Friday, 27 February 2015

THE RENEWABLE ENERGY HOME HANDBOOK

Step-by-step guide to choosing, using and installing all leading types of renewable energy for the home.

An interview with the author Lindsay Porter …




The Renewable Energy Home Handbook is biased towards the practical, and covers the installation of all leading types of alternative domestic energy sources – from ground- and air-source heat pumps, PV solar electricity generation and solar water heating, to bio-mass domestic heating systems and wind turbines. Discussing the pros and cons of each technology, it also provides you with a clear overview of what’s genuinely required and the benefits to be gained from each system.
The author, Lindsay Porter, is best known for his books on motor vehicle technology, making car mechanics and body repairs easy to understand and carry out. But alternative energy and conservation have long been a passion for him and his wife, Shan, so this manual is very much a labour of love. Here, Lindsay applies his commitment to making difficult subjects easy for everyone to understand to the money-saving – planet-saving – systems we can apply to our homes.

For more information, please visit our brand new Veloce Eco website.

FAMOUS AUTOMOTIVE QUOTES

"Turbochargers are for people who can't build engines." – Keith Duckworth

“I couldn't find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself.” – Professor Ferdinand Porsche

"To finish first, you must first finish." – Juan Manuel Fangio

"When you're racing it's life. Anything that happens before of after ... it's just waiting." – Michael Delaney (Steve McQueen in Le Mans)

"To achieve anything in this game, you must be prepared to dabble on the boundary of disaster." – Sir Stirling Moss

"I am not designed to come second or third. I am designed to win" – Ayrton Senna

"Auto racing began 5 minutes after the second car was built." – Henry Ford


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

DORSET FROM THE SEA AVAILABLE NOW

One man and his boat ... and his camera.



The visual feast that is Dorset is enjoyed by millions, visitors, locals, or through printed and virtual media. But few are lucky enough to enjoy the coastline 'from the outside looking in'.
This book has been photographed entirely from the sea by sailor and marine photographer Steve Belasco who has cruised the area in small boats for over 20 years.
His love of Dorset's waters, those who enjoy and the people and creatures that depend on them, comes shining through.


Steve has been a professional photographer since 1982, being awarded Associateships of both the Royal Photographic Society and British Institute of Professional Photography. He has Royal Yachting Association qualifications in sailing and powerboating.
For the past 26 years he has worked for Dorset’s daily and weekly newspapers and monthly magazines as both a photographer and journalist.
Steve has lived in South Dorset for 26 years and he and his wife Josie and sons Louis and Tristan have their own motorboat berthed in Portland Harbour.


Dorset from the sea – The Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis to Old Harry Rocks photographed from its best viewpoint by Steve Belasco, with a foreword by Dame Ellen MacArthur is available now in large format and souvenir edition.

A proportion of proceeds will be donated to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Friday, 6 February 2015

FRANCE: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR CAR ENTHUSIASTS – NEW BOOK, eBOOK, APPS AND DEDICATED WEBSITE

Love cars? Love France? Yes? Then you'll love this brand new book! France: the essential guide for car enthusiasts is an invaluable companion for every trip through France.
Divided into five regions – Paris & the Île-de-France, Western France, Southern France, Central France & the Alps, and North-East France – each chapter contains a wealth of detailed information for the auto enthusiast. With sections on museums, classic and modern car shows, automobilia, buying car parts, historic and modern motorsport events, and race circuits.
Whether you prefer vintage models, or the latest sports cars, you’ll find 200 ideas for places to see and events you can take part in inside this unique guide to France. Covering everything automotive, this handbook-sized paperback has 248 full colour pages packed with useful information and essential data and a recommended retail price of £14.99 (UK).


Each event/venue entry features a QR code which can be read by a smartphone to access the relevant website for bang up-to-date information. The book is linked to a dedicated website featuring updates, a news blog about automotive events, an events calendar, and free down-loadable POI (points of interest) files for your satnav device.
A uniquely versatile package, the book is also available in eBook form and as five regional apps with links to websites, ‘phone numbers and navigational information. The eBook has a guide price of £9.99 (UK), while the individual apps each have a guide price of £2.29 (UK).


The eBook and apps are available from your favourite vendors for all major digital platforms and devices.
Note: those buying the physical book on Amazon can opt to receive the eBook version free by selecting that option.



Meet the team behind the book! Left to right: Joe Russell (app and eBook creation), Kevin Atkins (print edition layout and production), Julian Parish (author) and Rod Grainger (publisher).

