Tuesday, 8 April 2014


Your complete guide to buying an Audi TT

Looking to buy one of these iconic cars? Then this app is for you! It will help ensure that you avoid the main pitfalls and end up with your very own dream coupe on the driveway.
The app includes expert advice, with images and videos, on all aspects of buying an Audi TT. Included is a unique Evaluation Calculator so you can assess the true quality of a potential purchase, and make sure you don’t forget to check any of the important areas. You can store key information and notes for easy reference later.

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Thursday, 3 April 2014


Over the last fortnight we were joined at Veloce by Tyler on her work placement for school. Here's what she had to say about her experience ...

"When they told us at school that work experience was going to be hard and quite possibly scary, I was nervous to say the least. On the drive here on Monday morning I was petrified, worried that no one would like me, I wouldn't have anything to do and that it might put me off my career plans, taking me back to square one. But I was wrong.

I arrived to a warm hello from Kim before I was even through the door, we made a cup of tea (I think I've drunk more tea in the past two weeks than I've had in my whole life), and I was immediately put at ease. I had a tour of the whole office, was introduced to everyone, and then I was set to work.

During my time here I have been given an overview of all the aspects of publishing, from author submissions to sending off the final draft for printing. I was given the opportunity to sit in on meetings, meet some authors, use the still baffling VCR that contains every detail you would ever need to know about any book Veloce has ever published (wow …) produce my own sample chapters, and even create an interactive eBook. I was shown how a picture that isn't the right resolution can literally ruin the whole look of your book, and the lengths that the people here will go to to make it look perfect (I spent a whole afternoon scanning over 60 photos that may not even be used in the final layout (I think by the end of the day people were close to dying from the sound of the scanner,) I've seen how all the admin and accounts are done, how books are promoted, and even how they are packaged in the warehouse.

Here's the interactive eBook I made using iBooks Author.

I now know that the publishing business is definitely not as simple as it seems, and that pieces go through check, after check, after check, by all the different people, back and forth between editor and author for weeks on end until both are happy. And surprisingly this hasn't put me off! I am even more determined to get an English degree and open my own publishing firm.

The friendly production team at Veloce.

I can honestly say that the people here are genuinely some of the nicest people I have ever met, they have welcomed me into their place of work and helped me to realise that my dream of becoming a publisher can be achieved, so thank you! Especially to Kim who has looked after me during my time at Veloce, and really did an amazing job making sure I always had something to learn and do. Another big thank you to Rod and Jude for allowing me to have this amazing opportunity. Can't I just stay here and not go back to school?"
Tyler-Nicole Graham

I sat in on an interview video with the author Kevin Turner.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


New Zealander Des Hammill spent his childhood in Auckland surrounded by car enthusiasts, and took a keen interest in the subject from a very early age.

His first real thrill in a car was being taken for a spin around the block, aged 9, in a friend’s uncle’s 1.5-litre Brooklands Riley Nine-derived home-built sports car. The second was being taken for a ride in the same person’s 1956 D-Type Jaguar, aged 12.

Educated in Papatoetoe, South Auckland, Des went on to study engineering at Otahuhu College and the Auckland and Manukau Technical Institutes, while serving a four-year toolmaking apprenticeship at top Auckland contract Toolroom.

In his early twenties Des went travelling, staying for varying lengths of time in Australia, Asia, England, Southern Rhodesia, and South Africa, finally returning to New Zealand after seven years, where he settled into volume production factory work specialising in injection moulding phenolic products – plastic mould design, manufacture and maintenance. However, after about seven years he was no longer happy doing this type of factory work, and took the decision to turn his hobby of building racing engines into a business, concentrating on 'the difficult things to do,’ such as the precision machining of parts for different competitors over a wide range of racing machinery. This was soon expanded to include suspension work, which led to innovations for several regular customers’ off-road and speedway cars, all in the name of better vehicle handling.

In 1980, Des began building his own 221ci small block Ford V8-powered sports car, with which he eventually enjoyed some racing success and, above all, learned a lot about car design – specifically, what not to do! Over five years, this car went through several redesigns due to errors and discoveries. He intends to rebuild it a final time, and make it go better than ever!

