Author & Team Profiles

“I am immensely proud of the team we have assembled to produce the Great Cars books. From our Series Editor, Mark Hughes, to our eminent authors and our superb Chief Designer, Andy Garman, not forgetting our in-house office colleagues and our externally based consultants, we have the finest team in the motoring publishing world.” Philip Porter

The Great Cars, Exceptional Cars & Great Car Collections Series team includes: Keith Bluemel, Doug Nye, Chas Parker, Andrew Garman, Ray Hutton, Ian Wagstaff, Richard Heseltine, J. Mac Hulbert, Gordon Bruce, Rinsey Mills, Thomas Böhler, James Page, Stephen Archer, Mark Hughes & Philip Porter.

Our author and team profiles for other superb books in the Porter Press collection, include: Philip Porter, Martin Brundle, Glen Smale, Derek Bell, OBE; Norman Dewis, OBE; Sir Stirling Moss, Douglas Wilmer, Barry Cryer, Murray Walker, Alan Fearnley, Mike Gould & Chris Rooke, Bob Exelby, Gordon Murray, Mark Hughes, Sir John Egan, Ian Wagstaff

 

Philip Porter

Philip is the author of around 30 motoring books. In 1997 he and his wife Julie formed the International Jaguar XK Club, the Jaguar E-type Club following in 2004. In 2005, he created Porter Press International, which is now one of the world's leading motoring publishers thanks to the amazing team with which Philip is immensely proud to work.

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Great Cars Series Team Author Profiles

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Mark Hughes

Editorial management of the Great Cars series is in the hands of Mark Hughes, former Editor of Autosport and Classic & Sports Car, and former Editorial Director of Haynes Publishing. Mark’s editorial skills and experience are second to none in the motoring publishing world.

Keith Bluemel

Based in London, Keith Bluemel started writing about Ferrari in 1980, initially as a contributor to the Ferrari Owners’ Club magazine ‘Ferrari’, for which he still writes regularly, and then broadened out to work for many Ferrari-specific magazines around the world. He is a long-time contributing editor to the respected American Ferrari magazine ‘Cavallino’ and has been its competition editor since 2004. He also contributes to ‘Ferrari Magazine’ (the official magazine produced for the factory by Condé Nast), ‘Prancing Horse’ (the official magazine of the Ferrari Club Of America) and ‘Ferrari Club’ (the official magazine of Club Ferrari France). He is also a regular contributing editor/photographer to two Ferrari-themed websites: www.barchetta.cc and www.anamera.com.

Prior to his ‘Great Cars’ GTO book for Porter Press, Keith co-authored (with Jess G. Pourret) ‘Ferrari 250 GTO’ (Bay View, 1998) and was a contributing editor to ‘GTO Book’ (Fink Presse France, 2009). He has also written four titles about other models of Ferrari. ‘Original Ferrari V8’ (Bay View), ‘Ferrari: The Road Cars’ (Sutton), ‘Original Ferrari V12, 1965–73’ (Bay View) and ‘Ferrari: The Racing Cars’ (Sutton). He was the technical editor for ‘Jeremy Clarkson on Ferrari’ (Lancaster Publishing, 2000) and co-author of a book on the Ferrari 250 GT ‘Breadvan’ (Parker House Publishing, 2010).

Keith is a life member of the Ferrari Owners’ Club and a Ferrari Club of America concours judge. He has been a Ferrari class judge at Concorso Italiano, the Winter Park Concours, Concours on the Avenue (Carmel), Pebble Beach, Salon Privé and the Ferrari factory’s 60th Anniversary Concorso d’Eleganza in 2007.

Doug Nye

Doug Nye is the author of more than 70 books on aspects of motor sporting history, including standard works on BRM, Lotus, Ferrari, Cooper, Tyrrell and McLaren cars and upon (and with) such great racing drivers as Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jack Brabham, Jim Clark and Juan Manuel Fangio.

In his early career, he worked for Motor Sport magazine with the publication’s revered Continental Correspondent, Denis Jenkinson. Doug is considered by many to be the world’s leading motor racing historian.

Chas Parker

Chas Parker swapped a career in astronomy, where he was Press Officer for the Royal Greenwich Observatory, for one writing about motor sport. Along the way he edited a computer magazine for Hewlett-Packard business users and provided copywriting services to companies such as Air Miles, Elf Oil and South East Water. He also contributed to Patrick Moore’s ‘Yearbook of Astronomy’ and the ‘Philip’s Astronomy Encyclopedia’.

