Wednesday, 3 February 2016

VELOCE SPRING ONLINE CATALOGUE 2016

Be the first to see our Spring 2016 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.


Friday, 22 January 2016

LAMBORGHINI MIURA BIBLE – EBOOK EDITION

The Veloce classic The Lamborghini Miura Bible by Joe Sackey is now available in eBook format.


Named after the Spanish ranch famed for its ferocious bulls, the Lamborghini Miura’s flamboyance and engineering wowed the public when it was unveiled in the mid-sixties. Yet despite its devoted following, there has been no authoritative publication on the car for over a quarter of a century ... until now. Written by a world-renowned authority on the subject – who has himself owned, maintained and restored five Miuras – this unique book features everything the enthusiast would want, from a specially commissioned studio shoot capturing the historic homologation prototype USA Miura SV, to production statistics, specification information, paint charts, and much more. With over 400 photographs and illustrations, this is the definitive guide to an iconic supercar.



Joe Sackey has been a Lamborghini and Ferrari owner and enthusiast for over twenty years, and regularly writes at club and magazine level. He organised the first-ever Miura Reunion in California in 2000, and also facilitated the sale of the first million dollar Lamborghini, the Miura Roadster, in 2006. As an archivist and historian, Joe has become closely involved with the International Lamborghini Registry, and often shares his considerable experience with others looking to locate and restore that special car. Joe lives in California with his wife, Margaret, their three children, and a few old classics. More info.


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

RACING LINE – BRITISH MOTORCYCLE RACING IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE BIG SINGLE

Watch our new interview with Bob Guntrip, the author of new book on British motorcycle racing in the 1960s.



Racing Line is the story of big-bike racing in Britain during the 1960s – when the British racing single reached its peak; when exciting racing unfolded at circuits across the land every summer; and when Britain took its last great generation of riding talent and engineering skill to the world.


The decade between 1960 and 1970 saw British racing singles reach the peak of their development, a time in which exciting racing unfolded at circuits across the land every weekend, and the decade of Bob McIntyre, Derek Minter, Mike Hailwood, Phil Read, Bill Ivy and Peter Williams.
Racing Line documents the period from the introduction of the G50 Matchless, up to the advent of the Yamaha TR2, and the birth of the two-stroke era – a period of immense change. Britain during the 1960s wasn’t only a nation of pop music and fashion; it was a decade crammed with the most competitive racing in the history of motorcycle sport. Racing Line tells this story – the riders, the machines, the drama and the excitement.


The sight and sound of an MV-mounted John Surtees in action, at Silverstone in the late ’50s, set Bob Guntrip on course for a lifetime spent on and around motorcycles. A career in journalism led to stints on bike magazines in the UK and Australia, firing the passion still further, and, despite later wanderings into cricket, rugby and science writing, it seemed inevitable that Bob would one day return to his first love. The result is Racing Line, his first book, documenting the excitement of the 1960s, one of the most dramatic decades in the history of British motorcycle sport.

Racing Line – British motorcycle racing in the golden age of the big single by Bob Guntrip is available now. Click HERE for more information about the book.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM VELOCE PUBLISHING!

Season's greetings and best wishes for the new year from the Velocisti.

Image from Mercedes-Benz W123 series by Brian Long

Sam, Becky, Joe, Paul, Emma, Kevin, Liz & Maggie-May, Louise, Amanda, Kim, Rod, Jude & Immie.

FORTHCOMING IN 2016!

New in 2016! A small selection of our forthcoming books ...


The Essential Guide to Driving in Europe by Julian Parish
HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN ENGINE COFFEE TABLE
by Gergely Bajzath
'Sox' – Gary Hocking the forgotten World Motorcycle Champion
by Roger Hughes
Porsche – The Racing 914s by Roy Smith
Lotus 18 – Colin Chapman's U-turn by Mark Whitelock
Porsche 997 Model years 2004-2012 – The Essential Companion
by Adrian Streather
The book of the Ducati Overhead Camshaft Singles by Ian Falloon
A Life Awheel – The 'auto' biography of W de Forte by Wilberforce de Forte

View all our forthcoming books here.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

TATRA – THE LEGACY OF HANS LEDWINKA
IVAN MARGOLIUS INTERVIEW VIDEO

Hans Ledwinka’s innovative Tatra cars were models of design excellence: this book, at long last, places Ledwinka in his well-deserved place amongst the great car designers.



Tatra – The Legacy of Hans Ledwinka is the story of the Tatra company, which originated in the Central European country of Czechoslovakia. It is a tale of great innovation and avant-garde design in automobile engineering. It is also the story of one man – Hans Ledwinka – and his visionary concepts which have become highly influential, although often undervalued, contributions to the development of car technology.
Until now, Hans Ledwinka's talent has hardly been recognised; in retrospect, he can be judged equal to car designers such as Benz, Daimler and Porsche, whose endeavours have been fully recorded many times over. With his revolutionary Tatra cars Ledwinka consistently pushed back the frontiers of automobile construction, and it’s certain that without his inspiration, the Volkswagen in its air-cooled rear-engined form would perhaps never have been conceived. This book suggests that Ledwinka played a greater part in this development than has previously been appreciated.


The authors have covered the full history of the Tatra company, which is one of the oldest factories in continuous automobile manufacture, dating back to the 19th century. By doing this, they have placed both Ledwinka and the Czechoslovak Tatra company in their rightful place in the history of car design, and provided a fully comprehensive assessment of the influence of Tatra car designs and their inspired creator.
The text of this larger format 2nd edition has been fully revised and updated since the 1990 edition. This new edition also contains many additional illustrations. The book also has a new foreword, written by Norman Foster, the British architect, and proud owner of a Tatra T87, who pays tribute to the aesthetic qualities of this design classic and captures the fascination of both designers and motor historians with the development of Tatra.

Ivan Margolius is an author of memoirs and a number of books and articles on art, architecture, engineering, design and automobile history. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where he studied architecture, he moved to London in 1966, where he practised at Foster and Partners, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and Yorke Rosenberg Mardall. His interest in Czech politics, history, technology and design spurred on his publishing ventures. Ivan has been the owner of a 1949 Tatra T600 Tatraplan since 2000.


John G Henry was born in Northern Ireland and studied in England. He is a projects manager involved in several important building designs in the United Kingdom and in the Middle East. Since his studies, he has been researching innovative achievements in automobile history.

Tatra – The Legacy of Hans Ledwinka – Updated & Enlarged Collector’s Edition of 1500 copies by Ivan Margolius and John G Henry is available now! Click here for more information about the book.