A passionate Francophile, Julian Parish grew up in southern England but soon crossed the Channel to France, where he has now lived for nearly twenty years. Julian has owned a range of British and American sports cars from the 1960s onwards, and has been an active member of clubs dedicated to MG and to the Ford Mustang. It was with these clubs that he first visited many of the places described in France: the essential guide for car enthusiasts, and began to write features for magazines and online. Julian has also been a successful publisher of travel guides and language learning materials. Check out the latest video on our YouTube channel ...



Monday, 2 February 2015

1955-2015: DS CELEBRATES ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY AT RÉTROMOBILE


In its first year as a brand in its own right, DS will be at the 40th Rétromobile show in Paris next week, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original 1955 DS. From 4 to 8 February 2015, car lovers can enjoy a stroll around the DS area at the Parisian Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre for an enthralling look back at the legendary DS.

The DS exhibition, organised with support from the Amicales Citroën* associations along with DS and SM** enthusiasts' clubs, will include five prestige period models, plus one of the latest arrivals for the DS brand, DS 3 Cabrio, in Ultra Prestige form.

The Rétromobile show in Paris is a major international fixture on the vintage car calendar. The event celebrates its 40th anniversary as the original DS marks 60 years since its début appearance at the 1955 Paris Motor Show.


In its first year as a brand in its own right, DS has an area at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, providing an enthralling look back at the legend that is DS. The DS exhibition, organised with invaluable support from Citroën enthusiasts' clubs, will feature five period models plus one of the latest arrivals in the DS brand line-up, DS 3 Cabrio Ultra Prestige.

The period cars on show will provide visitors with an insight into the exceptional heritage that inspires today's DS brand in its quest to offer customers the very best in design, technology, comfort, driving experience, quality materials and outstanding attention to detail.

The stars of the show are:

DS 19 from 1959, in its original configuration, with a grey-rosé body, aubergine roof, and royal blue interior. This model, adapted for export to Germany, features an engine temperature gauge on the dashboard plus an FM/LW radio. The three-main-bearing engine is coupled with a four-speed gearbox with hydraulic control.
DS 21 Cabriolet from 1968, with a hydraulic-control gearbox. The superb finish on this exceptionally elegant model extends to red leather upholstery, contrasting with the Carrare white body.
DS 20 Pallas from 1973, a top-end luxury model featuring tobacco leather upholstery, beige Tholonet bodywork, tinted windows and even a sunroof. The 1985 cm3 engine is mated to a hydraulically controlled four-speed synchromesh gearbox.
SM Coupé from 1971, previously owned by King Hassan II of Morocco. This model features metallic beige paintwork, special registration plates, natural leather upholstery, air conditioning, a Continental Edison Hi-Fi radio specific to this model, tinted windows and fog lamps. The engine is a Maserati V6.
SM Coupé from 1972, a model with a Scarabée brown body and light brown upholstery. In addition to the self-levelling hydraulic suspension, similar to that on the DS, this car also boasts Citroën's innovative DIRAVI ‘power-assisted return’ steering, for exceptional driveability.
Alongside these iconic cars, visitors will also be able to admire the DS 3 Cabrio Ultra Prestige on the show stand.

Rétromobile opens to the public on Wednesday 4 February 2015, with the DS showroom in Hall 1.

– Available from Veloce –

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Citroën DS – Design Icon by Malcolm Bobbitt

In-depth look at Citroen's idiosyncratic DS, for fifty years a design icon and one of the world's most controversial, radical, idiosyncratic and technically advanced motorcars.

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Citroén DS & ID - The Essential Buyer's Guide by Rudy Heilig

Guides collectors, restorers and enthusiasts through the various production changes and problem areas that occur between the various models, to make sure that the restoration or prospective purchase is correct, original, and legitimate. This book is an essential reference tool that can be used when buying, selling, repairing or restoring the various D-models manufactured between 1966 and 1975. One hundred colour photos, useful appendices and expert advice mean that this book could save you thousands! More info.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

ROY SMITH SIGNS HIS NEW BOOK ON THE PORSCHE 924 CARRERA – HELPING TO REVIVE A LARGELY FORGOTTEN SUPERCAR

Award winning motoring writer and member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, Roy Smith has personally signed a limited quantity of copies of his brand new book The Porsche 924 Carrera – evolution to excellence at Veloce Publishing’s headquarters in Poundbury, Dorset this week.


