Saturday, October 10th
10:00 – 2:00
Signing his new book
Renowned artist David Kimble reveals the secrets, techniques, procedures, and the dedication to craft that is required to produce these amazing illustrations. He covers the step-by-step procedures, while producing fresh artwork for this book featuring a McLaren Can-Am car as well as a vintage Harley-Davidson.
Saturday, October 17th
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Saturday, November 14
10:00 – 2:00
Signing his latest book and entertaining everyone!
In Exotic Barn Finds, veteran author and historian Matt Stone tells the story of more than 25 barn finds. The unique twist? Rather than the usual prewar or muscle car era product out of Detroit, these cars are all beloved imported sports cars of a bygone era. Think Ferrari, Lamborghini, Jaguar, Aston-Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and others. There is even a Jay Leno–found 300SL Gullwing in the mix!
Saturday, December 5
Ford GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans
10:00 – 2:00
Ford GT celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ford’s iconic victory, providing the detailed back story leading to that historic win, as well as the follow-up win in 1967. The GT40’s last two competitive seasons in 1968 and 1969 are also covered, for a complete view of this remarkable era in racing. Author Preston Lerner details the ups and downs of Ford’s GT program, accompanied by Shelby American photographer Dave Friedman’s historic images. Come re-live one of the most exciting stories in all of racing history!
Saturday, December 12
Ray Crawford-Speed Merchant
A California Grocer’s Love Affair with Risk, From P-38 Lightnings to the Indianapolis 500
10:00 – 2:00
One of the most versatile race car drivers of the 1950s, Ray Crawford did it all, on and off the track. From P-38 fighter ace to pioneering jet test pilot, to a multi million dollar supermarket mogul, Ray’s one-of-a-kind story comes to life through Andrew Layton’s finely crafted text and over 250 rare images presented by the legendary Dick Wallen. Together with a personal foreword by Alice Hanks, Ray Crawford – Speed Merchant is as much a tribute to a hard-charging era of motorsports as it is a tour-de-force exploration of one of one of the most incredible personal journeys you’ve never heard of.”
Read All About It! The Valley Times: 1946-1970 tells the post- World War II story of the San Fernando Valley in Martin Cooper’s entertaining words and over 150 photos from the pages of the Valley Times, giving that long-gone newspaper a second life.
“The achievements of exceptional people have long been celebrated by fascinating biographies – and Porter Press is now doing the same for some very special cars.
Great Cars Series
This magnificent book (the second title in our Great Cars series) tells the story of the most important Porsche 917 of all – the one that gave Porsche its first victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours. In 1970 the world’s greatest sports car race was ravaged by periods of torrential rain but through it all came 917-023, driven by Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood, to achieve a landmark success for the German manufacturer. This book provides detailed insight into not only this race but also the six others in which 917-023 took part, supported by a superb collection of period photographs, many in colour. All Porsche fans will love this addition to the ‘Great Cars’ series.
Barn Find Road Trip: 3 Guys, 14 Days and 1000 Lost Collector Cars Discovered
Great collector cars are still out there–just waiting to be found!
Cotter and company hit the road in Cotter’s 1939 Ford Woody, the kind of car that opened doors and started the conversations that revealed where interesting cars were squirreled away. The result? The discovery of over 1,000 collector cars and some of the most amazing barn-find stories Cotter has yet unearthed, all accompanied by Ross’ evocative photography. If you love stories of automotive adventure, this is the book for you!
For 30 years from 1927 until 1957 the real Mille Miglia was the “race of excellence”. A unique event of over 1,600 kilometres across Italy, the stars of which were some of the world’s greatest car manufacturers, among them Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Ferrari, Jaguar and Aston Martin. And their cars were driven, naturally, by some of the equally great champions of the time, like Tazio Nuvolari, Achille Varzi, through to Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss as well as Alberto Ascari, Clemente Biondetti, Piero Taruffi and many others. Count Giannino Marzotto won the race twice in Ferraris in 1950 and 1953 and said the Mille Miglia was “a synthesis of dynamism, freedom, challenge, courage and calculation”. The story, or better the stories, of that legendary race live again in this book, which tells the tales of the classic “Bresciana”, first of all through hundreds of pictures, most of them never previously published. The text has been written by Leonardo Acerbi, who also wrote “Mille Miglia Story 1927-1957”.
