Friday 30 May 2008

Honda Live Advert

First ever live TV advertisment went out on Channel 4 last night.
Check out this Honda book by Veloce Publishing..

Acura NSX-Honda's Supercar

By Brian Long


Befitting the subject, the author is a leading motoring historian, who lives in Japan and who has received full co-operation from Honda
Full year-by-year coverage of all production models, including limited editions
Japanese, American and European markets covered superb detail
Well over 380 contemporary pictures, including rare prototypes, mainly in colour
Advertising and sales brochures are also reproduced
Interviews with key personnel
Sales and production data

The definitive story of Honda's amazing supercar, the NSX

Honda’s superbly engineered flagship model, the NSX, is the ultimate Japanese supercar. This book charts, in great detail, the complete history of the Honda NSX from inception to the present, and also incorporates a buyer's guide. Features over 380 colour photos, advertising literature and interviews with key Honda personnel in order to tell the real story of the NSX. An absolute must have for anyone who owns, plans to own, or just plain admires the thinking person's supercar, the NSX.

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New Employee at Veloce Publishing: Hatty

Hatty started work at Veloce on 14th April 2008 as a Mac Operator.

Hatty's role includes book layout, book design, text editing and communicating with authors.

Hatty studied a National Diploma in Graphic Design and Publishing at Oxford Media & Business School.

Thursday 29 May 2008

Veloce Publishing on Flickr

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.
Photos added regularly to showcase the many interesting and rare images we see every day here in production. Take a look, let us know what sort of vehicles you'd like to see, become a contact, make comments...

Wednesday 28 May 2008

From Ferrari to Fired! The Apprentice BBC1

Last night's episode saw Sir Alan Sugar's Apprentice hopeful Michael Sophocles given the boot after given the task of renting timed slots in supercars to potential wealthy Londoners. Hilariously, Michael chose to pitch his Ferrari at the fruitmarket on Portobello Road. It came as no surprise when Michael was subsequently fired in the boardroom for poor sales. Veloce Publishing's latest exciting new book to be in stock entitled From Fells to Ferrari – The Official Biography of Cliff Allison should have no problem reeling in Ferrari enthusiasts out there.

From the Fells to Ferrari – The Official Biography of Cliff Allison
By Graham Gauld


- One of the early young British drivers after the war
- Cliff Allison cut his teeth on the tough races of 500cc Formula 3 and fought his way through the early days of Lotus
- The first driver to score World Championship points for Lotus
- As competent in sports cars as Grand Prix cars
- Winner of the Index of Performance at Le Mans in a Lotus Eleven
- Ferrari team-mate of Tony Brooks, Dan Gurney and Phil Hill

The biography of Cliff Allison, who began motor racing over fifty years ago with a little Cooper 500. Very much a countryman at heart, Allison was not one of the party-going racing crowd, but a driver with a huge ambition to race in Formula 1. With 100 photos, full history and complete race results, this is a fascinating piece of motorsport’s past.

This book is the biography of Cliff Allison who started motor racing over fifty years ago with a little Cooper 500. Very much a countryman at heart Allison was not one of the party-going racing drivers but a driver with a huge ambition to race in Formula 1. He and Graham Hill competed in the first grand prix race for Colin Chapman’s Lotus team in 1958 and scored the first world championship points for Lotus. He later joined Ferrari and won the Argentine 1000kms sports car race with American co-driver Phil Hill as well as being a member of the Ferrari grand prix team in 1959 and 1960. Cliff Allison can also claim victories in many sports car events including winning the Index of Performance at Le Mans in 1957 with a 750cc Lotus Eleven-Climax.
His retired from racing following an accident whilst driving a Lotus-Climax in practice for the Belgian GP at Spa in 1961.

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Tuesday 27 May 2008

Brian Long - Porsche Books - Coming Soon/Special Offer

This photo kindly passed on from Brian Long shows wife Miho with what Brian describes as their "mad hound". At just five months old he looks like he's going to be a big lad!

