OFFICIAL 'Superbears' - The Story of Hesketh Racing

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This title has been shortlisted for the 2023 Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year Award, in the category Books On A Motor Sporting Subject With No Price Limit. In addition, Superbears has been shortlisted by the Historic Motoring Awards 2023 for 'Book of the Year'.

Superbears – The Story of Hesketh Racing has become the fastest-selling book Porter Press have ever produced. A second print run has already been delivered after the original batch of 1500 copies almost sold out in a little over two months.

Book of the Month in both Octane and Classic & Sports Car

The definitive book from Porter Press celebrating one of the greatest 'against all odds' stories in the history of sport.

  • The full story behind the rapid rise of the ‘biggest little racing team in the world’ from its Formula 3 debut in 1972 to its final Formula 1 race in 1978.
  • Includes never-seen-before photographs and documents from Lord Hesketh’s personal archive
  • New interviews with Lord Hesketh, Bubbles Horsley and other team members
  • Foreword by Jools Holland
Hesketh Racing Book

RetroGP Review: 'This is the one that Hesketh Racing fans around the world have been waiting for. It's a stunning account of the little team from Towcester and how they went from zeros to F1 heroes in just over 2 years. Great 'behind the scenes' insights, loads of fascinating, exclusive photos'. 
Fantastic, you will LOVE it - 5 STARS ★★★★★

This new book from Porter Press International is the first to tell the amazing full story of Hesketh Racing. The team captured the imagination of enthusiasts all around the world thanks to its unique approach and its famous teddy bear logo, and it continues to be one of the most evocative and charismatic names in Formula 1 history.

The jacketed, hardback book with over 280 images features in-depth interviews with Lord Hesketh and key team members such as Bubbles Horsley, Nigel Stroud, Dave Sims, Peter Gaydon, Rupert Keegan and Frank Dernie – as well as never-before-seen images from Lord Hesketh’s personal scrapbooks and photo albums.

Successfully capturing Hesketh Racing’s unique blend of on-track success and off-track entertainment, it is a fitting celebration of the amazing cast of characters who were behind ‘the biggest little racing team in the world’.

To read more about Hesketh Racing visit the Official Website CLICK HERE

There is no better example of an ‘Against all odds’ story than the 1974 Hesketh Racing Formula 1 team. With the maverick James Hunt at the wheel of the fabled Hesketh 308 F1 car and the extravegent, 23 year old Lord Hesketh at the helm, ‘The biggest little racing team in the world’, captured the public’s imagination.

Scorned by the established teams who considered them a bunch of playboy amateurs with no place in the sport, Hesketh Racing audaciously challenged the big guns in their own back yard, and won.

If you are going to be involved in one of the most demanding, most expensive and most dangerous sports in the world, you might as well have as much fun as you can doing it. The team arrived by Rolls-Royce, hired yachts for Monaco and had a Grand Piano in the back of Pitlane for sing songs with friends and celebrities. Champagne flowed in abundance at Hesketh Racing.
PAGES: 264
SIZE: 315 x 270mm
WEIGHT: 2.5kg

Hesketh Racing

About the author
James Page inherited his passion for motorsport from his father and was fortunate enough to grow up around racing cars. Having contributed race reports to Autosport and Motoring News while still at university, he joined Future Publishing in 2005 and went on to become deputy editor of Classics Monthly. In 2011, he joined Classic & Sports Car in the same role before becoming editor three years later. He has been freelance since 2017, but still contributes to C&SC as well as Octane and ASTON. He edits the monthly magazine of the International XK Club, and his previous books for Porter Press International include Jaguar E-type Lightweight – the Autobiography of 49 FXN and Ultimate Ferrari 250 GTO.
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About Porter Press
Porter Press International is renowned for publishing top-quality motoring books. Founded in 2005 by acclaimed automotive author Philip Porter, the company is now firmly established worldwide as a leading motoring publisher. The unrivalled Porter Press team includes James Page, former editor of Classic & Sports Car and Steve Rendle, former commissioning editor for Haynes Publishing. Both liaise closely with chief design contributor, Martin Port, former art editor of Classic & Sports Car. Porter Press is proud to have worked with a number of motoring icons, including Murray Walker, Martin Brundle, Derek Bell, Gordon Murrray, Michael Turner and Stirling Moss. Authors include Doug Nye, Ian Wagstaff, Keith Bluemel, James Page, Mick Walsh, Chas Parker, Rinsey Mills, J. Mac Hulbert, Richard Heseltine, Matthew Field, Malcolm McKay, Gordon Bruce, Mark Cole, Michael Kliebenstein, Serge Vanbockryck and Philip Porter.


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