GREAT CARS SERIES

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 285mm x 235mm (11.5in x 9.5in).

Maserati 250F

The Autobiography of 2528

by Ian Wagstaff

Maserati 250F - The Autobiography of 2528, by Ian Wagstaff

Shortlisted for the

RAC Book of the Year 2016

Great Cars book - Maserati 250F by Ian Wagstaff - find out more

5

Daytona Cobra, the autobiography of CSX2300 – author and Cobra expert Rinsey Mills is making excellent progress with our book on this
stunning example.
Publication Summer 2017

 

Other titles:

Monza Alfa is being written for us by Mick Walsh
(an important and highly-respected new member
of our team). 
Publication Spring 2017

 

Jaguar C-type (a seriously important works car) is being written by Chas Parker and Philip Porter.
 
Publication Summer 2017

NEW!

Available now!

Find out more about Stirling Moss - the Definitive Biography by Philip Porter A fabulous and definitive biography on Sir Stirling Moss.

Debunking myths, correcting many mistakes and adding much new information, including previously unrecorded races, this is probably the most deeply researched motoring biography ever written.

This book is no dry account. It is spiced with humour, tragedy and period flavour with liberal doses of quotes from Moss himself and his contemporaries, many of whom Porter has interviewed over the years.

The International Historic Motoring Awards 2016

'Book of the Month' in Octane who stated:

 

“Hearing this hardback thump onto the Octane review desk was a little disconcerting: it's not so much a brick, more a concrete breezeblock of a biography. Then we started reading... and were entranced...

 

“Moss offers his biographer the massive advantage that he kept detailed diaries and scrapbooks, which means that the minutiae of his daily life were always thoroughly recorded. It's this insight into his personal life that is really fascinating...

Stirling Moss - The Definitive Biography, Volume 1,
by Philip Porter

NEW!

The Le Mans Model Collection 1949 - 2009 (three-book set)

Trilogy of books containing over 3000 model cars that raced at Le Mans from 1949 - 2009.

£200 (set of three)

Over 9,000 colour photographs plus 61 commissioned paintings and 23 period photos

This trilogy of books contains a remarkable collection of models which is the property of the N Collection and comprises every single car that raced at Le Mans between 1949 and 2009 – over 3,000 cars.

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EXCEPTIONAL CARS SERIES

Following the success of the GREAT CARS SERIES, Porter Press has created a new series for exceptional motor cars.

Each book in the series is devoted to just one, very special motor car and is commissioned by the owner.

Titles in the series will be written by renowned authors chosen for their knowledge and expertise.

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Iso Bizzarrini - The remarkable history of A3/C 0222, by Richard Heseltine

Standard edition of Iso Bizzarini - The remarkable history of A3/C0222

The first book in the

Exceptional Cars Series

This book tells the fascinating story of the last and most successful of the Iso AC/3 Grifo race cars from the fabulous period of sports car racing in the mid-1960s. In its short but varied racing career, which included outings with two Grand Prix drivers, ‘222’ showed itself to be one of the world’s fastest racing sports and GT cars, its top speed on the Mulsanne straight at Le Mans, nearly 190mph, bettered only by the 7-litre Ford GT Mk II. This book celebrates the life of ‘222’ and the against-the-odds efforts of Bizzarrini, a genius with the ambition to produce the best GT race car of its era.

NEW!

More information on the Iso Bizzarini book

£30

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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.

NEW!

Jaguar XK DIY book information

£35

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Jaguar Design

A Story of Style

 

People * Process * Projects

£75

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!

The Jaguar Design book was shortlisted in 2015 for The International Motoring Awards, Publication of the Year

by Nick Hull

Foreword by Ian Callum

Click here to purchase a copy of Jaguar Design - A Story of Style by Nick Hull Jaguar Design - A Story of Style, by Nick Hull.  Forword by Ian Callum

Signed by Nick Hull

(signed copies only available direct from us)

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Saving Jaguar by John Egan

Saving Jaguar by John Egan.  A detailed account by Sir John Egan of how Jaguar was reborn.

£24.95

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Images and page spread from Saving Jaguar by Sir John Egan

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)

Porter Press International - Book News

Can now be revealed: Great Cars C-type book is on the 1953 Le Mans winner, no less – Gordon Murray book under way – The unique Lumsden/Sargent Lightweight E joins the Great Cars line-up - Le Mans model books garnering praise from all who see them – Excellent reviews continue to arrive for GTO and Bizzarini books – Six new Great Cars and two new Exceptional Cars books on the schedule, so far, for 2017 – James Page, former Editor of Classic & Sports Car, has joined our team

GREAT CARS

 

Ferrari 250 GTO - the autobiography of 4153 GT – the Tour de France winner, which finished fourth at Le Mans, is one of the most important of all GTOs. The reviews of this book, the seventh in the series, have been superb – Auto Express says: ‘There’s a reason that 250 GTO models break auction records time after time – they’re gorgeous cars, and this is a book that does them justice.’

 

Jaguar Lightweight E-type - the autobiography of 49 FXN – a new addition to the Great Cars series, this is a fascinating, highly innovative and important racing car that will make a tremendous subject. It will be co-authored by Philip Porter and James Page.

 

Jaguar D-type - the autobiography of XKD 504 – there are only two copies left in stock of the sumptuous de Luxe edition of this book, so act before they’re gone.

 

Other 'Great Cars' titles progressing nicely: Monza Alfa, Daytona Cobra, Lotus 18, Bugatti T50, Bugatti T53 and Bugatti T59

EXCEPTIONAL CARS

 

Jaguar XK 120 JWK 651 – will be published in March.

 

AC Cobras – featuring the prototype, chassis numbers 1 and 2. A summer publication date is planned.

Jaguar XK 120 & The First Three Shelby Cobras
Trilogy of books containing over 3000 model cars that raced at Le Mans from 1949 - 2009.
Stirling Moss - The Definitive Biography, Volume 1, by Philip Porter. 

OTHER TITLES

 

The Le Mans Model Collection 1949-2009 – this three-book set, complete with slip case, featuring this remarkable collection of more than 3,000 models – includes every single car that raced at Le Mans between '49 and '09. Over 9,000 photos. Limited to 350 copies (50 already sold), plus 50 (20 already sold) de Luxe editions. Large format 300mm x 300mm, complete with slip case. These books are stunning and caused quite a stir when they arrived in the office. Available to buy now!

 

Stirling Moss – The Definitive Biography Vol 1 – Excellent reviews are driving strong sales. If you haven’t purchased your copy of this seminal publication yet, there are still a few left.

Featured Author

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.

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