Friday 21 December 2007

8 Reindeer Power Sledge !!!(9 if counting Rudolph)

It's christmas time!, it's an automotive blog! it's a Porsche sledge!

Found this on the Porsche site. You would be the coolest kid on your local snowy slope if you rocked up with one of these. Into Porsches? Well Veloce Publishing has a great range of books on a variety of models. Models covered: 356, 911, 914, 924, 928, 944, 993 and the Boxter. I had a proper good look at Adrian Streather 's Porsche 993 'King of Porsche' and this book is the real deal for any 993 owner or enthusiast. Imagine a book the size of the yellow pages on your favorite car. Check the detail on the page here.

The ESSENTIAL companion!
640 pages, 1,300 photos and diagrams!
How to troubleshoot and repair
How to service
How to improve performance
How to authenticate a 993
What to look for when purchasing
Engine & engine management system
Transmission, running gear, wheels & tyres
Complete explanation of electrical systems
Complete historical review of the 993 on & off the race track
It's all here!


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.


This book about the Porsche 993 is the third of a planned six covering a range of Porsche models. This book carries on the tradition established with the author’s first Porsche 911 book (Robert Bentley) which covered the 964 series. Contains absolutely everything a 993 owner needs to know. Every model and version is included. Engines, transmissions, suspension and how to improve the performance are covered as well as the fixes for common problems.
This book really is the essential companion for the 993 owner or would-be owner. No need to ask questions online anymore, the answers are all here.

Thursday 20 December 2007

Wednesday 19 December 2007

Veloce Publishing on Facebook

I am pleased to announce that Veloce Publishing is now on Facebook pages. Swing by and become one of our fans. Click here to vist.

Little Dune Buggy, in the sand....

Into dune buggies? Well good news! I've got a game I found on for you to pass the time away and news of a new dune buggy book from Veloce Publishing.

Building a Dune Buggy - The Essential Manual

There has been a huge resurgence of interest in Dune Buggies (Beach Buggies), kit cars based on the chassis and running gear of fatally corroded VW Beetles. Here is the complete step by step practical guide to the equipment and building techniques needed to build a Buggy, as well as sound guidance on the choice of donor car and new components. With this manual in your workshop, you can build any VW-based Dune Buggy avoiding all the common pitfalls and money sapping mistakes, and ending up with a superb, roadworthy multi-purpose vehicle.

£ 19.99 + Postage

Click here for more info on the book and how to buy.

Tuesday 18 December 2007

Motor Home, Queen of the Desert

No messing about with amazing motorhome/life pod from UNICAT.
Click here or image for more amazing shots.

And in other motor home news:


Volkswagen Camper – 40 years of freedom
Richard Copping

Review from Volkswagen Camper & Commercial, November 2007

His latest bus related offering, VW Camper: Forty Years of Freedom, follows the distinctive brochure layout style of some of his previous titles whereby (wherever possible) original brochures are reproduced in the same style and layout as originally, the pictures are the same but the text has been re-written, using the same font and print layout. The new text carries all the information found in the original text plus background information and history about that conversion or model. It's a bit like having a huge brochure library of your own, except more accessible and written to be informative. Flicking through is simply a delight, as you stop and pour over period pictures and details, but the text also fully details and documents all that minutia we owners love to digest! All the key conversions are covered and, though Splits and Bays predominate, there is excellent coverage of the T3 generation and a nod in the T4 /T5 direction. Models from outside Europe are also shown. Most of us could only dream about owning an archive brochure collection like Richard's, but with this book we get a whole library to enjoy!

Monday 17 December 2007

Car Park @ VW Facilty Rocks

Check this car park facility at VW in Wolfsburg Germany click here.

Into VW T5 camper vans? Well it's your luck day. Check out Veloces new book release by Lindsay Porter here.
1. Step-by-step manual to converting a Transporter
Van to a Camper.
2. Incredibly detailed, step-by-step instructions and over 500 colour illustrations.
3. Choosing the best van for your needs and preparing it.
4. Guide to planning the layout and choosing fittings.
5. Hot to fit a high-top, step-by-step.
6. How to fit an elevating roof, step-by-step.
7. How to cut panels and fit side windows.
8. Building and fitting-out the interior furniture.
9. Planning and fitting gas, water and electric components - with Safety notes.
10. Produced with conversion kit manufacturers and VW-approved converters.

John Cooper Clarke- Hire Car

Here is a poem by the great John Cooper Clarke about hire cars.