For a time he was motoring correspondent for ‘Sussex Life’ magazine and then worked for seven years as a sub-editor on ‘Motorsport News’, for which he still contributes race reports, particularly on the Goodwood Revival and Members’ Meetings, along with occasional articles for publications such as ‘Autosport’ and ‘Motor Sport’. He is the author of five books, including comprehensive histories of Brands Hatch and Silverstone, both published by Haynes.

He lives in East Sussex with his partner Diane and has two sons, Jon and Will.

Ian Wagstaff

Ian Wagstaff began writing motor racing reports in the early 1970s, having started work in the production department of ‘Motor Sport’ magazine. He went on to become Press Officer at Silverstone circuit towards the end of that decade. He has been a freelance journalist since 1986, writing for The Economist Intelligence Unit and Financial Times Automotive Division as well as the motor racing press.

Ian has twice won the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy as well as its Pierre Dreyfus award, and he has also received the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association’s ‘Book of the Year’ award. He is particularly intrigued by both endurance and Indy car racing and has written books about the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Indianapolis 500. As an antidote to motor racing, he is an amateur French horn player.

J. Mac Hulbert

Born in Somerset, J. Mac Hulbert is an academic who spent most of his career at Columbia University in Manhattan, where he was the R.C. Kopf Professor of International Marketing. His passion for historic cars has led him to own and compete with a huge variety of machinery, including ERA R4D in the period 2001–15. He has written many books about business, but this long-awaited and thoroughly researched work is his first about cars.

Ray Hutton

Ray Hutton started as a motoring journalist with Motor Racing magazine. The first event he covered was the 1968 BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch, won by Jacky Ickx and Brian Redman in Ford GT40 P/1075.

In 1970, Ray joined Autocar, and reported on races and rallies all over the world as Sports Editor, before progressing to become Editor-in-Chief. Since going freelance in the1980s, he has written about cars and the motor industry for newspapers, magazines, and websites worldwide, and is best known for his work at The Sunday Times and Car and Driver magazine in the USA.

The author of several books, his published works include the Centenary History of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA); Jewels in the Crown: How Tata of India transformed Britain’s Jaguar and Land Rover; and Porsche 917, an inter-active i-book.

Ray is honorary president of the international Car of the Year Jury, vice-president of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and an associate member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club. His work has twice won the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Montagu Trophy and the Bentley International Award.

Gordon Bruce

A qualified mechanical engineer, Gordon Bruce was the Road Test Editor of Motor magazine and then a Ford PR manager before founding the eponymous marketing consultancy he still operates 35 years later. His first book concerned the Ford GT40, for which he was awarded a prize by the Guild of Motoring Writers. His associations with the AC/Shelby Cobra date from 1983, when he won the Intermarque Championship in a 405bhp example.

Rinsey Mills

Rinsey Mills bought his first AC while at art school in the 1960s. It came and went, but was never forgotten, and several years later he reacquired it after it had fallen into disrepair. Later still, through a chance conversation while visiting the AC factory at Thames Ditton, he learned that this worn-out, tatty sports car had nearly won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1935.

Since then he has owned, raced and worked on many ACs, and become a well-known marque expert. Through this passion, he came to know Carroll Shelby in latter years and became his official biographer. His major work, Carroll Shelby: The Authorised Biography (Haynes, 2012), was published mere weeks before Shelby’s death.

Rinsey is the author of other books about AC subjects, including Original AC Ace & Cobra (Bay View, 1990), Essential AC Cobra (Bay View, 1997), Great Cars: AC Cobra (Haynes, 2003) and AC Sports Cars in Detail: Six-Cylinder Models 1933–63 (Herridge & Sons, 2007).

Thomas Böhler 

Passionate about classic and modern sports cars from a very young age, Thomas decided to turn his biggest passion in life into his dream job. He has gained considerable experience in the automotive industry, working with both manufacturers and suppliers, and has been involved in various projects with Bugatti Automobiles.

Combining his great interest in cars and love for writing, Thomas has regularly contributed to several automotive magazines and books. An expert for modern-day Bugattis, he has been one of the main contributors to Bugatti’s publication on the Chiron supercar for owners. The ‘Great Cars’ book Bugatti Type 50 – the autobiography of 50177 is his first venture into the exciting world of classic Bugatti sports cars, working with respected marque experts Julius Kruta and Mark Morris.

‘Learning about Ettore Bugatti’s life and oeuvre has taught me one important lesson: true progress comes from a combination of great creativity and persistence.’

Stephen Archer 

Stephen Archer was almost literally born into the world of Aston Martins, as a 1933 Aston Martin was his transport to and from hospital for his birth!

