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Simon Lewis Transport Books

Founded -  1985

Proprietor - Simon Lewis

Location - Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England

Specializing in - Rare & out of print motoring, motorcycling, commercial vehicle, railway and aviation  books, motor sport photographs, motorsport posters, race programmes & other related memoribilia

Where Can You See Us ? - We currently take a trade stand to almost every  PRESCOTT Hillclimb near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, and SHELSLEY WALSH Hillclimb near Worcester during the season plus most of the VSCC vintage race meetings (Silverstone, Donington, Loton Park etc) and a few other events that fit the bill  Keep checking out home page for the latest event details.

Do We Buy Collections? - Yes, of course. We are always happy to hear from anyone wishing to sell collections of any size that contain items similar to what is listed on this site.


Born in 1967, Simon started the business aged just 18 and has "never had a proper job since" . A lifelong car-nut and motor sport fanatic, he combined his love of anything with wheels and an engine with being an avid reader and never looked back. The business has supplied enthusiasts and collectors in over 30 countries around the globe and been featured in magazines from Finland to the USA.From 1991 to 2001 the business ran from a secession of shops in Gloucestershire. With the rise of on-line commerce, and the inevitable drift towards eBay, it made more sense to concentrate of mail order which had always provided the bulk of the business. Today the mail-order aspect is supplemented by a return to trading at race meetings, car shows and exhibitions, something that was a feature of the early years and which was interrupted by the opening of the shop and by Simon's own motor sport activities from 1991-2003.                  

The motor sport background includes four seasons of rallying (three with Rover SD1, and one with a 4.5 litre V8 powered Ford Escort) and 7 years of circuit racing in which he was a race winner and regular front runner in the CASTLE COMBE SALOON CAR SERIES racing MG Montego Turbo and later Rover 220 Turbo.He also competed briefly in the MG Car Club series with a Montego and took part in a wide variety of other motor sport including hillclimbs, sprints, 4WD trials, autograss and even sand-racing on Vazon beach in the channel islands( "one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done - great fun and very friendly people".)

Other cars used over the years included a Kawasaki-engined single seater, Mazda 323 4x4 Turbo, Range Rover and Talbot Sunbeam.There was a plan to run the daily-driver Ford 100E in a trial but on hearing of this the car in question became suddenly deeply unreliable and garage-bound! Another planned event was Oddicombe hillclimb in an MG Metrro but that broke it's gearbox the day before...

After competing in the 2003 WYEDEAN FOREST RALLY aboard a Land Rover V8, he took a break while family, mortgage and the arrival of two daughters took priority - not intending that break to last 16 years! But in 2019 Simon got back into competition , this time in a completely different branch of the sport, Car Trials with eldest daughter Charlotte as navigator in their Suzuki X90. Charlotte celebrated her 13th birthday while competing on the Lands End Trial (left. Photo: Ian Fitzgerald) in which they won a Bronze medal.
More events are in the pipline. Keep up to date on their progress by following the Simon Lewis Transport Books  blog

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