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Western Suburbs Weekly - - Book -

PERTH author Graeme Cocks’s ma­jor work on the rac­ing his­tory of MGs in the 1930s has been short­listed for the In­ter­na­tional His­toric Mo­tor­ing Awards 2015 Pub­li­ca­tion of the Year.

The Mighty MG Mag­nettes of 33 by the author and mo­tor­ing his­to­rian cov­ers the cre­ation of the most ad­mired Bri­tish sports rac­ing car of the 1930s, the MG K3.

It de­tails how the car was cam­paigned with great suc­cess and a leg­end was born.

Cocks searched ar­chives in Europe, the US and Aus­tralia and spoke to dozens of peo­ple around the world to un­cover the in­trigu­ing story of the mighty MG Mag­nettes.

He put to­gether a story of ela­tion and tragedy, of suc­cess and fail­ure, and he ex­am­ined the mys­tery of the ul­ti­mate fate of ar­guably the great­est MG of all, K3003.

The car is res­i­dent in Perth, owned by Pe­ter Briggs, of City Beach.

The book is one of eight in­ter­na­tional works short­listed for the Pub­li­ca­tion of the Year Award that recog­nises an out­stand­ing pub­li­ca­tion re­leased be­tween Oc­to­ber 1, 2014 and Septem­ber 30, 2015.

An in­ter­na­tional panel of ex­perts judges the short­list of fi­nal­ists.

The win­ners are an­nounced at the Awards din­ner held at the mag­nif­i­cent St Pan­cras Re­nais­sance Ho­tel in Lon­don on Novem­ber 19.

Launched in 2011, the In­ter­na­tional His­toric Mo­tor­ing Awards recog­nise 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 to Mo­tor Sport Event and Pub­li­ca­tion of the Year.

The Mighty MG Mag­nettes of 1933 takes the idea of in­ter­na­tional mo­tor­ing his­tory to a new level: an Aus­tralian mo­tor­ing his­to­rian trav­el­ling the world re­search­ing an iconic Bri­tish rac­ing car and pro­duc­ing an in­trigu­ing pub­li­ca­tion.

The ac­com­plish­ment has been de­scribed by re­view­ers as “ex­tra­or­di­nary”.

Lav­ishly il­lus­trated with many pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished pho­to­graphs from ar­chives and pri­vate col­lec­tions across the globe, this ma­jor work is an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the his­tory of Bri­tain’s iconic sport­ing car.

Pe­ter and Robyn Briggs with the 1933 MG fea­tured in Graeme Cocks’s book.

Graeme Cocks at the wheel of a vin­tage car.

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