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Updated 12/05/2022

GT40 Uncovered

GT40 Uncovered

We have received the proofs for GT40 Uncovered and it is all looking amazing. The sheer size (420 x 420 mm) gives the book massive impact but the design and content are stunning. 

This is a limited edition of just 365 copies with the first 200 priced at £250. The pre-orders and trade sales are already looking very healthy. I know I sound like a salesman but please don’t delay if you would like a copy of this landmark book which is definitely destined to become a collectors’ item. The next 100 are priced at £350 and then the price increases again.

View a selection of spreads here

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Ultimate Works Porsche 962 – The definitive History

Porsche 962 book

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By Serge Vanbockryck

3 volumes, 1,400 pages, 1,800 photos

Welcome to the second part of Serge Vanbockryck’s extraordinary body of research on the Works Porsche 956 and 962 racers that dominated Group C racing for a decade from 1982 onwards. While the first part centred on the 956, and can be viewed and purchased here, this forthcoming three-volume production focuses on the 962 and covers every aspect of the cars including their development, race seasons, drivers and chassis histories. A project more than 30 years in the making, Ultimate Works 962 will quite simply be the most thoroughly detailed, definitive history of the 962 yet.

Limited to 962 copies.
Estimated publication: August 2022.

Signed, and even more limited special hand-bound leather editions of both 956 and 962 will also be available.

Please contact us to have your name added to the Ultimate 962 Expressions of Interest list.

Customers on this list will be first to receive pre-order information and, should they order, have their copies dispatched first – ideal for those seeking lower-numbered books.

Porsche 956 books
John Fitzpatrick books

 

Updated 22/03/2022

All BRM books

We are all very excited because BRM - Racing for Britain is now with us.

BRM is so much a part of British motor racing heritage and in 2022 we are all celebrating the 60th anniversary of the great Championship year, a year when not only did Graham Hill become a very popular World Champion but the team won the Constructors’ Championship.  

Working closely with two generations of the Owen family, our authors Ian Wagstaff and Doug Nye, admirably supported by editors Gavin Green and James Page, and designer Martin Port, have done a fabulous job.

 

Updated 27/01/2022

Our good friend Barry Cryer, veteran comedian and writer dies aged 86. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.

 

Updated 13/01/22

 

Update 26th October 2021 RAC awards Following their recent nomination as finalists for Publication of the Year in The Historic Motoring Awards, we're excited to announce that Ultimate McLaren F1 GTR by Mark Cole and JUE 477 by Martin Port have now also been shortlisted for Royal Automobile Club Book of the Year awards for 2021. 

 

Updated 5th October 2021

Publication of the Year finalist

Wonderful news: two of our titles, Ultimate McLaren F1 GTR and JUE 477 have been shortlisted in the 2021 Historic Motoring Awards’ Publication of the Year category. Congratulations, and best of luck to authors Mark Cole and Martin Port, respectively.

 

Updated 20th July 2021
We were delighted to launch the Ferrari Breadvan book at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Emanuele Pirro, five-time Le Mans winner, kindly visited us on the Sunday to sign the signature sheets for the Collector’s and Baker’s Editions, and some books.
It was great to see Derek Bell again and looking very fit. He spent an hour with us on the Saturday signing books.

We thought the Thursday at Goodwood would be dead and I briefed new colleague Wayne not to be too depressed if we did not make a single sale. It turned out that Thursday was our best day.

With the delays caused by the pandemic, we have decided, together with the Owen family, that instead of celebrating the 70th anniversary (2020), the forthcoming BRM book will now celebrate the 60th anniversary of the team's great World Championship year in 1962.

Though there have been some delays with BRM, the Vanwall book is racing ahead and Doug Nye is now captioning. Editor James Page tells me Doug is very excited about the way designer Martin Port has displayed the host of wonderful archive material.

We are now getting ready for the Silverstone Classic (stand number 22) and hope to see a number of customers there. Do, please, come and say hello.