Brian Long now has more than 30 books to his credit. Coming from an engineering background, he has been an enthusiast for as long as anyone can remember. His passion for sports cars and vintage machinery remains as strong as ever.
Born in Coventry, England, he now lives in Chiba City with his wife, Miho, and their two children, Louis and Sophie-Mercedes. He is a member of the RJC in Japan, the Guild of Motoring Writers, and the Society of Automotive Historians.

Take a look at what's coming soon written by Brian Long for Veloce Publishing..

Special Offer! THE history of the Porsche 911 - 1963 to 2004 - in five volumes for £99.97 inc. P+P (RRP £163.97)

Elvis Payne's Reliant goes up in Flames

Over the weekend a piece of Veloce Publishing history sadly passed away. The Reliant that formed the basis of How to Restore Reliant Regal is now reduced to ashes. However, all is perhaps not lost as there is hope the legacy can in fact, live on...

"I was on my way to a Reliant Rally and had covered about 50 miles when I pulled over as I was following my brother in his Reliant and he broke down. When I then restarted my car, there was a strange pop and the car burst into flames. We battled to save it but the fire spread within minutes.

The fire brigade got there really quick but my car burnt faster. Sadly it has been totally destroyed.

It was insured as a classic car and because of its A1 condition I have a valuation certificate from the insurance stating they value it at £3,000. So I shall have to wait and see what happens.

As strange as it seems I have been getting emails galore from Reliant owners who feel some connection to the car whether it be though the book, via my web site or by owning a model. It is almost as though a person has died.

Everyone is saying that due to the book, web site and its appearances in magazines it is too important to lose. (Last year one great article was in Practical Classics when the car was test driven by Chris Barrie (aka Rimmer from Red Dwarf). The chassis looks good and I will be asking the insurance if I can buy it back. I shall test it and if OK (and if the DVLA are happy), then I will restore the car again from the ashes. I have already had offers of three bodies and numerous parts.

Despite the shock of this, next month my brother and I are off to the North Cape, we will be driving 4,000 miles through France, Sweden and Norway ... in a Reliant Robin! :o)"

Elvis Payne

How to Restore Reliant Regal
By Elvis Payne

• Restoration Guide for the Reliant Regal 3/25 & 3/30.
• What to look for when buying a Regal and how to test.
• Detailed look at each model and their differences.
• Complete restoration from the ground up.
• Unique photos of every stage of restoration.
• How to repair a gelcoat on fiberglass bodies.
• Step by Step instructions for each task
• Written with hands on experience and details problems.
• Alternative spare parts list detailing necessary parts from other marquees.
• The mechanics section can be used by Bond Bug owners.

The book offers a guide in how to find a suitable Reliant Regal 3/25 or 3/30 for restoration. It then proceeds with a fully illustrated step-by-step guide on how to dismantle a Reliant Regal, and then fully restore the body, chassis, electrics and engine back into showroom condition.

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Friday 23 May 2008

"The new Impreza - It sticks to the road" : Subaglue transporter

"The new Impreza - It sticks to the road"

Coming Soon! Subaru Impreza – All turbo models 1994 to 2007 by Veloce Publishing

Delectable Collectables

Enjpy this clip of tinplate toy movie cars from the likes of ghostbusters and back to the future. If tinplate cars are your thing you might be interested to know that Veloce Publishing have this new book out..

