Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Cracking the Code



If you’re a UK resident or driver, the Highway Code needs no introduction. Unsurprising, perhaps, given that it was first published 91 years ago, and has been a necessary part of every UK learner driver’s homework for close to a century.


Published to coincide with the Road Traffic Act 1930, it was, let’s say, a timely publication  At the beginning of the 20th century driving was an unregulated activity: there were no driving licences, no driving tests, and no minimum age.


By the year the Code was first published, there were 2.3 million motor vehicles sharing Britain’s roads with pedestrians, cyclists, and horse-drawn vehicles. But the glamorous world of the motor vehicle was a dangerous one: around 7000 people died annually in accidents. To put that in perspective, in 2019, when over 40 million motor vehicles were on British roads, the number of fatalities was 1870.


Needless to say, over the last near-century, British roads, vehicles, and road users have changed immeasurably, as has the Code itself. The first edition featured just 21 pages;; today’s Code has 212. Note: for a fascinating look at the history of the Highway Code and British motoring, take a look at Historic England Blog’s 'The Untold Story of the Highway Code.'


Despite its importance in helping to educate drivers in road etiquette and law, the Highway Code tends to be something pored over by learners in order to pass their theory test, then all but forgotten for the rest of their driving life. Which, no doubt, explains a lot …


But even if the Code isn’t part of your regular reading list, this year it sees some important changes that all drivers need to be aware of. Along with around 50 updates to the nearly 300 existing rules, eight new rules will be introduced. Some of these aim to create and clarify a 'hierarchy of road users' that prioritises those most at risk of serious collisions – cyclists, horse riders, pedestrians, etc – while other changes cover things such as the use of technology.


The new rules will roll-out from the end of January 2022, and whilst they have been planned for some time, awareness of these changes among UK drivers is very low: two-thirds of drivers, new and old alike, are totally unaware of the coming changes, with an even greater number unaware of the new rules being added. Whilst the more minor changes probably won’t make a big difference to your everyday driving, some of the new rules, which apply to how you share the road with other users, almost certainly will. And, as the courts say, ignorance is no excuse.


So, what are these changes and how will they affect you? We won't cover all the changes here (although we do recommend that you familiarise yourself with the proposed changes on the UK Government website), but let’s take a look at some of the most relevant changes we expect to be included.


Hierarchy of Road Users 

A new concept to the Code, the hierarchy places road users most at risk in the event of a collision at the top. In a nutshell, those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others. It doesn’t remove the necessity for ALL road users to behave responsibly – and the Code has plenty of examples of how to behave on the roads – but it does mean that we should all be much more aware of the danger we may pose to road users more vulnerable than ourselves, and our responsibilities towards them. 






Pedestrians and cyclists are at the top of the hierarchy, as these are the most vulnerable road users. HGVs and large passenger vehicles are the least vulnerable, so they have lower priority.


Rules H1, H2 and H3 (all new) detail and expand on the Hierarchy of Road Users:

Rule H1 

  • It is important that ALL road users are aware of The Highway Code, are considerate to other road users and understand their responsibility for the safety of others. 
  • Everyone suffers when road collisions occur, whether they are physically injured or not. But those in charge of vehicles that can cause the greatest harm in the event of a collision bear the greatest responsibility to take care and reduce the danger they pose to others. This principle applies most strongly to drivers of large goods and passenger vehicles, vans/minibuses, cars/taxis and motorcycles. 
  • Cyclists, horse riders and drivers of horse drawn vehicles likewise have a responsibility to reduce danger to pedestrians. 
  • None of this detracts from the responsibility of ALL road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, to have regard for their own and other road users’ safety. 
  • Always remember that the people you encounter may have impaired sight, hearing or mobility and that this may not be obvious.

Rule H2

This is for all non-pedestrian road users, and makes a number of significant changes. The rule states:

  • At a junction you should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross a road into which or from which you are turning. 
  • You MUST give way to pedestrians on a zebra crossing, and to pedestrians and cyclists on a parallel crossing (see Rule 195). 
  • Pedestrians have priority when on a zebra crossing, on a parallel crossing or at light controlled crossings when they have a green signal. 
  • You should give way to pedestrians waiting to cross a zebra crossing, and to pedestrians and cyclists waiting to cross a parallel crossing. 
  • Horse riders should also give way to pedestrians on a zebra crossing, and to pedestrians and cyclists on a parallel crossing. 
  • Cyclists should give way to pedestrians on shared use cycle tracks and to horse riders on bridleways.
  • Only pedestrians may use the pavement. Pedestrians include wheelchair and mobility scooter users.
  • Pedestrians may use any part of the road and use cycle tracks as well as the pavement, unless there are signs prohibiting pedestrians.

Rule H3

Rule for drivers and motorcyclists. 

