Thursday 31 March 2011


Veloce Publishing will be at this year's London Book Fair (11-13 April 2011). Our exhibition stand number is R455. Come and say hello!

Here are just a few of Veloce's highlights in 2011 ...

Jaguar E-type – Enthusiast’s restoration Manual
By Peter Crespin

People dream of restoring an E-type, but many fail to complete their project after time or money run out. Do you REALLY need to spend £4000 trimming a two-seater, £6000 on an engine, £2000 on a soft top, or £30,000 for a new body shell? No – you can do it yourself for far less, provided your goal is a solid, presentable, and above all driveable car. If you are time rich but cash poor, this book is for you. More info.

Le Mans Panoramic
By Gavin Ireland

The Le Mans 24 Hours is the ultimate endurance race, and a classic feature of the motorsport calendar. This book captures the sheer scale and drama of this legendary race as never before, using specialist panoramic photography to give an unprecedented wide angle view of how the race is entered, watched, won, and lost. It is a timeless tribute to the Le Mans 24 Hours. More info.

Roads With a View - Wales’ greatest views and how to find them by road
By David Corfield

With more dramatic coastline and landscape packed within its borders than sardines in a tin can, Wales is justifiably proud of its visual splendour. In this, the second of the Roads With a View series, author David Corfield discovers the best roads and best views in Wales.
More info.

Tuesday 29 March 2011


Thanks to Jaguar World Monthly for this review of Jaguar XJ220 – The Inside Story.

Click here for more info about the book!

Friday 25 March 2011


Donald Stevens, author of Veloce book, Bluebird CN7 - The inside story of Donald Campbell’s last Land Speed Record car will be giving public talks throughout the year. Donald was the first employee of Norris Brothers Ltd., and worked on many of their innovative engineering solutions.

As a design draughtsman he played a major role in the draughting of Bluebird K7 the seven times world water speed record breaker, including the design of the initial retractable spray baffles and the cockpit interior. After National Service in the RAF as a trainee pilot he rejoined the company to work with the two chief designers on the concept of the Campbell-Norris 7 (Bluebird CN7), its wind tunnel testing and design, eventually becoming project co-ordinator for the construction.
He has lectured on the design to engineering institutions countrywide.

The upcoming dates are as follows:-
April 4th Friends of St. George's Benenden - K7
May 16th Kent Jag Owners - Dog & Bear, Lenham, Kent.
June 24th Speed Record Club - Coventry Motor Museum.
October 18th Friends of Brooklands
December 3rd Friends of Beaulieu

Watch this space for more info. Click here to watch Donald on YouTube!

Tuesday 22 March 2011


Pat Moss Carlsson was one of the most formidable women in motorsport. This forthcoming book from Veloce is her story, as told by navigator, team manager, and friend, Stuart Turner. We were very fortunate to grab interviews with both Stuart Turner at Veloce House and Sir Stirling Moss OBE (Pat's brother) at Goodwood Revival 2010. Here is the result ...

Coming soon!
Harnessing Horsepower – The Pat Moss Carlsson story

By Stuart Turner
Foreword by Sir Stirling Moss & Erik Carlsson

Covers the life of one of the greatest women rally drivers of all time, Pat Moss Carlsson.
Sister to Sir Stirling Moss, Pat had a highly successful career in show-jumping before moving into motorsport, going on to become European Ladies Rally Champion no fewer than five times.

More info.

Monday 21 March 2011


Veloce has a very special book on the way this year! Driven by Desire - The Desiré Wilson story (published this summer), and is planned to be launched at this years Goodwood Revival. Watch this space for further updates on that!

Last week we were pleased to welcome Desiré and her husband Alan to Veloce House. We recorded a video interview with them before they headed off to the Goodwood Festival of Speed Press Day.

Lord March ran though the highlights of what to look forward to at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (1-3 July), Moving Motor Show (30 June) and Revival (16-18 September), supported by a host of motor sport stars, including Formula One drivers Mika Hakkinen, Jochen Mass, Desiré Wilson and Bruno Senna, motorcycle competitors Guy Martin, James Haydon and Paul Smart, rally stars Andreas Mikkleson, Jimmy McRae and Russell Brooks, and circuit racer legends Paul Radisich, Richard Attwood and Anthony Reid. In addition, golfer Sir Nick Faldo, TV chef James Martin, comedian Ross Noble and model Yasmin le Bon with her daughter Amber on hand.

Desire Wilson (fourth from left), with Lord March and guests.
Source: Goodwood.