Tinplate Toy Cars of the 1950s & 1960s from Japan
THE Collectors guide

By Andrew Ralston


• Many of the toys pictured are so rare that the images have never been published before
• The toys are all drawn from the collection of Bruce Sterling of New York, recognised as one of the world’s top collectors in this field
• The author has been given unique access to this collection for the purposes of this book
• Includes valuable background information on the companies that made these toys
• Features a comprehensive selection of photographs of rare items from many different countries
• All models pictured are in mint condition, with original boxes
• Price guide gives an indication of current values and degree of rarity
• Provides a handy means of manufacturer identification
• An invaluable aid to collectors buying at auction and at toy shows

After the Second World War, Japanese toy makers made tinplate replicas of many American and European cars, often reaching surprising heights of realism. Today, these tin cars are the most desirable of all vintage toys, fetching prices at auction in excess of diecast cars such as Dinky Toys. Seeking out the finest examples of these toys has been a lifelong passion for Bruce Sterling of New York, who has allowed his collection to be pictured in this volume.
150 of the rarest and best toys are shown, all of them in pristine condition with their original boxes. Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, Packard and many other famous American names are represented, in addition to a good selection of European vehicles. All the toys are described in detail and background information is provided about the prototypes on which they are based. A guide to current values is also given. This is a book that will be treasured, not only by specialist collectors, but by all who are passionate about vintage toys and classic vehicles.

Tin toys had been made in Japan before the second World War but they reached new heights of realism in the 1950s. The post-war American occupation of Japan gave Japanese toymakers ready access to the lucrative American toy market and as a result most of the tin toy cars made in this period were based on American vehicles like Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Packards.Like the real things, these tin toys were big. A small one would be around eight inches long, with some of the largest stretching to eighteen inches. As such, tinplate was the ideal medium to capture the look of American styling of the 1950s, a period when size mattered and car manufacturers tried to outdo each other with the extravagance of their designs, the size of their tailfins and the amount of chrome. During this era of consumerism, Japanese toy production was at its peak, with exotically-named manufacturers like Marusan, Bandai, Yonezawa and Alps turning out vast quantities of tin toys. It proved to be a short-lived phase in the history of toy production. By the early 1960s, tin toys were falling out of fashion for various reasons: their sharp edges gave rise to safety concerns; die-cast models were becoming increasingly realistic and sophisticated, with many action features that appealed to children; the development of plastics in the toy industry made tin toys look increasingly old-fashioned. Half a century later, there are very few surviving examples of these magnificent playthings. Bruce Sterling of New York has devoted years to seeking out the very best examples of Japanese tinplate cars and has built up what is probably the world’s finest collection of these toys, every one of them in pristine condition, complete with their original boxes which are works of art in themselves. This book showcases 150 examples of the very rarest tin toy cars, many of them never having been pictured in books or magazines until now. Almost every major American motor manufacturer is represented here, together with a selection of commercial vehicles and a significant number of European cars too. All are illustrated in full colour and described in detail, and fascinating insights are provided into both the real vehicles and the companies who modeled them, together with a guide to rarity and current values. This is a book that will be treasured, not only by specialist collectors, but by all who are passionate about vintage toys and classic vehicles.

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Tuesday 20 May 2008

Book of the Month in TopGear Magazine!

Motor Movies – The Posters!
BOOK OF THE MONTH - Top Gear magazine Nov '07 ... AND No.6 Channel4's 4Car Top 10: car books for Christmas 2007

By Paul Veysey


• The first book ever devoted to movie posters featuring cars
• Posters from worldwide cinema
• Star rating system for rarity of poster
• NO tedious and opinionated plot dissection!
• Many posters not even enthusiasts will have seen
• Simple explanation of poster terminology
• All illustrations are of originals, not reproduction posters
• Star rating serves as investment guide
• Wonderfully nostalgic – a real feel-good book
• Movie posters bring colour, beauty, memories, and serious investment potential - this is THE guide
• Never before has the car in cinema been so vividly brought to life

From the late 19th century the progress of the movies has paralleled that of the motor car. Now, for the first time, these developments are chronicled through the medium of the movie poster. This book celebrates the progression from the simple and crude, through the functional, the ambitious, and the barking mad, right up to today’s high-tech, computer-generated, often soulless examples of both cinema and automobile. By charting the poster art of the movies chronologically, the book takes you on a journey through the 20th Century in black and white, sepia, hand-colouring, stone-litho, and glorious technicolour, and shows the obsessively accurate, the artist’s impression, the photographic and the wildly imaginative depictions of the automobile. With 250 pictures of rare originals, and a star rating system for rarity, this is a beautiful book to browse, as well as valuable investment guide.