  • You should not cut across cyclists, horse riders or horse drawn vehicles going ahead when you are turning into or out of a junction or changing direction or lane, just as you would not turn across the path of another motor vehicle. This applies whether they are using a cycle lane, a cycle track, or riding ahead on the road and you should give way to them. 
  • Do not turn at a junction if to do so would cause the cyclist, horse rider or horse drawn vehicle going straight ahead to stop or swerve. 
  • You should stop and wait for a safe gap in the flow of cyclists if necessary. This includes when cyclists are: 
    • approaching, passing or moving off from a junction
    • moving past or waiting alongside stationary or slow-moving traffic
    • travelling around a roundabout
Another change that all drivers need to be aware of relates to overtaking cyclists and horse riders or horse-drawn vehicles. While there has been a rule to provide a 'safe distance' (often described as 'a car door’s width') when overtaking, the Code now explicitly states minimum distances:

Rule 163

  • give motorcyclists, cyclists, horse riders and horse drawn vehicles at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car (see Rules 211 to 215). As a guide: 
  • leave at least 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists at speeds of up to 30mph, and give them more space when overtaking at higher speeds
  • pass horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles at speeds under 10 mph and allow at least 2 metres space
  • allow at least 2 metres space and keep to a low speed when passing a pedestrian who is walking in the road (e.g. where there is no pavement)
  • take extra care and give more space when overtaking motorcyclists, cyclists, horse riders, horse drawn vehicles and pedestrians in bad weather (including high winds) and at night
  • you should wait behind the motorcyclist, cyclist, horse rider, horse drawn vehicle or pedestrian and not overtake if it is unsafe or not possible to meet these clearances

There are plenty of other updates, so here’s a few that have caught the Velocisti’s eye:

Mostly covering the safe parking and exiting of your vehicle, Rule 239 now includes the 'Dutch Reach,' which may be familiar to the cyclists among you:

  • where you are able to do so, you should open the door using your hand on the opposite side to the door you are opening; for example, use your left hand to open a door on your right-hand side. This will make you turn your head to look over your shoulder. You are then more likely to avoid causing injury to cyclists or motorcyclists passing you on the road, or to people on the pavement

With technology making huge inroads into every area of driving, and at a rapid rate, and Rule 239 also includes the following rule for electric vehicle owners:

  • When using an electric vehicle charge point, you should park close to the charge point and avoid creating a trip hazard for pedestrians from trailing cables. Display a warning sign if you can. After using the charge point, you should return charging cables and connectors neatly to minimise the danger to pedestrians and avoid creating an obstacle for other road users.

More big changes planned for 2022


While the Highway Code may be the most pressing matter in terms of driver awareness and affecting road users, there are some other big legislative changes touted for 2022 that will also affect UK drivers. These aren’t all done deals, but it’s certain you’ll see some of these changes brought into effect this year. 

From using your mobile, to renewing your licence, and even GPS controlled speed limiters, we’ll be taking a look at some of these potential changes in our next blog post. 

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Boxing clever



Let’s be honest, 2021 hasn’t been a year for celebration (you don’t need us to fill-in the details), but there are some very notable anniversaries to celebrate this year. Did you know the Jaguar C-Type is 70 years old? And the E-Type only a decade younger? The DeLorean DMC-12 is 40 this year; and every 70s kid’s bedroom poster car, the Lamborghini Countach, is – staggeringly, given its science fiction-movie looks – 50 years young!


Of course, there are plenty of other notable milestones: not least of which is our own 30th anniversary! Yes, we have been trading since 1991 – that’s the same year Street Fighter II hit the arcades, Arnold Schwarzenegger made his second appearance as the Terminator, and the anthem for Generation X, Smells Like Teen Spirit, was released.


There is another big anniversary this year that we must mention: the 25th anniversary of the Porsche Boxster. First introduced to the public as the 993 coupé concept at the 1993 Detroit Motorshow, it was another three years before buyers could get their driving gloves on a production version. 


In the early 90s, Porsche was struggling with its product ranges. Reactions had been poor, the ranges were expensive to produce, and sold too poorly to guarantee the company’s future in the fast-moving auto markets. In 1991, Porsche’s model lineup comprised only three cars; the 911 (964), still air-cooled; the 928, originally intended to replace the 911; and the 944, based on the old 924 of ’76.


Now with a new CEO, but an ageing  and dating lineup, and desperately trying to turn its finances around, Porsche took some advice from Toyota – a company that had previously offered to purchase Porsche. Toyota gave them the perfect idea: create a cheaper sportscar using 911 parts. This would have been almost impossible to achieve if Porsche hadn't had a secret up its sleeve: a new water-cooled engine being developed for the next 911 (996).


With Porsche’s typical penchant for numerical nomenclature, the first generation Boxster was designated as the 986. It was powered by a 2.5-litre flat-six, good for a 6.7sec, 0-60mph dash, and with a top speed of 149mph. The car was loved by the press and public alike: agile, fun, and surprisingly practical, and with Porsche’s impressive quality.


Early concept sketches for the Boxster. (From Porsche Boxster, The 998 Series 1996-2004, Brian Long)
Grant Larson's proposed '93 Detroit
Motor Show car, drawn in May 1992.  
(From Porsche Boxster,
The 998 Series 1996-2004, Brian Long)


Design-wise, the Boxster didn’t strive to be different to the 911; this was no 928 or 968. Taking inspiration from its historic 550 Spyder and 718 RSK racers, this was much more your classic Porsche, with Grant Larsson’s designs translating beautifully into reality, albeit with a little refinement here and there.


It was certainly more 911 than other Porsches – perhaps too 911 for some. As webuysupercars.com note:


This new Boxster could be mistaken (from the front anyway) as a new 911 convertible, especially if specced with the right wheels.Conversely the new design 911  could now also be mistaken for the new Boxster especially when specced with the wrong wheels.