Since the earliest age possible, he worked on the family Aston Martins and helped to restore Alan Archer’s DB6 Mk2 Volante in 1975. In 1976, with Alan and brother Jeff, he restored a DB5 to concours winning standard and, between 1988 and 1993, he rebuilt the ex-Lord Brabazon DB2. In 2010–14, he helped build a DP214 replica. Stephen has also owned a MK3; a DB4 series one and two, a 1971 DBSV8, an AM V8 and a 2010 GT4. He won the St John Horsfall Trophy in 2014 in the Ulster LM15 and will race his 2010 GT4 in 2017.

Stephen has written extensively about the marque, with his books including Aston Martin Zagato in 1998, Aston Martin Ulster and All the Ulsters in 2011 and, in 2016, the large tome The Aston Martin DB4GT (all Palawan). He is a regular contributor to Vantage magazine.

Stephen grew up in Essex and graduated in Business from Coventry University. He lives with his wife Ruth in Buckinghamshire and has three grown-up sons. All appreciate and enjoy the charm of Aston Martins.

James Page 

James Page grew up around motorsport thanks to his father’s involvement in sprints and hillclimbs, and spent his childhood devouring the many car-related books and magazines that could be found around the house. After studying journalism at Falmouth University, during which he contributed race reports to Motoring News and Autosport, he had a brief diversion into the world of professional golf before joining Future Publishing in 2005 as a production assistant. James then served as deputy editor of Classics Monthly between 2007 and 2011, when he moved to Classic & Sports Car. After spending three years as deputy editor, he became the magazine’s editor in 2014. Two years later, he left to pursue a freelance career, and currently lives in South Gloucestershire with his wife, two children and a temperamental MG 1300.

Professor Gordon Murray 

Growing up in South Africa, Gordon designed, built and raced his own sports car (IGM Ford) in the National Class in 1967 and 68. The following year, he moved to the UK and joined the Brabham Formula One Team as Technical Director, winning two world championships (1981 & 1983) during his 17 years with the team. Gordon joined McLaren Racing as Technical Director in 1988 and three consecutive championship wins (1988, 1989 & 1990) followed.  After 50 Grand Prix wins, he moved away from Formula One in 1990 to concentrate his efforts on establishing a new company for the group, McLaren Cars Ltd.  The company’s first project, the F1 Road Car is still regarded as the world’s best engineered car.  A racing version won two world sports car championships and the Le Mans 24-hour race on its first attempt in 1995. 

In 2005, Gordon left McLaren and, in 2007, Gordon Murray Design was established to develop an innovative and disruptive automotive manufacturing technology, trademarked iStream®. Now, the process is fully industrialised and represents the first major step change in automotive manufacturing in 100 plus years.

With the Global Vehicle Trust, Gordon launched the world’s first ‘flat-pack’ truck, the OX, in 2016, and it looks set to transform transport in the developing world.

Other Porter Press Team Profiles

Martin Brundle

Martin’s Formula 1 career was complete with podiums and battles against the likes of Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna.

Brundle went straight from racing to commentating with Murray Walker in 1997. His ability and enthusiasm were evident.  Murray hailed Brundle as his favourite commentator.

In his 16 seasons commentating, Martin has attained a Walker-esque status in the world of F1 broadcasting.

Glen Smale 

Glen has had a passion for all things motoring and, in particular, for Porsche since a tender age.  He honed his talents writing for motoring magazines both in the UK and in his native South Africa, and currently writes regular columns for several monthly motoring magazines.  Glen’s previous books include, Porsche – The Carrera Dynasty; and Jaguar E-type – Portrait of a Design Icon for which he received the Laurin and Klement ‘ Design Writer of the Year’ award.  In his free time, Glen plays squash and golf.  He currently lives in South Wales with his wife Elke, and their children Margaux and Robert.

Sir Stirling Moss 

Stirling is arguably the greatest all-round racing driver the world has ever known. In a career that spanned 14 years (1948 – 1962), he won an outstanding 194 of the 497 races he entered, including the British Grand Prix and the arduous Mille Miglia.  Today, he continues to make public appearances, support charities.

Barry Cryer 

Barry Cryer is a national treasure.  He has been making people laugh for over 50 years and continues to be at the top of his game.  In his time he has worked with, and become great friends with, an absolute Who’s Who of the comedy world – such icons as Tommy Cooper, Morecambe and Wise, John Cleese, Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker, Michael Palin, Alan Bennett, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Frankie Howerd, Kenny Everett, Bruce Forsyth, Les Dawson … the list is endless.

