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Motoring Literary & Art Festival - Silverstone 2/3 December 2023

24 November 2023

Porter Press Motoring Festival 2023, XJ13, Building The Legend

The inaugural Motoring Literary & Art Festival, organised by Porter Press International takes place on the opening weekend of December in a heated hall inside The Wing at Silverstone Circuit – the home of British motorsport.

Devoted to motoring books, magazines, art and automobilia, the two-day event is built around – in grand literary festival tradition – a programme of interesting and entertaining panel discussions and talks. A stellar line-up of speakers includes industry leaders and experts, writers and designers from across the wide world of motoring and motorsport. 

The event also features prominent automotive artists, an array of specialist exhibitors and a  selection of star cars. Such as ....


FERRARI 250 P/275 P

Conceived by Frédéric Dor’s Care Racing Development outfit and designed, developed and constructed by Prodrive, the Ferrari 550 GT1s, as they were commonly known, entered 343 races across the globe between 2001 and 2008, scoring 60 pole positions, 69 victories and 151 podium finishes.

Girardo will have on display one of the 12 cars built by Prodrive. This example, chassis number CRD05, was the winner of the 2004 Le Mans Endurance Series GTS title, GTS class winner of Petit Le Mans in 2003, finished second in the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2003, is a three-time entrant in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has scored seven victories, 20 podiums finishes and three pole positions, was second in the 2005 FFSA French GT Championship, finished a staggering 96 percent of the 69 races it entered between 2003 and 2008, is the fifth of only 10 Ferrari 550 Maranello Prodrives raced in period on behalf of Care Racing Development and is presented in its Petit Le Mans-winning specification and livery.

The 250 P was Ferrari's first V12 rear-engined sports racer and this car won Le Mans in 1963. For 1964 the 3-litre engine was bored out to 3.3-litres, renamed the 275 P and again took victory at Le Mans.

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 © Wonderhatch


In 1955, Jean Rédélé, a driven entrepreneur, founded Alpine on the three pillars of agility, elegance and a competitive spirit.

Designed by drivers for people who want to master the tarmac, Alpine was crafted by legendary victories, and a limitless commitment to motorsport.

"Since 2016, our A110 has helped us climb through the ranks of motorsport. Tomorrow, we want to reinvent motorsport with innovative technologies drawn from Formula 1, endurance racing and rallying for passionate drivers." 

Porter Press Motoring Festival 2023, XJ13, Building The Legend

BRM P15 V16

In the battle for motor racing’s top crown and associated national bragging rights, BRM’s opening salvo was the P15 Mk1 V16. Fiendishly complex and notoriously unreliable, it proved to be a magnificent failure. But when it worked, it unleashed a war cry so fiercely beautiful it simply would not be forgotten. The P15 is a glorious monument to a time when patriotism drove automotive innovation through motorsport. 

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Born from a desire for revenge, the highly distinctive ‘Breadvan’ was commissioned by Count Giovanni Volpi di Misurata as a ‘Ferrari to beat the GTO’. The man charged with developing the car was none other than exiled Ferrari 250 GTO-mastermind Giotto Bizzarrini. Starting out as a Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheelbase Competizione, chassis number 2819 GT, eventually became the fast, infamous, somewhat fragile but instantly recognisable ‘Breadvan’. Style definitely took a back seat to aerodynamics and its frontline competition career was a short one, but, thanks to an ever-growing fanbase, its legend lives on.

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© John Colley 


Launched in 1935, the rakish SS Jaguar 100 was a landmark model for the company that had been founded by William Lyons as Swallow Sidecars and which would evolve into Jaguar. As the first true performance car to wear the Jaguar name, it soon attracted the attention of drivers who recognised its competition potential – and chassis number 18008 would become the most famous SS100 of all.

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© John Colley 


Stirling Moss was a Jaguar works driver from 1951 to 1954. Early in 1951, he acquired an XK 120 Fixed Head Coupé to use for driving from race meeting to race meeting, mainly on the Continent, which explains why it is a left hand drive example. He had it painted in two-tone cream and light green, and also did a few serious rallies in the car including the Lyons-Charbonnieres Rally with Gregor Grant, the founding Editor of Autosport as his navigator. 

Quoting from the Stirling Moss Scrapbook 1929-54, Sir Stirling told Philip Porter,

“The 120 Fixed Head Coupé was a nice, good-looking car. I had a tow bar because I was towing around a caravan. I had a really nice caravan because I thought it would save me stopping to stay in hotels and also save some money.

“The caravan was inclined to wander and so that I could go more quickly I got something called a ‘Dolly Trolley’. That virtually made it into a four wheeler, which I thought would help. I can tell you the ‘Dolly Trolley’ was not a success. Where it fixed on, something broke. I had just been over a mountain and was going down the other side, looked in my mirror and the caravan was veering around at speed. So I put my foot down, and it turned over – I was carrying six dozen eggs from our farm at home. The whole lot went everywhere inside the caravan – it was really messy! And that was the end of the caravan.

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This, the twelfth RHD E-type roadster, was originally registered 2 BBC in 1961, but, following a successful season on the race track, was re-registered 848 CRY. It was with this number that it appeared in the film The Italian Job and, although in need of a full restoration, was purchased by Philip Porter in 1977.

Porter Press Motoring Festival 2023, XJ13, Building The Legend


9600 HP is the only remaining prototype and is the oldest surviving Jaguar E-type. In 1961, it served as a press car and was driven flat-out across France to be in Geneva in time for the E-type’s official launch. Subsequently owned by the likes of racing driver Jack Fairman, 9600 HP was acquired by Philip Porter in 1977 and kept in a barn until 1999, when a deal was done that would lead to its emotional return to the road…

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