Not ideal, then, for the reception of the new 911, but great news for potential Boxster buyers who had even more reason to buy the car.


The car exhibited at the
Detroit Motorshow. (From Porsche Boxster, 
The 998 Series 1996-2004, Brian Long)

The Boxster has come a long way in 25 years, and to celebrate the journey, the 718 Boxster 25 Years edition was released to celebrate the car's silver anniversary. Limited to 1250 units, this 4-litre, flat-six has already sold out, thanks to a slew of tasteful touches paying homage to the original concept car.


25 years on, the Boxster has proven to be anything but 'the poor man’s Porsche'; it’s a true Porsche in its own right. While this car may have originally been all about the price, in 2021 it’s all about the drive, and people have woken up to the fact that the Boxster, from its first generation, to the latest 718 variant, is simply a fantastic, fun, practical driver’s car. Here’s to another 25 years!


Cutaway car, showing the difficulties in packaging a modern, 
mid-engined vehicle. (From Porsche Boxster, 
The 998 Series 1996-2004, Brian Long)


The 718 Boxster 25 Years edition. (Courtesy Porsche)


In the market for a Boxster? Own one yourself? Simply a Porsche fan? You can discover all about the history and development of the Boxster with two excellent volumes from marque expert Brian Long


Porsche Boxster - The 986 Series 1996-2004

This volume begins with the origins of the Boxster and how Porsche came to create it. From concept sketches and early cars, to 2004 models, this fact-filled and informative book is packed with words, photography and detail that fully illustrate the Boxster’s first eight years of production. Currently out of stock, if you’d like to see this book reprinted, head to the web page, and hit the Notify Me button.


Porsche Boxster & Cayman - The 987 Series 2004 to 2013

Brian continues the story, revealing how the Cayman was born, and covering all the models produced until 2013. As with the previous volume, it’s a photo and fact fest that’s brimming with detail.



The Essential Buyer's Guides

If you’re lucky enough to be in the market for a Boxster, or maybe a Cayman for the more inclement parts of the world, you’re in luck. Adrian Streather has penned four Essential Buyer’s Guides, covering Boxster and Cayman models, spanning the first 20 years of production.




For the 986 Boxster - Boxster, Boxster S, Boxster S 550 Spyder – produced from ’97 to ’05 (#1 in the pic above), click here. If you’re assessing a 1st Generation Boxster, Boxster S, Boxster Spyder, Cayman & Cayman S, from ’05 to ’09 (#2), you need this book. If you’re tempted by the 2nd Generation Boxster and Caymen, Boxster, S, Spyder & Black Editions; Cayman, S, R & Black Editions of ’09 to ’12 (#3), here's the book for you. Finally, if it’s a ’12 to ’16 Boxster, S, GTS & Spyder; Cayman, S, GTS, GT4 & GT4 CS (#4), then you need this guide.


That's just a taster of our Porsche titles – for more Porsche perfection, search our online store and take your pick – we’re pretty sure we have something for every Porsche fan.



Thursday, 9 September 2021

Graham Robson 1936–2021



Last month saw the sad loss of another good friend of Veloce Publishing, and a true great from the world of motoring and auto journalism, Graham Robson, who died peacefully on 5 August at his home in Dorset.


Graham lived only a short drive along the coast from Veloce HQ, and was a frequent visitor throughout the year. With over 20 Veloce books to his name – and even an entire series in Rally Giants  – Graham often popped-in to talk shop and answer questions about his latest work. 


He was also equally inclined to pop in for a coffee and a catch-up, happy to chat about any and every subject from the latest engineering tech, to behind-the-scenes rally stories that only someone who was there could tell – as well as a myriad of things auto-related or otherwise. A dog lover with a soft spot for British Bulldogs, he was equally at home talking pups and pooches as he was pistons and prototypes.

Graham was a straight-talking Yorkshireman, and proud of it. He was also proud of his achievements, but never in a boastful way. With such a long and varied history, he had the remarkable ability to put his own achievements into context without hyperbole or ego creeping in. His directness and desire to get to the nitty-gritty of a subject is evident from his writing, and all Velocisti who had the pleasure to work with him could expect nothing less than utter professionalism and accuracy … with a rollicking good tale or two thrown in for good measure.


A welcome figure on the talking and eventing circuits, Graham was a regular up and down this country, and the USA, commentating, compering and presenting with a knowledge and humour that always made for engaging, enlightening and fun listening; he rapidly became a firm favourite with crowds and organisers alike. Our YouTube channel has a number of videos of Graham that are well worth a watch, including this great Author Profile, recorded in 2014.


His Veloce books hint at just how broad his knowledge was, covering everything from the technicalities of groundbreaking Rally cars, to the global commercial pressures that shaped empire-building brands. He was a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, the winner of many national and international awards and the author of nearly 170 books. His personal experiences of the people, places, and races that have become landmarks in automotive history meant he could talk with an authority unmatched by many writers. 


Graham will be sorely missed by all the Velocisti. What better way to celebrate Graham's life and work than with his Veloce titles, from his first Veloce book in 1998, Cortina: The Story of Ford’s Best Seller, to his soon-to-be published Classic Reprint edition of The Cars of BMC.


