Monday 26 September 2011


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New! Driven by Desire - The Desiré Wilson story
By Alan Wilson
Forewords by Lord March & Derek Bell MBE
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.

Click here for more info about the book!

Friday 23 September 2011


As promised earlier this month, to celebrate 20 years of Veloce, we've put together an exclusive video about the company's history, featuring interviews with Veloce co-founders, Rod Grainger and Jude Brooks.

In addition to archive photographs from Veloce's history and a brief look around our offices in Poundbury, Rod and Jude talk about how Veloce got started, how the company has progressed, the secret to its success, and what the future holds.

Highlights from Veloce & Hubble & Hattie in 2012!

Coming soon!
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 tens of thousands of pounds? 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.

Coming soon! Miaow! – Cats really are nicer than people!
By Patrick Moore CBE FRS

This little book is about cats; cats of all shapes, sizes and colours, and specifically about those that have shared their lives with the great and well-respected astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore CBE FRS, over a lifetime of 80 years.
This is Patrick’s very personal account of the cats that have been part of his family, beginning with Bonnie, who died at the grand old age of twenty, through to the two beloved felines that he lives with currently: Jeannie and Ptolemy. More info.

Thursday 22 September 2011


The recent announcement of record increases in the prices of rail season tickets could explain the current boom in scooter sales. During August registrations of new scooters jumped by 29.8%, as half a million rail passengers faced the prospect of the biggest leap in ticket costs since privatisation in 1995.

Sales of scooters were already running at 20% above the previous year, but the spike in August would appear to underline concerns that cash-strapped commuters could no longer afford the "eye-wateringly expensive" rail fares, as described by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond, and were seeking alternative ways to get to work.
Richard Davies of Peugeot Scooters reports that sales in Greater London have trebled so far this year; "Over the past couple of years Peugeot have introduced several new 50cc and 125cc scooters aimed specifically at customers looking for affordable everyday transport and as a direct result our sales in general are up 75% and in the London area we're looking at a 211% increase."

Peugeot's 125cc Vivacity scooter sells for £2099, costs just £16 per year to tax and can get a commuter to work and back for a week on just one gallon of fuel (based on an average UK commuting distance of 8.5 miles).

Richard Davies adds; "It's not only the cost of public transport that's driving customers into Peugeot Scooters' showrooms, it's also the attraction of being able to ride from door-to-door without the hassle of queues, cramped conditions or cancellations."


Caring for your Scooter - How to maintain & service your 49cc to 125cc twist & go scooter
By Trevor Fry

This book is aimed at the rider who wants to do his or her own basic scooter maintenance and servicing without the need for in-depth mechanical knowledge, or a technical manual. It covers areas such as oil, brakes, tyres, transmission, electrics, etc, allowing the owner to address the most regularly serviced items without forking out for additional costs. Illustrated with full colour photographs throughout, and featuring clear, easy-to-follow instructions, this book is a must-have for scooter users.
More info.


1: Walking the Dog (Rees)
2: How your car works (RAC) (Linde)
3: Alfa Romeo V6 Engine (SpeedPro) (Kartalamakis)
4: Caring for your Scooter (RAC) (Fry)
5: Ducati Monster Bible (Falloon)
6: Exercising your Puppy (Robertson/Pope)
7: Fate of the Sleeping Beauties (op de Weegh/Hottendorff/op de Weegh)
8: Race & Trackday Driving Tech (SpeedPro) (Hornsey)
9: Tales from the Toolbox (Oliver)
10: Jaguar Mk1 & 2 EBG (Thorley)

Tuesday 20 September 2011


The start of the RAC TT Celebration race.

Event organiser, Lord March with Sir Stirling Moss OBE.

Desiré Wilson signs her new book.

Tribute to Juan Manuel Fangio.

5 times winner of Le Mans, Derek Bell MBE.

Goodwood glamour & glitz.

Anthony Carter signs his new book.

Desiré Wilson in E-type on track.

Ian Wagstaff signs his new book.

On the grid.

Desiré Wilson with Cobra & book jacket display.

Exclusive interview with Alain De Cadenet, coming soon to Veloce's YouTube channel!

Tuesday 13 September 2011


Lucky Buck Mantis

Sickboyz Besame

Shaw Nascafe Racer

Following a successful inaugural Custom Motorcycle Show, held in Bournemouth earlier this year, Ocean Events is delighted to announce that from 2012, the show will be held annually at Beaulieu, home of the world famous National Motor Museum, in the heart of the New Forest.

The 2012 show will be held in the Beaulieu parkland on the 16th and 17th June, when visitors will not only be able to enjoy The Custom Motorcycle Show, but also the established annual Hot Rod & Custom Car Festival plus all the other attractions that Beaulieu has to offer.

Hundreds of world class custom motorcycles will also be on show, with over 70 bikes entering the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building (as part of the UK Affiliate rounds). There will be several categories for the bike builders including Freestyle, Modified Harley, Period Chopper, Daily Rider and Streetfighter/Performance Custom.

