Motoring Book of the Year
Accepting award on behalf of Adrian Newey from left to right: Adrian’s daughter Charlotte Salisbury and wife Amanda Newey with trophy presented by Peter Read, Chairman of the Motoring Committee.
Specialist Motoring Book of the Year
Author Karl Ludvigsen with Peter Read, Chairman of the Motoring Committee.
Adrian Newey’s fascinating and powerful memoir, How To Build A Car, scoops the Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Book of the Year Award for 2018.
The annual awards, hosted by respected broadcaster and journalist Simon Taylor, took place on Wednesday 31 October at a special evening held at the Club’s historic Pall Mall clubhouse, amongst many distinguished publishing industry guests.
In a superb selection of entries for the Award, now in its fifth year, Newey’s book, published by Harper Collins, received high praise from the judges. One said: “A remarkable behind-the-scenes account from one of Formula 1’s greatest designers. Enough technical detail to satisfy and a must for any racing fan”.
How to Build a Car explores the story of Adrian’s unrivalled 35-year career in Formula 1 through the prism of the cars he has designed, the drivers he has worked alongside and the races in which he’s been involved – from his early career in IndyCar racing through to his unparalleled success in Formula 1.
Whilst Newey was out of the country and not able to receive the award personally, his wife Amanda accepted the award and read out a message on his behalf “To be nominated by the Royal Automobile Club for the Motoring Book of the Year is a tremendous privilege. I will be honest, I wrote the book with no particular objection in mind other than to tell my story in the hope that it might be useful or interesting to others and to give my own family an insight into what makes me tick. For it to be recognised in this way tonight is an unexpected honour for which I would like to thank you all”.
Peter Read, the Club’s Motoring Committee Chairman, said “Our independent judges undertake an incredible task for us, and it’s great to hear that the 2018 winner is Adrian Newey. His book is an excellent read, beautifully illustrated and encapsulates the remarkable life story of arguably one of Britain’s greatest motorsport engineers”.
Previous winner Damon Hill OBE passed on a message of congratulations. He said “As a motorsport person, there is nothing quite like a ringing endorsement from your peers. It makes such a nice change! All the best with the book sales. I look forward to reading it eventually. Maybe on a flight?”
The wholly independent judging panel also awarded ‘Specialist Book of The Year’ for an impressive feat of research and endeavour to Reid Railton: Man of Speed by Karl Ludvigsen, published by Evro Publishing.
Reid Railton: Man of Speed is the first book dedicated to the life and career of automotive engineer Reid Railton. One of the judges said “What a life story, and what a book – lavishly researched, profusely illustrated, endlessly informative”.
Reid Railton created an extraordinary range of cars. He rose to renown during the 1930s as chief engineer at Thomson & Taylor, Brooklands-based racing-car builders. There he realised the dreams of that era’s top men of speed, including Tim Birkin, Malcolm Campbell, Whitney Straight, John Cobb, Raymond Mays and Goldie Gardner. His great cars powered them all to sensational racing and record-breaking success. This magisterial book, by one of the world’s foremost automotive historians, tells Reid Railton’s personal and professional story in fascinating depth, with special focus on Reid’s unique insights – amounting to genius – and technical accomplishments.
The judges for the Award are leading specialist bookseller Ben Horton of Hortons Books; Gordon Cruickshank of Motor Sport magazine; Mark Dixon, deputy editor of Octane; Mick Walsh, international editor of Classic & Sports Car magazine; Christian Whitehead from London bookstore Foyles; and Tom Wiltshire of Auto Express.
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