**UPDATE**

We have added a new category to our website featuring all of Graham's Veloce books; you can find it under Automotive > Collections > Graham Robson



Graham's Veloce books


BMW M3 & M4

The complete history of these ultimate driving machines


Fully updated, highly detailed, this brand-new edition of Graham Robson’s original Haynes publication explores every aspect of BMW M3 history, including its motorsport success worldwide. From the original E30 of 1986, through E36, E46, and E90 to the 6th gen of 2020, and the M4, it includes full, detailed specifications for each generation, and brings the M3 story right up to the present day, covering all models produced between 2013 and 2021, including M4.


£40.00 – BUY NOW

SKU V5579 • Hardback • 23x28cm • 256 pages • 263 pictures


Cortina

The Story of Ford’s Best-seller


The definitive history of the hugely successful model which stayed in production for five generations, enjoyed great success in motor racing and rallying and which redefined the family car. With over 180 colour and black and white photos this is the fascinating story of a incredibly successful car.


£27.50 – BUY NOW

SKU V5100P • Paperback or eBook • 20.7x25cm • 160 pages • pictures • Flowing format eBook


Cosworth

The Search for Power (6th Edition)


This book covers the entire history, life and times of the famous British high-performance engineering company, from its 1958 foundation by Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth, through its often-exciting and always fascinating evolution, to its expansion and worldwide success in both motorsport and high-performance road cars.


£55.00 – BUY NOW

SKU V4895 • Hardback • 25x25cm • 256 pages • 312 pictures


Ford Focus WRC

The auto-biography of a rally champion


The story of the 97 Ford Focus WRC cars during their 12-year rallying career; there were 44 World Championship victories, and the team won the World Rally Manufacturers’ Championship. Drivers included Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz, Marcus Grönholm and Mikko Hirvonen, with sponsors including Martini, BP (and Castrol), and the state of Abu Dhabi.


£35.00 – BUY NOW

SKU V5020 • Hardback • 20.7x25cm • 192 pages • 240 pictures


Grand Prix Ford


In 1965, Colin Chapman persuaded Ford to underwrite development of a V8 for the new 3000cc Grand Prix formula. Built by Cosworth, the new DFV engine won Lotus four World Championship Grands Prix in 1967. A year later, and now available to other constructors, the engine began its domination of Grand Prix racing. This important book is illustrated with more than 300 photographs, most of which come from the UK Ford Motor Company’s own archives.


Price varies – BUY NOW

SKU eV5502 • Flowing-format eBook


The Book of the Standard Motor Company


Starting with the original Standard prototype of 1903, this book covers the scores of Standard models built until the brand was discontinued in 1963 (Britain) and 1987 (India). It also covers the Ferguson tractor involvement, millitary aero-engine manufacture, military aircraft manufacturer (including Beaufighter and Mosquito fighter-bombers), Rolls-Royce Avon turbo-jet military engine manufacture, and Triumph cars. This is the first definitive book to cover this major British marque.


£35.00 – BUY NOW

SKU V4343 • Hardback • 20.7x25cm • 208 pages • 262 pictures


The Cars of BMC

A Veloce Classic Reprint


The Cars of BMC is the most detailed record of the origins, operations, and legacy of one of Britain's most historically important industrial concerns. This is a unique record from one of the most respected automotive historians, and a key player in the British automotive industry. This new edition of The Cars of BMC covers the cars of the period 1945 to 1975, and the following marques: Austin; Austin-Healey; Innocenti; Metropolitan; MG; Morris; Riley; Vanden Plas; Wolseley; British Motor Holdsin (BMH) and British Leyland, plus subsidiaries and overseas connections.


£30.00 – COMING SOON

SKU V5632 • Hardback • 20.7x25cm • 304 pages • 440 pictures


The Daily Mirror 1970 World Cup Rally 40

The World's toughest Rally in retrospect


Lasting six weeks and covering 16,000 miles from London to Mexico City via some of the most varying, tortuous and difficult terrain on three continents, the 1970 World Cup Rally was a unique high-speed event. Attracting many serious works teams such as Ford and British Leyland, it was, and remains, the toughest rally of all time. This book, now reprinted in paperback, tells the complete story.


£25.00 – BUY NOW

SKU V5228P • Paperback or eBook • 22.5x22.5cm • 208 pages • 237 pictures • Flowing format eBook


The Great British Rally

RAC to Rally GB - The Complete Story

From the running of the 1932 RAC rally, mainly a social event, to the present day, when Rally GB is a high-speed endurance World Championship rally, this is the very first all-embracing history of an important part of British motorsport history. Descriptions of every event, opinions, and results  are brought together for the very first time, with year-by-year accounts of all events in the Rally’s history, and copiously illustrated with period photographs. It also covers the many and varied challenges posed by such crises as foot and mouth disease, weather conditions, and controversy over rules and regulations: this book is truly the definitive guide.


£30.00 – BUY NOW

SKU V5736 • Paperback • 22.5x22.5cm • 224 pages • 317 pictures


Triumph Cars

The Complete Story


The distinguished 130-year history of the Triumph company from original pedal cycles, to the first Triumph cars, and then every model up to the end of production. The authors reveal the in-house politics of the company, its design and engineering achievements, competition activities, and its international sales and marketing success.


