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Author 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 to our superb Chief Designer, Andy Garman, and not forgetting our in-house office colleagues and our externally-based consultants, we have the finest team in the motoring publishing world – great people producing the Great Cars series for great enthusiasts. It’s great!” Philip Porter

 

The Great Cars Series team includes: Keith Bluemel, Doug Nye, Chas Parker, Andrew Garman, Ian Wagstaff, 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.

 

Please scroll down to read the individual profiles.

Philip Porter 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.

Philip Porter, author and director of Porter Press International. 

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.

Ferrari book author, Keith Bluemel

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.

Photo of author, Doug Nye

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.

Author Chas Parker

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.

Author Ian Wagstaff

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

Profile photo of J. Mac Hulbert

Other Porter Press Author 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.

Photo of Martin Brundle

Glen Smale 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.

Glen Smale, author of the Porsche 911 Scrapbook

Sir Stirling Moss 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.

Sir Stirling Moss

Douglas Wilmer was 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.

Douglas Wilmer

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.

Barry Cryer

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.

Murray Walker

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.

Alan Fearnley, motoring artist

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.

Mike Gould, author and motoring journalist

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.

Chris Rooke, author of E-type Jaguar DIY Restoration & Maintenance

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.

 

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.

Photo of author, Richard Heseltine

Nick Hull - 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.

Profile photo of author, Nick Hull

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.

Book on Saving Jaguar by Sir John Egan

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.

The story of how one man completely restored his XK 120 roadster

Non Author Team Profiles

Norman Dewis 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.

Norman Dewis, Jaguar Legend

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.

Derek Bell, OBE

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