 

Updated July 2021

 

Updated June 2021

The 9600 HP books arrived today and copies of Original Jaguar E-type will be here on Thursday. The target for, respectively, myself and Malcolm McKay was our E-type 60 event this coming weekend. Magnificently supported, respectively, by editors James Page and Steve Rendle, and in both cases by designer Martin Port, we have just made it, but only just!

I visited the great Ian Callum last Friday so he could kindly sign the 9600 HP special editions and I took a few of our books to show him. He loved TheAutomotiveArtProject so much that I had to give him a copy!

Talking of specials, David Piper and Peter Sutcliffe have now kindly signed the GTO special editions. 

Just heard today we have an interview with Lewis Hamilton for the Drivers on Drivers charity book. How about that!

 

Update April 2021

Recently published books

In the last five years we have worked with two charities - Prostate Cancer UK and Sir Jackie Stewart’s Race Against Dementia (more collaborations being planned) - and are now working with Hope for Tomorrow. The Patrons include Ross Brawn, Martin Brundle, Derek Bell, David Brabham, Nick Fry and David Richards.

A while ago, I came up with an idea for a charity book and have now made a start - Drivers on Drivers. So far, I have interviewed Jackie Oliver, Martin Brundle, David Hobbs, Paddy Hopkirk and Derek Bell. Several distinguished writers and commentators, such as Ben Edwards, Mark Cole, Neville Hay, Peter Windsor, Richard Heseltine, David Tremayne and Ian Wagstaff are kindly helping with interviews. Our aim is to include around 50 drivers from the ’50s to the current day. I’ll keep you posted on progress.

 

News from 2020

Motoring book awards

Great Cars Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe and Ultimate Works Porsche 956 have been short-listed by the Royal Automobile Club for their Specialist Motoring Book of the Year award.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of BRM, the Owen family have kindly asked us to create a book based on the family archives. Doug Nye and Ian Wagstaff are on board, with Gavin Green editing.

Award for SuperFinds book

Above: Michael Kliebenstein (left) is given the award by Andrea Martini (right), President of Milano AUTOCLASSICA.  

Have you ever heard of a book being given a Book of the Year award before it has been published? It has happened with SuperFinds. With many of the extraordinary featured cars being Italian, it is a real honour that the Milan Autoclassica Classic Car Show has given their ‘Book of the Year 2020’ to SuperFinds by Michael Kliebenstein. 

   

The All - American Hero and Jaguar's Racing E-types 

Cunningham E-type

The All American Hero and Jaguar’s Racing E-types is a fabulous book which majors on Briggs Cunningham’s dream to win Le Mans. Magneto makes mention in their superb edition (which pays tribute to Stirling) of, ‘the usual Porter Press high production values… ...the period photography is superb… ...an entertaining read rather than a dreary drudge through history'. Price: £60

 

 

Updated April 2020

Sir Stirling Moss, British motor racing legend dies at 90

Sir Stirling Moss dies

To me, and to many, he was simply the greatest.

Not only was he the finest all round motorsport competitor who has ever lived, he was the personification of the perfect sport. A sporting hero to several generations, he was probably the first sporting superstar.

He was both James Bond and the Beckham of his era: he dated a roll call of beautiful women and he was the first sportsman to be on the front pages of the newspapers as well as the back. Admired worldwide but loved by the British, he was the English crusader who went to foreign lands and, against the odds, conquered. That he became known as 'Mr Motor Racing' says it all.

His greatest sporting achievement, and one of the very greatest in the history of sport, was his victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia – a wonderfully insane  race of 1,000 miles round Italy. Comprising a mix of fast long straights alongside the Adriatic, roads through cities, towns and villages and taking in long, snaking tortuous mountain passes, he averaged, together with his invaluable navigator ‘Jenks’, just a shade under 100mph. It defies belief.

The world has lost one of its greatest ever sportsmen; Britain has lost one of its greatest heroes.

Philip Porter

Read the Stirling Moss obituary by Philip Porter

 

RAC Motoring Book of the Year Winner 2019

October 30th 2019

Motoring book awards

 Image copyright: John Brooks. 

