Published Books

BooksMost authors and journalists covering the automotive world tend to focus on the cars, their mechanical specifications, or how they drive. I have long preferred the Big Picture—how the vehicles relate to the world around them, and their place in history.

Foreword: Italian Sports Cars

Sergio PinanfarinaThis book uses a novel approach to the history of the Italian sports car. As expected, it covers the landmark models from Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Cisitalia, and others.

What makes it different from other books is the way it makes the connection between these cars and the economic and social reality that existed at the time. It also explores Italy’s history and ambiance.

Impressing me the most was the way Winston broke our history into distinct periods. How he was able to accomplish this I don’t knkow, for his analysis in choosing the years to define each period is most impressive.

I applaud what he has done, and am most sincere when I say this is the best approach an author or researcher can use.

Sergio Pinanfarina
Sergio Pinanfarina
Chairman, Pininfarina SpA

I didn’t realize the rarity of this viewpoint until one of the world’s best Mercedes restorers commissioned me to author a monograph on the 300 SLS (to see all my monographs, click here

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). After studying that unique vehicle’s history, it was obvious it was the progenitor to every open-air postwar Mercedes sports car since, and thus hugely influential on the company’s history. When I told him this is how I would present the car and its story, he said “I have been with the SLS for years, first finding it, then researching and restoring it. I never saw it in that light. You have a unique ability to distill many disparate things into something simple so everyone else can see them, too.”

Equally fascinating is the cast of characters who created the automotive landmarks. Many were true visionaries, artists, and great risk takers. Certain cars are so packed full of emotion they have distinct personalities, traits that are often reflective of their fathers. As Sir William Lyons, the founder of Jaguar Cars observed, “The car is the closest thing we will ever create to something that is alive.”

In many ways this makes exotic and performance car production the most human of industries, one that creates a product that touches people like nothing else, except perhaps music or art.

The Big Picture, and the people behind the vehicles are the driving forces in my books. The books I have written so far are:

Title: Ferrari Hypercars
Publisher: Motorbooks/Quarto Publishing Group USA
Date: October 2014

Title: Ferrari Road & Racing
Publisher: Publications International, USA
Date: 2005

Title: Speed, Style & Beauty: Cars From the Ralph Lauren Collection; co-authored with Beverly Rae Kimes
Publisher: MFA Publications (Boston Museum of Fine Art), USA
Date: 2005

Title: Take Your Best Shot—A Guide on How to Photograph Cars
Publisher: Hagerty Protection Network, USA
Date: 2004

Title: Giotto Bizzarrini: A Technician Devoted to Motor Racing
Publisher: Giorgio Nada Editore, Italy
Date: 2004

Title: Italian Sports Cars
Publisher: Motorbooks International Publishing (USA)
Date: 2000

Title: ISORIVOLTA: The Men, The Machines
Publisher: Giorgio Nada Editore (Italy)
Date: 1995

I have also contributed words and photos to books by other authors. In chronological order from the most current, they are:

Title: The Ferrari Phenomenon by Matt Stone & Luca Dal Monte
Publisher: David Bull Publishing (USA)
Date: 2010

Title: Zagato Milano 1919-2009 by Andrea Zagato & Paolo di Taranto
Publisher: Giorgio Nada Editore (Italy)
Date: 2009

Title: Standard Catalog of Ferrari by Mike Covello
Publisher: Krause Publications (USA)
Date: 2003

Title: Lamborghini The Spirit of the Bull by Paul W. Cockerham
Publisher: New Line Books (USA)
Date: 1998

Title: Ferrari America, Superamerica Superfast by Bruno Alfieri
Publisher: Automobilia (Italy)
Date: 1996

Title: Chevrolet Small Block V-8 by Anthony Young
Publisher: Motorbooks International (USA)
Date: 1992

Title: California Ferraris by Alfred Cosentino;
Publisher: Alfred S. Cosentino Books (USA)
Date: 1987

Title: Giugiaro Catalogue Raisonne by Giancarlo Perini & Gino Rancati,
Publisher: Automobilia (Italy)
Date: 1987

Title: Panteras for the Road by Henry Rasmussen
Publisher: Motorbooks International (USA)
Date: 1983