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Ultimate E-type

The Competition Cars

by Philip Porter

Ultimate E-type - The Competition Cars, by Philip Porter

 This is a heavyweight book on the rare Lightweight Es and early racers.  Packed with illustrations from wonderful period photos to stunning studio shots.


Price: £95.00

(signed copies only available direct from us)

De Luxe and Collectors' Editions are also available

Stage Whispers:

Douglas Wilmer, The Memoirs

Douglas Wilmer is one of the finest character actors the British theatre has ever produced.  He is remembered for giving what many believe to have been the definitive portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the 1960s BBC TV series and, as a rising star, was cast in numerous iconic films, notably El Cid, Cleopatra, Jason And The Argonauts, Octopussy and

The Fall of the Roman Empire.

Standard Edition Price: £14.95


De Luxe (signed) Edition Price: £45.00

Stirling Moss Scrapbook 1955

by Stirling Moss & Philip Porter

This book is a light-hearted look at the fun, the excitement, the lifestyle, the racing, the people, the challenges, the tragedies, the victories, the crumpet…


Standard Edition (reprint) Price: £39.95


Standard Edition (reprint, signed)

Price: £54.95  Out of stock


Standard Edition (1st Edition) Price: £130.00


Standard (signed) Edition  (1st Edition)

Price : £150.00

Only 7 copies in stock!


de Luxe Edition SOLD OUT

Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Audiobook

read by Douglas Wilmer


4 CD Set


Douglas Wilmer, considered by many to have been the finest Holmes of stage and screen, reads four of Conan Doyle's wonderful stories, playing all the roles in character. These Wilmer readings (three from the "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes) and one from "His Last Bow") have never been published before.

Price: £9.99

Latest Porter Press International News

"Very sad to announce the great Douglas Wilmer passed away in the early hours of this morning."

Philip Porter (31st March 2016)

Bizzarrini – the story of the prototype which won its class at Le Mans is being written by Richard Heseltine. The car will be shown at Pebble Beach this year and our deadline is to have the book ready for this famous event. (see competition below). Publication date August 2016.


AC Cobra – literally, chassis number one and owned by the same collector as the Bizzarrini, this car has a fine history and is being written for us by Gordon Bruce, marque expert who has raced Cobras extensively. Publication date October 2016.


Jaguar XK 120 – the story of JWK 651 which did Le Mans, an RAC Rally, the Mille Miglia twice and record-breaking with Stirling Moss. It does not get better than that when it comes to Jaguar XKs. Being written by Paul Parker and Philip Porter.

The Exceptional Cars series is underway with three titles in the pipeline:

Exceptional Cars


RAY HUTTON - who will be co-ordinating our Exceptional Cars series, is a freelance writer and editor. He is associated with Motor Trader, Motor Racing Publications, Car and Driver (USA),Overdrive (India) Tekniikan Maailma (Finland).


Ray graduated from Queen Mary College, London University in 1965. He then worked at Hamlyn Books, Motor Racing magazine and Motoring News. He joined Autocar in May 1970 as Sports Editor, became Assistant Editor and then Editor from 1975 to 1984.  Ray is a freelance contributor to national newspapers and magazines and websites worldwide.


Honorary President of the International Car of the Year jury; Associate member of the BRDC; Trustee of the Guild Benevolent Fund and Guild Vice-President.

Jaguar XK DIY Restoration Guide – available now. E-type Jaguar DIY Restoration & Maintenance – now back in stock having been reprinted yet again. Stirling Moss – The Definitive Biography Vol 1 – planned to be launched at Goodwood Revival.

Limited Edition books

Beautifully hand-bound in leather, with silver gilt edging and an aluminium stamped 'chassis plate' on the cover, the 100 numbered de Luxe copies of each Great Cars book are bound to become collectors' items. The following, which are signed by the author(s), are now available but when they are gone, they are gone!


