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Michael Sedgwick Award 2020

The effect of the motor car on the built landscape, the story of the only British motor manufacturer to be detained as a potential fifth-columnist in the second world war, the man behind the successful world speed record attempts of the 1930s and 1940s as well as the histories of a racing garagiste and his team, and motor car manufacturers large and small. These are just some of the subjects covered by the first eight annual winners of the Michael Sedgwick Award. The award panel are looking for the ninth winner, which would normally be announced at the Autumn Seminar of...

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ERA – English Racing Automobiles, the road cars

The Automobile magazine has published an article in its August 2020 issue by Doug Nye on the aspirations of the ERA organisation to market road-going sports cars as a means of financing its voiturette racing car programme. The artist Stefan Marjoram has illustrated what those may have looked like and our image above shows what the ERA-Standard, one of three projects, might have looked like in two door coupe form. Back in 2011, the MSMT financially supported the publication by Veloce of The Book of the Standard Motor Company by Graham Robson, which filled an identified gap in recorded motoring history. In...

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Aspects of Motoring History 16

The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust is delighted to announce that the sixteenth edition of 'Aspects of Motoring History' (commonly referred to as 'Aspects') has been published by the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain ('SAHB'). This 'Aspects' is the tenth edition of this annual publication to be supported by the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust. It is free to full-members of the SAHB and a limited number of copies are available directly from the SAHB. See the links button at the top of the page for a link to the SAHB website. 'Aspects', as its name suggests, comprises a selection of articles written...

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Newsletter

The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust has issued the first in what will be a regular series of newsletters on the activities of the Trust and current matters in the motoring world. Articles in the first newsletter include:

  • Who was Michael Sedgwick ? by Michael Ware, former Curator at the National Motor Museum.
  • Self Publishing - Not as difficult as you may think by Ian Dussek, author of HRG - The Sportsman's Ideal. 
  • Patrick Collins, Research and Enquiries Officer at The National Motor Museum on how to access the NMM Reference Library.
  • A review of the recent book RGS Atalantas  by Alan...

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Sir Stirling Moss OBE

There can be few in the world of motoring who have not heard the sad news of the passing of Sir Stirling Moss OBE (seen here on the left of this photograph of the car and team that finished 2nd in the 1952 Monte Carlo Rally, his first attempt at this event) on 12th April at the age of 90. Whilst the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust has not supported the publication of any of the many books about the man himself, it is inevitable that his life and career has had an effect which has been recorded in other books. Most recently...

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Celebrity endorsement for MSMT supported book

Erstwhile TV talk show host Jay Leno is renowned for his eclectic collection of cars. Regular viewers of the series Jay Leno's Garage will have realised that although the programme is squarely aimed at a US audience used to muscle cars and pickups, Leno has a genuine interest in all kinds of cars. His enthusiasm for the flat-twin Panhard PL17 which is in his personal collection is contagious as he explains the technical features of the four door saloon and alludes to the DB racers at Le Mans which used the same engine. Having referenced the owners club, Leno takes some...

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New biography of Louis Coatalen supported by Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust published

Louis Coatalen was born a Frenchman, but spent much of his adult life in Britain and took British nationality, working for Humber, Sunbeam, Talbot and Darracq . The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust is pleased to support publication the first comprehensive biography of this influential figure in the British motor industry. Written by Oliver Heal, a Sunbeam enthusiast, married to one of Coatalen's Granddaughters has now published the results of twenty years of research. Coatalen emerges from this biography as a man full of Gallic charm and wit, determined to obtain success for his products by whatever means necessary. His perseverance and a...

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The Tricycle Book Part 2 published

The publication of The Tricycle Book 1895-1902 Part Two marks the fourth in a series on early motoring written by Michael Edwards, all of which have been supported by the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust and published by Surrenden Press, Michael Edwards own company. The first three volumes covered early De Dion Bouton history, Specifications 1899-1904, 1904-1914 and Tricycles Part One. The second tricycle book brings the story to the UK, covering all tricycles produced in period, many of which employed De Dion-Bouton engines or near-copies thereof. All known producers in the UK are covered by the new book with histories of...

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Awards continue to flood in for MSMT-supported book

The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust supported the publication by Evro Publishing of "Reid Railton - Man of Speed" by the renowned author Karl Ludvigsen. This title has now won no less than 5 awards. Its fifth award is the Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Award (English) 2019 by the Society of Automotive Historians, the premier US-based organisation in its field. The other US award was Best Automotive Heritage Book 2019 presented by the Automotive Heritage Awards. In the UK the book has been awarded the Mercedes-Benz Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy 2018 presented by the Guild of Motoring Writers, the Royal Automobile Club’s Specialist Motoring...

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Winner of 2019 Michael Sedgwick Award Announced

At the Autumn Seminar and AGM of the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain, the winner of the Michael Sedgwick Award for the best Motoring related book of the past year was announced. The winner was The All British Marendaz Special by Graham Skillen as judged by a panel of SAHB members. The presentation of the award and the £250 cheque of the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust, who sponsor the competition, to the winning author took place at the Sir Henry Royce Foundation at Paulerspury on 27th October. The Author is shown with his award and Peter Card, the Chairman of...

