A couple of weeks ago I posted an interview I had with Randy Leffingwell. Randy, as many of you know, is a Porsche author and photographer who has a number of well-received Porsche books to his credit. Shortly after that post, I was contacted directly by Motorbooks (the publisher of Randy's most recent book) thanking me for my review. In addition to the thank you, Motorbooks was kind enough to send me a group of other Porsche related material they have published.
Motorbooks Publishes Great Books about Porsche
Here's a list of the books that came packaged from Motorbooks
- Race to Win: How to Become a Complete Champion Driver by Derek Daly
- "Porsche High-Performance Driving Handbook 2nd Edition" by Vic Elford
- "Original Porsche 911: The Guide to All Production Models, 1963-98" by Peter Morgan
- "The Book of the Porsche 356" by Brian Long
- "Porsche 996 The Essential Companion: Supreme Porsche (Essential Companion)" by Adrian Streather
I believe I'll also be receiving to additional books this coming fall (once they are published). One from Randy Leffingwell entitled "Porsche Sixty Years" and another on Porsche racing history from 1953 to 1975 with the descriptive title of "Porsche Racing Cars."
Now, I'm not naive. I know why Motorbooks is doing what they are doing. My blog is fairly well read and a positive review will only help to sell more books. I have no problem with this as it obviously benefits me. My only caveat was I told them the same as I have told everyone else with regard to product reviews; my review will be honest and objective. In other words, If I don't like something I will say so. On the same token, if I think it is a good product (like these Race Ramps or this Fanatec Porsche Wheel) or a well written book I will praise it and recommend it.
Given that I'm receiving all this swag, I would like to give some of it back to you the reader. Are you familiar with any of the books above? If so, here's my offer. Write a brief review (three to four paragraphs) about any one of the five books listed above and send it to me via the contact page. In your email to me, choose which one of the the other four books you would like in return (make sure you send me your address.) If I use/post your review, I will send you your choice of books as a thank you for the review. Deadline for your entry is two weeks from today or July 16th.
I'm looking forward to reading all these books (especially the 996 Companion book as I'm thinking of an '02 or '03 Turbo), it's just that it will take me some time. I have a number of books that I received for my birthday and for Christmas that I'm still making my way through. More on this later.
If you've read any of these books, but don't feel like participating in the contest, that's no problem at all. Just leave me a comment and let me know what you thought about the book.