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ADMISSION 7/6 - E.V. STARR SNAPS THE 60S SPEED MERCHANTS
BOOK REVIEW   By Peter Baker ADMISSION 7/6 – E.V. STARR SNAPS THE 60S SPEED MERCHANTS A series of stunning images taken by a very skilled Edgar Vernon Starr, and purchased by Tim Beavis at auction back in 2004, form the basis of this engaging work, that offers a superb read at a bargain price. Following a comprehensive Foreword by Derek Bell MBE, the 128 pages take the reader on...
DRIVE WITH PADDY HOPKIRK
BOOK REVIEW   By Peter Baker Drive with Paddy Hopkirk An A5 paperback book of a 1969/70 cartoon series, subtly updated and featuring Paddy Hopkirk handing out a series of driving tips, as they appeared in the Sunday Mirror. This is obviously a Christmas stocking filler and is good enough, but only just, to provide a half-hour of post-lunch entertainment, with a twist. Even Paddy mig...
STIRLING MOSS - RALLY DRIVER
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Stirling Moss – Rally Driver  I’ve been involved with rallying since the year dot or, to be more precise, the black-and-white days of 1966, which probably amounts to one of the same thing. Thus, it’s not really big-headedness to assume I know everything worth knowing about the sport. Take this book for example, even before opening it I&rsq...
PORTER PRESS : FERRARI 250 GTE - THE FAMILY CAR THAT FUNDED THE RACING : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
CLICK HERE – At Checkout enter Discount code RETRO10  BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Ferrari 250 GTE – The family car that funded the racing Well done Porter Press International and congratulations to author David Wheeler, because Ferrari 250 GTE: The family car that funded the racing is so blatantly good its future as a classic reference work is guaranteed. In fact, I like...
SUPERFINDS - A TRULY UNIQUE SELECTION OF PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF IMPORTANT HISTORIC CARS AS FOUND IN THE 1960S AND 1970S : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
Click HERE – At the Checkout enter Discount code RETRO10 BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker SuperFinds – A truly unique selection of previously unseen photographs of important historic cars as found in the 1960s and 1970s Books, generally, are becoming so big and heavy one has to attend regular fitness classes just to pick them up. This publication for example, complied by Michael ...
QUEST FOR SPEED - THE EPIC SAGA OF RECORD-BREAKING ON LAND
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker QUEST FOR SPEED – THE EPIC SAGA OF RECORD-BREAKING ON LAND Author Barry John, with foreword by David Tremayne, has compacted very nicely the history of man’s fascination with speed into 184 pages. True It’s been done before, many times, but even so, I beg you to find a more detailed and entertaining study at the price. As one might expect, ol...
THE LIGHT CAR COMPANY ROCKET - THE SINGULAR VISION OF TWO MEN : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
Click HERE – At the Checkout enter Discount code RETRO10 BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker THE Light Car Company ROCKET – THE SINGULAR VISION OF TWO MEN Former racing driver Chris Craft (I watched his antics around Europe many times) and design genius Gordon Murray started out in 1989, maybe a bit before, with a clean sheet of paper, to produce the smallest fun car, and the lighte...
THE ESSENTIAL BUYER'S GUIDE - FIAT & PININFARINA: 124 SPIDER & AZZURA SPIDER (AS-DS) 1966 TO 1985
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker The Essential Buyer’s Guide – FIAT & PININFARINA: 124 SPIDER & AZZURA SPIDER (AS-DS) 1966 TO 1985 As a serial classic car buyer I love these non-patronising, compact guides by Veloce, written by marque experts and available for just £13.99. There are no wasted words and no emotion. Just plenty of pictures highlighting the advantages, a...
QUATTRO - THE RACE AND RALLY STORY: 1980-2004
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker quattro – THE RACE AND RALLY STORY: 1980-2004 It might seem odd beginning this review talking about Lancia. But never mind. With the introduction of Group B, rallying suddenly became much more aggressive, and very competitive. Even so, in 1983 Audi could easily have won the World Championship of Makes. Unfortunately, because of Lancia, they didn’t...
PORTER PRESS : EXCEPTIONAL CARS 10: ALFA ROMEO T33/TT/3 - THE REMARKABLE STORY OF 115.72.002 : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
Click HERE – At the Checkout enter Discount code RETRO10  BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Exceptional Cars 10: Alfa Romeo T33/TT/3 – The remarkable story of 115.72.002 When Ian Wagstaff needs to concentrate he avoids distraction by retreating to his small island cottage located off the west Scottish coast. When I met him a couple of months ago Ian had just returned, claspin...
