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2-3 December 2023

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Lord Hesketh in conversation with Philip Porter

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Girardo & Co. 1963 Le Mans winner Ferrari 275 P.jpg

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Ambrose Auto Art artwork

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Keith Bluemel in conversation

Festival Features 

and Events

Speakers and

Panel Discussions

Exhibitors and Artists

'Star Car' Display

Full programme and more events

to follow in coming weeks

Jarrotts stand

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About the event


About the Motoring Literary & Art Festival

The Wing at Silverstone Circuit

Welcome to the Motoring Literary and Art Festival

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.

Speakers and Panel Discussions


The weekend will include a programme of distinguished speakers and panel discussions, plus talks by authors, drivers, engineers, collectors, restorers and designers. Keep checking in as more great names are added to the developing schedule.

Philip Porter said: ‘This is an idea I had in principle about three years ago but the pandemic put everything on hold. Now we are raring to go and I hope this will build and build as a significant annual event on the motoring calendar. We are aiming to have content to appeal to a wide spread of motoring enthusiasts.’

Lord Hesekth speaking with Philip Porter

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We have a fantastic lineup for 2023, with a wide variety of speakers from across the motoring world.

After all the hard work we put in during the summer of 2022, the event has already generated considerable goodwill and support,’ said Philip Porter, founder of Porter Press International, ‘and we are thrilled that Silverstone actually approached us about offering it a home. We can think of nowhere better for our inaugural Festival, and we look forward to announcing our line-up of guest speakers and exhibitors over the next few months. Watch this space!"

Richard Wheatland painting

Complementing the literary aspects of the event will be an amazing selection of motoring art, with leading artists displaying and selling their work, together with vendors of prints and evocative period photographs.


Artwork copyright Richard Wheatland

Kevin McNicholas painting

Artwork copyright Kevin McNicholas

Event news

Professor Peter Stevens

We’re honoured to have world-renowned car designer Peter Stevens join us at the event. Peter’s outstanding career highlights include being chiefly responsible for the exterior design of such automotive icons as the McLaren F1, Jaguar XJR-15, the restyled Lotus Esprit of 1988, and the MG TF and SV. Designer, consultant and lecturer, Professor Peter Stevens is a superb speaker who is both highly knowledgeable and never short of an amusing anecdote. Not to be missed. 


The team at Alpine are enthusiasts at heart and are keen to support like minded businesses.

When we heard of the inspiration behind the Motoring Literary & Arts Festival, we jumped at the chance to be involved. Many of our customers are keen collectors of motorsport related items including

books, photographs, artwork and memorabilia.


Exhibitors at the festival include renowned book retailers and publishers, motoring artists, magazine publishers, makers of luxury writing instruments, chronographs and model cars, motoring memorabilia vendors, and a world-class bookbinding demonstration.