Motoring Book of the Year

The Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year Awards 2021

The Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of The Year awards are now open for entries. The awards are some of the most prestigious accolades to receive in the automotive book publishing industry.

Now in its eighth year, the Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Book of the Year Award will take place on Wednesday 3 November 2021 at the Pall Mall clubhouse in London.

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 key events, vehicles and individuals who have helped shape the world 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 London bookstore Foyles. The judging panel will be chaired by respected motor sport writer, commentator and historian, Simon Taylor.

The Awards have been greatly expanded for 2021, to reflect the growing number of important works being published in the field, with four categories instead of two. From these the judges will select an overall winner which will be The Royal Automobile Club Book of the Year.

Books to be considered for the awards must have been published in the UK between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021 (12 months). These must be first editions, not reprints or reissues. 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 Friday 27 August 2021.

For further submission details please click here to download an entry form and click here for the accompanying guidelines.

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. 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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