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Aspects of Motoring History 15

The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust is delighted to announce that the fifteenth edition of 'Aspects of Motoring History' (commonly referred to as 'Aspects') has been published by the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain ('SAHB'). This 'Aspects' is the ninth edition of this annual publication to be supported by the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust. It is free to full-members of the SAHB and a limited number of copies are available directly from the SAHB. See the links button at the top of the page for a link to the SAHB website. 'Aspects', as its name suggests, comprises a selection of articles written...

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Forthcoming… The MGC GTS Lightweights: Abingdon’s Last Racers

The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust are delighted to announce their support for the forthcoming book "The MGC GTS Lightweights: Abingdon's Last Racers" by David Morys, published by Veloce. Features: • The development of the production road car: its conception and compromised design • In-depth technical analysis of the development of the MGC GTS • Production process for the special aluminium panels and body construction fully explained • Comprehensive coverage of all the major/minor mechanical components and electrical systems • Rare insight into the conception of the flared arches and GTS testing • In-depth competition history of the cars, race reports and race results • The re-discovery of these last...

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New Book – RGS Atalantas

The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust are delighted to announce that they are supporting the publication of a new book - RGS Atalantas by Alan Shattock, published by Troubador. This book incorporates first hand recollections by the author, who is the son of the principal of RGS. The book includes many photographs from the family's collection and other photographs never previously published. RGS Atalanta pioneered and were the first recorded firm to offer production car bodies made in glassfibre, a medium which became important in the specials, kit car and sports car arenas. TVRs and Bucklers were advertised and produced with RGS Atalanta...

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Michael Sedgwick Award 2018

The Society of Automotive Historians in Britain announced Reid Railton: Man of Speed by Karl Ludvigsen as the winner of the 2018 Michael Sedgwick Award at its meeting on 21st October 2018 at the Sir Henry Royce Foundation at Paulerspury. This was the seventh annual award, decided by a panel of experts drawn from the SAHB membership, made for books about aspects of motoring history in Britain, in the English language. The winning book demonstrated excellence in its research, presentation, readability and novelty, and materially furthered our understanding of the subject. The award comes with a prize of £250 from the...

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British Motorcycles 1945 – 1965: From Aberdale to Wooler

The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust is delighted to support the forthcoming publication of "British Motorcycles 1945 - 1965: From Aberdale to Wooler" by Rinsey Mills. This new encyclopaedia, published by Herridge & Sons fills a gap in the bookshelves by bringing together histories, not only of the well-known marques from AJS to Velocette, and those with strong followings such as Scott, Triumph and BSA, but also the lesser known brands such as those in the title. This volume is the result of many years research and writing by the author. The book will be available from the publishers in early November. Please...

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The Tricycle Book 1895 – 1902

De Dion Bouton - The Tricycle Book - 1895-1902. The MSMT have been delighted to support in recent times, two books about the early years of De Dion Bouton manufactured vehicles, and hard on the heels of these successes, the author Dr Michael Edwards has been hard at work writing another book, this time about De Dion-Bouton powered Tricycles and Quadcycles dating between 1895 and 1902. The book is in the advanced stages of research, and is due to be published in the Spring of 2019. It promises to include much never previously seen photographs and colour images. The MSMT - Trustees...

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VSCC Prescott 4th & 5th August 2018

Members of the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain and Trustees of the MSMT were at the SAHB stand at Prescott over the VSCC weekend. The photographs show a few competitors who put one in mind of books that the MSMT has supported. First is this grey and red Vale Special. The marque history, Ave Atque Vale by Dave Cox was a book that the MSMT supported back in the 2006. Similarly HRG was a marque history by Ian Dussek supported in 1985, along with the revised and updated version published in 2010. This green prewar Morgan 4-4, competitor 80, wears...

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Vintage Prescott 4th/5th August 2018

The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust will have a presence at the VSCC Prescott Hill Climb on 4th and 5th August 2018. The MSMT will share a stand with the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain. The MSMT will have representatives and leaflets at the SAHB stand and would be delighted to discuss current and future projects with potential authors and how the MSMT can help. The undoubted ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Vintage Sports-Car Club year, the long-established Prescott Speed Hill Climb takes its traditional slot on the first weekend in August, with 250 Pre-war Racing and Sports-Cars taking on the...

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Aspects of Motoring History 14

The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust is delighted to announce that the fourteenth edition of 'Aspects of Motoring History' (commonly referred to as 'Aspects') has been published annually by the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain ('SAHB'). This 'Aspects' is the eighth edition of this publication to be supported by the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust. It is free to full-members of the SAHB and a limited number of copies are available directly from the SAHB. There is a link to the SAHB website, - see the links button at the top of the page. 'Aspects', as its name suggests, comprises a selection of...

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National Motor Museum’s Reference Library

The National Motor Museum’s Reference Library is widely recognized as one of the largest resources of its type anywhere in the world. Its holdings cover motor-cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and horse-drawn carriage literature dating from the 1880s onwards. The type of material held is wide and varied and includes approximately 13,000 books, 31,000 workshop manuals and handbooks, 9,000 event programmes, 2,400 auction catalogues, around 100,000 manufacturers’ sales brochures and 88,000 periodicals. Mainly in English, the collection includes a number of foreign language publications. The Museum’s Motoring Archive holds 100,000 items including original documents relating to land speed records, personalities and company records. Researchers...

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