Motoring Book of the Year

The Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year Awards 2022

The Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of The Year awards are now open for entries.

Now in their ninth 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 six-strong independent judging panel will include experts from the specialist media – 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 Oxford bookstore Foyles. The judging panel will be chaired by respected motor sport writer, commentator and historian, Simon Taylor.

The Motoring Book of the Year awards consist of four individual categories, in addition to the overall Royal Automobile Club 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. In addition, the Graham Robson Trophy will be awarded for Best Debut Author, recognising an outstanding book by a previously unpublished author.

Books to be considered for the awards must have been published between July 2021 and June 2022. Publications on all manner of car and motor sport subjects, historic or contemporary, will be considered.

The Club urges all automotive authors and publishers to make the judges aware of eligible titles. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 31 August 2022.

To download an entry from and for the accompanying guidelines please click here.

2021 Winners

Motoring Book of the Year:
The Lamborghini Miura by Simon Kidston and Jon Pressnell (Kidston SA)

Motoring Book of the Year (Below £50.00):
Tipping Point – Designing a Great British Underdog by Andy Plumb (Lead-In Design)

Motoring Book of the Year (No Price Limit):
Joseph Figoni: Le Grand Couturier de la Carrosserie Automobile Volume 1, Alfa-Romeo by Peter M Larsen and Ben Erickson (Moteurs!)

Motorsport Book of the Year (Below £50.00):
Mr Le Mans, Tom Kristensen by Tom Kristensen with Dan Philipsen (Evro Publishing)

Motorsport Book of the Year (No Price Limit):
Delage Records & Grand Prix by Daniel Cabart and Sébastien Faurès Fustel de Coulanges (Orep Editions)

Graham Robson Award for Best Debut Author:
The Rise of The Sidevalves by Tom Fryars (Gorton Publishing)

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Mark Hughes

2020 Winners

The stories behind two American motorsport legends – Richie Ginther and Shadow – were awarded top honours at 2020’s Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year Awards.

Richie Ginther: Motor Racing’s Free Thinker by Richard Jenkins scooped Motoring Book of the Year, which is presented to an exceptional book that is judged to have a wide appeal and which costs no more than £75.00. Specialist Book of The Year – awarded to a book that represents a feat of impeccable research and flawless writing regardless of its retail cost – went to Shadow: The Magnificent Machines of a Man of Mystery, written by Pete Lyons and published by Evro.

The awards took place as a virtual event on 28 October 2020.

2019 Winners

Motoring Book of the Year:
The Self-Preservation Society 50 Years of the Italian Job by Matthew Field (Porter Press International)

Specialist Motoring Book of the Year:
John, George and the HWMs: The First Racing Team to Fly the Flag for Britain by Simon Taylor (Evro Publishing)

Lifetime Achievement Award:
John Haynes OBE creator of the iconic Haynes Manual and founder of the Haynes Publishing Group was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his significant contribution to the UK’s motoring book industry.

2018 Winners

Motoring Book of the Year:
How to Build a Car by Adrian Newey (Harper Collins)

Specialist Motoring Book of the Year:
Reid Railton: Man of Speed by Karl Ludvigsen (Evro Publishing)

2017 Winners

Motoring Book of the Year:
Watching the Wheels: My Autobiography by Damon Hill (Pan Macmillan)

Specialist Motoring Book of the Year:
Delage – Champion Du Monde by Daniel Cabart and Christophe Pund (Orep Editions)

2016 Winners

Motoring Book of the Year:
Brian Redman: Daring Drivers, Deadly Tracks by Redman himself and Jim Mullen (Evro Publishing)

Specialist Motoring Book of the Year:
Squire: The Man, The Cars, The Heritage by Jonathan Wood (Classic Motor Cars Ltd)

2015 Winner

Motoring Book of the Year:
The Magnificent Monopostos: Alfa Romeo Grand Prix Cars 1923-1951 by Simon Moore (Parkside Publications)

2014 Winner

Motoring Book of the Year:
John Surtees: My Incredible Life on Two and Four Wheels by John Surtees (Evro Publishing)

2020 Winners

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