An Australian author’s major work on the racing history of MG sports cars in the 1930s has been shortlisted for the prestigious International Historic Motoring Awards 2015 Publication of the Year.
The Mighty MG Magnettes of 33. The Cars, The Drivers, The Mystery was written by Perth based author, Graeme Cocks, and covers the creation of the most admired British sports racing car of the 1930s, the MG K3. It details how this car was campaigned with great success and a legend was born.
Accomplished Australian motoring historian and author, Mr Cocks, scoured archives in Europe, North America and Australia and spoke to dozens of people around the world to uncover the intriguing story of the mighty MG Magnettes. He has put together a story of elation and tragedy, of success and failure, and he has examined the mystery of the ultimate fate of arguably the greatest MG of all, K3003.
The 464 page book is one of eight international works shortlisted for the Publication of the Year Award that recognises a truly outstanding publication, released between October 2014 and September 2015. An international panel of experts judges the shortlist of finalists. The winners are announced at the Awards dinner to be held in London on 19 November.
Launched in 2011, the International Historic Motoring Awards recognise and celebrate the skills and achievements of the worldwide historic motoring industry and celebrate the best of the best in the international historic motoring world. The Awards comprise 14 categories ranging from Museum of the Year through to Motor Sport Event and Publication of the Year.
“The Mighty MG Magnettes of 1933” takes the idea of international motoring history to a whole new level. An Australian motoring historian travelling the world researching an iconic British racing car and producing an intriguing publication that is described by reviewers and readers as extraordinary – it has everything.
Lavishly illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs from archives and privates collections across the globe, this major work is an important contribution to the study of the history of Great Britain’s iconic sporting car.
The author, Graeme Cocks, trained as a journalist and worked for many years in travel and tourism writing. He has been writing and producing motoring history publications for the past 20 years.
Since the book’s international release in October 2014, it has been enthusiastically received around the world. It was Classic and Sports Car magazine’s Book of the Month (December 2014), and was described by Octane magazine in January 2015 as “commendably well-researched…a wealth of images, a superb book, beautifully produced”.