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Motoring Literary & Art Festival Update

Much as we would like to organise another Motoring Literary Festival this year, we have reluctantly decided we do not have the resources in-house to do so. Last year’s event had a major impact on our small team, and publishing books must remain our priority, especially with all the exciting new titles in the pipeline. We are, though, determined to maintain the momentum and are planning to hold a Festival in 2025, our 20th anniversary year.

Sir John Egan on Saving Jaguar

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Benetton, Rebels of Formula 1, Damien Smith with Pat Symonds

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Festival Features 

and Events

Speakers and

Panel Discussions

Exhibitors and Artists

'Star Car' Display

About the event


About the Motoring Literary & Art Festival

Welcome to the Motoring Literary & Art Festival

The inaugural Motoring Literary & Art Festival, organised by Porter Press International took 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 was built around – in grand literary festival tradition – a programme of interesting and entertaining panel discussions and talks. A stellar line-up of speakers included industry leaders and experts, writers and designers from across the wide world of motoring and motorsport.

The event also featured prominent automotive artists, an array of specialist exhibitors and a stunning selection of Star Cars.


Speakers and Panel Discussions


The weekend included a programme of distinguished speakers and panel discussions, plus talks by authors, drivers, engineers, collectors, restorers and designers. More and more great names were gradually 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 it has happened I hope this will build and build to become a significant annual event on the motoring calendar. Our small, but brilliant, team worked their socks off and we have received an absolute plethora of complimentary messages.’

BRM Panel - Oliver - Southgate - Ganley - Pilbeam - Edwards

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

HGravett Design drawing

Artwork copyright HGravett Design

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

Reviews & Testimonials 

We have already received a lot of great comments about the event. To read more reviews, click the button below.


"Well done all of you at Porter Press! I thoroughly enjoyed the Festival and was impressed by all the planning and execution. I enjoyed the three lectures I attended and met up with or met interesting people and friends alike. Looking forward to next year."

Oliver Wells

For Flux Sake - Ian Flux with Ian Wagstaff

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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.'

‘Congratulations on bringing together a wonderful collection of cars in the F1 pits. And the A110R looked fabulous upstairs adjacent to the BRM,’ Gavin Kearny, Alpine Brand Development Manager.


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

Display cars