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.
Vanwall – frustratingly, this title will just miss the Members’ Meeting but we hope to have a digitally-printed copy to show people. Doug Nye has been tweaking the captions and finding some incredible archive material. He is excited; we are excited.
Concept Cars of the ’60s – we have been held up obtaining images but design is now nearly completed.
Drivers on Drivers – 30+ interviews completed and transcribed, including more than a dozen World Champions, editing well advanced, design well advanced. Getting close.
GT40 Drawings – from over 5,000 drawings, the final choice has been made, the text is written, design has started. This is going to be something very different and amazing.
BRM – Racing for Britain – editor James Page is immersing himself in image selection. As some 356 albums have been digitised for the Owen family, with whom we are working closely, this is a Herculean task which, not surprisingly, is taking time.
Ultimate Porsche 962 Works Cars – editor Mark Hughes is working his way through the several hundred thousands words of text by Serge Vanbockryck. Like his 956 books, this is going to be another blockbuster. Likely to be three volumes.
Ultimate Ford GT40 – over 100,000 words written already. An incredible team of GT40 historians are hard at work.
Much more in the pipeline – will update you as soon as possible.
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
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.
Luke Robinson, who joined us six years ago as our first apprentice, and is now our Assistant Accounts Manager and, like everyone here, an absolute pleasure to work with, has asked me to ask you to buy more of our books! Luke looks after storage and, although most books are selling very well, with more and more titles, and so many large books, we have to keep expanding our storage. Over to you, please!
News from 2020
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
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
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.
Read the Stirling Moss obituary by Philip Porter
RAC Motoring Book of the Year Winner 2019
October 30th 2019
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 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.
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
This is the very first in our Ultimate Series. It 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."
Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the British cult classic film, this new book takes a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at how the movie made its way to our screens. Lavishly illustrated throughout with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and production documents, it is a joyful look back at the film, the inspirations behind it, the personalities who made it, and the experience of shooting on location. Author Matthew Field is the world's foremost expert on The Italian Job, and over the past 20 years has enjoyed unprecedented access to the cast and crew. The film's star, Sir Michael Caine, provides the Foreword, and the Introduction is supplied by Oscar-winning film producer Michael Deeley. A fascinating read, this book is sure to appeal to fans of The Italian Job, movie buffs and classic car lovers alike. Order your copy
In this latest addition to the Scrapbook series, the story of this unique little car is broken up into accessible nuggets and aided by a collection of archive and contemporary photography, to illustrate just what makes the Mini so special in this, its 60th year.
The full story of this particular GT40, which was steered to third place at the Circuit de la Sarthe by F1 driver Ronnie Bucknum and NASCAR ace Dick Hutcherson, was published last year in our Exceptional Cars series. Another car featured in this series, the Ferrari 250 GTO with chassis number 4153 GT, sold this summer for the all-time record price of $70m – which does make you wonder if publishing a fine book about a special car serves to heighten the vehicle’s desirability.
Insights into racing with Porsche in sportscar racing’s golden era
In this, 276-page book, sportscar racing legend, Derek Bell MBE, collaborates with author Richard Heseltine to look at every race he drove for Porsche. By sharing some very personal insights, Derek casts new light on his most famous victories for the German marque - four of his five wins in the Le Mans 24 Hours, three in the Daytona 24 Hours, two in the World Sportscar Championship, and many more besides. Bell describes the Porsches he raced from 1971 to 2000, from the fearsome 917 to the iconic 956, 962, and 911. And he shares his thoughts on drivers he raced with, including Stefan Bellof, Jacky Ickx, Hans Stuck, and Jo Siffert. A fascinating trip back in time to a golden era for Porsche and sportscar racing as a whole.
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