Lightweight Esigned by Brian Redman

Porsche 917 signed by Richard Attwood

Jaguar D-typesigned by Norman Dewis OBE

Ferrari 250 GT SWBsigned by Ross Brawn  .

de Luxe edition of Jaguar D-type - The Autobiography of XKD 504

The London Classic Car Show was a great event for us to showcase our Great Car Series books, along with some of our other recently released books;  including Saving Jaguar, by Sir John Egan, Jaguar Design by Nick Hull & the Martin Brundle Scrapbook by Martin Brundle & Philip Porter.

Philip Porter on the Porter Press International stand at the London Classic Car Show

This magnificent book tells the story of the most important Porsche 917 of all – the one that gave Porsche its first victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours. In 1970 the world’s greatest sports car race was ravaged by periods of torrential rain but through it all came 917-023, driven by Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood, to achieve a landmark success for the German manufacturer. This book provides detailed insight into not only this race but also the six others in which 917-023 took part, supported by a superb collection of period photographs, many in colour. All Porsche fans will love this addition to the ‘Great Cars’ series – a complete record of an important historic racing car

Richard Attwood signing copies of

Porsche 917 - The autobiography of 917-023

at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November 2015.

Photo: by Richard Dredge

Q&A & Book Signing with Ross Brawn

at Famous Ferrari Dealership

At the most famous Ferrari dealership in the country, Maranello Concessionaires, F1 legend Ross Brawn joined Ferrari owners and enthusiasts for a fascinating Q&A session followed by a book signing. Written by the great Doug Nye (with three chapters by Ross Brawn, including a fascinating autobiographical one), We have just published this fourth, and latest, in their Great Cars series which is on the fabulous ex-Rob Walker Ferrari 250 GT Short-Wheelbase with which Stirling Moss won the 1960 Tourist Trophy and now belongs to Brawn.

Featured Author

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 a number of books, including comprehensive histories of Brands Hatch and Silverstone, both published by Haynes. Chas is also co-author or one of our latest books in the Great Cars Series, Jaguar D-type - The Autobiography of XKD 504.

Jaguar D-type - The Autobiography of XKD 504, by Philip Porter and Chas Parker

Jaguar D-type

The Autobiography of XKD 504

by Philip Porter &

Chas Parker

The Alan Fearnley Cartoon Collection

Alan Fearnley is one of the world’s leading motoring artists. In 2008, Porter Press International was proud to publish a book of his paintings, The Automotive Art of Alan Fearnley, which encompasses a variety of automotive subjects from the great Silver Arrows of the ’30s to the sports racers of the ’50s to gentler scenes spanning many decades. As an XK owner, Alan contributed a series of very amusing cartoons to the XK Club some years ago. The originals hang in Philip Porter’s private museum. A number of members spotted them recently and asked if they were for sale. They were not but they are now!

Who Do You Think You Are? Stirling Moss

Buy this cheeky T-Shirt, featuring the favourite slogan of traffic policemen everywhere! Celebs we have captured sporting Sir Stirling’s fab blue T-shirt with light blue text include: F1 racer, Jenson Button National Treasure, Murray Walker Lady Susie Moss
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Latest Porter Press Books



The most prestigious series of motoring books ever produced. Great cars, great authors, great quality. Each book is devoted to a single, famous car but also sets the scene and covers the drivers and the competition. Each book has 320 pages, over 275 period photographs, new studio photography, 60,000+ words and measures 285 x 235 (11.5in x 9.5in).

Standard Edition

Price: £60.00

Porsche 917

The Autobiography of 917-023

by Ian Wagstaff


Royal Automobile Club Shortlist contender for Motoring Book of the Year

This magnificent book (the second title in our Great Cars series) tells the story of the most important Porsche 917 of all – the one that gave Porsche its first victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Standard (signed) Edition

Price: £60.00

De Luxe edition also available

Jaguar D-type

The Autobiography of XKD 504

by Philip Porter & Chas Parker


Jaguar D-type - The Autobiography of XKD 504, by Philip Porter and Chas Parker

This superb book tells the story of one of the most historically interesting of all Jaguar D-types – a car that has raced more than any other D-type.

