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The 2018 winners of the Malcolm Jeal and Michael Sedgwick Awards

This year for the first time, the Michael Sedgwick Award for the best book on British motoring written in the English language has been joined by the new Malcolm Jeal Award for the best article to appear in print in English.


We are very pleased to announce that Tom Clarke and Will Morrison have won the inaugural 2018 Malcolm Jeal Award for:

Monte Carlo and Bust (In the March 2018 issue of The Automobile)

This fascinating exposition of the hitherto rarely recorded participation of Rolls-Royce motor cars in the Monte Carlo Rally was meticulously researched and eloquently written in the style that we have come to expect from Tom and Will’s work in such publications as The Roycean.

We were delighted that Malcolm’s widow, Eunice Jeal, was at our Autumn Seminar to present the award to Tom on behalf of the two authors (see our main picture).

Two other articles were highly commended by the judges:

  • Jeroen Booij: The First Mini Specials (In the May 2018 issue of The Automobile)
  • Ian Tisdale: Tatra’s Junior Streamliner (In the May 2018 issue of The Automobile)


We are also very pleased to announce that Karl Ludvigsen has won the 2018 Michael Sedgwick Award for:

Reid Railton, Man of Speed (Published by Evro Publishing, 2018)

Railton’s life and achievements are the subject of this magisterial two-volume book, lavishly illustrated to a very high standard and with each of Railton’s activities put into the context of the time and comprehensively covered.

Member of the Judging Panel and Chairman of the Michael Sedgwick Trust, Peter Card, presented the award to Karl at the Autumn Seminar of the Society of Motoring Historians in Britain.  Karl received a plaque and a cheque for £250. (See our photo below).

The SAHB acknowledges the generous support of the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust in making this award.

This book was recently reviewed in glowing terms by James Loveridge in the Book Reviews section on the left of this website – so we are especially pleased that Karl’s superb book has won the prize.

Two other books were highly commended by the judges:

  • Nick Hull: Ford Design in the UK – 70 Years of Success (Published by Veloce Publishing Ltd)
  • Graham Rabagliati: From Send to Syracuse: the History of Connaught (Published by Douglas Loveridge Publications).

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