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NIKI LAUDA: HIS COMPETITION HISTORY
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Niki Lauda: His competition history For those of you thinking: ‘Oh no, not another book about Niki Lauda’, stay with me, because this latest title from EVRO Publishing ignores the obvious, and instead concentrates on Niki’s surprisingly varied race career. John Watson MBE provides the foreword, Doug Nye the preface and, in conclusion, long ter...
THE GREAT BRITISH RALLY: RAC TO RALLY GB - THE COMPLETE STORY
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker The Great British Rally: RAC to Rally GB – The Complete Story Winter in the early 1900s, even in Torquay, was traditionally a quiet time for hotels and restaurants, most putting the shutters up at the end of the season, reopening only when the next year’s first cuckoo appeared. In fact, it’s fair to say, the whole country west of Bournemouth t...
PORTER PRESS : JAGUAR XK 120 SUPERSONIC BY GHIA : Buy now via Retro-Speed to receive a special discount
CLICK HERE – Discount code: RETRO10 BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Coachbuilt Cars: Jaguar XK 120 Supersonic by Ghia Futuristic, daring, very quick, and very Italian, is the best way the to describe the Jaguar XK 120 Supersonic by Ghia, surely one of motoring’s greatest classics. That it also heads up this new series ‘Coachbuilt Cars’ published by Porter Press Int...
THE FORD THAT BEAT FERRARI - A RACING HISTORY OF THE GT40
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker The Ford That Beat Ferrari – A Racing History of the GT40. Third Edition. Exhaustive. It is quite probable that this book relaunch has been timed to coincide with Ford v Ferrari, a 20th Century Fox all-action film about to do the rounds, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. With this in mind, enthusiasts wanting a glitzy blow-by-blow, hour-by-hour acc...
THE MGC GTS LIGHTWEIGHTS - ABINGDON?S LAST RACERS
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker  The MGC GTS Lightweights - Abingdon’s Last Racers  Pure evolution, these factory competition cars can trace their roots back to the original MGB, a car born in an era when the Company was enjoying record sports car sales around the world. Sadly, the GTS, based on the unpopular six-cylinder version, represented something of a swan song for the br...
ULTIMATE: JOHN FITZPATRICK GROUP C PORSCHES - THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker Ultimate: John Fitzpatrick Group C Porsches – The Definitive History  Another quality production from Porter Press International, this very desirable 320-page single volume work, dedicated to John Fitzpatrick and his Group C racing activities, is extremely well crafted by Mark Cole and restricted to just 750 copies. Exclusive, although not cheap at &p...
DRIVEN: AN ELEGY TO CARS, ROADS AND MOTORSPORTS
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker  Driven: an elegy to cars, roads and motorsports  Interesting, but no more than a that. This is a 272-page paperback that looks back on selected motor sport events attended by the author. Unfortunately, the text is sub-sized, difficult to read and the book is bereft of pictures. That said, it has just enough good bits to make the cut, i.e. I enjoyed th...
'MR BIG HEALEY': THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN CHATHAM
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker  ‘Mr Big Healey’: The Official Biography of John Chatham  How the autobiography of Mr. Chatham can be compressed into just 160 pages is beyond me. His escapades during the London-Mexico Rally alone being enough in entertainment to outdo even War and Peace. Born in 1940 into a garage-owning family guaranteed John’s career would revolve ...
1970-75 FORMULA 1 GREATS - LOTUS 72
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker 1970-75 Formula 1 Greats – Lotus 72 To me, 1970 seems like just yesterday. I was still coming to terms with losing my hero, Jim Clark, even though he had died at Hockenheim some two years earlier. Motor racing was more basic then, a lot of design risk took place on the back of a cigarette packet and, as a result, race cars were sometimes expected to crash...
MY GREATEST DEFEAT: STORIES OF HEARTACHE AND HOPE FROM MOTOR RACING'S FINEST HEROES
BOOK REVIEW  By Peter Baker My Greatest Defeat: Stories of heartache and hope from motor racing’s finest heroes Three hundred and thirty-six pages of morbid reminiscence, featuring a celebrity list of come-back kids, who basically, crashed, survived and then came back, stronger and wiser men. This ‘my crash was worse than your crash’ style of writing for profit is not m...
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...