£40.00 – BUY NOW

SKU V5289 • Hardback or eBook • 25x25cm • 256 pages • 250 pictures • Fixed & flowing-format eBook (check with vendor)


Rally Giants

Audi Quattro

Group B, Sport, Sport S1


The Audi Quattro is a Rally Giant because it was the first to combine four-wheel-drive and a turbocharged engine – not the most sophisticated, but it was the first, and very successful. It was also the first to run with more than 300bhp. As it was re-homologated/transformed from Group 4 into Group B in 1983, it was also the first successful Group B car. 


£15.99 – BUY NOW

SKU V5110P  • Paperback or eBook • 21x19.5cm • 128 pages • 116 pictures • Flowing format eBook


Austin Healey 100-6 & 3000


Between 1957 and 1965 the six-cylinder-engined Austin Healey evolved into a formidable and increasingly specialised rally car. By any standards, it was the first of the ‘homologation specials’ – a type made progressively stronger, faster, more versatile, and more suitable for the world’s toughest international rallies. This book tells its story.


£16.99 – BUY NOW

SKU V5324P • Paperback or eBook • 21x19.5cm • 128 pages • 140 pictures • Flowing format eBook


Fiat 131 Abarth


Fiat entered rallying in 1970, with the aim of becoming World Rally Champion – and it was the 131 Abarth of 1976-1980 which made that possible. It soon began winning World rallies, and, in 1977, 1978 and 1980, the 'works' team also won the World Championship for Makes, paving the way for successors the Lancia Rally 037 and the Delta Integrale.


£15.99 – BUY NOW

SKU V5111P • Paperback or eBook • 21x19.5cm • 128 pages • 100 pictures • Flowing format eBook


Ford Escort Mk1


The story of the Ford Escort MkI, a car that delivered everything its predecessor, the Lotus-Cortina, had promised. Versatile, accessible and competitive at all levels, it dominated international rallying throughout the 1970s, and became hugely popular with teams and spectators alike.


£15.99 – BUY NOW

SKU V5107P • Paperback or eBook • 21x19.5cm • 128 pages • 107 pictures • Flowing format eBook


Ford Escort RS Cosworth & World Rally Car


The Escort RS Cosworth became Ford's most successful model since the legendary Escorts of the 1970s. The combination of Cosworth power, 4WD transmission, and an effective aerodynamic package made it a Rally Giant in all conditions, making this generation of Escorts the most effective rally car that Ford had produced at that time.


£15.99 – BUY NOW

SKU V5171P • Paperback • 21x19.5cm • 128 pages • 146 pictures


Ford Escort RS1800


The Ford Escort MkII, the RS1800, became Ford’s most successful rally car, and is still winning historic events today. It brought new standards to the sport, inspiring many others to copy it. This books contains full details of every ‘works’ Escort MkII that went rallying, plus driver and personality profiles, and detailed car evolution.


£15.99 – BUY NOW

SKU V5109P • Paperback or eBook • 21x19.5cm • 128 pages • 112 pictures • Flowing format eBook


Lancia Delta 4WD/Integrale


The HF 4WD – a compact, five-door Lancia – dominated world-class rallying for six years, winning innumerable events, World Championships for Drivers, and World Championships for Manufacturers. Alongside the cars, driving heroes such as Markku Alan, Didier Auriol, Miki Biasion, Juha Kankkunen and Carlos Sainz also became legendary in this period.


Price varies – BUY NOW

SKU eV5153 • Flowing-format eBook


Lancia Stratos


This book describes the birth, development and rallying career of the Lancia Stratos, Europe’s very first purpose-built rally car, in the mid/late 1970s. It provides a compact and authoritative history of where, when and how it became so important to the sport, as well as telling the story of the team.


£15.99 – BUY NOW

SKU V5526P • Paperback or eBook • 21x19.5cm • 128 pages • 131 pictures • Flowing format eBook


Mini Cooper/Mini Cooper S


This book describes the birth, development, and rallying career of the BMC Mini-Cooper/Mini-Cooper in the 1960s, providing a compact and authoritative history of where, when and how it became so important to the sport. Even today, works Minis appear at every gathering of classic cars – and in 2009, Mini celebrates its 50th birthday. Packed with over 100 photographs, this book is a fitting and timely tribute to a much-loved Rally Giant.


Price varies – BUY NOW

SKU eV4921 • Flowing-format eBook


Peugeot 205 T16


Peugeot designed, developed, campaigned and won with the first truly sophisticated four-wheel-drive Group B Car – the 205 Turbo 16. Detailing the cars, the influences, and the personalities behind a magnificent success story, this book is packed with illustrations, and technical data on this innovative car, and is a must for any rally fan.


£16.99 – BUY NOW

SKU V5325P • Paperback or eBook • 21x19.5cm • 128 pages • 100 pictures • Flowing format eBook


Saab 96 & V4


The story of the front-wheel-drive Saab 96, which made the brand into a rally icon in the 1960s. It succeeded in events as diverse as the Monte Carlo, Britain's RAC Rally, many Scandinavian events, and the Spa-Sofia-Liége Marathon. The 96 and V4 models produced victory where no-one expected it.


£16.99 – BUY NOW


SKU V5332P • Paperback or eBook • 21x19.5cm • 128 pages • 135 pictures • Flowing format eBook


Subaru Impreza


This book describes the birth, development, and rallying car of the turbocharged, four-wheel-drive Subaru Impreza in the 1990s and early 2000s, providing a compact and authoritative history of where, when and how it became so important to the sport.


