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Royal Automobile Club announces shortlist for Motoring Book of the Year Awards 2021

Now in its eighth consecutive season, the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate the best automotive books, authors and publishers, and this has proved to be a truly vintage year.

Simon Taylor, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year committee, said:

“The judges had to consider a record number of submissions, with 52 entries representing 26 different publishers from the UK and internationally, from major houses and independents to self-published authors. The standard has been overwhelming, with an impressive and diverse list of titles across all categories. The judges had a tough time scrutinising every one for originality of subject matter, writing style, depth of research, and quality of illustration and production. Then they had to co-ordinate their findings to select the finalists in each of the four award categories, plus the overall trophy winner”.

Simon Taylor, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year committee

The Awards have been greatly expanded in 2021 to reflect the growing number of important works being published at different price levels in the motoring and motor-sporting fields. They now consist of four individual categories, in addition to the overall Book of the Year. This trophy will be awarded to a title in any category that is considered by the judges to stand above every other.

As well as revealing the winners on Wednesday 3rd November 2021, the Club will also announce the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, to recognise an individual who has made a significant contribution to the UK’s motoring book industry. Its first recipient, awarded in 2019, was John Haynes OBE, creator of the iconic Haynes manuals and founder of the Haynes Publishing Group.

The event will also see the introduction of the inaugural Graham Robson Trophy for Best Debut Author, recognising an outstanding book by a previously unpublished author.

Jeremy Vaughan, Head of Motoring at the Royal Automobile Club, said

“Graham Robson has had more motoring books published in the UK than any other author. He can be credited with nearly 170 titles to his name, covering subjects such as classic cars, marque histories and rallying. Each was meticulously researched, authoritative and highly readable. It seemed most fitting for The Royal Automobile Club to honour Graham’s valuable contribution to the industry with the ‘Best Debut Author’ perpetual trophy. We are sure that he would approve.”

Jeremy Vaughan, Head of Motoring at the Royal Automobile Club

The annual awards will take place on Wednesday 3 November 2021 from 6.00pm-9.00pm at a special evening held at the Club’s historic Pall Mall clubhouse, amongst guests from the worlds of publishing, motoring and motorsport.

Members of the media wishing to attend this event should please contact: rebec[email protected]

In alphabetical order, the 2021 Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year Award finalists are:

Motoring Book of Year (Below £50)

Excess All Areas – British Kit Cars of the 1970s by Richard Heseltine, published by Performance Publishing, priced £27.00

JUE 477 The Remarkable History & Restoration of the World’s First Production Land-Rover by Martin Port, published by Porter Press International, priced £30

Secret Fords – The hidden world of never-seen prototypes, one-offs and cancelled cars by Steve Saxty, published by Seven Spoke, priced £39.95

Tipping Point- Designing a Great British Underdog

Andy Plumb, published by Lead-In Design, priced £44.99

Motoring Book of the Year with no price limit

Aston Martin & LM10 by Jonathan Wood, published by Hugh and Miranda Palmer priced £75.00

Joseph Figoni: Le Grand Couturier de la Carrosserie Automobile Volume 1, Alfa-Romeo by Peter M Larsen & Ben Erickson, published by Moteurs! priced £195.00

The Lamborghini Miura by Simon Kidston & Jon Pressnell, published by Kidston SA, priced £450

Timeless Mahindra by Adil Jal Darukhanawala, published by DJ Media, priced £90.00

Motorsport Book of the Year (Below £50)

Ken Miles – The Shelby American Years by Dave Friedman, published by Car Tech Books, priced £35.00

Mr. Le Mans, Tom Kristensen by Tom Kristensen with Dan Philipsen, published by Evro Publishing, priced £40.00

Quest for Speed The Epic Saga of Record-Breaking On Land by Barry John, published by Evro Publishing, priced £20.00

Racing in the Dark – When the Bentley Boys Conquered Le Mans by Peter Grimsdale, published by Simon & Schuster (UK) Ltd, priced £20

Motorsport Book of the Year with no price limit

Delage Records & Grand Prix by Daniel Cabart & Sébastien Faurès Fustel de Coulanges, published by Orep Editions, priced £150.00

Grand Prix 1961-1965 – The 1.5 litre days in Formula One by Jörg-Thomas Födisch, Rainer Rossbach, Nils Ruwisch, published by McKlein Publishing, priced £94.90

Jochen Rindt – A Champion with Hidden Depths by Dr. Erich Glavitza, published by McKlein Publishing, priced £94.90

Ultimate McLaren F1 GTR The Definitive History by Mark Cole, published by Porter Press International, priced £450

About the Motoring Book of the Year Awards

The Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year Awards is one of the one of the most important events during the Club’s annual London Motor Week.

Now in its eighth consecutive year, the Motoring Book of the Year Awards are considered the most prestigious recognition of excellence across the whole breadth of automotive book publishing.

The Club’s motoring literature trophies celebrate the greatest books, authors and publishers of automotive-focused titles, and their importance in exploring and documenting the many key events, vehicles and individuals who have helped shape the history of motoring and motorsport.

The award committee consists of six expert judges who are totally independent of the Royal Automobile Club, representing the UK’s most informed motoring literary critics including Mick Walsh of Classic & Sports Car, Gordon Cruickshank of Motor Sport and Mark Dixon of Octane – plus Ian Titchmarsh from the British Racing Drivers’ Club and, representing the retail sector, Ben Horton of specialist bookseller Horton’s Books and Christian Whitehead of famous London bookstore Foyles. The judging panel was chaired by respected motor sport writer, commentator and historian, Simon Taylor.

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