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ONE FORMULA - FIFTY YEARS OF CAR DESIGN : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
CLICK HERE – At the Check Out enter Discount code RETRO10 BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker One Formula – Fifty  years of car design Weighing in at well over 8.9 kilos and stretching to nigh on 2,000 pages, this two-volume work, the latest release from Porter Press International, even at £225.00 represents good value-for-money when priced word-for-word or pound-for-poun...
PORTER PRESS : THE SELF PRESERVATION SOCIETY - 50 YEARS OF THE ITALIAN JOB : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
CLICK HERE – Discount code: RETRO10 (Standard Edition only) BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker The Self Preservation Society: 50 years of The Italian Job This book is great fun and a bit of a romp, as indeed you might expect it to be, but don’t get me wrong, Matthew Field has dug deep and produced a book, foreword by Sir Michael Caine (or should that be Charlie Crocker), that can qui...
PORTER PRESS : EXCEPTIONAL CARS 7: FERRARI 250 LM - The remarkable history of 6313 : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
CLICK HERE - Discount code RETRO10 BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Exceptional Cars 7: Ferrari 250 LM – The remarkable history of 6313 As usual in this well-established Exceptional Cars series from Porter Press International, this is a book of two parts, period race history followed by current activity and ownership. This 128-page volume written by James Page also includes driver profile...
PORTER PRESS : Porsche 917 - The autobiography of 917-023 : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
CLICK HERE – Discount code: RETRO10 BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Great Cars 2:  Porsche 917 – The autobiography of 917-023 Ask me what I remember about the BOAC 1,000km race at Brands Hatch on 12 April 1970. Well, first off, it never stopped raining and, of course, like everyone else I remember the dominance shown by Pedro Rodriguez behind the wheel of the Porsche 917. A...
PORTER PRESS : JAGUAR LIGHTWEIGHT E-TYPE - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF 4 WPD : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
CLICK HERE – Discount code: RETRO10 BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Great Cars 1: Jaguar Lightweight E-type – The autobiography of 4 WPD It’s tempting to describe Porter Press International as the ‘Rolex’ of publishing, after all, as with the watches, PPI books are expensive, exquisitely well-crafted and serve as leading items of reference. More, they are also ...
PORTER PRESS - DB4 G.T. CONTINUATION: HISTORY IN THE MAKING : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
CLICK HERE - Discount code : RETRO10 BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker DB4 G.T. Continuation: History in the making Soon to be seen centre stage on every Aston Martin dealer coffee table around the world, this well produced DB4 G.T. Continuation inside story by James Page, with input from Team Retro-Speed member and successful racer Simon Hadfield, opens with a well-illustrated potted history of...
RAPID RESPONSE: MY INSIDE STORY AS A MOTOR RACING LIFE-SAVER
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Rapid Response: My inside story as a motor racing life-saver Not my kind of book I'm afraid. All things considered I just don't like stories centred on race car crashes. Or how close the drivers came to death, what parts of their anatomy were spread across the track and how, with just seconds to go, by cutting them open, their lives were saved. Don't get me wro...
PORTER PRESS - BUGATTI TYPE 50 - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BUGATTI'S FIRST LE MANS CAR : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
CLICK HERE - Discount code: RETRO10 BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Great Cars 13: Bugatti Type 50 – The autobiography of Bugatti’s first Le Mans car Whenever a book from Porter Press International arrives for review you just know it’s going to be something special, and that’s how it is with this latest title. Great to handle, 320 glossy pages long and an overflowing, ...
PORTER PRESS - EXCEPTIONAL CARS 6: MASERATI 4CLT : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
CLICK HERE - Discount code: RETRO10 BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Exceptional Cars 6: Maserati 4CLT – The remarkable history of chassis no. 1600 As with all books that bear the name of Porter Press International, this slim 128-page volume, number 6 in the Exceptional Cars series, is not only very well produced and good value, but also immerses its subject matter; in this case Maserati 4C...