In 1995, Des began writing automotive books for Veloce Publishing quite by chance, and now has a total of 25 titles to his name. His first publication, one of the 'How To' series on Weber and Dellorto side-draught carburettors, is now in its third edition, and remains a best seller. In the late 1990s he turned his attention to writing car history books, starting with Coventry Climax Formula One engines of the 1950s and 1960s, and within four years had compiled a very detailed account of Cyril Kieft, called The Definitive History Of Cyril Kieft And His Racing Cars 1949-1955 – an obscure study, perhaps, but interesting nonetheless. His BRM equivalent of the Coventry Climax book has recently been completed – a long, complicated, drawn-out research process if ever there was one.
Although he built many types of engine over his working life, two dominated his career and remain of great interest: the English Kent four-cylinder Fords, and the small block Ford V8. Over the last few years, as it has remained his favourite since his teens, Des has concentrated mainly on writing the history of the latter.

When not writing, Des enjoys nothing more than tinkering with his cars – which include a red 1995 SN95 Mustang GT convertible, a 1967 Ford Anglia, a 1976 Escort, and a 1983 Thunderbird V8/John McKenna Thunderbird lookalike – and assisting friends with their similar projects in New Zealand and the UK.

Des Hammill's Ford Falcon.
Click here to view all Veloce books by Des Hammill.

Friday, 21 March 2014


The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed was launched on Thursday with a media reception in central London that featured some of motor sport’s most legendary figures.

The world’s largest motor sport garden party, which takes place deep in the West Sussex countryside, has adopted the theme: “Addicted to winning” for its 22nd running on June 26-29 this year.

Goodwood owner Lord March was joined at the Bonhams auction house on New Bond Street by Formula 1 legends Sir Stirling Moss and John Surtees on stage; Surtees celebrating the 50th anniversary of his 1964 world title this year by announcing that he will drive a Ferrari 158 – among other cars – up the iconic 1.16-mile hillclimb.

Le Mans 24 Hours victors Jochen Mass and Richard Attwood also attend the event, along with the man that put Mini on the motor sport map – 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk – Indianapolis 500 victor Kenny Brack, two-time European Trials champion motorcyclist Sammy Miller and current Toyota Le Mans driver Anthony Davidson.

Among the highlights announced for the Festival of Speed were NASCAR’s most successful driver Richard ‘The King’ Petty, 15-time grand prix motorcycle world champion Giacomo Agostini and nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb all confirming their presences. Frenchman Loeb will be reacquainted with the Peugeot 208 T16 in which he shattered the Pikes Peak hillclimb record last year.

Honda confirmed that it will use the Festival of Speed to give the brand-new NSX its world debut while it was also announced that the Michelin Supercar Run will be run against the clock for the first time, adding an exciting new dimension to the event.

Source: Goodwood

Wednesday, 19 March 2014


Wheeler Dealers is back! Check out series 11 schedule ...

Ford Fiesta XR2

17th March

Mike decides to go back to the 80’s and bags a bargain example of one of his dream cars - but there’s only £1000 to spend on repairs or the profit’s at risk. Edd isn’t convinced the XR2 deserves all the praise, but comes up with cheap and innovative solutions to add value. Mike finds a clever way to get Edd all the rare parts he needs and pulls out all the stops to prove the Fiesta is the hot hatch that started a fast Ford revolution.

Porsche 993 Targa

24th March

The last of the air-cooled legends. Mike goes in search of what many fans consider to be the last truly great Porsche. What he finds is the cheapest, tattiest 993 in the country. Mike however, can see a mechanically sound motor and potential profit lurking beneath seventeen years of muck and grime. Edd sets to work on a rescue mission to restore the car’s racing pedigree. It’s unloved and underpowered but after Edd lavishes some care and attention on the car, will the smart engine fixes and custom handling package spell profit on a Porsche that is still major money?

Mazda RX7

31st March

With its legendary mix of unique technology and awesome performance, Mazda’s coupe is unlike any other. Mike finds one that appears to have nothing wrong with it and challenges Edd to make a good car even better. But these cars are complex and unforgiving. So while Edd handles with care, Mike sorts out some stylish mods to make the RX7’s looks match its performance.

Citroen 2CV

7th April

Mike finds a fifty-six year old Citroen 2CV, retired in the sunny south of France. It’s a real people’s car with bags of charm. With cheeky bug-eyed headlights and rare suicide doors, the 2CV is one of the most recognisable cars ever designed and renowned, over its forty-two year production cycle, for its stark simplicity. Almost every aspect of this quirky car requires attention; Edd strips it back to bare bones to breathe new life back into the smoky old engine. A fresh paint job and interior will help to secure the car’s future for another fifty years but can Mike get top dollar for a car with no frills?

