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Little Classics News: 2 November 2014

John Surtees Wins the RAC Motoring Book of the Year

John Surtees

John Surtees: My Incredible Life on Two and Four Wheels has won the first Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year award, held at a ceremony at the Pall Mall clubhouse, part of the Literary Festival on Wednesday 29 October 2014.

Club Chairman Tom Purves who presented the award said ‘this book is exactly the type of title we want our Award to recognise. It is a fascinating story, entertaining and personable, with wonderful pictures, and comes from a new publisher who demonstrates great faith in the printed word. John Surtees, Mike Nicks and Evro deserve our hearty congratulations.’

Written by John Surtees himself with co-author Mike Nicks, and published by the recently established Evro Publishing, the book won huge praise from judges. One of them, Henry Hope-Frost of Autosport, summed it up: ‘John Surtees – My Incredible Life on Two and Four Wheels cleverly bridges the gap between multiple world champion superstar and ordinary bloke, with every endearing word coming across as though it was told directly to the reader by the great man over a fireside glass of red.’

Another judge, Henry Willis of Auto Express magazine, added: ‘For an incredible life, it’s only right that it should be looked back on with such warmth and fondness, and Surtees recalls his pioneering years on both sides of the fence, both in car and motorbike Grand Prix championships. No-one’s done it since – which makes these brilliant memoirs all the better.’

John Surtees: My Incredible Life on Two and Four Wheels received more nominations than any other title, although it faced stiff opposition in a closely-run contest. At one stage, four titles vied for victory with an equal number of votes.

The other contenders were: Ayrton Senna – All His Races, by Tony Dodgins; published by Evro; Cunningham: The Passion, The Cars, The Legacy, by Richard Harman; published by Dalton Watson; Group 2: The Genesis Of World Rallying, by John Davenport & Reinhard Klein; published by McKlein; Maserati: A Century Of History, by Gianni Cancellieri, Luca Dal Monte & Cesare De Agostini; published by Giorgio Nada Editore; and McRae: Just Colin, by David Evans & Colin McMaster; published by McKlein.

Tom Purves added: ‘We intend this evening to become the first of an annual ongoing event – a focal point for publishers and authors involved in producing great books about motoring and motor sport, and to establish the Royal Automobile Club as the genre’s flag waver.’


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