CHRISTABEL CARLISLE 'MINI VIRTUOSO'
BOOK REVIEW  By Ken Davies. Images courtesy Christabel Carlisle. Christabel Carlisle ‘Mini Virtuoso’ In truth, this stranger than fiction story is a potential blockbuster film script in the making! It’s the tale of a demure, gentile and determined piano teacher from Kensington who tastes the infectious excitement of motor racing while on a day trip to Brands Hatch with f...
BRIAN CULCHETH - GLOBAL TRAVELS OF A RALLY CHAMPION
BOOK REVIEW  By Ken Davies. Images by Ken Davies Brian Culcheth – Global Travels of a Rally Champion Written by Pablo Raybould in close collaboration with Brian Culcheth, this book meticulously charts Brian’s career as a professional competition driver from his formative years – duly inspired by a proactive Harrow Car Club – to becoming one of the most successful fa...
PORTER PRESS : ROFGO COLLECTION : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
CLICK HERE – At Checkout enter Discount code RETRO10 BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker ROFGO Collection This is a very difficult book to categorise. On first glance I thought of it as no more than a glorified and exclusive, I nearly said expensive, auction catalogue, albeit one without prices. And even now, after carefully re-reading, that initial thought still lingers. Sorry if this sou...
JOCHEN RINDT - UNCROWNED KING OF FORMULA 1
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker JOCHEN RINDT – UNCROWNED KING OF FORMULA 1 Four-hundred-and-eighty pages, plus plenty of pictures, all wrapped up in a paperback costing just £14.99. A genuine bargain. Some say Rindt was a madman, others that, had he not died at Monza in 1970, he would have gone on to repeat his World Champion status several times. Both are probably true. I watched...
GILBERN - A DRAGON'S TALE: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF WALES' ONLY PRODUCTION CAR
BOOK REVIEW  By Ken Davies Gilbern – A Dragon’s Tale: The Definitive History of Wales’ only Production Car During Gilbern Cars existence – 1960 to 1974 – the marque had the distinction of being Wales’ only production car manufacturer. Esteemed motoring author Martin Morgan-Jones has captured the capricious history of the low volume Welsh car maker in his...
SHADOW - THE MAGNIFICENT MACHINES OF A MAN OF MYSTERY
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker SHADOW – The magnificent machines of a man of mystery  The quality of this book is outstanding, even by EVRO standards. It tells the story of Donald (Don) Robert Nichols, a complex personality, and his Formula One, Can-Am and Formula 5000 Shadow race cars, nicely blended together by well-respected historian and ex-race reporter Pete Lyons. Four hundre...
PORTER PRESS : THE ALL-AMERICAN HERO AND JAGUAR'S RACING E-TYPES : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
CLICK HERE – At Checkout enter Discount code RETRO10 BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker The All-American Hero and Jaguar’s Racing E-types – Briggs Cunningham’s Le Mans Dream, US road racing and the legendary Jaguar E-type I’ve noticed that recently book titles are becoming increasingly, almost as long as the book itself. However, in this case the extension is more t...
PORTER PRESS : EXCEPTIONAL CARS 9: FERRARI 857S - THE REMARKABLE HISTORY OF 0578M : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
Click HERE – At the Checkout enter Discount code RETRO10 BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Exceptional Cars 9: Ferrari 857S – The remarkable history of 0578M There are two very good reasons for buying this book, even before reading it. Firstly, it’s written by my Guild of Motoring Writers colleague, Ian Wagstaff, so you’re guaranteed a good story, well written and with a...
FORMULA 1: CAR BY CAR 1950-59
BOOK REVIEW  BY Peter Baker Formula 1: Car by Car 1950-59 We all know that in Grand Prix racing money talks, but here in Peter Higham’s superlative reference work it seems nothing is further from the truth. During the seasons 1950-59, private teams, even individuals, were circulating toe-to-toe with top professionals in a wide mix of cars. HWM, Connaught, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo. Moss,...
TAKE RISK!
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker TAKE RISK! – The amazing story of the people who made possible Richard Noble’s extreme projects on land, at sea and in the air Not much bigger than a paperback, but nicely bound with some great images, TAKE RISK! is a terrific read and possibly one of the best books of 2020. Richard tells a gripping story that blends dreams with reality, success with...