Coming soon!
Driven by Desire - The Desiré Wilson story
By Alan Wilson.
The story of the driver rated by many as the best woman ever to race cars, and the most capable ever to have driven in Formula One. Her 50-year career began at the age of five in South Africa, moving to Holland and England and then the USA, before gaining renewed life at the famous Goodwood Revival historic race events. This fascinating story shows that a woman can, and did, fight her way to the top of motorsport.
More info.


How awesome is this Canstruction VW Bus? Encompassing more than 8,500 grocery items, including peas, beans, applesauce, evaporated milk, bottled water, noodles and jello. Better still, the creation of these sculptures built of food, are later disassembled to feed the hungry! More information on

Anyone looking to buy a real VW Bus should check out Veloce's Essential Buyer's Guide iPhone app. Available now on the iTunes App Store!

Friday 18 March 2011


Veloce's exciting new book Preston Tucker & Others – Tales of brilliant automotive innovators & innovations by Arvid Linde is out now! And to celebrate we couldn't resist sharing this movie trailer of Tucker: The Man and His Dream – a 1988 biographical film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Jeff Bridges.

New! Preston Tucker & Others – Tales of brilliant automotive innovators & innovations
By Arvid Linde.
An automotive book like no other you've ever read! Guaranteed to surprise, intrigue, entertain and inform whether the reader is an automotive expert or a complete novice; altogether a memorable, eye-opening journey through our automotive heritage.
Preston Tucker & Others celebrates those pioneering individuals with a radical, non-conformist approach to car design, from Preston Tucker and his Torpedo to Guy Negre and his zero-emission dream.
Lavishly illustrated and intensively researched, this is also the story of the milestone inventions that have shaped today’s cars and automotive landscape. More info.


Yasmin Le Bon and daughter Amber with the E-Type and XKR-S

Jaguar XKR-S at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed was launched yesterday with Jaguar playing a key role as the event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic E-type.

Present at the launch were Yasmin Le Bon with her daughter and fellow model, Amber, who posed alongside arguably the most famous E-type of all – one of two cars to have made an epic, high-speed journey from Coventry to Geneva in March 1961 at the behest of Sir William Lyons. The car, a prototype Series One E-type roadster carrying the registration '77 RW', was delivered by Norman Dewis, Chief Test Driver at the time.

Norman's modern day successor, Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, at the wheel of the new Jaguar XKR-S, marked the event in style with a series of dramatic demonstration runs up the notorious Goodwood hill.

Joining Mike in taking on the hill was ex-Le Mans and BTCC racer Anthony Reid driving an XFR – his enthusiastic driving style won him the TAG Heuer 'Most Spirited Getaway' award.

The 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed will see Jaguar take centre stage with a dramatic sculpture being commissioned for the lawn in front of Goodwood House. Enthusiasts will be able to view an array of Jaguars from the past, present and a little way into the future with the XK120, and examples of the C-, D- and, of course, E-type taking part in demonstration runs in front of the crowds.

The Festival will start on Thursday 30 June with the Moving Motor Show – a chance for visitors to experience the latest Jaguar road cars and even get behind and take on the Goodwood hill.

Tickets for the Goodwood Festival of Speed can be ordered at

Wednesday 9 March 2011


8th March, 2011 signified Ford of Britain's 100th birthday and this year also sees Ford marking 100 years of vehicle manufacturing in the UK.

Ford plans a year-long centenary celebration with themed marketing campaigns to flag up this special year. A Ford of Britain centenary logo has been created, which delivers its message as text on a keyless Ford Power starter button.

Historical displays will take place at various motoring events and a gala event will take place in the first half of 2011.

Ford-related events are being held around the country including the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire and the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, Warwickshire. This year's Goodwood Revival, the country's premier historic motoring event, will see a significant number of classic Ford cars take to the circuit, in September.
3 Generations of Ford

Five Decades of Transit

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta WRC

Source: Ford

Friday 4 March 2011


Jaguar Cars will be officially celebrating two significant anniversaries at Goodwood’s popular annual motor sport events this year, with 50 years of Britain’s best-loved sports car - the legendary Jaguar E-Type – being honoured at both the 2011 Festival of Speed (1-3 July) and Goodwood Revival (16-18 September), as well as 60 years since the Coventry marque first triumphed in the gruelling Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race.

Unveiled exactly 50 years ago at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the E-Type quickly became the epitome of 1960s cool, as well as establishing an enviable record on the racing circuits of the world, including Goodwood. At the Festival of Speed this summer, the E-Type’s 50th birthday will be marked with an original and highly impactful ‘Central Feature’ installation as a tribute to this incomparable motoring icon.

