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Lavishly illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs from archives and private collections across the globe, this major work is an important contribution to the history of Britain’s iconic sporting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