An event as significant for Alfa Romeo enthusiasts as the reopening of the marque’s historic museum at Arese – held on 24 June 2015, the day on which Alfa celebrates its 105th anniversary – could hardly not be celebrated with a book.
The official catalogue of the new museum represents an opportunity to review the history of the marque and above all to accompany the reader/visitor around the new exhibition layout in which the cars have been thematically grouped and subdivided.
The glorious racing cars (from the P2 to the 33 in all their variants, through to the less successful cars that competed in F1) are brought together under the section VELOCITA’ introduced by Alfa Romeo driver Nino Vaccarella, while cars such as the 1759, 8C 2900, 6C 2500, 1900, Giulietta and Alfetta, along with the most recent production models, illustrate the most important episodes in the Biscione’s industrial history in the TIMELINE section – introduced by American journalist Nick Czap.
The section BELLEZZA – introduced by designer Lorenzo Ramaciotti, head of Style for the Fiat Group for years – focuses on the undisputed protagonists being cars such as the 33 Stradale, the Carabo and the Nuvola, milestones in the evolution of automotive styling.
A specific chapter also features all those models that do not appear in the exhibition.
The catalogue is therefore an indispensable instrument for all those visiting this authentic temple of history, technology and culture.
Steve McQueen had a terrible childhood. This made him the man he was. Abandoned by his father before he was born and left aside by his mother, he grew up almost like an orphan until he was an adolescent and became the greatest Hollywood star ever. McQueen was a magnet at the box office because, rather than an actor, he was a style. He understood and took advantage of this, even in spite of making the list of his enemies even longer. People said he was a very difficult person, simply because he was not a tame lamb which could be easily handled. He knew what was good for him. He argued to death with directors to have things done his own way. He acted like this in all aspects of life, always on the edge. By the time he died, he had accumulated 55 cars, 210 motorbikes and was beginning to take an interest in old airplanes. But his love was not just collecting. He used to say ” I’m not sure whether I’m an actor who competes or a driver who acts”. Marcelo Abeal, the author, is an enthusiastic fan of Steve, as well as an actor and stuntman himself. After doing thorough research on Steve’s life for over three years, he now shares his work in this unique compilation of observations, anecdotes, exclusive interviews and comments made by close friends, colleagues and people who knew Steve very well. Steve’s most memorable films are “The Magnificent Seven”, “The Great Escape” (exclusive comment by Tim Gibbs, stunt), “Bullitt” (exclusive interview to Don Gordon, one of his best friends), “Le Mans”, “The Getaway”, “Papillon”, “Tom Horn” (exclusive interview with his friend, actor Mel Novak), and the series “Wanted Dead or Alive” (exclusive interview with Loren Janes, his stunt all his life). Plus, an interview with the last doctor who assisted him, Dr. Cesar Santos Vargas.
“King of the Kustomizers” is the sobriquet given to George Barris, the most phenomenal kustom car builder ever. His contributions to American car culture include creating some of the best known cars of the 20th Century, like the original TV Batmobile and Munsters Koach, as well as made-to-order vehicles for movies, TV, corporate sponsors and the private use of the rich and famous. A multimedia artist in his own right whose designs have embraced toys, model kits, mini-bikes, motor homes and motorized surfboards, Barris has also enjoyed success as a photographic chronicler of celebrity and pop culture over decades, capturing the car-crazed zeitgeist of his times as it carried him to the crest of fame itself. The definitive work on a legend, King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris features nearly 500 pages jam-packed with never-before-seen photos, concept drawings and blueprints covering the full spectrum of Barris’ design genius and celebrity lifestyle. Written by an all-star line-up of contributors, the book contains many untold stories and rare images from both the famous and not so famous works of George Barris that helped define American pop culture as we know it. A generous selection of Barris tribute art —some created especially for this volume —by a legion of artistic admirers is also included to showcase his enduring influence and legacy. This is one ride you don’t want to miss!
