RAC book of the year revealed

News - Prizes Friday, 02 November 2018

Adrian Newey’s memoir, How To Build A Car, scoops the Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Book of the Year Award for 2018


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."

According to the winning announcement: '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.'

Newey was out of the country so 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 in to 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."

The judging panel also awarded Specialist Book of The Year to Reid Railton: Man of Speed by Karl Ludvigsen, published by Evro Publishing.

The judges were 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 Foyles and Tom Wiltshire of Auto Express.

The annual awards, now in their fifth year, were hosted broadcaster and journalist Simon Taylor on Wednesday might at the RAC's Pall Mall clubhouse.


Pictured (l-r): Accepting award on behalf of Adrian Newey his daughter Charlotte Salisbury and wife Amanda with trophy presented by Peter Read

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