Books - Andrew Noakes - Motoring Writer
Jaguar F-type book

Jaguar F-type:
The Complete Story

Crowood 2020

The F-type story, from XJ-S and Pininfarina Spider via XJ41/42 and TWR XX to the F-type production car

100 years of Bentley book

100 Years of Bentley

White Lion 2019

History of Bentley, published in the marque's centenary year, covering everything from W.O. Bentley's early days to the latest Continental GT.

Dorling Kindersley Drive book


Dorling Kindersley 2018

The definitive visual history of motoring, from the earliest pioneers to the electric, autonomous future
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Mercedes SL and SLC 107-series book

Mercedes-Benz SL and SLC 107-series 1971-89:
The Complete Story

Crowood 2017

Covers the design and development of the SL and related SLC, and details the model's rallying and racing history.
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Aston Martin DB 70 Years book

Aston Martin DB - 70 Years

Aurum 2017

Celebrating the DB Aston Martins, looking at all the road and race cars from DB1 to DB11. Shortlisted for the Grand Prix de Beau Livre at Festival Automobile International
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The Classic Car Book

The Classic Car Book*

Dorling Kindersley 2016

Lavishly illustrated and featuring more than 250 classic cars in themed catalogues. Auto Express book of the year 2016.
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Specialist Journalism book

Specialist Journalism*

Routledge 2012

Chapter on automotive journalism contributed to this book edited by Barry Turner and Richard Orange.
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Aston Martin Model by Model book

Aston Martin Model by Model

Crowood 2012

More than 100 individual entries detailing every significant Aston Martin model, together with many rare and exciting machines built as racing cars, prototypes or one-offs for wealthy clients.
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The Car Book

The Car Book*

Dorling Kindersley 2011

The definitive visual history of the automobile tracking the evolution of the car decade by decade.
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Escort XR3 book

Ford Escort XR3

Haynes 2010

History of Ford's big-selling hot hatch. Sold in a package with a 1:43 scale model.
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Great Cars book

Great Cars

Parragon 2010

A celebration of the world's finest cars

Ultimate History of Fast Cars book

The Ultimate History of Fast Cars*

Parragon 2006, 2010

Two updates to an encyclopedia of some of the world's fastest and most dramatic cars.

Classic Cars book

Classic Cars

Parragon 2008

More than 70 of the world's most memorable cars, from early 20th century pioneers through sports cars, supercars and muscle cars to modern classics.

Ultimate History of Mercedes-Benz book

The Ultimate History of Mercedes-Benz*

Parragon 2008

Update of this comprehensive history of Mercedes-Benz cars.

Ford Cosworth DFV book

Ford Cosworth DFV

Haynes 2007

The complete story of the enormously successful F1, Indycar and endurance racing engine. Winner of the Timo Makinen Trophy.

The Classic Car Book

The Classic Car Book

Haynes 2006

The complete guide to buying, restoring, maintaining and using classic cars. Spanish edition El libro del coche Clásico.

Aston Martin DB7: The Complete Story book

Aston Martin DB7:
The Complete Story

Crowood 2006

Telling the whole story of the DB7, in a wealth of detail, this is the ultimate reference book for the DB7 enthusiast.
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Classic Cars

Classic Cars

Parragon 2006

More than 150 classics featured with histories, specifications and analysis. German edition: Automobile: Die größten Klassiker aller Zeiten French edition: Automobiles - Les plus beaux modèles classiques de tous les temps

Porsche book


Parragon 2005

Concise history of Porsche describing the marque's most significant models

Ultimate History of BMW book

The Ultimate History of BMW

Parragon 2005, 2008

A comprehensive and richly-illustrated history of BMW. Updated edition in 2008. German edition Faszination BMW.

The Sports Car book

The Sports Car:
A Comprehensive History

Parragon 2004

From the all-time greats of the vintage and veteran eras to supercars from the 1960s to today, this book covers every era of sports cars.

Mercedes SL Series book

Mercedes SL Series:
The Complete Story

Crowood 2004

History and analysis of every SL generation from the 1952 racing cars to the 21st-century R230 road car.
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Ultimate History of Aston Martin book

The Ultimate History of Aston Martin

Parragon 2003

A lavishly illustrated large format book detailing the complete story of Aston Martin.

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Press reviews

"Does an impressive job of condensing the luxury brand’s heritage while keeping it an enjoyable read." Sunday Times Driving on 100 Years of Bentley

"This 'must-have' coffee table book is an extremely comprehensive look at Bentley’s history, and Andrew Noakes has done an excellent job of bringing such a special brand to life, and fitting so much information in... would make the ideal gift for any car enthusiast or just for anyone who is a huge fan of the brand." Simon Wittenburg for Luxurious Magazine on 100 Years of Bentley

"It’s a must for every Aston Martin owner and enthusiast to have in their library." Richard Lentinello for Hemmings Motor News on Aston Martin DB 70 Years

"A well-written, thoroughly researched, classy book" on Aston Martin DB 70 Years

"This is a comprehensive and knowledgeable work, featuring over 100 individual entries detailing the significant models of the marque, be they road cars, racers, one-offs, prototypes or James Bond cars. With technical specifications ending each model section, this is quite possibly all the Aston Martin book you'll ever need." Classic Car Weekly on Aston Martin Model by Model

"Rich in detail and handsomely illustrated, it has plenty to offer the casual fan and the die-hard... it pulls off the difficult feat of covering a potentially dry subject in a comprehensive manner while never failing to entertain. For that it deserves top marks." Keith Collantine for on Ford Cosworth DFV.

New book projects

After more than 20 book projects I have plenty of experience in researching and writing to suit the editorial objectives, budget and schedule (however tight).

I'm keen to add more books to this list. If you have a book project in mind which you think I can contribute to, please get in touch.