Motorbooks began in the Minneapolis garage of founder Thomas Warth in 1965. A native of England and a lifelong automotive aficionado, Warth began a modest automotive book retail business, then known as Classic Motorbooks, in his home because he was unable to find quality car, motorcycle and racing books.
In 1973, Motorbooks began to publish auto-related books of its own, which it distributed along with those of leading publishers from around the world. In 1976, Motorbooks relocated to Osceola, Wisconsin, where the companyâ€™s warehouse remains today. Motorbooks International was created in order to wholesale automotive and aviation books, first to specialty bookstores and then to the worldâ€™s book trade.
During the 1980s and 1990s the company continued to grow, expanding its own publishing program of books and calendars and providing the highest quality products to enthusiasts in the United States and around the world. Mr. Warth sold the company to the Chronicle Publishing Company of San Francisco in 1989. During Chronicle's ownership, MBI Publishing Company was established as an umbrella group over Classic Motorbooks and Motorbooks International.
In 2000, Motorbooks was acquired by Flagship Partners, Inc. of New York, a private equity investment firm. Operating as MBI Publishing Company LLC, a new phase of growth began. The publishing offices and headquarters were moved to St. Paul, Minnesota and the publishing program further expanded. MBI Publishing Company LLC was acquired by Quayside Publishing Group in 2007 and our headquarters moved to Minneapolis in January 2008.
Today, Motorbooks.com carries the best in books from the leading publishers from around the world - all for the enthusiast.