The accolade of ‘Motoring Book of the Year’ went to Matthew Field for ‘The Self-Preservation Society 50 Years of the Italian Job’, published by Porter Press International. A unanimous decision by the judges.

Christian Whitehead from Foyles said “It’s a treasure trove of archive material with stills, behind the scene shots, promotional cinema posters and engaging facts of the stresses that the film crew had to endure. You can’t help but smile at the story of the making of one of Michael Caine’s best loved films”.

Mick Walsh from Classic & Sports Car said “A remarkable celebration of this cult movie classic that author Matthew Field has researched passionately since his teenage years. Bloody brilliant!”.

The 335-page book includes more than 50 in-depth interviews with the cast and crew, and is beautifully illustrated with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and production documents from the filmmakers’ private collections providing a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at how the British classic made its way to the big screen and includes a foreword by Sir Michael Caine and an introduction by Academy Award-winning Producer Michael Deeley.

 

Ultimate Series

Ultimate titles are written by highly respected authors chosen for their superior knowledge and experience. The series kicks off with a look at the Fitzpatrick Group C Porsches written by eminent motoring author and journalist Mark Cole. Cole covered the FIA World Endurance Championship over the period in which John Fitzpatrick Racing competed.

Serge Vanbockryck started his career as a journalist and photographer in the late 1980s, covering the fascinating world of endurance racing for newspapers and magazines around Europe. For the Ultimate series, he has written about the Works Porsche 956 and 962, with the latter due to be released late 2021. 

 

Ultimate Series - Works Porsche 956

By Serge Vanbockryck956 racer

In the decade following the 956’s launch in 1982, Porsche’s Group C racer and its long-wheelbase derivative, the 962, swept to five consecutive world championships and repeatedly won every classic sportscar race: the Le Mans 24 Hours seven times, the Daytona 24 Hours six times and the Sebring 12 Hours four times, with victories in 39 World Championship events and 55 IMSA races.  
 
The authoritative text is accompanied by a comprehensive selection of period photographs, some showing early design and wind tunnel models and prototypes, many previously unpublished. This beautifully-produced publication extends to 800 pages across two volumes, which we believe makes it the biggest book ever written on the subject and is presented in a stunning grey cloth slipcase. Production is strictly limited to 956 copies. 

 
Here's an extract from the book setting the scene for the 1982 season. 'At the end of 1981, at the dawn of the Group C era, the FISA could at least already say it had done a good job in creating a decent set of rules, even if they had been announced rather late. Into 1982, Porsche and Ford would be the factory teams fighting for the World Endurance Championship of Makes, with Rondeau-Ford and maybe even WM-Peugeot expected to challenge well. Lancia would be there with an all-out attack on the World Endurance Championship for Drivers, at the same time trying out the Group C waters for 1983. The usual suspects, Lola and March, would soon be supplying chassis to private teams, as they had done in the past, and newcomers like Sauber, TOJ and URD were not to be discounted either and would at least help to populate the grids. And legendary sportscar names from earlier decades in the form of Aston Martin and Mirage were scheduled to make selected appearances, adding some extra appeal. 
 
Sportscars and endurance racing were about to begin their most successful ever era.' Order your copy

 

John Fitzpatrick Group C Porsches - The Definitive History

Book by Mark Cole

This is the very first in our Ultimate SeriesIt looks at two of the most successful world-class racing cars of all time, the Porsche 956 and 962, and the Group C era regarded by many as the ultimate in sportscar racing. Group C Porsches were hugely successful throughout the 1980s both with the factory team and independent entrants, and the focus of this book is successful privateer team John Fitzpatrick Racing.  
 
From the foreword by David Hobbs: "This book, expertly put together by Mark Cole, who was also there and saw it all, is an excellent read, particularly for those interested in the history of sportscar racing."

  

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We have been very fortunate in receiving some wonderful reviews from the trade press over the years, but we would particularly like to hear from you, our customers, so that we can continue to provide the high quality titles and service you have come to expect.

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