Founded in 1965, Motorbooks was acquired by Quarto in late 2007 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. Motorbooks is among the world's leading transportation publishers, offering books created by motoring's top photographers and writers, many created with major partners like Harley-Davidson, Chevrolet, Ford and Chrysler and magazines like Hot Rod and Cycle World.
Contact Info
400 First Avenue North
Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Tel: +1 612 344 8100
Fax: +1 612 344 8691

Contact: Zack Miller, Publisher

Contact: Zak Welch, National Accounts Manager

Contact: Nichole Schiele, Marketing Manager

Contact: Darwin Holmstrom, Senior Acquisitions Editor

Contact: Kelli Billstein, Blog Editor

Contact: Customer Service

Motorbooks History

It’s only fitting that our story begins in a garage.

The year was 1965, and North America was in dire need of quality car, motorcycle, and racing books. Luckily for gearheads, a transplanted Englishman and lifelong car guy named Thomas Warth took it upon himself to feed the need. From the stalls of his humble Minneapolis, Minnesota, garage, Warth launched a modest automotive book mail-order business selling transportation tomes, many of them imported from England. Thus was born Classic Motorbooks.

In 1973, Classic Motorbooks began publishing its own books, which it made available alongside those from leading transportation publishers around the world. This move put Motorbooks in the driver’s seat, allowing it to define the best books for enthusiasts and then engage the motoring world’s best photographers and writers to create them—an approach that continues to this day.

Besides our award-winning writers and shooters, we also partner with some of the biggest names in the business, like Harley-Davidson, Chevrolet, Ford, Hot Rod and Cycle World magazines, Dodge, and SRT—all to give us access to the best stories and the coolest photography. Alongside its own titles, Motorbooks continues to offer the best books from the other premier transportation publishers, fine-tuned exclusively for the enthusiast by gearheads who are just as obsessed as you are.

For 50 years, Motorbooks has embraced the gearhead life. If it has wheels, we dig it. Wrench, Race, Ride, Roll, Read: that’s our mantra. Now go burn some rubber.

Sites We DigIt's hard for a company to publish books for almost 50 years without making a few friends. Whether these links lead to people we've worked with, people we'd like to work with, or simply blogs our staff members love to read, we recommend you check out the list below for some of our favorite sites.

AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America)
American Iron Magazine
All About Vettes
Automobile Magazine
Auto Restorer Magazine
AutoTrader Classics®
Autoweek Magazine
Camaro Performers Magazine
Car & Driver Magazine
Car Craft Magazine
Car Guy Chronicles
Cars in Barns
Classic Motorsports Magazine
Cycle World Magazine
Cyril Huze Post
Dirt Rider Magazine
Drivers Talk Radio
Excellence Magazine
Forza Magazine
Grassroots Motorsports Magazine
Hot Bike Magazine
Hot Rod Magazine
Jalopy Journal
Jay Leno's Garage
Just a Car Guy
Kelley Blue Book
Meguiar's Car Crazy Central
Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine
Motorcyclist Magazine
Motor Trend Magazine
Muscle Car Review Magazine
Mustang Club of America
NCCC (National Council of Corvette Clubs, Inc.)
NCOA (National Corvette Owners Association)
NCRS (National Corvette Restorers Society)
NHRA (National Hot Rod Association)
NSRA (National Street Rod Association)
PCA (Porsche Club of America)
Petersen Automotive Museum
Popular Hot Rodding Magazine
Porsche 356 Registry
Powertrain Products
Road & Track Magazine
Rod & Custom Magazine
The Rodder's Journal
SCCA (Sports Car Club of America)
SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association)
Sport Rider Magazine
Street Rodder Magazine
Super Chevy Magazine
The Truth About Cars
Vette Vues Magazine
VETTE Magazine
VintageMotorsport Magazine
New York Times "Wheels" Blog

Become a Motorbooks Author
There was an old Triumph ad slogan that read, "We eat, sleep, ride, talk, breathe, dream, live and love motorcycles!" Does that sum up your relationship with cars, motorcycles, racing or any other subject Motorbooks publishes? If so, and if you're a writer with an interesting book idea, we'd like to hear from you. Please follow the directions in our submission guidelines prior to submitting your proposal.