£16.99 – BUY NOW

SKU V5322P • Paperback or eBook • 21x19.5cm • 128 pages • 96 pictures • Flowing format eBook


Toyota Celica GT-Four


This book describes the birth, development, and rallying career of the Toyota Celica GT-Four, providing a compact and authoritative history of where, when and how it became so important to the sport. 


£16.99 – BUY NOW

SKU V5331P • Paperback or eBook • 21x19.5cm • 128 pages • 117 pictures • Flowing format eBook



Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Put a smile on your grille

 

This month, we have broken a personal record that's guaranteed to put a smile on the grille of Veloce readers …


Our rolling programme of reprints has been in operation for some time now, although the Covid pandemic and Brexit has meant that there have been delays in replenishing stock of some titles.


Things are almost back to normal now, and we have recently entered a HUGE batch of nearly 200 titles into our reprint programme.


Covering pretty much every series, category, and vehicle type, there's something for everyone here. There might be slight delays in restocking some books, but these should now be shorter, with fewer books selling out.


Take a look at our bumper book batch below; if you find a book isn't yet in stock, enter your email address and click Notify me to be informed when stock arrives ahead of everyone else!

General

V5226P

Alfa Romeo Giulia GT & GTA Paperback Edition

V4223P

ANATOMY OF THE CLASSIC MINI The definitive guide to original components and parts interchangeability

V4870P

Anatomy of the Works Minis Rally, Racing & Rallycross Cars

V5335P

Automotive Mascots A Collector's Guide to British Marque, Corporate & Accessory Mascots

V5544P

Britains Toy Models Catalogues 1970-1979

V5548P

BSA Motorcycles - the final evolution

V5098P

Bugatti – The 8-cylinder Touring Cars 1920-34 – The 8-Cylinder Touring Cars 1920-1934 – Types 28, 30, 38, 38a, 44 & 49

V5259P

Bugatti Type 40

V5138P

Citroën DS Revised and updated edition

V5590P

Classic Engines, Modern Fuel The Problems, the Solutions

V5102P

Competition Car Aerodynamics 3rd Edition

V5262P

Completely Morgan 4-Wheelers 1968-1994

V5100P

Cortina The Story of Ford's Best-seller

V5043P

Coventry Climax Racing Engines The definitive development history

V5117P

Diecast Toy Cars of the 1950s & 1960s – The essential book of cars based on the original Mini

V5323P

Great Small Fiats

V367P

How to convert Volkswagen T5 Van to Camper

V5256P

How to Draw & Paint Cars

V5015P

How to illustrate and design Concept Cars – New Edition

V278P

How to Power Tune Ford SOHC Pinto & Sierra Cosworth DOHC Engines For Road & Track

V5547P

Inside the Rolls-Royce & Bentley Styling Department 1971 to 2001

V5539P

Jeep CJ 1945 - 1986

V4347P

Land Rover Series III Reborn

V5258P

LOLA - All the Sports Racing Cars 1978-1997 New Paperback Edition

V5051P

Lola T70 – The Racing History & Individual Chassis Record Classic Reprint of 4th Edition in paperback

V5369P

Making a Morgan 17 days of craftmanship: step-by-step from specification sheet to finished car

V5118P

Maximum Mini

V5328P

Mazda Mx-5 Miata Roadster Design & Development

V5207P

Morris Minor – 70 years on the road

V5099P

Motorcycling in the '50s

V5097P

Porsche 911 Carrera - The Last of the Evolution

V4978P

Porsche 914 & 914-6 THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF THE ROAD & COMPETITION CARS

V5137P

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow/Bentley T-Series, Camargue & Corniche Revised & Enlarged Edition

V5096P

Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit & Silver Spur, Bentley Mulsanne, Eight, Continental, Brooklands & Azure - Updated & enlarged Second Edition

V5133P

RX-7 Mazda's Rotary Engine Sports Car Third Edition

V5493P

SAUBER-MERCEDES – The Group C Racecars 1985-1991 World Champions

V5119P

Scooter Lifestyle

V5549P

Tales of Triumph Motorcycles & the Meriden Factory

V5630P

Tatra - The Legacy of Hans Ledwinka

V5525P

The Datsun 240Z, 260Z & 280Z Fairlady Roadster to 280ZX

V5134P

The Dune Buggy Handbook The A-Z of VW-based Buggies since 1964 - New Edition

V5736P

The Great British Rally – RAC to Rally GB - The Complete Story

V5545P

The Half-ton Military Land Rover

V4957P

The Lea-Francis Story

V4995P

The Volkswagen Bus Book

V5607P

The Volvo Estate Design Icon & Faithful Companion

V5062P

Toyota MR2 Coupe & Spyders – Revised & updated Second Edition

V5248P

Velocette Motorcycles – MSS to Thruxton: Third Edition Paperback

V5122P

Volkswagen Camper 40 years of freedom: an A-Z of Popular Camper conversions

V5121P

Volkswagen The air-cooled era in colour

 

A Pictorial History

V5443P

Rootes Cars of the 1950s, 1960s & 1970s – Hillman, Humber, Singer, Sunbeam & Talbot

V5609P

Rover Cars 1945 to 2005

V5078P

Wolseley Cars 1948 to 1975

 

Auto-Doc

V5046P

MGB & MGB GT - Your Expert Guide to Problems & How to Fix Them

 

