Founded in 1965, Motorbooks was acquired by The Quarto Group in late 2007. 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.

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100 Cummings Center
Suite 265-D
Mail/Deliveries/Packages to Suite 253C
Beverly, MA 01915

Tel: +1 978 282 9590

Zack Miller, Publisher
Dennis Pernu, Senior Acquisitions Editor

Nichole Schiele, Manager Special Market Sales 

Steve Roth, Marketing Manager

Foreign Rights:
If you are interested in publishing our titles in Europe, please contact:
    Karine Marko
    Group Rights Director
If you are interested in publishing our titles anywhere else in the world, please contact:
     Kate Essam
     Senior Manager, Quarto Foreign Rights Operations


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.

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
          LA Car
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.

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January 24, 2017
Amelia Earhart and Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings, both from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, and The Hello Atlas from Wide Eyed Editions have been selected as part of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017 in the US. This annual cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council aims to gather “an annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators.”
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January 19, 2017
Author of Unseen London and London Uncovered published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group, Peter Dazeley has been awarded The British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to photography and charity.
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August 11, 2016
Seven Motorbooks titles were honored during the 25th International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC) awards ceremony at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. Honored with Gold Awards were How to Rebuild & Modify Ford Flathead V-8 Engines by Vern Tardel and Mike Bishop, and Porsche Turbo by Randy Leffingwell. Silver Awards were presented to Ford GT by Preston Lerner and Dave Friedman, Lamborghini Supercars 50 Years by Stuart Codling and James Mann, International Harvester Trucks by Pat Foster, and Ford Total Performance by Marty Schorr. Barn Find Road Trip by Tom Cotter and Michael Alan Ross won a Bronze Award.
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