This year’s Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book Awards shortlist has been revealed with the prestigious annual awards taking place on Wednesday 30 October at a special evening held at the Club’s historic Pall Mall clubhouse.
Now in its sixth year, the awards are now recognized as the most distinguished in the automotive publishing industry. The Royal Automobile Club boasts its very own Library at Pall Mall housing around 6,000 motoring books.
Three specific awards will be presented with a new ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ supplementing the existing accolades.
Motoring Book of the Year Award for an exceptional book with wide appeal and costing no more than £75.
Specialist Book of the Year Award which, in the opinion of the judges, is a feat of impeccable research and flawless writing regardless of its retail cost.
Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented to recognise those who have made a significant contribution to the UK’s motoring book industry.
Peter Read, Chairman of the Club’s Motoring Committee said:
“The Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year awards have become synonymous with celebrating the best automotive books, authors and publishers out there whilst highlighting their importance in documenting the key events, vehicles, and individuals that have shaped motoring history. This year the judges had an overwhelming response with entries representing 18 different publishing houses from international and independents to self-published authors.
“With the outstanding quality and diversity of books published in the chosen 12- month period, it’s been the toughest judging year yet. I can’t wait to see who will come out on top, and am particularly excited about who the Club will choose as the first winner of its ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award.”
Six Expert Judges
An impartial team of six expert Royal Automobile Club judges will include Gordon Cruickshank of Motor Sport, Mark Dixon of Octane, Mick Walsh of Classic & Sports Car, avid book collector and editor of the BRDC Bulletin Ian Titchmarsh.
Representing the book retail sector are Ben Horton of the specialist bookseller, Horton’s Books, and Christian Whitehead of the London bookstore, Foyles.
2019 shortlist of contenders includes works on marque histories and general motoring to film legends, motorsport fiction, and vehicle design.
The six shortlisted titles for Motoring Book of the Year Award
The Rootes Story: The Making of a Global Automotive Empire – Geoff Carverhill published by Crowood Press
The Cars You Always Promised Yourself by Steve Saxty – Porter Press International
The Self-Preservation Society 50 Years of the Italian Job – Matthew Field published by Porter Press International
Land Rover Design – 70 Years of Success – Nick Hull published by Veloce
The Blunt End of the Grid – Dave Roberts published by the Book Guild
Touring Car Racing The history of the British Touring Car Championship 1958–2018 – Matt James, published by Evro
The six titles shortlisted for Specialist Motoring Book of the Year Award
Donington Park – The Pioneers – John Bailie, published by Silverfox Creative
John, George and the HWM’s: The First Racing Team to Fly the Flag for Britain – Simon Taylor published by Evro
Ballot – Cabart & Sen, published by Dalton Watson £270
Twice Around the Clock – Yanks at Le Mans – Tim Considine published by Toll Hall Sexton Books
RGS Atalantas – Alan Shattock published by Matador Publishing
Back on Track – Alessandro Silva published by Fondazione Negri
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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 during which the Club hosts an array of high-profile motoring events, including the Art of Motoring exhibition, Motoring Lectures, the Motoring Forum and the Dewar and Simms Trophy presentations awarded for British engineering excellence and culminates with the free-to-view Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 2 November and the world-famous Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday 3 November 2019.