Send submissions to:
    Zack Miller
    Book Proposals - Motorbooks
    Quato Publishing Group USA
    400 First Ave North
    Suite 400
    Minneapolis, MN 55401

Motorbooks Submission Guidelines.pdf

July 8, 2015
The Quarto Group is delighted to announce the launch of, a new consumer facing site that showcases and promotes The Quarto Group's entire global publishing programme. The site allows consumers to discover more books in subjects they are interested in and presents books in ten subject areas each distinctly branded with a unique icon: Quarto Cooks, Quarto Homes, Quarto Drives, Quarto Kids, Quarto Lives (health & MBS), Quarto Plays (sport & games), Quarto Creates (art, craft & design), Quarto Thinks (culture), Quarto Explores (history, travel, science) and Quarto Gifts. Read More.
May 29, 2015
Comedian Adam Carolla has produced a new documentary, Winning, about Paul Newman's need for speed. Titled Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, the film, out now on video-on-demand, provides a rare glimpse into the actor's second career behind the wheel. And, yes, it is no coincidence it shares a name with Matt Stone and Preston Lerner's book, which was named for the 1969 Newman film about the Indy 500. Read More.
May 25, 2015
Part of Motorbooks publishing program includes titles by and about motorcycle outlaw culture. Although the material is gritty, it is honest. These books play an important role in informing the reading public and - as we've seen in recent news reports - even mainstream media outlets. The May shootout at a restaurant in Texas showed that little is known or understood about outlaw motorcycle-club culture. In fact, the Department of Justice had not heard of one of the clubs involved in these events leading CNN to turn to a Motorbooks title: The One Percenter Encyclopedia by Bill Hayes. Read More.
March 24, 2015
Greg Scott, illustrator of the graphic novels Steve McQueen: Full Throttle Cool, and Area 51, is interviewed on podcast. Read More.
March 19, 2015
Have you ever wondered how Zack Miller, the publisher of the world's leading automotive book publisher, Motorbooks, got where he is today? He told the folks at Read More.
April 23, 2014
The Quarto Group was featured in Publishers Weekly London Book Show Daily on April 9, 2014. Here are a few excerpts from the article. Read More.
February 26, 2014
Quarto (LSE: QRT.L), the leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group, on February 26 announced a rebrand of its publishing divisions, comprising new names and a new visual identity, which better represents how the divisions work together. With shared domestic, international and foreign language sales teams Quarto is one integrated supplier to customers worldwide. The new names and logos make this clear while capitalizing on the company's 38-year-old heritage. Read More.
February 17, 2014
John Morton, author of Inside Shelby American, was recently interviewed by Jay Leno for Leno's auto collecting website. The interview is now live at Read More.
December 12, 2013
Mustang: Fifty Years, Strange But True Tales of Car Collecting, The Real Way Round, and Art of the Classic Car were highlighted in the New York Times automobile gift book section. Read More.
November 27, 2013
John Morton will be honored with the Lindley Bothwell Lifetime Achievement Award by the Fabulous Fifties at the group's annual banquet on Dec. 7, 2014, in El Segundo, California. Morton's new book, Inside Shelby American, was recently published by Motorbooks. He will sign copies at the event and donate a percentage of the sales to the group. John Morton, a native of Waukegan, Illinois, has been racing most continuously since his debut in 1963, first as an amateur, then as a pro and more recently in vintage. Read More.
October 22, 2013
Motorbooks Publisher Zack Miller wrote a guest column for Huffington Post about the Motorbooksmobile, which is traveling the country to appear at auto shows, races and swap meets. The column appeared Oct. 21. Read More.
October 17, 2013
Five transportation titles distributed by Quayside Publishing Group are among the Top 10 Essential Automotive Books, as selected by Gear Patrol. Three of the books are published by Motorbooks and two are published by Haynes Publishing. Read More.
September 24, 2013
In the early 60s, those looking for performance art had a couple of options. One could catch Yoko Ono onstage, stone-faced, as strangers snipped off pieces of her loose black dress. Compelling. But on September 13, 1963, the world was introduced to a more palatable—even beautiful—marriage of performance and art: the Porsche 911. The vehicle quickly became the definitive—and disruptive—sports car, somehow squeezing two jump seats and an engine into its svelte tail. Read More.
April 17, 2013 has featured a slide show of images and profiles of some of the famous people and their cars featured in Rockin' Garages. Read More.
April 9, 2013
The March issue of Guitar Aficionado dedicated six pages to Rockin' Garages. The article starts with an introduction from author Tom Cotter, followed by three excerpts from the book. Read More.
February 6, 2013, the website of Maxim Magazine, has recommended that Corvette lovers the world over will fall in love with Motorbooks new title Corvette Racing: The Complete Competition History from Sebring to Le Mans. Maxim posted a slideshow of photos from the book and said, "Pictured in racing venues from endurance events and hillclimbs to drag strips and GT races over all six decades of its existence, the Corvette has never looked better." Read More.
