguar that his father bought in 1969 for £1250, and is Editor of the Aston Martin Owners Club's monthly magazine. This is Simon's first book.'

Business Money, 2018

'To be frank, I hold Porter Press in immensely high regard and I consider that its various titles are only of a class in which I would invest my own money. In fact, this slightly abbreviated book, first in a brand new series of dimensionally smaller and more affordable ‘Porter Profiles’, deals specifically with the Austin Healey 3000, registered by one of its early, post-factory owners, David Dixon, as ‘DD300’.

'As with ALL Porter Press books, the editorial quality is superb, supported by first-class photography, both in period and current. In fact, although this book is of smaller format, it still carries a studio-shot series of photographs that show the car in its present state, as Porter’s larger tomes do. The same paper and print quality that makes the publisher’s other books such high quality are also carried into this new series. I shall watch its development with interest.'

Autoaddicts, 2018

'The book details how John Chatham bought DD 300's crashed remains, loving rebuilt the car, and raced it for a further 41 years, on occasions sharing it with guest drivers Stirling Moss, Gerry Marshall and Barrie 'Whizzo' Williams.

'Bringing the story right up to date to include the most recent owners appearances in blue-riband historic racing events such as the Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic and Spa Six Hours with race preparation by Denis Welch Motorsport.

'The Healey's long and successful career continues today, with race preparation for the current owners by leading marque specialists Denis Welch Motorsport, is also related to in the book. As a Healey racer it is a fascinating tale and one well worth a read.'

Classic Cars, April 1, 2018

'...chronicles the evolution of British club racing in beautifully-illustrated, clearly researched detail, from the post-Le Mans decline to the joyously lurid ModSports era of the Seventies and finally the emergence of historic competition in the Eighties.'

Classic Car Weekly, October 31, 2018

'This book covers what is a rather special big 'Healey. DD 300 has a claim to being the most raced car in existence, participating in events annually from 1960, when it was a works entry in the Sebring 12-Hours and later in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

'He gives readers an impression of what it was like to race at the likes of Goodwood and Brands Hatch in period. The use of crisp artwork is generous, so it's by no means a taxing read, and serves to show off the important racing car at its best. If nothing else, it proves there was more to big 'Healeys than just rallying.'

Austin-Healey Magazine, Jan - Feb 2018

Porter Press International, the publisher of some of the world’s finest motoring books including the award-winning ‘Great Cars’ series, has launched a new entry-level book format under the name of Porter Profiles. This more accessible series starts by taking readers back to the swinging sixties and the adventures of one of the most successful Big Healeys of all time - a charming story of a lost era told in 96 pages featuring insightful narrative, evocative archive photos, and new studio shots, all for a cover price of just £20.