Nobody has had a greater influence on the world of hot rodding that Le Roi Tex Smith. Writer, builder, some time racer and mentor to hundreds of thousands of hot rodders all around the world, Smith has done it all and recorded much of it for prosterity, both as it occurred and here in his autobiography.
Tex played a fundamental role in the establishment and growth of the automotive publishing industry, the promotion of the NHRA, the birth of such historic events as the Street Rod Nationals and even in bringing the inside story of the Moon Landing to the world. All the while he was a hands-on hot rod builder, completing many project cars of his own that influenced other hot rodders all over the world through his countless how-to articles and specialist books on the hobby.
Inside Hot Rodding reveals many stories never before seen in print, together with dozens of photographs from Tex’s own collection that have never been published. Not only is it Le Roi Tex Smith’s life story, it is a unique insight into the very heart of hot rodding on an international scale.
Carl Fisher was an indomitable huckster and salesman who started his working life pedaling magazines and bicycles before making his mark as the key moving force behind creating and building not only the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but also Miami Beach. He’s also considered the father of the Lincoln and Dixie Highways, America’s first interstate road systems, and the creator with IMS partner Jim Allison of Prest-O-Lite, manufacturer of the first mass market automobile headlight.
The title for Hungness’s book comes from Fisher’s love of carving something out of an empty field or wilderness. ‘I love to make the dirt fly!’ was one of Fisher’s favorite sayings which he would deliver with a wide grin at the site of one of his latest field or forest-clearing construction sites. He also loved high society, polo, parties and alcohol.
During this time Fisher started racing bicycles and after a visit in 1900 to a show for the burgeoning horseless carriage industry in New York’s Madison Square Garden he became a convert and soon was selling motorcycles and automobiles. His bicycle shop became ‘Fisher’s Garage’ and then ‘The Fisher Automobile Company’ as he emerged as one of Indianapolis’s most prosperous citizens.
In October of 1908 Fisher indulged in one of his most renowned publicity stunts when he flew a hot air balloon across the skies of Indianapolis while seated in a brand new Stoddard-Dayton automobile suspended beneath the balloon!
At the time the fledgling automobile industry was booming with more than 76 manufacturers setting up shop in the state of Indiana. Most of them lasted only a few years but the fever for automobiles resulted in Fisher building a giant, 2.5-mile test track on the outskirts of town in partnership with Arthur Newby and Jim Allison. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened in 1909, the first 500 was run two years later and the 100th running of the world’s oldest race takes place next year. Of course, Fisher went on to engage in many other entrepreneurial escapades, including founding and developing the Prest-O-Lite company with Allison and Miami Beach with Henry Flagler.
‘I love to make the dirt fly!’ will provide readers with a thorough appreciation of the spirit that made both the Indy 500 and America great.
For the first time, one of the major names in Italian car design tells his story from the beginning; from when he made his first sketches on paper, unbeknown to his parents and not only of cars, to reaching a point at which his name became synonymous with some of the best known and most important cars on the international front. In his 23-year career at Pininfarina, Leonardo Fioravanti, who was first a designer and architect, then managing director and director general of ‘Studi & Ricerche’ department, created some of the most beautiful Ferraris of all time; they ranged from the 1965 250 LM sports coupe Speciale to the immortal 1968 Daytona through to the 1975 308 GTB and GTS and the 1984 288 GTO, as well as the P5 and P6 of 1968. While continuing his Ferrari essay during his Pininfarina career, Fioravanti also guided the creation of numerous other projects, among them the Dino road car, the 1980 Pinin four-door prototype and went on to the 1984 Testarossa and the 1987 F40. He worked for the Fiat Group from 1988 until 1991, during which time he took on the roles of deputy director general of Ferrari, later became responsible for advanced design CRF and then head of the Fiat Styling Centre. In 1987, he founded Fioravanti srl, an architectural studio, and in 1991 he extended his services to industry, in particular the design of means of transport. Images of an epoch, designs from his own personal archive never previously seen and, above all, a passionate first person account. Those are the key elements of this outstanding book which, through the creations of Leonardo Fioravanti, covers over 50 years of the history of automobile style and culture.