Porter Press Launches First-Ever Motoring & Art Festival

A brand-new event will be launched on 6 November and is set to be a first in the automotive world: a motoring-themed literary and art festival. Organised by leading publisher Porter Press International, it will be held at Whittlebury Park – the motorsport-themed hotel located ‘next door’ to the famous Silverstone race circuit.


  • Brand-new event will take place at Whittlebury Park on 6 November
  • Guest speakers will include Lord Hesketh and Peter Stevens
  • Hear from authors, drivers, engineers, designers and collectors
  • Displays of paintings by some of the finest motoring artists
  • Browse a fabulous selection of motoring photography from all periods

The star line-up of guest speakers and VIPs will include Lord Hesketh, who will be talking about his legendary Formula One team. Sir Jackie Stewart is aiming to attend as his ‘Race Against Dementia’ is the event’s charity partner. They will be joined by Peter Stevens, who has had an extraordinary career as an automotive designer. Other speakers include Bob and Joe Ives, the only British winners of the legendary Camel Trophy. Eminent historic car dealer, collector, commentator and writer Simon Kidston will be coming over from Switzerland. The BRM panel discussion features Howden Ganley, Tony Southgate, Mike Pilbeam and, hopefully Sir Jackie.

A number of top artists will be showing their creations, including David Johnson who will be doing a live painting for Race Against Dementia and Jonny Ambrose who will be displaying one of his amazing sculptures.


Exhibitors include Amalgam, Chaters, Classic & Sports Finance, Scalextric, Performance Publishing, Allemano Watches, Formula Art, The Automobile and Classic Racing Spirit.

Porter Press are delighted to announce that anyone booking to attend the first Motoring Literary & Art Festival will be able to choose a complimentary book from a list of more than a dozen Porter Press titles. For each theatre session booked, attendees will be entitled to another complimentary book per session – while stocks last.

‘This is our way of thanking those who support this new and very different winter motoring event, just before Christmas,’ states Philip Porter. ‘It is also an encouragement to book as soon as possible as stocks are limited.’

The list: Great Cars D-type, Stirling Moss Scrapbook 1955, Great Cars ERA R4D, Exceptional Cars Maserati 4CLT, Model T Ford, Stirling Moss – The Definitive Biography, Great Cars Lightweight E 49 FXN, Austin-Healey DD 300, Exceptional Cars XK 120, Stirling Moss Scrapbook 1929-54, Exceptional Cars Aston Martin Ulster, Living The Goode Life, Coachbuilt Cars – Jaguar XK 120 Supersonic, Barry Cryer Scrapbook, XK Files – 120 (children’s book). Having booked, people will have the opportunity to make their choices.


Event date: Sunday 6 November

Venue: Whittlebury Park, Towcester, NN12 8QH

Organiser: Porter Press International, Hilltop Farm, Knighton on Teme, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8LY

Exhibitor enquiries: Flying Space – Rob Schulp rob@flyingspace.co.uk

Visitor & PR enquiries: Louise Gibbs louise@porterpress.co.uk

Media image enquiries: Abigail Humphries abigail@porterpress.co.uk

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