Porter Press International

Exceptional Cars

The Exceptional Cars series is underway, the first book in the series has been published on the Le Mans-winning Bizzarrini.

Following the success of the Great Cars series, which features such cars as an important Ferrari 250 GTO, a long-nose works Jaguar D-type and a Le Mans-winning Porsche 917, Porter Press has created a new series for exceptional motor cars.


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


Porter Press International is an award-winning publisher of motoring books founded by Philip Porter, the well-known motoring author who has won no fewer than four ‘Book of the Year’ awards. In recent years, Porter Press has published four books with Sir Stirling Moss and other titles with Murray Walker and Martin Brundle, plus such blockbusters as Ultimate E-type – The Competition Cars.



The Team

Editorial management of the Exceptional 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.  The Exceptional Cars Series Editor is Ray Hutton, who also has vast experience as an editor and author.  After stints on Motor Racing Magazine and Motoring News, he joined Autocar, being the Editor from '75 to '84.  He is Honorary President of the International Car of the Year jury and a Vice President of the Guild of Motoring Writers.


Design is in the capable hands of Andy Garman who has designed all the award-winning Porter Press books.


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


The unbeatable and growing Porter Press Team includes Sir Stirling Moss, Murray Walker, Mark Hughes, Sir John Egan, Ian Wagstaff, Martin Brundle,  Doug Nye, Keith Bluemel, Julius Kruta, Chas Parker, Rinsey Mills, David Burgess Wise, Malcolm McKay, Marco Makaus, Giles Chapman, John Elmgreen, Nick Baldwin, Paul McNabb, Terry McGrath, Nic Waller, Nick Hull, Ray Hutton, Mick Walsh, Micheal Oliver, Philip Porter...



The Process


Clients are invited to commission a book on their car. A proposal is prepared with the costs clearly itemised and contracts exchanged. The book is written by the chosen author and photographic research is carried out by Ray Hutton, who also edits the text.  The book is designed by Andy Garman and carefully proof-checked. Printing is done in the UK following final approval by the client.


Although there is an upfront investment to obtain a superb book, the 50% of net sales revenue paid to the client can cover a good proportion of that investment and perhaps all of it.



Special Editions


Each title will be produced in two editions. Apart from the standard edition, Ludlow Bookbinders will hand-craft a special leather-bound, limited edition of the highest quality.





Format 240mm x 280mm Landscape (9.5 x 11in)

Page count 128

Period photographs Over 70 (if available)

Studio or location photographs  Around 40 in a 24-page gallery

Words 20,000-25,000




Sample spreads from the Exceptional Cars Series
Bentley - an Excpetional Car
Leatherbound Bentley R-type Continental

Iso Bizzarrini

The remarkable history of A3/C 0222

by Richard Heseltine



Standard edition of Iso Bizzarini - The remarkable history of A3/C0222
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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. The A3/C was the creation of Giotto Bizzarrini, the engineer who developed the famed Ferrari 250 GTO. 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.


Key points


  • The story of the car that won its class and finished in ninth place overall against formidable opposition in the Le Mans 24 Hours of 1965.
  • The car’s conception, design and development – masterminded by Giotto Bizzarrini – covered in detail, complete with rare period images.
  • The background and achievements of Bizzarrini the man outlined and assessed, including his role at Ferrari.
  • Five international events in 1965 – as an Iso run by Giotto Bizzarrini – recorded in full, with superb photos.
  • Biographical details of all drivers who competed with the car, including Chris Amon (in Austria at the 200 Miles of Zeltweg) and Maurice Trintignant (in France at the Mont Dore hill climb).
  • Contains many first-hand accounts, including from surviving drivers and other participants in the story.
  • Later life: rebadged as a Bizzarrini, sold as a road car to a colourful American living in Rome, passed through further owners, ending up today in enthusiast Bruce Meyer’s California-based car collection, returned in every detail to its original race specification.
  • The book includes a portfolio of magnificent studio images by noted American photographer Peter Harholdt.


Upcoming Exceptional Cars Titles


Exceptional Cars’ No. 2: Jaguar XK120 - The Autobiography of JWK 651 (Le Mans, TT, MM, RAC Rally, record-breaking with Stirling Moss)

Author: Chas Parker

Expected publication date: March 2017


'Exceptional Cars’ No 3: AC Cobras (the prototype, chassis #1 and #2)

Author: Gordon Bruce

Expected publication date: July 2017

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