Bible

V5136P

The BSA Bantam Bible

V4981P

The Kawasaki Triples Bible

V5095P

The Moto Guzzi Sport & Le Mans Bible

V4999P

The BMW Boxer Twins 1970-1996 Bible – All air-cooled models 1970-1996 (Except R45, R65, G/S & GS)

V5139P

The Lambretta Bible

V5048P

Laverda Twins & Triples Bible

V5734P

The Triumph Tiger Cub Bible

V5772P

The Norton Commando Bible

V5446P

The Ducati 750 Bible

V4974P

The Triumph Trophy Bible

 

Biographies

V5227P

BRM - A mechanic's tale:

V5141P

Edward Turner – The man behind the motorcycles

V5044P

Jim Redman – Six Times World Motorcycle Champion - The Autobiography - New Edition

V5608P

MG, Made in Abingdon – Echoes from the shopfloor

V5313P

MIKE THE BIKE – AGAIN New Edition

V5049P

Motorcycle Apprentice – Matchless - in name & reputation

V5581P

"Motorcycles, Mates and Memories – Recalling sixty years of fun in British motorcycle sport"

V5739P

Virgil Exner Visioneer: The official biography of Virgil M. Exner, designer extraordinaire

 

Dodge Performance

V5094P

Dodge Challenger & Plymouth Barracuda – Chrysler's Potent Pony Cars

 

Enthusiast's Restoration Manual

V244P

Citroen 2CV, Enthusiast's Restoration Manual

V5101P

Classic Car Electrics

V5181P

Ducati Bevel Twins 1971 to 1986 Authenticity & restoration guide

V5167P

How to restore Classic Car Bodywork: New Updated & Revised Edition

V5028P

How to Restore Classic Largeframe Vespa Scooters: Rotary Valve 2-Strokes 1959 to 2008

V5408P

How to Restore Classic Smallframe Vespa Scooters: 2-stroke models 1963 -1986

V5394P

How to Restore Norton Commando

V5343P

How to Restore Triumph TR5, TR250 & TR6

V5252P

How To Restore Triumph TR7 & 8

V4882P

How to Restore Triumph Trident T150/T160 & BSA Rocket III YOUR step-by-step colour illustrated guide to complete restoration

V4093P

How to restore Volkswagen (bay window) Bus

V4946P

How to Restore Volkswagen Beetle

V5251P

Reliant Regal, How to Restore –Y OUR step-by-step colour illustrated guide to body, trim & mechanical restoration

V5250P

Yamaha FS1-E, How to Restore – YOUR step-by-step colour illustrated guide to complete restoration. Covers all models

 

Enthusiast's Workshop Manual

V5174P

Mazda MX-5 Miata 1.6 Enthusiast's Workshop Manual

V5420P

Mazda MX-5 Miata 1.8 Enthusiast's Workshop Manual

 

Essential Buyer's Guide

V5033P

Alfa Romeo Giulia GT Coupé

V398P

Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider

V4392P

Austin-Healey Big Healeys

V4443P

BMW E30 3 Series 1981 to 1994

V4165P

BSA Bantam

V5447P

Citroën DS & ID

V4395P

Cobra Replicas

V4329P

Corvette C2 Sting Ray 1963-1967

V5472P

Ducati Desmoquattro Twins - 851, 888, 916, 996, 998, ST4 1988 to 2004

V5520P

FIAT 124 Spider & Pininfarina Azzura Spider (AS-DS) 1966 to 1985

V5435P

Ford Focus Mk1 RS & ST170 First generation 2002 to 2005

V4447P

Ford Mustang - First Generation 1964 to 1973

V5659P

Jaguar E-Type 3.8 & 4.2 litre

V4077P

Jaguar E-type V12 5.3 litre

V5604P

Jaguar S-Type - 1999 to 2007

V4161P

Jaguar XJ-S

V5653P

Jaguar XJ6, XJ8 & XJR All 2003 to 2009 (X-350) models including Daimler

V4377P

Jaguar XK 120, 140 & 150 1948 to 1961

V4359P

Jaguar XK8 & XKR (1996-2005)

V5657P

Jaguar/Daimler XJ 1994-2003

V4119P

Jaguar/Daimler XJ6, XJ12 & Sovereign All Jaguar/Daimler/VDP series I, II & III models 1968 to 1992

V4523P

Kawasaki Z1 & Z900 – 1972 to 1976

V5538P

Lancia Delta HF 4WD & Integrale 1986 to 1994

V5656P

Land Rover Series I, II & IIA

V5662P

Land Rover Series III

V4486P

Lotus Seven replicas & Caterham 7: 1973-2013

V5563P

Mercedes Benz S-Class 1972-1980 (W116)

V5182P

Mercedes-Benz 280-560SL & SLC W107 series Roadsters & Coupes 1971 to 1989

V5514P

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen All models, including AMG specials, 1979 to 2006

V5421P

MG Midget & A-H Sprite

V5603P

MGA 1955-1962

V5298P

MGF & MG TF

V5558P

Morgan Plus 4

V4655P

Moto Guzzi 2-valve big twins V7,  850GT, V1000, V7 Sport, 750 S, 750 S3, 850 Le Mans, 1000 Le Mans, 850 T, T3, T4, T5, SP1000, SPII, SPIII, Mille, California, Quota, Strada, California 1100, Sport 1100: 1967-1998

