Tuesday, 20 September 2016

OUR HISTORY: 25 YEARS OF AUTOMOTIVE PUBLISHING 1991 TO 2016


For the past 25 years Veloce has prided itself on publishing the highest quality automotive books. We've been looking back on some of the key events in the company's history since we were incorporated on this day (Sept 20) in 1991. To celebate the anniversary, we've compiled this timeline of our history.

20th September 1991
Veloce Publishing is incorporated.
Founded by Rod Grainger and Jude Brooks.
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1991
First Veloce book Alfa Romeo Giulia GT & GTA by Johnny Tipler.
1991
Veloce’s first Frankfurt Book Fair.
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1992
Veloce's trade stand is used at Alfa Romeo National Meeting, Stamford Hall. First two books (Alfa Giulia GT & GTA and Alfa 8C) on sale.
1992
Veloce’s MX-5 stripdown for the MX-5 manual.
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Spring 1993
First catalogue is produced.
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1994
First book in Enthusiast's Workshop Manual Series is published: Mazda MX-5 1.6 by Rod Grainger.
1994
Veloce's first London Book Fair.
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1995
SpeedPro Series is launched. First book in series: Alfa Romeo Twin-Cam Engines For Road & Track by Jim Kartalamakis.
1995
Project MX-5 @ the barn.
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1996
Tokyo Book Fair.
1996
Dinner with Tokyo MX-5 club & Eunos Roadster fan club.
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August 1996
Move to Trinity Street Dorchester.
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2000
Immie, the much-loved & dearly missed resident Veloce hound at MX-5 National Meeting, Gaydon.
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2001
Veloce is on the web! www.veloce.co.uk is launched.
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2002
First books in Enthusiast's Restoration Manual Series are published: How to Restore Triumph TR2 TR3 & 3A, Triumph TR5250 & TR6 by Roger Williams.
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2003
Jude and Kevin at ABA (American Booksellers Association) Fair, Los Angeles.
2003
Those were the days series is launched. First book in series: Three Wheelers.
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2005
The Essential Companion series is launched. First book in series: Porsche 911 SC – Supreme Porsche by Adrian Streather.
October 2005
Essential Buyer’s Guide Series is launched. Series now has over books in print, and over 100,000 copies sold.
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2006
Armstrong Siddeley book launch at Beaulieu.
November 2006
Rally Giants series is launched. First book in series: Ford Escort Mk1 by Graham Robson.
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January 2007
First edition of On the Grid newsletter.
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July 2007
Veloce News blog is launched. You are here!
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December 2008
Veloce is on Twitter! @VeloceBooks
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2009
Save the Triumph Bonneville by John Rosamond book at Gaydon.
2009
First app: VW Bus – The Essential Buyer’s Guide.
August 2009
First book in WSC Giants series is published: Ferrari 312P & 312PB by Peter Collins & Ed McDonough.
October 2009
Hubble & Hattie is born. Winston ... the dog who changed my life, the first H&H book published.
October 2009
Veloce book enters the House of Commons Library.
December 2009
Office move to Veloce House, Poundbury.
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January 2010
The move to Veloce House featured in the Western Gazette.
February 2010
License deal with RAC signed.
March 2010
Ted Toleman presents Bruno Senna with a copy of The Toleman Story.
April 2010
The Daily Mirror World Cup Rally book by Graham Robson is launched at Dagenham Motors, Wembley, London.
April 2010
Truckmakers series is launched. First book in series: DAF Trucks since 1949 by Colin Peck.
August 2010
First book in RAC Handbook Series is launched: Electric Cars – The future is now by Arvid Linde.
December 2010
Alpine Renault – The Sports Prototypes by Roy Smith wins Mercedes-Benz Award for the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy at GoMW awards.
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February 2011
The Fate of the Sleeping Beauties book is featured on Jay Leno’s book club.
2011
First eBook released: Preston Tucker & others.
2011
Veloce Digital website is launched.
September 2011
Veloce is 20!

December 2011
Tony Robinson – The Biography of a Race Mechanic by Ian Wagstaff book wins Mercedes-Benz Award for the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy at GoMW awards.
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April 2012
First celebrity book is published under the Hubble & Hattie imprint. Miaow! Cats really are nicer than people! by the late, great Sir Patrick Moore CBE.

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4th April 2013
Mike Brewer Day. Book launch to celebrate the publishing of Mike Brewer's The Wheeler Dealer Know How book.
December 2013
Bruce Grant-Braham wins the IAM Safety Award for his book The Essential Driver’s Handbook at the GoMW awards.
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Feb 2015
Veloce launches first simultaneous release of a print book, app, eBook and Drive Guide Guru microsite with Julian Parish.
2015
Grand Prix Ford by Graham Robson book launch at Cosworth HQ.
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20th September 2016
Veloce is 25!

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