VELOCE CLASSIC REPRINT SERIES
BOOK REVIEWS  By Peter Baker Veloce Classic Reprint Series  Three interesting titles have arrived for review recently, all written by John Starkey but concerning three different subjects:- Chevrolet Corvette: The first four decades of racing success 1956-1996 (182 pages); Nissan: The GTP & Group C Racecars 1984-1993 – Lightning Speed (149 pages); and Sauber-Mercedes: The Gr...
BETTY HAIG: A LIFE BEHIND THE WHEEL : Contact Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
BOOK REVIEW  by Peter Baker Betty Haig: A Life Behind the Wheel Based on personal diaries and supported by a thorough investigation by author Roger Farmer, this is the story of the relatively unknown Betty Haig. Born into a wealthy background based on whisky distilling, Betty loved fast cars and later became a successful rally driver, so it is tempting to compare Betty with Pat Moss, which...
THE WORKS MGS
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker The Works MGs (Second Edition) Thanks to co-author Mike Allison, I now know that MG founder Cecil Kimber was killed in a train crash, and also that the pencil-thin, EX135 record-breaking car used basically the same six-cylinder engine to claim top speeds in four separate categories; from 1500cc via 1100cc and 750cc down as far as 500cc and, finally, under 350cc...
FORMULA 1: CAR BY CAR 1980-89
BOOK REVIEW  by Peter Baker Formula 1: Car by Car 1980-89  Everything you need to know about the Grand Prix race scene in the 1980s, compiled by Peter Higham and running to 300-odd pages, each containing myriad facts and figures about the teams, the drivers and cars, supported by over 500 colour pictures. If you watch historic motor sport, and in particular the FIA Masters Historic F...
THE CARS YOU ALWAYS PROMISED YOURSELF
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker The Cars You Always Promised Yourself The late sixties was an exciting time to be a young, up-and-coming salesman in a Ford Main Dealership. Top performer in the world of motor sport (winner Le Mans 1966-67-68-69), and surrounded as we were by new models, Ford Motor Company exuded an all-engulfing air of optimism. Cortina, Escort, and then Capri ‘Th...
TOURING CAR RACING 1958-2018
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Touring Car Racing 1958-2018 Everything you needed to know about the British Touring Car Championship 1958-2018, wrapped up in a full-sized, 400-page tome compiled by Motorsport News reporter Matt James, with a cover price of £60. Each season gets its own chapter and includes championship background notes as well as driver profiles, while the final sectio...
PORTER PRESS - EXCEPTIONAL CARS 5: ASTON MARTIN ULSTER : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
CLICK HERE - Discount code: RETRO10 BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Exceptional Cars 5: Aston Martin Ulster – The remarkable history of CMC 614  Thanks to social media, not that long ago it became a generalised opinion within the print industry that their days were numbered. Nobody would buy books or magazines anymore. Even worse, nobody in the future would write books or p...
PORTER PRESS - THE XK FILES: 120 : Buy here to receive your Retro-Speed special discount
CLICK HERE  - Discount code: RETRO10  Crackpot children’s story, that we can all enjoy. Written by Jennifer Barker and illustrated by Robin Lawrie. And at just £6.99, great value from upmarket publisher Porter Press International....
THE PERFECT CAR: THE BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN BARNARD
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker The Perfect Car: The Biography of John Barnard - Motorsport’s most creative designer  If ever I was stuck on a desert island this outstanding biography of John Barnard, written by Nick Skeens, is the one motor racing book I’d want with me. Simply because it runs to nearly 600 pages, every one so chock-a-block with facts and figures I would have ...
FROM SEND TO SYRACUSE: THE HISTORY OF CONNAUGHT
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker From Send to Syracuse: The History of Connaught The fact that an author such as Graham Rabagliati can compile such a book as this is in itself remarkable. Not only does he need immense depths of passion and self-determination, Rabagliati also requires a memory capable of pulling forward at any one time all the relevant facts that bring each chapter to life. I...
JAGUAR E-TYPE: FACTORY AND PRIVATE COMPETITION CARS
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Jaguar E-type: Factory and Private Competition Cars This comprehensive history revolving around the Jaguar E-type, and in particular its development as a competition car by ‘privateers’ (over 450 listed), fills a gap in this very busy section of the market and deserves a place on every enthusiast’s bookshelf.It’s not perfect, and t...