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.

A Century of Grand Prix Motor Racing

  By Anthony Pritchard. Hardback, 272 pages, 250 illustrations

The author’s flowing text is interspersed with a compilation of contemporary writing to trace the history of Grand Prix racing from the heroic days of the pioneering era through to the technical sophistication of the last days of the 20th century. Contents: 1895-1914; The Roaring Twenties 1919-30; Alfa Romeo and the Silver Arrows 1931-40; The supremacy of the supercharger 1946-51; The substitute formula 1952-3; British racing revival 1954-60; At the expense of speed 1961-5; Return to power 1966-80; The turbocharged era 1981-88; The 3.5 and 3-litre era 1989-98.

Art Deco and British Car Design


    By Barrie Down. 144 Pages

The rarely told story of British car streamline styling. The book identifies the influence Art Deco had on automotive design and includes biographies of 1930s British automotive designers along with many illustrations of their work, including many pictures not published before. The book is divided into two parts, with the first explaining and illustrating Art Deco styling elements and the second part portraying the British streamlined production cars made between 1933 and 1936. The book is well illustrated and is an instructive and visual feast for all car lovers, especially anyone interested in British motoring history. "Author Barrie Down was an industrial designer and it shows in his thorough and knowledgeable text. Readable, informative and good value." Classic Cars

British Family Cars of the 1950s and 60s



By Anthony Pritchard. 64 pages

With the end of the Second World War it was not long before increasing wealth, cheaper cars, and social pressures made a family car the aspiration of thousands. Ford, Hillman, Standard, Morris and Vauxhall became household names, and the streets of Britain’s suburbs began to fill with modern-looking saloon cars, designed to transport mother, father and 2.4 children with ease, if not speed. This highly-illustrated book looks at the British cars that were available to the post-war family, and also some of the foreign makes that had an important place in the market, and which had a great influence on the British-made cars that followed


British Sports Cars of the 1950s and '60s


By James Taylor. 56 Pages. Paperback

Nobody built sports cars like British manufacturers in the 1950s and '60s, such as the E-type Jaguar; Triumph Spitfire; MGA; Austin-Healey and others and this colourfully illustrated history tells the exciting story of the British sports car during that golden period.

There was something very special about the combination of low-slung open two-seater bodywork and spartan interior, a slick sporting gearchange and a throaty exhaust note. This was wind-in-the-hair motoring, and it was affordable by the average young man - at least, until he got married and had a family. MG and Triumph stood out as the market leaders, but many other c companies thrived, from luxury manufacturers like Jaguar and even Daimler to other more affordable marques.

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 cars of the 1930s



By Ian Dussek 32 Pages

The car came of age during the 1930s. It ceased to be a successor to the horse-drawn cart and no longer was it a rich man’s toy. This book charts the development made in the decade prior to the Second World War, during which the means of construction, materials, engineering and the companies themselves became established. Variety was the essence of the period and the public could take its pick from hundreds of models. It is a story of engineering improvement, the rationalisation of sales and service in vehicles and components, and of change even to the roads themselves.

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. 

Motor Racing Circuits in England - Then and Now


By Peter Swinger 160 pages

‘Motor Racing Circuits In England, Then And Now’ takes you on a fascinating journey through all of England's motor racing circuits, from the famous ones which still exist such as Donington, Brands Hatch and Silverstone, to the many long lost ones such as Thornaby, Rufforth and Ibsley which only the most devoted enthusiasts will recall in detail. The book contains extensive detail about each track, as well as an extensive selection of revealing photographs, race program covers, as well as maps of the different circuits. The 160 pages really do delve into the richness of England’s motor racing heritage, and is essential reading for anyone interested in motoring racing history.

The British Motor Industry



By Jonathan Wood 64 Pages. Paperback

An excellent, great value, finely illustrated history of the British Motor industry.

Austin, Hillman, Morris, Standard and Wolseley were a handful of the myriad marques that once constituted Britain’s indigenous motor industry. Born in 1896 into the high summer of Victorian prosperity, the native British industry survived until the collapse of The Rover Group in 2005. Jonathan Wood chronicles its long-life from its production of hand-made bespoke automobiles for the fortunate few to the arrival of mass production to provide cars for the many. He looks at the factories and the people who worked in them, and examines the role played by the component manufacturers that serviced the industry. Wood offers explanations as to why motor manufacturing followed the British motorcycle, bicycle and cotton industries into oblivion.

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 Greatest Moments of Grand Prix History


By Jon Stroud and Liam McCann 110 pages hardback

The Little Book of the Greatest Moments of Grand Prix written by motorsport writer and journalist Jon Stroud, is a collection of articles featuring some of the most iconic moments in motor racing history. Illustrated with fantastic photographs, the author looks back at historic moments including Stirling Moss's titanic 1961 battle with the Ferraris at Monaco through to the 2007 phenomenon that is Lewis Hamilton; the youngest ever driver to lead the World Drivers' Championship. From Silverstone to Suzuka, Melbourne to Monza, this book will bring back memories of some of the most exciting Grands Prix that have taken place over the last 50 years.

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.

The Little Book of Porsche


By Phillip Raby. 128 Pages Hardback

The Little Book of Porsche, written by Philip Raby, motoring journalist, tells the story of one of the world’s most exciting cars, from the days of Ferdinand Porsche right up to the present day. We take a look at the chronological story of the car, with fascinating detail about its conception and birth. There are many great photographs of all the different Porsche models and also lost of useful facts and figures.

The Motor Industry of Britain Centenary Book 1896-1996


By various authors. 249 pages  (Over 500 illustrations)  

This sumptuously illustrated guide to Britain's motor industry was jointly produced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and Autocar magazine to celebrate the first 100 years of Britain's motor industry. It is packed with facts, figures, revealing old press photographs and advertisements, as well as providing ten detailed chapters of all the main motoring events which happened during the first 100 years. With only a limited number of copies of this excellent book remaining, it should be a must for anyone who has an interest in Britain's rich motoring heritage.

The Racing Driver's Pocket Book


By Colin Goodwin. Hardback. 160 pages 

An excellent handy reference book which lets you relive the thrills of the early Grands Prix and great endurance races from the golden age of motorsport. 

Using extracts from contemporary race-reports along with expert advice on competitive driving and vintage advertisements, the book takes a light-hearted look at motor racing from its earliest origins up to the beginnings of Formula 1. It features such great names like Juan Fangio and Malcolm Campbell; eccentric personalities like the Siamese racing Prince 'Bira'; famous races such as the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and iconic tracks from Brooklands to the Nurburgring, The Racing Driver s Pocket Book evokes the unique spirit and élan of the period. It also focuses on the cars that achieved lasting fame, such as the famous German silver arrows of the 1930s, and explains racing terminology and tactics outlining track rules and regulations, as well as providing a few pointers on appropriate racing attire.

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.