HIRE CAR By John Cooper Clarke

double park - don't lock the door
push the pedals through the floor
give it loads and then some more
it's a hire-car baby

with the stick - grind the gears
watch that distance disappear
never yours in a thousand years
it's a hire-car baby

hire-car, hire-car
why would anybody buy a car?
bang it, prang it, say ta ta
it's a hire-car baby

by the way, you're on the streets
save yourself a couple of sheets
collision rate will keep it sweet
it's a hire-car baby

show this motor no respect
bump it, dump it, call collect
what else do the firm expect
it's a hire-car baby

drive the motherfucker anywhere
just like you don't care
put it down to wear and tear
it's a hire-car baby

pray the person who hired it last
didn't drive it quite so fast
this dakarum dodgem doesn't last
it's a hire-car baby

try not to kill yourself
or injure anybody else
don't forget to fasten your belts
rent it, dent it, bang it, prang it
bump it, dump it, scorch it, torch it
crash 'n' burn it, don't return it
lost deposit, let 'em earn it
who cares, it's on the firm's a hire-car baby

Friday 14 December 2007

Veloce's Download Page

Check out Veloce's Download page for cool widgets and wall papers.

Veloce Publishing on

I am pleased to say Veloce Publishing is now on Shelfari.

Check us out at

Flame On! Ron Patrick's Street-Legal Jet Powered VW Beetle.

Are you into Modded Beetles? Well check this corker by Ron Patrick and also James Hale's great book How To Modify Volkswagen Beetle Chassis.

Thursday 13 December 2007

Bodywork Tips Fromm Hacker Zen

Remove Car Dent With Airduster - video powered by Metacafe

Found this cool tip at Hacker Zen. If your into bodywork restoration check out Martin Thaddeus's book Classic Car Bodywork - Enthusiasts Restoration Manual published by Veloce Publishing too.

Wednesday 12 December 2007


The World’s Finest Police Cars

Came across this in my travels at

Check it out here

Alfa Romeo Montreal cover competition

Alfa Romeo Montreal cover competition

It's competition time, with a chance for you to win a copy of this
fantastic book!

We have three potential covers for this book and we want you to decide
which is the best!

To enter, all you have to do is email with your favourite – A, B or C. Don't forget to
include your name and contact details!

Go here for more info.

Tuesday 11 December 2007

New Edition of Veloce's ON THE GRID Newsletter

Click here

Monday 10 December 2007

RX7 Vector Tutorial

With the release of the new How to Draw & Paint Cars By Tony Gardiner book in Febuary in mind. Here is a great tutorial by Donbenni about toon based vector drawing using a RX7 as source material.Check out article here.

Draw & Paint Cars By Tony Gardiner

Cool stuff with Opel

Friday 7 December 2007

Thursday 6 December 2007

Red Red Wine....

Car Battery Charged With... - video powered by Metacafe

Pretty cool eh?! Don't blame me if your car gets drunk.

40% Discount off Veloce Books

Don’t forget our Amazon-busting
40% discount on Veloce's great range of automotive books and our gift vouchers.

Phone or order online quoting discount code "WP133". Hurry!

Offer ends at 11.59:59pm on December 20th 2007
Offer applies only to Veloce-published (non-leather bound) books and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or special offer).

Wednesday 5 December 2007

Tuesday 4 December 2007

Veloce Publishing- Available Titles

SMART Car Races above its Weight..............and Wins!

In preperation for the Veloce Release of The Little Book of Smart by Paul Jackson later this month, I thought you might like this to wet the appetite.

Click here for more infomation

Friday 30 November 2007

Wednesday 21 November 2007

Thursday 8 November 2007

Hydrogen Powered Boat For 100 Passengers! - Ecofriend

Hydrogen Powered Boat For 100 Passengers! - Ecofriend

Pretty AND good for the planet... Another reason to go to masterdam next year!

Tuesday 6 November 2007

YouTube - Portland drivers in the snow

YouTube - Portland drivers in the snow

A snowstorm on the morning of Jan 16th 2007 left about 3-4 inches of snow and ice on the ground in Portland, Oregon. This is what happens to people with too much confidence in their 4WD and zero experience driving on icy snow.

Friday 26 October 2007

NEW review -Lancia Delta HF Integrale

Review by Adrian Walmsley for the Classic Rally Club, October 2007

This superb hardback is a welcome addition to the series of books published by Veloce Publishing in the UK about classic rally cars. Its large format (260 x 260mm) makes it very easy reading for all, including the old and frail. It comprises 208 pages with well-written and informative text and 400 superb colour illustrations of the highest quality. More importantly, this writer does not recall seeing any of the illustrations before. They include great candid shots of some of the characters who contributed so much to the success of this legendary car.

The progenitor of the Integrale, the humble Delta sedan, is covered only briefly to good effect. The formidable S4, in both rally and stradale forms is given due coverage, but the bulk of the book deals with the evolution of the car itself. There is fairly brief commentary on the various rally successes, but details of modifications from model to model are fully set out. For a change, the influence of the Abarth factory is given its due, which many writers seem to overlook entirely. As is well-known, Abarth was also absorbed into the Fiat empire, but it continued as before for several years and was critical to the success of the Integrale. There are several detailed cutaway drawings of various models, the only illustrations in black and white.

