Tuesday, 14 February 2017

BRITISH MOTOR HERITAGE LAUNCHES LONG-AWAITED REPLACEMENT BODYSHELLS FOR MK1 MINI

The values of MK1 Minis continue to rocket, increasingly justifying the cost of the part or total restorations that will be required for most examples sooner or later. British Motor Heritage (BMH) has long since been at the forefront of supplying individual panels for all marks of classic Minis, and complete bodyshells for models from 1976 onwards. What’s been missing until now is the Holy Grail, a full replacement shell for the MK1, but the wait is now over!

Mini enthusiasts were given a glimpse of what was to come on BMH’s stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show last November, and the response was universally positive. The first production batch of 15 bodies will therefore commence in April, with deliveries occurring through May and June. The launch price is £9,950 inc. VAT and the company is accepting orders accompanied by a 25 percent deposit.


The early body is markedly different from its later counterparts. The major variances include:

Smaller: door aperture with different step profiles; sliding window doors with external hinges; rear window; rear side windows; rear light mountings
Different: ‘A’ panels and hinge reinforcements; cant rails; floors; sills; front and rear parcel shelves; switch panel; boot panel, bonnet and inner valences; front valance and number plate mounting
Since creating the prototype body, BMH has commissioned additional tooling to refine the finish and improve the build quality. The company is indebted to M-Machine for allowing it to use their MK 1 floors and sills, as the cost of retooling these items would have made the project unviable. BMH has also used the later front bulkhead crossmember assembly as retooling for this non-visual part would have been prohibitive, and opted not to form the rotodip hole in the rear seat squab; recognising that a significant element of demand for the new shells will almost certainly be for historic motorsport.
– AVAILABLE NOW FROM VELOCE! –

ANATOMY OF THE CLASSIC MINI – The definitive guide to original components and parts interchangeability by Mark Huthert

This book’s title sums up its purpose. Anatomy of the Classic Mini is the result of years of research, and documents the many variations of the same components, explaining which model and date each is for. An essential reference book for all restorers of classic Minis! More info.

Friday, 10 February 2017

EXPOSITION CONCEPT CARS 2017

Check out Drive Guide's photo highlights from Exposition Concept Cars, which was part of the international Automobile Festival in Paris last week. The event showcased some of the very latest concept cars from major automotive manufacturers.

Alfa Romeo Giulia, elected 'Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2016'.

Jaguar designer Julian Thomson in front of the I-PACE concept.

Citroën CXperience concept car.

Interior of the Opel GT Concept.

DS E-Tense concept car.

Renault Trezor concept.

Alfa Romeo Vola, designed by Leonardo Fioravanti.

Porsche 917 – part of a special display on aerodynamics and car design.

View more photos from Drive Guide on Facebook.




Thursday, 9 February 2017

VIDEO: THE ULTIMATE BOOK OF THE AIR-COOLED PORSCHE 911 (REVIEWS)

Take a look at what the press has been saying about The Ultimate Book of the Air-cooled Porsche 911 by Brian Long.



We've had a terrific response to this book!

The Leatherbound Editions are now all reserved. However, we do still have stock of the Standard Editions.

Reserve your numbered copy NOW – before it's too late!


Only available through the dedicated website ultimate911.veloce.co.uk,
this book is not on sale through retail outlets or web-based sellers.



Wednesday, 8 February 2017

COMPETITION TIME!

How would you like to win an original print of the Nigel Bennett-designed legendary 1989 Penske Marlboro PC18-Chevrolet Indy Car? Author of Inspired to Design – F1 cars, Indycars & racing tyres, Nigel was one of Britain’s most successful racing car designers of the 80s and 90s.


Kindly donated to Veloce by Nigel, this A1-sized illustration by Tony Matthews is of the PC18, which was driven by the likes of Emerson Fittipaldi and Rick Mears, and was the dominant Indy Car from the 1989 season.
We are giving it away to one lucky winner!


To be in with a chance of winning this rare piece of automotive artwork, simply answer the following question:

Inspired to Design – F1 cars, Indycars & racing tyres by Nigel Bennett is packed with photos, designs & sketches like the image above. How many pictures are there in Nigel Bennett’s autobiography?

To give you a clue, the answer can be found on the book description page here.

Email your answer here. One lucky winner will be selected at random from all the correct entries on
31st March 2017.

In this unique autobiography, Nigel Bennett describes his life and career, from growing up influenced by car design, to his education, and the building of his ‘750 specials.’ He describes his work as Firestone Development Manager, recounting many tales of the outstanding designers and drivers of the period. Detailing his work in Formula 1, as a Team Lotus engineer, and then as Team Ensign designer, he also covers his Indycar designs at Theodore, Lola Cars, and Penske Cars. Life after his retirement, his involvement in boat design and with modern F1 teams, is also covered.

VIDEO: MIKE DICKS INTERVIEW

Our featured video this month is an interview we recorded with Mike Dicks, he tells us about how his new book came about with Veloce's Hubble & Hattie imprint, and how his training is going with Scrabble as teacher.



Mike&Scrabble is an often funny, sometimes melancholy, and occasionally accurate guide to understanding the relationship between a dog and a human. A picture book for adults that grew out of one human trying to remember why he ended up with a dog, and sharing his thoughts as pictures on social media.


Available now! Mike&Scrabble – A guide to training your new Human by Scrabble, as dictated to Mike Dicks.

SPRING/SUMMER 2017 VELOCE CATALOGUE

Be the first to see our Spring/Summer 2017 online catalogue and discover the amazing range of books available now, and coming up from Veloce!

Email us for a free copy of the printed catalogue, when its available.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

25-YEAR ANNIVERSARY COMPETITION WINNER

Thank you all for your entries to our 25-book giveaway, which we launched in September last year to coincide with the company's 25th anniversary. We had a great response with some superb entries, and as a thank you for all of the kind words and photos, we've decided to award prizes to 5 runners-up, each of whom will receive a £25 Veloce gift voucher.

And the winner is ...
Iain Gordon

Ian Gordon chose La Carrera Panamericana by Johnny Tipler as his favourite Veloce book.
Congratulations, Ian, We hope your prize gives you many months of happy reading!

"Amongst my many books, my favourite book from the Veloce stable is Johnny Tipler's wonderful weighty tome on La Carrera Panamericana. It's a truly wonderful book, packed full of information and excellent photography that brings this famous event alive and is surely the best guide book and inspiration for anyone considering entering or even just following the route of this incredible historic event.

I love how the book brings the event truly to life by covering not only all the competitors and their machines, but also capturing the very essence of the event with atmospheric photography of the area and its people and culture and the minutiae of daily life interspersed with an historic motor race. With the superb colour full-page photographs, I can almost hear the brass salsa bands jumping out of the page!" – Iain Gordon

Runners-up
Jack Shepherdson
Federico Lago
James Foreman
Sébastien Martin
Davide De Giorgi






"Choosing just one title for entry into your competition is extremely hard as I have long been impressed by the high quality, passion and knowledge of your company and the authors
you publish." – James Foreman

"I love your books because they are written so well!" – Federico Lago

"As far as a favorite ... each book fulfills a certain "need," I can't say I like the Bahama Speed Weeks more than the Mexican RR or the T40 more than the T46/50, for example. They're all great in their own way." – Ron Scoma

"I wish to congratulate you all on the amazing milestone of 25 years of publishing some of the greatest automotive books ever written." – Jack Shepherdson

From now on, any reader photo we feature in On the Grid will automatically win a £25 Veloce gift voucher.
Be imaginative, we want to see your pics; if we like it we'll use it here!

Thank you for joining us in celebrating our 25th anniversary.