There will be hundreds of exhibitors including custom bike dealers, custom accessories and hard parts, plus the Vendors and Merchandise Village.

From 9.30am on both days of the show, there will be a Ride-In, with all riders of custom motorcycles invited into the event to show off their bikes.

Lorne Cheetham, director of Ocean Events said: “Beaulieu is a perfect venue for our event. With all the custom bikes, cafe racers and streetfighters sharing the magnificent showgrounds with hot rods and custom cars, the whole weekend is going to be one fantastic festival of motoring modification and customisation!

“We are delighted to be working with Beaulieu on this show and hope to make the whole event the biggest of its kind in the UK.”

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New! BMW Custom Motorcycles: Choppers, Cruisers, Bobbers, Trikes & Quads By Ulrich Cloesen.
Customising BMWs - does it work? This book, the first of its kind solely devoted to the BMW custom bike scene, proves it does! Features stunning images of customised BMW singles, twins and fours from contributors around the globe, many complemented by owner's stories and technical descriptions. More info.

Forthcoming in 2012! Italian Custom Motorcycles – The Italian Chop – Choppers, Cruisers, Bobbers, Trikes & Quads. By Uli Cloesen.
Many books have been published about Italian motorcycles, but none has focused exclusively on the Italian motorcycle-based chopper, bobber, trike, and quad custom bike scene ... until now. Featuring stunning photography, this is a great book for Italian bike fans, and fans of the custom bike scene in general. More info.

Wednesday 7 September 2011


Goodwood’s annual driver tribute feature at next week’s Revival (16-18 September) will honour one of the greatest drivers that ever raced. On the centenary of his birth, and 60th anniversary of him winning the first of his five World Championships, Goodwood will pay tribute to Juan Manuel Fangio.

Fangio raced twice at Goodwood, with his best result at the West Sussex circuit being second in the challenging BRM V16 P15 on 26 September 1953.

This legendary BRM will be just one of over 25 of the most famous cars that Fangio drove, as Goodwood honours the life and achievements of this incredible man with a daily track parade.

Other significant cars forming part of the tribute will include three important Mercedes-Benz racers being sent over especially from the marque’s Stuttgart-based Museum – Fangio’s ex-300 SLR, W196 and W196 Streamliner. His Alfa Romeo Tipo 158/9 ‘Alfetta’, Ferrari 290 MM and 860 Monzas, Gordini Type 15s and 16, Maserati 250F, 300S and 450S, Jaguar C-type, Talbot-Lago Type 26S and Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser ‘Dayton Steel Foundry Special’ Indy car will also form part of the daily parade.

Two of his earliest racing cars are also being shipped over specifically for the Revival from the Fundación Fangio in Argentina – his famous 1939 Chevrolet Coupe TC and the 1947 Volpi Chevrolet ‘La Petisa’ – the first time these cars have come to the UK.

In addition to Fangio’s famous race cars, several former teammates that competed with the great man will be on hand, including Sir Stirling Moss and Hans Herrman, as well as Tony Brooks.and Maria Teresa de Filippis.

Source: Goodwood

Fans of this era of motor racing will be pleased to know Anthony Carter will be signing copies of his brand new book, Motor Racing – The Pursuit of Victory 1930-1962, available at the event before anywhere else!**

Saturday 17th
1pm – Chaters stand

Sunday 18th
1pm – Chaters stand

Visit the Chaters stand during event for the latest news.

**signing session subject to book availability at event.

BOOK LAUNCH AT GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2011! Motor Racing – The Pursuit of Victory 1930-1962
By Anthony Carter.

Previously unpublished, stunning photographs from motor racing history, in a book that examines the many facets of Grand Prix racing before the dominance of television. A beautiful look at a fascinating time in motor racing.

Click here for more info about the book!

Anthony Carter at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010.


John Rosamond, author of Save the Triumph Bonneville! – The inside story of the Meriden Workers’ Co-op, will be promoting the book at The Wirral branch of the Triumph Owners Motorcycle Club. The TOMCC house magazine Nacelle is promoting the event in its September edition.

Click here for more info about the book!

Monday 5 September 2011


Check out the video interview we recorded with Desiré & Alan Wilson & Andrew Marriott!

Driven by Desire - The Desiré Wilson story
By Alan Wilson
Forewords by Lord March & Derek Bell MBE.

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. This fascinating book shows that a woman can, and did, fight her way to the top of motorsport.

Click here for more info about the book!

Desiré Wilson will be at Goodwood Revival all weekend signing special editions of her book, which will only be for sale at the event. Special signing sessions have been arranged*, so don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Friday 16th
10.15-11.00am – Richmond Shop
1.45-2.30pm – Goodwood Road Racing Club Enclosure

Saturday 17th
10.00-10.45am – Goodwood Road Racing Club Enclosure

Sunday 18th
10.00-10.45am – Richmond Shop

*details are subject to change – visit the Press/Media Centre during the event for the latest.