The book includes coverage of all the prototypes and limited editions, but this is limited to 2 pages on each, so there can be no suggestion the book gets bogged down in the differences in trim details. Happily, there are 6 pages on the glorious Hyena. All the rally results are listed from 1972 with the Fulvia to 1999. The actual cars, and what they each achieved, are also listed by registration and, where available, chassis number. The full technical details of each model are set out clearly and the seasons, with the different cars, are covered, not in absolute detail, but more in the nature of a readable overview.
The photographs include many great action shots, but also detailed pictures of relevant parts of the cars, including the interiors. In all this is a very readable book of high quality. It should not, however, be confused in any way with the excellent one by that Lancia authority, Nigel Trow, where absolute detail is given to each event and where the bulk of the photos are in black and white, there being a small colour section in the middle. The books virtually comprise the same number of pages, but are very different in approach. The latter is a book to which you would go in order to settle disputes about fine detail in any of the events. Blaettel and Wagner’s is a book you would go to constantly for sheer pleasure.

An unexpected pleasure is to find recollections by Ninni Russo and Juha Kankkunen. This includes humourous and telling candid pictures of the people.
That the book is a must for Lancisti goes without saying, but it is also a great read for anyone with interest in Abarth or Fiat, or indeed for any Italian car fan or rally enthusiast. It is highly recommended. This book is excellent value having regard to its content and quality.

Thursday 25 October 2007

UK Car News - news, car reviews, features and video - News

UK Car News - news, car reviews, features and video - News

Wow! Innovative. Driving on the hard shoulder? AND, wait for it, variable speed limits... Amazing

Tuesday 23 October 2007

Crave: The gadget blog - Posts in Cars

Crave: The gadget blog - Posts in Cars

Looks like Dylan's sold out then... (apparently he has once already?)

Wednesday 17 October 2007

Virgil Exner - Visioneer

Peter Grist, author of Virgil Exner - Visioneer - interview on youtube

Peter talks about his fascination with all things Chrysler

if video doesn't display, click here

Tuesday 16 October 2007

Veloce Publishing

Veloce Publishing:

as is this!

"Features There is something for everyone involved in Speed Eventing. How to get started in even the humblest of saloons. How to keep the costs down and the fun up. How to get the most out of the experience. Top tips on the top venues. How to get started – everything from kit to licenses A look at how the experienced competitors go about it. A look behind the scenes at the organisation of an event A review of the main speed event venues. An in-depth reference section to keep at hand. Description Hillclimbing & Sprinting is one of the most popular ways of getting into UK motorsport. Over 400 such events take place each year. This book shows competitors how to get started, how to improve and how to drive the top courses, with extensive information on this sport."

Veloce Publishing

Veloce Publishing

Available to order or review!

Written by award winning journalist and television presenter Alistair Weaver, and illustrated by some of the world's leading automotive photographers, A Drive on the Wild Side, takes you on a fascinating journey across some of the world's most challenging roads

Friday 12 October 2007

Car nuts get their own film archive - Drive - The Press

Car nuts get their own film archive - Drive - The Press

awesome collection! some very amusing ads etc and all very interesting. Normally £199 plus delivery. Soon to be EXCLUSIVELY available from us , plus a £34.99 book for £199.99

Thursday 4 October 2007

On The Grid

On The Grid

This months OTG now online! Great new, very tricky competition. Show off your knowledge and win!

Wednesday 3 October 2007

hell drivers movie poster

originally uploaded by velocebooks.
see this and other examples from Motor Movies the Posters on our flickr pages.

Already have a flickr account? Why not make us a contact?

Tuesday 25 September 2007

Woodie Cars & Trucks - Old Woodies

Woodie Cars & Trucks - Old Woodies

we've got a book about these coming up...

IGN: 10 Best Car Chases

IGN: 10 Best Car Chases

Are these the best 10? What abut Taxi? (the french one)

Thursday 20 September 2007

The Engine Project

The Engine Project

Up N smoke, motorcycle engines as art (or porn?)

We're publishing the book!

Tuesday 18 September 2007

Braking into a Pothole - How to do This Properly

Braking into a Pothole - How to do This Properly

Top tip! common sense I guess, certainly handy for the roads round here...

Wednesday 12 September 2007

Veloce Publishing

Veloce Publishing

Exners official biog.

In stock now. Being launched at the University of Notre Dame on 29th September

Tuesday 11 September 2007

Motoring through the ages

Motoring through the ages

check at the movie archive footage...

Wednesday 5 September 2007

Thursday 30 August 2007

Peking to Paris book countdown widget

Homepage Content Directory

If you want to know when this great book is out, add this handy countdown widget to your iGoogle page. Widgets for all our pending books to follow!

Tuesday 28 August 2007

Carbon Calculator

Carbon Calculator

cool carbon footprint calculator, you can compare against 20% reduction target and national average. Mine's quite big due to my driving!

How big is YOUR footprint?