Murray Walker

Murray Walker is a legend.  In the fast-paced, action -packed and often ruthless world of motor sport he is a constant.  More famous than many of the drivers on whom he commentates, his knowledge, and evident enthusiasm, is a beacon for millions of fans.

Alan Fearnley 

Alan Fearnley is one of the World’s foremost motoring artists.  His paintings have won praise from critics and enthusiasts alike, who appreciate his ability to create detailed and technically accurate scenes, infused with a tangible sense of atmosphere and emotion.

Mike Gould

Former Land Rover manager and motoring journalist, and author of the Land Rover Scrapbook.  As a key member of Land Rover’s sales, marketing and PR team for over 30 years, Mike is well placed to offer fresh insights into the company’s business policy and design decisions.  His honesty, passion and genuine affection for Land Rover make this work a unique record not only of the marque but of the personalities and products that built the business.

Chris Rooke

Chris Rooke loved E-types but knew nothing about restoring them.  E-type Jaguar DIY Restoration & Maintenance – A Kind of Loving is a unique approach to restoring your own E-type Jaguar.  Chris Rooke has created a brilliantly useful and very readable book that really will help you if you want to work on your E-type or to know more about the workings.

Richard Heseltine

Journalist and author specialising in classic and contemporary performance cars. A former staff member of Classic & Sports Car and Motor Sport, for whom he remains a regular contributor, he has also written extensively for Octane, Classic Cars and Auto Italia in addition to newspapers such as The Guardian. He has written several books on subjects as diverse as the British specialist sports car industry and coachbuilt Ferraris. He has also owned, driven and pushed countless Italian classic cars over the past 25 years.

Nick Hull

Nick has over 25 years’ experience as a designer, writer and academic on automotive design. From 2002-2015 Nick taught at Coventry University, latterly as Course Director for Transport Design. He is a visiting tutor at ISD in France and Umea Institute of Design in Sweden. His areas of research include the history of automotive design and the study of proportions in car design.

Nick worked for Honda from 1992-2002, initially heading up the interior design studio in Germany. Previously, he was employed by Jaguar as a designer, being involved in such projects as the Jaguar XJ41, XJ220 and XJS facelift. He later moved to Peugeot and then joined TWR, where he was involved in bringing the Jaguar XJ220 into production.

He is also a contributor to several publications, including Car Design News and its sister publication, Interior Motives magazine. Nick attends most major international auto shows and commentates on car design and industry trends.

Sir John Egan

Sir John Egan has enjoyed a long and highly distinguished business career. After studying petroleum engineering at Imperial College, he was employed by Shell in the Middle East. Following time at London Business School, he joined AC Delco, a General Motors company. He then moved to British Leyland where he helped to set up and ran Unipart, a uniquely successful operation within BL. Four years with Massey-Ferguson in Canada followed before Sir Michael Edwardes encouraged him back to Coventry to try and save Jaguar. Ten years later, he reluctantly sold the company to Ford but achieved a price of £1.6bn ($2.5bn). He was Chief Executive of British Airports Authority from 1990 until 1999 and headed up the construction industry task force, producing the Egan Report, Rethinking Construction, in 1998 and Accelerating Change in 2002. He served as President of the CBI from that date until 2004 when he became Chairman of Severn Trent. Among many other roles, he was Chairman of Inchcape plc, Chairman, and later President, of the London Tourist Board, President of the Institute of Management and is Chancellor of Coventry University.  He was knighted in 1986.

Bob Exelby

Cable TV engineer Bob Exelby has a lifetime of home classic car rebuilds behind him and shares all the nuggets of information, advice and tips gleaned through his own blood (literally), sweat and tears over 50 years of ‘playing with old cars’. Even the most experienced make mistakes, and he freely shares his so that others can avoid them. This book is invaluable if you want to know what makes an XK ‘tick’, and if it’s the classic car for you – and vital if you own or are restoring one.

Porter Press International Team Profiles (non-author)

Norman Dewis

Norman is a Jaguar legend.  He joined Browns Lane factory in 1952 to work on projects such as disc-brake development and rose to the position of Chief Test Driver. The role meant he was intimately involved with the testing of many prototype Jaguar models, most notably the now iconic E-type.  In addition to working for Jaguar, Norman was also an accomplished racer and competed at events such as the 24 Hour Le Mans.

Derek Bell, OBE

During an amazing racing career, Derek Bell won two new World Sportscar Championships, was three times winner of the 24hrs of Daytona and chalked-up an amazing five Le Mans victories.  He was particularly well known for his pairing with Jacky Ickx in the Porsche 936 and Porsche 956/Porsche 962 models, although he also raced in Formula One for the Ferrari, McLaren, Surtees and Tecno teams.