Supported Books

Publishing Achievements. The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust has assisted the production of a wide variety of highly successful publications including:

Archie Frazer-Nash…Engineer

Archie Frazer-Nash, was not one person, but several heroes rolled into one. Four of our reasons for remembering him bear his name. These are the Frazer-Nash gun turrets fitted to most British World War II bombers; the Frazer Nash sports car of the twenties; the Vickers-Nash crane safety indicator; and last but not least, his record as an extremely successful racing driver from 1919 to 1931. As this biography sets out to show, even these achievements do not tell the whole story. Before and after World War I, together with Ron Godfrey, he developed the cheap but lively GN cyclecar into a...

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Aspects of Motoring History 14

"Aspects of Motoring History" is an annual publication by the SAHB. As its name suggests, it comprises a selection of articles written by members on a variety of aspects of motoring history which do not in themselves merit a book but are worthy of recording and of interest to motoring historians everywhere. Issue 14, edited by Craig Horner, features:

  • Ford's British Engineering and design facilities in the 1950s and 1960s by Nick Hull
  • H.G. Creasey & Sons (commercial vehicle body makers): a photographic essay by Stephen R.G. Creasey
  • Charles Lincoln Freeston (1865-1942): transport writer and journalist by Richard Fletcher
  • The electric...

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Reid Railton, Man of Speed

2018 review by James Loveridge. For much of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s the World Land Speed Record was held by British drivers in British cars and that predominance was in large measure down to an extremely gifted Motor Engineer, Reid Anthony Railton (1895 – 1977). Railton’s life and achievements are now the subject of a magisterial two-volume book entitled “Reid Railton, Man of Speed” (ISBN 978-1-910505-25-0) by SAHB member Karl Ludvigsen, published by Evro Publishing in a slipcase and available at £150. The story gains immeasurable depth from the close involvement of Railton’s daughter, Sally, who was able to provide a good deal...

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Wolseley: A Very British Car

WINNER of the 2017 Michael Sedgwick Award. 2017 review by Guy Loveridge. To most of us Wolseley is a somewhat peripheral British marque. It was never a “Glamour” name in the same way as Riley or MG and did not seem to possess the staying power of an Austin or a Morris, and yet, as this meticulously researched new “tome” reveals, Wolseley were in at the very beginning of the British motoring industry, and were one of the very last of the “badge engineering” names to shuffle into quiet redundancy under British Leyland in the 1970s. The author has brought a fastidious level of...

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The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust

This Charitable Trust exists to encourage the recording and publication of motoring history. A not-for-profit organisation, it was established in 1983 in memory of Michael C Sedgwick, one of the world’s most respected motoring writers and automotive historians. The M.S.M.T. can provide help to authors, researchers and publishers seeking advice and support for book projects about mechanised road transport of any kind.

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