December 10, 2012
The New York Times has recommended three Motorbooks titles among its six gift suggestions for people who like cars. The books are Rockin' Garages, History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed and Corvette Sixty Years. Read More.
November 8, 2012
Michael Alan Ross has spent the better part of two years hanging out with rockers photographing their auto collections for Rockin' Garages. Read More.
November 7, 2012
Support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and meet Rocker J. Geils, Luthier Jol Dantzig and Award-Winning Author of Rockin' Garages Tom Cotter at Music Icon Billy Joel's 20th Century Cycles in Oyster Bay, New York. Read More.
September 20, 2012
Shelby Cobra: Fifty Years was named Esquire Magazine's Greatest Car Book of All Time in its October issue. Read More.
June 14, 2012
Books about cars and motorsports can be very specific, zeroing in on a single model, a single innovator or a single racecourse. And they can be very broad, covering the automobile industry and its influence on American life. Here, in time for Father's Day gift buying, is a selection of five recent titles selected by the New York Times that encompass just such a range. Read More.
May 11, 2012
Carroll Shelby, a leader in the development of performance automobiles, died May 11 in Dallas, Texas. He was 89. Read More.
April 27, 2012
Sam Smith of MSN Autos says Shelby Cobra Fifty Years "is the best car book I've read this year." He continues: "It's wonderfully assembled and passionately written, and it takes a refreshingly new angle on a much-discussed subject. Buy it." Read More.
March 12, 2012
British automotive executive Tim Watson bought himself a Harley-Davidson and took it around much of the Southwestern corner of his adopted U.S. - and shares the results in a new book: There & Back Again to See How Far It Is. Read More.
February 10, 2012
The April issue of VETTE Magazine takes readers behind the scenes in the creation of Randy Leffingwell's latest book, Corvette Sixty Years. Read More.
January 31, 2012
According to Newsday, "There are books about famous movie stars and books about famous auto racers, but rarely do the two disciplines converge. Paul Newman is one example while Hollywood legend Steve McQueen is another." Read More.
January 19, 2012
Automobile Magazine calls Shelby Cobra Fifty Years "thought provoking, definitive, technical, personal, and stylish." Read More.
January 9, 2012 included Steve McQueen: A Passion for Speed in a January 5 article about books to read if you need more culture in your life. Read More.
December 12, 2011 has selected Dream Garages International as one of it's favorite holiday gifts for under $100. Read More.
December 12, 2011
The New York Times has selected several Quayside Publishing transportation titles as books to read till the snowplow comes. Read More.
November 28, 2011
Lee Klancher, author of Dream Garages International, was featured in an article at on amazing garages. Read More.
November 28, 2011
The Seattle Times selected Dream Garages International as one of it's recommended holiday gifts for auto lovers. Read More.
July 29, 2011
Authors of three Motorbooks titles were big winners at the 2010 International Automotive Media Awards. Author Stuart Codling and photographer James Mann won the competition's top prize with the Best of Books Award for Art of the Formula 1 Race Car. Read More.
July 14, 2011
The logo has been chosen for the 31st Annual Wheels & Wings Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, set for September 10, 2011, in Osceola, Wisconsin. Read More.
June 24, 2011
Craig Wilson writes about his first car in a review of Matt Stone's book My First Car. Read More.
June 17, 2011
Motorbooks is seeking entries in a contest to design the logo for its annual Wheels & Wings Auto Show. Deadline for entries is July 13. The winner will receive $500 worth of books from Qbookshop. Read More.
March 8, 2011
USA Today's automotive editor James Healey recommends 'TV' Tommy Ivo. Read More.
March 4, 2011
Dean Jeffries: 50 Years in Hot Rods, Racing & Film is featured in a story in Westways Magazine, the publication for AAA members in Southern California. Read More.
January 26, 2011
Author Ronald Adams discusses his book with Jay Leno on Jay's Book Club. Read More.
January 24, 2011
USA Today featured Author Tom Torbjorsen's Top 5 maintenance tips for your car. Read More.
December 14, 2010
The New York Times has reviewed Life is a Highway and Legendary Corvettes. Read More.
September 21, 2010
"The extremely high level of passion in motorcycling is one of the things that help set apart writing on the subject of two wheels ..." Read More.
July 23, 2010
In an article titled Throwback Thursday: A Close Call in NASCAR,Automobile magazine posted a story inspired by, and with photos from, NASCAR Then & Now. Read More.
July 8, 2010
Watch Tom and Jay swap stories about the best barn finds ever. Read More.
June 28, 2010
The International Automotive Media Awards are presented annually to the best in the world of automotive journalism and media. Read More.
June 10, 2010
The New Yorker just posted a Q&A with Lee Klancher, editor of The Devil Can Ride: The World's Best Motorcycle Writing. Read More.
March 25, 2010
Author Lee Klancher recently sat down with Jay Leno for a 10 minute interview that now appears on Read More.