Motoring history reference books


A fine selection of informative and heavily illustrated motoring history reference 

Highly useful whether purchased individually or as an excellent complementary resource to the archive DVDs


100 Years of Motoring -20th Century in Pictures


  By Tim Knowles  300 Pages

A fascinating coffee table motoring history reference book which features approximately 300 high-quality press photographs from the past 100+ years to chronicle motoring life in Britain as more cars arrived on the road.

It features everything from strange cars to motor racing, city streets, famous drivers, classic motoring scenes, motor shows and much more, along with detailed captions of each. A great book to have around and dip into.

Austerity Motoring 1939-1950



By Andrew Lane. 32 Pages. Paperback

As Britain entered the Second World War in September 1939, so too it entered the bleakest period in the history of its motor car. The 1940s was a time of war, deprivation and austerity, and, for almost a decade, car development stood still. Wartime motorists faced petrol and tyre rationing, the hazards of the blackout and restricted areas, but they provided invaluable service to the community. Peace in 1945 brought further austerity measures and restrictions as the British economy was dominated by the need to export. Most new cars were sent abroad, petrol rationing continued and the black market thrived. The British public was eager for new cars, however, and the 1948 Motor Show marked a turning point; twenty-one new models were exhibited, including the Jaguar XK120 and the Morris Minor.

Flying Cars -the extraordinary history of cars designed for tomorrow's world

By Patrick Gyger. 192 Pages Hardback
A fascinating and beautifully illustrated book about one of the most challenging episodes in the evolution of the motor car. While the book may sound like a work of science fiction, it is all true. Cars designed to be flown and aircraft designed to be driven have been created surprisingly often, particularly in the United States, where the unfettered optimism of the 1930s and 1950s allowed such fanciful ideas to flourish from time to time. This handsome book covers the subject in depth for the first time, revealing the stories of many doomed ventures, supported by a wealth of intriguing photographs together with wonderful artwork from comics, popular science magazines and science-fiction novels.

Motor Racing -the pursuit of victory 1930 -1962 (Hardback)



By Anthony Carter. 176 Pages            

This wonderful coffee table book contains many excellent and previously unpublished photographs from the 1930s and the post war years showing many evocative motor racing scenes. It features the emergence of Jim Clark, Lotus, BRM and other leading drivers and cars of the period. This is a beautiful book that examines the many facets of motor racing in a much more innocent era, before wall-to-wall television coverage. It will enthral enthusiasts who have a passion for this era. 

The Classic Motor Racing Circuits of Europe


By David Venables, Hardback, 176 pages

Beautifully presented, revealing and fact filled guide to all of Europe's legendary motor racing circuits, including Monza, Nurburgring, Donington, Le Mans, Brooklands and many others. Contains hundreds of excellent colour and black and white photographs, circuit maps, program covers and much more. The book was written by the highly respected David Venables, a leading authority on the subject and it will enthral everyone who buys it.

The Encyclopedia of Formula 1

  By Tim Hill and Gareth Thomas. Hardback. 255 Pages.

The Encyclopedia of Formula 1 chronicles the history of the world championships, for the 50+ years from Giuseppe Farina's victory for Alfa Romeo at Silverstone on 13 May 1950. It has an easy to read style and contains several hundred photographs. All the best loved and respected drivers are profiled along with the most important, innovative and successful teams and marques that have made the sport the multi-million pound industry that it has become. The popularity of the sport has meant that Formula 1 has truly become global, a fact that is reflected in the number of new circuits that have been added to the Formula 1 calendar over the years. These new circuits, as well as those well-established tracks, are illustrated and the daring deeds performed on them narrated. The history of Formula 1 is a story of ingenuity and endeavour, rivalry and camaraderie, triumph and tragedy, in pursuit of the greatest prize in motor sport.

The Little Book of Aston Martin


By Phillip Raby. 128 pages. hardback

Aston Martin - those two simple words conjure up exciting images in any enthusiast's mind. Images of power, speed and elegance with a dash of suavity thrown in.  This little book gives a potted history of Aston Martin, outlining the company's chequered background and how it has evolved to be the prestige marque it is today, recognised around the world.  It also features some of the most interesting and important road-going models that Aston Martin has produced over the years complete with performance figures and statistic fact boxes.

The Little Book of Beetle


By Jon Stroud 128 pages. Hardback

The Little Book of the Beetle tells the fascinating story of the little car that brought modern day motoring to the masses. "Think small" said the advertising campaign – what better way to celebrate the VW Beetle than with a Little Book! Truly the world’s most popular car of all time, the Volkswagen Beetle holds a special place in the heart of many a motoring enthusiast the world over. To some it’s the Käfer, to others it’s the Vocho to most it’s the plain old Bug – whatever you want to call it it’s a motoring icon without comparison. From its beginnings in the dark and sinister days of Hitler’s Germany through to its modern day reincarnation.

Veteran Motor Cars


By Michael Ware. 32 Pages. Paperback

Veteran cars are those made not later than 1918 and were thus the earliest motor cars to appear on the roads of Britain. The first models basically comprised the frame and bodywork of a horse-drawn carriage fitted with a petrol engine, but during the period up to the First World War they became much more comfortable and efficient vehicles. This book describes how the motor car developed from its unpromising origins in the 1880s and 1890s, when motoring was mainly a hobby for wealthy eccentrics, until it came to be seen as a serious means of transport.

Vintage Motor Cars


By Bill Boddy. 32 Pages. Paperback

Some fascinating car makes and models were manufactured between 1919 and 1930, from crude cyclecars and light cars like the Austin Seven to Rolls-Royce luxury limousines and sports cars such as the Frazer Nash. In this book Bill Boddy covers the changing road conditions, the developing design and construction techniques of these vintage cars, and the races and other competition events that their drivers used them for, including the high-speed events at the famed Brooklands track.