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Friday 16 May 2008

Road Magazine

Road – the UK's first free online car magazine coming soon to a computer near you. And it's 100% free! The speed, the smell, the grins, the excitement – the reality of driving.

This exciting new ezine has a very strong team of journalists behind it including Tim Hutton, Phil Raby, Phil Royle, Matt Bagley and Simon Brinsmead.

Issue 1 of Road launches JUNE 1st.

Watch this space for Veloce Publishing adverts and reader offers on Veloce books featured in Road!

Tuesday 13 May 2008

Calling all Mods, Skinheads, Skaheads and Scooter Boys

Cast your mind back to 1960s cult move, Quadrophenia

This film version of The Who's rock opera Quadrophenia makes a few tentative stabs at "explaining" the alienation of 1960s British working-class youth, but its major selling point is its nonstop rock-and-R&B musical score, including the hit single "Love Reign O'er Me." Phil Daniels (replacing the original opera's Roger Daltrey) plays Jimmy, a member of a well-dressed, drugged-up teen-aged gang called the Mods, forever duking it out with the cycle-punk Rockers. The rivalry between the two gangs comes to a head during three tempestuous days in the seaside town of Brighton. Here Jimmy makes love to lovely local Leslie Ash, and forges a strong friendship with unofficial Mod leader Sting. A series of disappointments and setbacks in his own London neighborhood convinces Jimmy to return to Brighton to pick up the pieces.

Whilst we are on the subject of vintage scooters and the mod lifestyle, enthusiasts might be interested to know Veloce Publishing are releasing a new book this month entitled THE LAMBRETTA BIBLE by Pete Davies.

A year-by-year, model-by-model, change-by-change record of the world’s finest scooter from Model A to the GP 200. The story doesn’t end there, though, the focus moves to machines prepared and built by Lambretta Concessionaires. The book ends with a look at the main British dealer specials of the 1960s. Essential reading for Lambretta enthusiasts.

• Complete model history for each Italian machine
• New, previously unpublished photographs
• Frame number information
• Anecdotal information (where relevant)
• 1960s British dealer specials covered
• Coverage of specially prepared machines from Lambretta Concessionaires
• Full machine specifications and production changes
• Paint code information included
• Publicity & promotional material used where relevant
• Detailed information from dealer special staff and Lambretta Concessionaires staff

An in-depth look at one of the world’s greatest scooter marques, including detailed information on the main Italian-built models, the Lambretta Concessionaires machines and British dealer specials.

An in-depth look at the world’s finest scooter, from the Model A to the GP 200. The Lambretta story doesn’t end there though, with the focus moving onto machines prepared and built by Lambretta Concessionaires. The book ends with a look at the main British dealer specials of the 1960s.

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Friday 9 May 2008

Forza Minardi by Simon Vigar

A photo of Simon Vigar sitting in Alonzo's that didn't make the book.

Veloce Publishing presents..

Forza Minardi!

Exclusive interviews with Alonso, Ecclestone, Minardi, Stoddart, Martini, Nannini, Fisichella, Webber and many more ...

If you want to know what it's like to negotiate with Enzo Ferrari, chase Ron Dennis with a hammer, score points when everyone knows you shouldn't, and bring a Grand Prix promoter to his knees, read this book! In an increasingly grey, corporate paddock, where people were scared of their own shadows, Minardi harked back to a better time. Minardi, Stoddart, Ecclestone, Walker, Martini, Nannini, Campos, Fittipaldi, Mansell, Badoer, Fisichella, Gene, Alonso, Webber, Yoong, Wilson, Bruni and Albers are among the contributors, and that's before we get to fascinating insights from engineers and mechanics. This is the one and only inside account, with exclusive, comprehensive interviews with bosses, drivers and engineers. 145 unique photos complete this revelationary tale.

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