V5652P

Norton Commando

V5675P

Porsche 911 (964) Carrera 2, Carrera 4 and turbocharged models. Model years 1989 to 1994

V5634P

Porsche 911 (991) All first generation models 2012 to 2016

V5660P

Porsche 911 (993) Carrera, Carrera 4 and turbocharged models. Model years 1994 to 1998

V5605P

Porsche 911 (996) Carrera, Carrera 4, Targa, GT3, GT3RS and Turbo models 1997 to 2005

V4865P

Porsche 911 (997) - Model years 2004 to 2009

V5467P

Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupé, Targa, Cabriolet & Speedster: model years 1984 to 1989

V5180P

Porsche 911SC Coupé, Targa, Cabriolet & RS Model years 1978-1983

V370P

Porsche 928

V5654P

Porsche 986 Boxster Boxster, Boxster S, Boxster S 550 Spyder: model years 1997 to 2005

V4424P

Porsche 987 Boxster & Cayman 1st Generation: model years 2005 to 2009 Boxster, Boxster S, Boxster Spyder, Cayman & Cayman S

V5340P

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow & Bentley T-Series

V5105P

Subaru Impreza

V4134P

Triumph Bonneville

V5280P

Triumph Stag

V5658P

Triumph TR6

V5518P

TVR Chimaera and Griffith

V4883P

Vespa Scooters - Classic 2-stroke models 1960-2008

 

Essential Companion

V5550P

Porsche 993: King of Porsche

V4954P

Porsche 996: Supreme Porsche

V4620P

Porsche 997 2004-2012: Porsche Excellence

 

Essential Manual

V373P

Building a Dune Buggy - The Essential Manual: Everything you need to know to build any VW-based Dune Buggy yourself!

V5052P

MGB Electrical Systems Updated & Revised New Edition

 

Essential Source Book

V5089P

Ford Cleveland 335-Series V8 engine 1970 to 1982

 

Expert Guides

V5116P

Land Rover Series I-III Your expert guide to common problems & how to fix them

V4402P

MG Midget & A-H Sprite Your expert guide to common problems & how to fix them

 

Made in America

V5735P

Racing Mustangs – An International Photographic History 1964-1986

 

RAC Handbook

V4390P

How your car works – Your guide to the components & systems of modern cars, including hybrid & electric vehicles

 

Rally Giants

V5324P

Austin Healey 100-6 & 3000

V5111P

Fiat 131 Abarth

V5171P

Ford Escort RS Cosworth & World Rally Car

V5109P

Ford Escort RS1800

V5332P

Saab 96 & V4

V5322P

Subaru Impreza

V5331P

Toyota Celica GT-Four

 

SpeedPro

V4019P

Alfa Romeo DOHC High-performance Manual

V4021P

Alfa Romeo V6 Engine High-performance Manual – GTV6, 75 & 164 2.5 & 3 Liter Engines – Also Includes advice on Suspension, Brakes & Transmission (not for front wheel drive)

V5047P

How to Build & Power Tune Holley Carburetors

V4959P

How To Build & Power Tune Weber & Dellorto DCOE, DCO/SP & DHLA Carburettors 3rd Edition

V5169P

How to Build Motorcycle-engined Racing Cars

V276P

How to Build, Modify & Power Tune Cylinder Heads

V259P

How To Choose Camshafts & Time Them For Maximum Power (SpeedPro)

V5091P

How to Improve Triumph TR2-4A

V5140P

How to Improve Triumph TR5, 250 & 6 - Updated & Revised Edition!

V5088P

How to Improve Triumph TR7, TR7-V8 & TR8

V4262P

How to Modify Volkswagen Bus Suspension, Brakes & Chassis for High Performance – Updated & Enlarged New Edition

V4960P

How To Power Tune Jaguar XK 3.4, 3.8 & 4.2 Litre Engines

V5341P

How to Power Tune MGB 4-Cylinder Engines – New Updated & Expanded Edition

V5087P

How to Power Tune Minis on a Small Budget – New Updated & Revised Edition

V5176P

How to Power Tune Rover V8 Engines for Road & Track

V5092P

Modifying Suzuki 4x4 for Serious Offroad Action

V4355P

Race & Trackday Driving Techniques

V4869P

The 1275cc A-Series High Performance Manual

V5334P

The 4-Cylinder Engine Short Block High-Performance Manual – New Updated & Revised Edition

V5168P

The SU Carburettor High Performance Manual

 

Those were the days …

V4268P

American Station Wagons – The Golden Era 1950-1975

V5264P

American Trucks of the 1950s

V5172P

American Trucks of the 1960s

V4415P

British and European Trucks of the 1970s

V5113P

British Lorries of the 1950s

V5114P

British Lorries of the 1960s

V4169P

British Woodies from the 1920s to the 1950s

V4314P

Drag Bike Racing in Britain From the mid '60s to the mid '80s

V5115P

MG's Abingdon Factory

V4198P

Motor Racing at Nassau in the 1950s & 1960s

V5112P

The Last Real Austins - 1946-1959

 

WorkshopPro

V5281P

Car Electrical & Electronic Systems

 

WSC Giants

V4261P

Matra sports cars MS620, 630, 650, 660 & 670 – 1966 to 1974














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