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This book is available to pre-order. The release date is scheduled for around November 2021.

Priced at $140.  Email Us to place your preorders and please include your phone number.


This official book captures the amazing history of Larry Perkins’ famous team via the histories of its individual race cars.

Perkins Engineering built more than 50 Commodore race cars for both its own racing program and privateer customers as well as more than 200 engines for touring cars, AUSCAR, Formula Holden, road car and boat use.

All of these Perkins-built cars will be covered in full including never-before-published insights and photographs to feature and Perkins Engineering’s official records used to help compile the ultimate history book.

The exciting new release will start with Perkins’ first ENZED Commodore Group A VK built in 1986, include the histories of the three Bathurst-winning Castrol Commodores that conquered the Mountain in the 1990s and end with the last Jack Daniel’s Commodore VE.

It features Commodore models including VK, VL Group A SS, VL Group A SV, VN, VP, VR, VS, VT, VX, VY, VZ and VE and includes all of the iconic Perkins Castrol and Jack Daniel’s race cars as well as the wide range of privateer cars built by Perkins Engineering.

Each car’s racing history is presented in a stunning layout along with a special focus placed on each car’s performances in ‘The Great Race’ at Bathurst.

This hardcover book will be produced in an exclusive limited-edition print run and each copy will come individually numbered and hand-signed by Larry Perkins, making it not only an official historic resource but a truly special collectable item.

Australian-made and printed in Australia via green printing methods, this book is a must-have for the collection of any Larry Perkins, Perkins Engineering, Holden, Bathurst, motorsport, motoring or automotive enthusiast.



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The Adelaide 500 is the only event to sit in the Supercars Hall of Fame and, for the first time, the complete history of this world-class motorsport event is being celebrated in a limited edition, hardcover collector’s book.

Produced by the V8 Sleuth team behind a range of other successful motorsport publications, the book, ‘Sensational Adelaide: The Illustrated History of the Adelaide 500’, is a 400 page look back at one of the biggest touring car races the world has ever seen.

From 1999 to 2020 the event attracted thousands of fans to the parklands street circuit, turning on some of the best racing and biggest events on the annual motorsport calendar.

This hardcover collector’s book features:
•A review chapter summarising each year’s event covering 1999 to 2020
•A special section including a photo of each and every Supercar to compete in every event (approximately 670 car photos!)
•Never before published archive photos bringing 20-plus years of Adelaide 500 racing to life
•Full event statistics section, including driver index of all drivers to have competed in the Adelaide 500

2016 Adelaide 500 winner and proud South Australian Nick Percat has penned the foreword for the book, documenting his passion for racing and how he went from a fan hanging off the fence watching his Supercar heroes’ race to lining up on the grid and beating them to win the event in just his third full season in the category.

First held in 1999, the Adelaide 500 became a jewel in the crown of Supercars racing and has won numerous awards over the course of the years, all while playing host to the biggest domestic stars of the V8 category.

The event’s roll call of overall winners reads like a who’s who of Supercars racing, including inaugural winner Craig Lowndes, Mark Skaife, Jamie Whincup, Scott McLaughlin, Shane van Gisbergen, Garth Tander, Will Davison, Rick Kelly, James Courtney, Jason Bright and Nick Percat.

Lowndes won the first Adelaide 500 in 1999 and McLaughlin won the last held in 2020 before the State Government elected to kill off the event and discontinue it for 2021.

Available in mid-2021, this publication is a must-have for fans of the Adelaide 500 or Supercars and motorsport in general and provides a look back at a wildly popular event that fans far and wide have raved about for years.



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The 2021 Repco Supercars Championship Official Season Guide is the must-have publication for any Supercars fan.

For the first time, this Season Guide (normally only offered to official accredited media) is being made available to the public and will be produced in a limited print run.

V8 Sleuth has published the Season Guide for Supercars for the last three years and will once again produce it for the 2021 championship.

The cover for the 2021 Season Guide celebrates 2020 champion Scott McLaughlin, Bathurst 1000 winners Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander and championship and Bathurst runner-up Cameron Waters, who was voted the ‘Driver’s Driver’ by his peers last season.

This A5-sized publication of approximately 200 pages is printed in full colour and is the perfect resource to have at your fingertips whether you’re watching a race on television or in person at the track.

It includes:
•Repco Supercars Championship Driver Profiles and Statistics
•Repco Supercars Championship Team Profiles and Statistics
•2021 Supercars Race Formats In Detail
•Car Specifications
•2020 Drivers and Teams Championship Final Pointscores
•2021 Supercars Race Point Score System In Detail
•2021 Event Previews, including full lists of race winners and pole positions at each circuit over the years
•Repco Supercars Championship & Repco Bathurst 1000 Record Books
•Supercars Hall of Fame Inductees Information
•Supercars Championship Gala Dinner Award Winners
•Dunlop Super2 and Super3 Driver Profiles and Statistics
•Dunlop Super2 and Super3 event previews, including full lists of race winners and pole positions at each circuit over the years
•Dunlop Super2 and Super3 Record Books

The 2021 Repco Supercars Championship Season Guide will be available in time for the opening round of the new season.



The Definitive History of New Zealand’s Iconic Motorsport Event 
by Richard McGee

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The Wellington Street Races ran on one of the most challenging and demanding circuits in the world with some of the biggest stars of world touring car racing including Aussie heroes Peter Brock and Dick Johnson.

Between 1985 and 1996, the races brought some of the world’s top teams and drivers to New Zealand. They also played a major role in the development of the Wellington waterfront as a public space. 

The race track ran through central Wellington streets and along the edge of the waterfront. The races were dramatic and attracted huge crowds and also kick started Wellington becoming New Zealand’s events capital. 

Organised and run by a small group of passionate and professional sports marketers, the street races served as the blueprint for the first World Touring Car Championship – a unique series that saw events take place in 10 different countries in 1987. 

This is the first time that all of the stories about the creation – and the ultimate demise – of the Wellington Street Races have been brought together, along with photos and race information that all motorsport and sports fans will enjoy.

This 272 page hardback book has been written by Richard McGee and is published by Bateman Books.