The end result of several years of Roy’s own original research and world travels to interview those involved with the 924 Carrera, this brand new book was created with the full support of Porsche AG's archive centre in Stuttgart. A limited edition large square-format hardback, the book contains 408 images, many never published before, full racing statistics, and first hand interviews from those central to the 924 Carrera’s development & history, including input from Derek Bell MBE, Jürgen Barth, Norbert Singer, Tony Dron & Walter Röhrl.


Until now largely overlooked by history, the 924 Carrera was widely reported at the time as being one of the greatest of the Porsche ‘specials’ and a true supercar, but has since been overshadowed by other models.

Here, for the first time, is the definitive story of the Porsche 924 Carrera. Roy’s work covers the 406 Homologation models, built to qualify for Le Mans, and the 59 very special competition models, as well as the 17 GTR racing models. With race details covering Europe and the USA, from the Sports Car Club of America production D racers, to the GTO and Trans Am class 924 GTRs of the mid-80s, this is the first time that the full history of this rare supercar has been told.

Veloce has published an exclusive video interview with Roy Smith and Derek Bell on YouTube.



Personally signed copies of the book are only available direct from Veloce Publishing, on a first-come first-serve basis, by requesting at checkout here.

Friday, 2 January 2015

BRITAIN’S GREATEST TEST DRIVER NORMAN DEWIS RECEIVES OBE IN HER MAJESTY’S NEW YEAR HONOURS

Living legend former Jaguar test driver and works racer Norman Dewis receives an OBE in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List.


In a career spanning 33 years of testing and developing many seminal and celebrated Jaguar cars, the exceptional achievements of legendary 94-year-old former test driver Norman Dewis have been recognised and rewarded in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List, with Norman receiving the award of an Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Norman Dewis OBE developed no less than 25 significant Jaguar cars and is widely regarded as Britain’s greatest test driver. His automotive CV is remarkable: he developed the multiple Le Mans-winning C-type and D-type racing cars, the pioneering XK 140 and 150 sports cars, the classic 2.4/3.4 and Mk II saloons, plus the Mk VII and Mk VIIM models, the legendary E-type (including the Lightweight E-type), the XJ13 mid-engined prototype, the world-class XJ saloons, the XJ-S and the ‘XJ40’ models.

Dewis was also co-driver to the British racing hero Sir Stirling Moss in a C-type in the 1952 Mille Miglia and, in 1953, set a 172.412 mph production car speed record in a modified Jaguar XK 120 on a closed section of the Jabbeke highway, Belgium. He also drove a 190 mph works D-type in the dramatic 1955 Le Mans 24hr race and competed in the famous Goodwood Nine Hours in the 1950s.

At 94 years old, Dewis is one of the last living links to the golden era of the British motor Industry; those post-World War II years when Jaguar rebuilt itself into a champion sports car maker.

During his 33 year career, Dewis completed more than a million test miles at an average speed of 100 mph-plus and survived high-speed crashes in the days before seatbelts, without ever breaking a single bone. He also played a vital role in developing the revolutionary Dunlop disc brake.


During 2014, Dewis spearheaded Jaguar’s 60th anniversary celebrations for the race-winning D-type. Wherever Jaguar was during the year, Norman was present too, chatting with fans and friends, wearing his distinctive bootlace tie and cowboy boots. At the 2014 Goodwood Revival, Dewis drove one of the D-types, his speed illustrating that he hadn’t lost his touch behind the wheel.

Of all the cars he worked on, Dewis considers the D-type to be the best. “I got that car up to 192 mph on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans,” he says. “Well, I had to pass [Karl] Kling in the Mercedes.” Jaguar’s star driver at the time, Mike Hawthorn, had such faith in Dewis that when he was asked to attend a test session and saw that Dewis was already there, asked the team manager: “Why am I here? If Norman’s satisfied with it, I’m satisfied.”

Dewis is working with Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations’ newly established Jaguar Heritage Business organisation to help showcase its capabilities and vision. He is supporting the opening of the new Heritage workshop at Browns Lane, the extensive classic Jaguar parts offering, the launch of the new Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience in Warwickshire, and the brand-new Lightweight E-type, which he helped develop originally in the early 1960s.

John Edwards, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, and Chairman of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, said: “Jaguar owes a huge debt to Norman Dewis. His incredible skills have resulted in some of the finest cars this company has ever made – whether they were designed for the road or the racing circuit. The Norman Dewis of today is the same quietly confident and modest man of the 1950s – he remains a world-class Jaguar ambassador. It is fantastic to see his contribution to Jaguar, and to British engineering, recognised in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List, with the award of an OBE.”