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EXCEPTIONAL CARS 6: MASERATI 4CLT
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 4CLT chassis number 1600, with well r...
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...
EXCEPTIONAL CARS 5: ASTON MARTIN ULSTER
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 provide copy for magazines. Well, t...
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...
AND YOU'LL LOVE THIS ONE...!
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker “And you'll love this one…!” The story of Terry Sanger, his exciting international racing career and his fascinating friends told by Ken Davies.Books don't have to be big and expensive to be good. Sometimes a hard-to-put-down, soft-back gem like “And you'll love this one…!” comes along, and one has to wonder, how can ...
DEREK BELL - ALL MY PORSCHE RACES : Buy here to receive your Retro-Speed special discount
CLICK HERE  - Discount code: RETRO10  BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Derek Bell – All  my Porsche races According to Derek Bell, MBE, if Klaus Ludwig had obeyed Porsche team orders, instead of ‘playing silly buggers’ at Le Mans in 1988 and pitting to refuel on the right lap, chances are they would have stolen Jaguars moment of glory. I like th...
MOPAR MUSCLE: BARRACUDA, DART & VALIANT - 1960 TO 1980
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Mopar Muscle: Barracuda, Dart & Valiant - 1960 to 1980 At the beginning of the sixties manufacturers in America went for the ‘power’ option, luring the younger buyer with high performance. Innocent hot-rodding, almost overnight, turned into full-blown drag racing with the likes of Don Garlits using the 426 ‘Hemi’ to hit 20...
JIM CLARK - THE BEST OF THE BEST
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Jim Clark – The best of the best It seems most appropriate that I should be writing this preview on a typically wet and miserable early spring day, very much like the weather at Hockenheim in Germany on 7 April 1968 where, fifty years ago, Jim Clark OBE died aged just 32, during the Deutschland Trophy race, first round of the European Formula 2 Cham...
HOBBO - MOTOR RACER, MOTOR MOUTH
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker  Hobbo – Motor Racer, Motor Mouth: The autobiography of David Hobbs Any team manager in the 1960s/70s looking for a consistent, dependable driver, but not necessarily favourite for outright victory, could do no better than hire David Hobbs. Hobbs’ non-aggressive 'must win at all costs' attitude at one time or another attracted the li...
THE FIRST THREE SHELBY COBRAS : Buy here to receive your Retro-Speed special discouint
CLICK HERE  - Discount code: RETRO10  BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Exceptional Cars 4: The First Three Shelby Cobras – The sports cars that changed the game I’m not sure what to make of this book. There is, after all, no shortage of books on this particular subject. Here in number 4 of the Porter Press International, mid-range series, Gordon ...
ALFA ROMEO MONZA - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE CELEBRATED 2211130 : Buy here to receive your Retro-Speed special disocunt
CLICK HERE  - Discount code: RETRO10  BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Great Cars 12: Alfa Romeo Monza – The autobiography of the celebrated 2211130 With the publishing of this book, author Mick Walsh has taken the Great Cars series, published by Porter Press International, to a new level. In fact, the evocative, black and white, double-page spread that opens th...
MEMORIES OF A RALLY CHAMPION
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Memories of a Rally Champion If, like me, you were involved in rallying during the 1960s and 70s then this 225-page soft-back book, copiously illustrated and published by Chris Slater, with Jonathan Pulleyn, is an absolute must.Between 1966 and 1974, before becoming involved with Datsun, and then Chrysler and Vauxhall, Chris stayed loyal to Ford, his firs...