Chevrolet Camaro

14th April

It’s time for the boys to tackle one of the meanest muscle cars around. But finding the right one won’t be easy as the Camaro is already a cult classic. Mike tracks down a part-finished restoration in California with its fair share of problems. Edd has his work cut out with loads of missing parts to find and fit. With all this time and effort, is there still a profit on the cards?

Maserati 3200gt

21st April

Mike buys a supercar from the super saver menu. An Italian thoroughbred for under £10k. But supercars mean super bills. Mike’s reports of wayward handling and a hair-trigger throttle could lead to either bankruptcy or a very nasty accident. Some of Edd’s smart solutions could help to keep the budget under control but will it be enough to tame this technology packed, turbocharged V8? Techy tyres help get the luxury GT powerhouse back on track and an overhauled air-conditioning system restores some Italian flair.


28th April

Mike takes the ultimate plunge and invests in a car - and a boat, all in one. It’s the Amphicar, an amphibious vehicle that Edd has been dreaming of for years. But when he peels back the layers and discovers the car’s problems are serious, will he find himself in deep water and rinse away all the profit? This challenge truly puts Mike and Edd’s skills to the test and could see them literally sink or swim!

Available from Veloce!

Mike Brewer’s The Wheeler Dealer Know How!
Written by Mike Brewer, cheeky chappie and TV's best-known car dealing expert. In a career spanning almost 30 years, Mike has seen and done everything when it comes to buying and selling cars, and having established a successful career as a television presenter, is eager to share his knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for cars.
Telling you all you need to know about buying, preparing and selling modern classic cars, this book guides you through the minefield that is the world of car dealing, and helps you avoid the pitfalls that await the unwary. Plus, with stories and anecdotes from Mike’s time in the trade, you'll gain a fascinating insight into the world of wheeler-dealing.
Packed full of information and tips, The Wheeler Dealer Know How will give you the confidence to buy the car of your dreams and avoid ending up with a lemon. You’ll find out how to prepare a car to expert standards – from cleaning, to repairs and improvements – and when the time comes to sell, Mike tells you how to get the best price and avoid being ripped-off.
More info.

Porsche 993 – The Essential Companion: King of Porsche
By Adrian Streather

The 993 version of the evergreen 911 is sometimes described as the “King of Porsche”. This book chronicles the development, racing history and all ownership issues of the 993 in tremendous detail. Containing a buyers/owners guide and well over one thousand photographs, this book features incredibly in-depth information about all aspects of the Porsche 993. More info.

How to restore Citroen 2CV - Enthusiast's Restoration Manual
By Lindsay Porter

All the information needed to rebuild your 2CV in step-by-step detail, supported by over 1500, mainly colour illustrations. Covers body, trim and mechanical restoration, and gives advice on what to look for when buying a car or van, and originality guidance (colour schemes and production changes). More info.

Friday, 14 March 2014


John Rosamond, author of Save the Triumph Bonneville sent us this tribute to Tony Benn (1925-2014).

"It is with great sadness that I have to inform Triumph Motorcycle enthusiasts across the world that 88 year old Tony Benn passed away peacefully in his sleep on 14th March 2014, his family at his bedside.
Without Tony Benn's total support as Labour Government Secretary of State for Industry, the "Meriden Co-op" would never have had the chance to demonstrate what a totally committed group of British workers could achieve with the support a true conviction politician. Tony not only believed in the potential and commitment of the Triumph Meriden workforce, but as a "Minister of State" invested in them! The result of this "belief and investment" was that Triumph enthusiasts across the world were provided with new classic Triumph twin cylinder motorcycles that would otherwise not have seen the light of day!
All who knew Tony Benn and those who only knew of the massive contribution he had made during his very active 50 years in British socialist political life, recognized that his was not the normal politicians' "political life"! He certainly did not mellow, become less militant regarding the socialist principles he had always believed in, and as the years passed by he became more committed and principled not less, he will be sadly missed.
Our sincere thoughts are with his family at this sad time."

John Rosamond
(Former Chairman of the Meriden Workers' Co-op).

Tony Benn pictured here at his home in 2009 reading his own personal copy, supplied the foreword for the book. He described the book as "one of the most important and relevant histories of British industry that I have ever read ... and I strongly recommend anyone interested in the future of Britain to read it carefully."