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Now £75.00 (was £95.00)
This impressive, 416 page large format book, telling the inside story of the ‘Lightweight’ E-types, has been hugely well received by enthusiasts. Here are early comments from customers:
"Strictly arrived this morning. Thank you. I really must congratulate Peter Wilson on a simply astonishing book. Many have been written around E-types, and whilst I confess to having a particular interest in competition E's, from what I have seen (I have not of course read it all yet) this might be the greatest E-type book ever. A stunning achievement. It is now nominated (and I hope wins) the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year."
"Crammed with good quality pictures, side bars, papers and interesting documents that gives the reader the 'we are actually there' feeling."
"A credit to all involved. Superb!"
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The JAGUAR XK 120 in COMPETITION
Both Editions are available for immediate delivery.
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MIKE HAWTHORN - GOLDEN BOY!
NOW AVAILABLE - the Softback version of our best seller Mike Hawthorn - Golden Boy! In 11 Chapters and containing much of the original book plus updates. Please use THIS LINK to order!
1950 - 2012
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Includes Jaguar, Swallow, Mercedes, Ferrari, MG, Austin, Austin Healey, Ford, and many others. Locations include Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Donington, Goodwood, Lydden, Greenham, Thruxton, various Hill Climbs, Le Mans etc plus JEC/JDC & other Club events. Even a Raiders of the Lost Ark photoshoot!
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The JAGUAR XK 120 in COMPETITION
Publication of our magnificent new pictorial book is now confirmed.
Easily the most comprehensive and informed account ever of the XK 120’s competition activities in the UK and Europe, it not only tells the story of the works and famous-driver cars of the 1950s, but extends into the 1960s and '70s when the XK 120 re-emerged onto the historic scene. It will run to nearly 500 pages and is lavishly illustrated with some 1,200 illustrations – a great many never published before.
Written by long-term historic XK 120 owner and researcher Dr James Fraser and edited by Paul Skilleter, the book is supported by JD Classics.
Mike Hawthorn Golden Boy
Softback Edition AVAILABLE and in stock
has been reprinted multiple times!
The 2014 softback version of Mike Hawthorn Golden Boy is in 11 Chapters and contains much of the original book plus updates.
With 290 pages and 800+ illustrations, it contains much of the original book plus important updates and new photos. One update is a vindication of Mike in the 1955 Le Mans accident from a long lost letter to Jaguar Cars from an on-the-spot expert eyewitness. Plus we have new testimony on the 1959 accident that killed Mike from a policeman who still had his original police pocket book that was filled in at the time, not to mention previously unseen colour photos of Arnaud, Mike's illegitimate son. Price currently (for UK) is GBP29.95 inc Post
'Morris Minor – The World’s Supreme Small Car' by Paul Skilleter
ca 230 pages - 230 illustrations (mainly archive photographs) inc. 12 period colour
Those of you who know me through Jaguar topics might be surprised to learn that one of the books I most enjoyed
writing was about the Morris Minor. The story behind the car and its creator, the amazing (Sir) Alec
Issigonis, is, in fact, almost as interesting as that of Jaguar.
Certainly there are a number of parallels with Jaguar, notably the influence of the Citroen ‘traction avant’ of
1934 which inspired both the XK 120’s and the Minor’s front suspension, while Jaguar’s first chief engineer to
be, William Heynes, worked pre-war at Rootes while Issigonis was also there. The two engineers also worked together
when both came within the British Leyland consortium in the late 1960s.
In recent years, however, the book has been out of print, but (after several false starts) this situation is actively being
rectified by a fourth edition currently under preparation. This will now take the
form of a complete revision, not just a reprint, and will feature updated material and new illustrations.
It is being redesigned but will be produced in roughtly the same format as originally.
The contents of this hard bound, ca-230-page book include:
- Not Minor but Mosquito – the development story
- Series MM
- Series II
- Sisters-in-law: Riley, Wolseley, and the ‘Aussies’
- Van, pick-up and postal vehicles
- Production figures, specifications and experimental cars listing
- Buying, restoring and modifying
- Minors in America
- Colour schemes
Probable price: £TBA
Paul Skilleter Books moves into electronic publishing!
NOW AVAILABLE - "JAGUAR SALOON CARS - THE PUSHROD JAGUARS" The SS Jaguars, Mk IV and Mk V View HERE
While there is no doubt that traditional books of the type we have been publishing for the past five years or so will still be in demand for a long time yet, it is impossible not to ignore the latest technology which allows the reader to download books and read them on a small screen. The most popular of these new devices is the Kindle by Amazon.
The advantages of e-books are obvious: there is a huge saving in terms of paper and shipping, and the reader does not have to carry a heavy tome around. So we are undertaking an experimental foray into e-publishing, beginning with major portions of my long out-of-print Jaguar Saloons book. For the first book, I have chosen from the latter the chapters on 'Pushrod Jaguars', that is, from the SS Jaguar saloons of 1935 through to the end of Mark V sales in 1951. There is increasing interest in these cars, but many people complain that little is available in print on them. This will help fill the void! It is now available - view our catalogue entry!
We will announce the availability of e-publications as they are issed, but if meanwhile you would like to be informed directly by e-mail, please let us know. They are very likely to cost you well under under £10 to download. We would also value feedback on whether in general terms you would be interested in buying e-books in the future, should new titles be available in this form.
About e-books and Kindle - some notes from Tony Bailey
The initial releases for the titles will be via Amazon in a format suitable for the Kindle reader. You can also download free applications from Amazon for the PC and iPhone/iPad etc that can read the Kindle format plus they keep track of the books you have purchased on Amazon. Other formats may follow once the viabiity of this venture is established.
The Churchill Veto
Heading in a completely different direction, Paul handles the publishing of a novel I have written and which is also available in Kindle format! This is not motoring related (although one of the characters drives a Jaguar!) but is a thriller set initially in wartime Britain and moving on to a period some decades later. I happen to be a licensed Radio Amateur and the central character is one also but he makes a decision early in the war that ultimately proves to be a disaster for mankind many years later.
It is available in Kindle format!
A TV script is currently being written for this book!