As well as the Central Feature – once more created by Gerry Judah, who has designed every memorable Festival display since 1997 – E-Types will be much in evidence at the 19th Festival of Speed. A class in the world-renowned Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance will be dedicated to variants of Jaguar’s most famous model, while the Goodwood Hill will see examples of each notable racing E-Type.

Additionally, the 60th anniversary of Jaguar’s first Le Mans win will be celebrated with a class of the marque’s 24 Hours challengers. As well as the C-Types and D-Types which claimed five victories in the 1950s, Jaguar’s triumphant return to la Sarthe in the 1980s with the XJR series will also be represented, alongside examples of every other Jaguar model to compete at the 24 hour race.

Jaguar E-Types will also have a strong presence at this year’s Goodwood Revival. Saturday’s feature race at the Revival - the Fordwater Trophy - will be a 45-minute two-driver race for E-Types only. In honour of this, the official 2011 Goodwood Revival poster depicts the famous ‘4 WPD’ Noddy Coombs lightweight development E-Type racing at Goodwood.

Jaguar has a long and impressive history at Goodwood. An SS100 won the very first post-War public motor race at the West Sussex circuit in September 1948, and the marque went on to enjoy great success with sports, GT and saloon cars during Goodwood’s active years from 1948 to 1966. It is testament to this special relationship that the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival are the only UK-based motor sport events officially recognised and supported by Jaguar Cars.

Commenting on this announcement, Lord March says: “I am delighted that we are able to honour Jaguar’s sporting heritage and the 50th anniversary of the E-Type in particular, at Goodwood this year. Goodwood and Jaguar have always enjoyed a very close relationship, and it is entirely fitting that they should choose to celebrate these two very special anniversaries with us.”

Tickets and further information for the 2011 Festival of Speed, Moving Motor Show and Goodwood Revival can be found on the Goodwood website

To coincide with the 50th anniversary, Veloce will be publishing Jaguar E-type – Enthusiast’s restoration Manual by Peter Crespin.
In stock August 2011!
People dream of restoring an E-type, but many fail to complete their project after time or money run out. Do you REALLY need to spend £4000 trimming a two-seater, £6000 on an engine, £2000 on a soft top, or £30,000 for a new body shell? No – you can do it yourself for far less, provided your goal is a solid, presentable, and above all driveable car. If you are time rich but cash poor, this book is for you. More info.

E-type Essential Buyer's Guide's available now!

Click covers for more info.

Thursday 3 March 2011


Get an amazing discount for ONE DAY ONLY!

March 3rd 2011 is World Book Day, and to celebrate we'd like to offer you 45% off Veloce books for one day only! Visit the Veloce site to enter the discount code and claim your discount.

World Book Day is designated as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is observed in over 100 countries around the world. The origins of the day we now celebrate in the UK and Ireland come from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St George’s Day – a tradition started over 90 years ago. Find out more

*offer excludes leather and limited editions, Veloce gift vouchers, Veloce iPhone apps, other coinciding special offers, and non-Veloce products. P+P extra.

Wednesday 2 March 2011


Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 – a new reference among super sports cars

With the Aventador LP 700-4, Automobili Lamborghini is redefining the very pinnacle of the world super sports car market – brutal power, outstanding lightweight engineering and phenomenal handling precision are combined with peerless design and the very finest equipment to deliver an unparalleled driving experience. With the Aventador, Lamborghini is taking a big step into the future – and building on the glorious history of the brand with the next automotive legend. The first customers will take delivery of the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 in late summer 2011.

The technology package of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 is utterly unique. It is based on an innovative monocoque made from carbon-fiber that combines exceptional lightweight engineering with the highest levels of stiffness and safety. The new twelve-cylinder with 6.5 liters’ displacement and 515 kW / 700 hp brings together the ultimate in high-revving pleasure with astonishing low-end torque. Thanks to a dry weight of only 1,575 kilograms (3,472 lb), which is extremely low for this class of vehicle, the weight-to-power ratio stands at only 2.25 kilograms per hp (4.96 lb/hp). Even the fantastic 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration figure of just 2.9 seconds and the top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph) do not fully describe the Aventador’s extreme performance. And yet, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are down by around 20 percent compared with its predecessor, despite the considerable increase in power (+8%).

The ISR transmission is unique among road-going vehicles, guaranteeing the fastest shifting time (only 50 milliseconds) and a highly emotional shift feel, while the lightweight chassis with pushrod suspension delivers absolute handling precision and competition-level performance. The expressively-designed interior offers hi-tech features ranging from the TFT cockpit display with Drive Select Mode system. The Aventador will be built to the very highest quality standards in an all-new production facility in Sant’Agata Bolognese.

Aventador: the name of one of the most courageous of all bulls

Source: Lamborghini