Standard (signed) Edition

Price: £60.00

De Luxe Edition also available

Jaguar Lightweight E-type

The Autobiography of 4 WPD

by Philip Porter


Jaguar Lightweight E-type - The Autobiography of 4 WPD, by Philip Porter
Royal Automobile Club Shortlist contender for Motoring Book of the Year

This Great Cars Series book outlines in exhaustive detail the history of the most important competition Jaguar E-type.

Standard (signed) Edition

Price: £60.00

De Luxe and Collectors' Editions are also available

Ferrari 250 GT

Short Wheelbase

The Autobiography of 2119 GT

by Doug Nye


This superb book tells the story of the finest example of a glorious breed of Ferrari, the 250 GT Short Wheelbase, which combined a great engine with a fine chassis and a beautiful body to become one of the most revered Ferraris.

Written by Doug Nye,with three chapters by Ross Brawn

Standard (signed) Edition

Price: £60.00

De Luxe (signed) Edition

also available



The Autobiography of R4D

by J. Mac Hulbert



ERA R4D - The Autobiography of R4D, by J. Mac Hulbert


Available now!

The famous cars made by ERA (English Racing Automobiles) epitomise British motor racing during the 1930s and have a very special place in the affections of patriotic enthusiasts. This magnificent book tells the story of a uniquely historic example that has competed almost without a break for 80 years and achieved innumerable successes.

Standard (signed) Edition

Price: £60.00

Click here to purchase a standard copy of Maserati 250F - The Autobiography of 2528, by Ian Wagstaff

De Luxe (signed) Edition

also available

Maserati 250F

The Autobiography of 2528

by Ian Wagstaff


Available now!

The Autobiography of 2528. This fabulous ex-Fangio 250F has been owned by the Corner family for many years.

Standard (signed) Edition

Price: £60.00

Click here to purchase a standard copy of Maserati 250F - The Autobiography of 2528, by Ian Wagstaff

De Luxe (signed) Edition

also available


Ferrari 250 GTO

The Autobiography of 4153 GT

by Keith Bluemel


Publication date Sept 2016

Standard (signed) Edition

Price: £60.00

This magnificent book tells the story of a Ferrari 250 GTO with a particularly interesting and varied history.  The car is chassis number 4153 GT and it won the Tour de France - an arduous 10-day race-cum-rally - in the hands of Lucien Bianchi and Georges Berger in 1964.

'Thanks for offering this service. I have many of your books. Your book on Porsche 917-023 is the finest book in my collection of 350 hardcover titles. You won't ever do a greater book, but I encourage you folks to try!!' Major Irvine Brown


Jaguar XK DIY Restoration & Maintenance, by Bob Exelby

This is the story of how one man completely restored his XK 120 roadster, transforming it from dereliction into a thoroughly beautiful example of this iconic sports car. He also took the time to investigate and incorporate numerous detail improvements, making the car even more usable and practical for today’s roads, some 65 years after it was built.

Available now!

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Jaguar Design

A Story of Style


People * Process * Projects

Price: £90.00

One ingredient is common to every Jaguar – style.


Arguably a greater proportion of people have more passion for Jaguar than for any other car manufacturer. And the reason for this passion is style. Being more than merely functional motor cars, Jaguars stir the blood.


People like their Mercedes, BMW, Audi or Lexus, but they love their Jaguar!

by Nick Hull

Foreword by Ian Callum

(signed copies only available direct from us)

Signed by Nick Hull

Click here to purchase a copy of Jaguar Design - A Story of Style by Nick Hull

Saving Jaguar by John Egan

Price: £24.95

This book tells the story of how John Egan gradually overcame the odds and, piece by piece, rebuilt this great company, winning over the workforce, the overseas dealers and, most important of all, the customers. Working with Margaret Thatcher and her Government, Egan and his team of managers overcame every obstacle, every set-back, every challenge.

Signed by Sir John Egan

(signed copies only available direct from us)

Copyright: Porter Press International, 2015

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