This has been a record-breaking year for the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year Awards. The six judges have read, scrutinised and discussed no fewer than 32 high-quality submissions before agreeing the six final nominees in both the General and Specialised categories.
In past years, the shortlisted authors, publishers, book trade and personalities from the motoring and publishing world would have gathered at Pall Mall for the traditional event during the Club’s London Motor Week for the awards presentation.
This year, given the restrictions, the winners will be announced in a virtual event which will go on-line at 5pm on Wednesday 28th October.
Please visit: https://www.royalautomobileclub.co.uk/motoring/motoring-news-and-reports/videos
This year’s nominees were books of remarkable quality and standing, and each of them will be featured during the presentation. The presentation will remain on the Club’s website and on Youtube to continue to honour each of the short-listed titles.
Enjoy the presentation and good luck to the nominees.
Head of Motoring
In the summer of 1968, a group of friends adapted a double-decker bus and took it on a journey to Eastern Europe. Sponsored by two Scotch whisky-makers, they encountered Soviet tanks, a Romanian beer shortage and a perilous Yugoslavian mountain pass.
Full details, including abstracts and registration, are available here: https://www.history.ac.uk/seminars/transport-mobility-history
On 11 December 1959, the United Kingdom’s first drive-in post office opened. It was situated at the new Wharf Street Branch Post Office under the centre archway of the Wharf Street Telephone Exchange building in Leicester, which had a private road running through it.
The first drive-in Post Office in the UK
Vehicles manufactured by the “oldest surviving British car brand” have gone on public display for the first time in the town where they were made.
The Vauxhall: Made in Luton exhibition at Stockwood Discovery Centre displays models from the last 115 years.
The 3 September free talk is Horses and Carriages in London.
‘For centuries horses were vital for any kind of travel or transport, either by carriage or on horseback. Andrew Warde tells us how these wonderful animals have served Londoners over past centuries. Hear about the ‘Quicksilver’ mail coach, how to climb onto an early omnibus and discover where, even today, you can find horses in London. Talk length 40 minutes.’
The UK could eliminate the majority of the carbon dioxide emissions from road freight by installing overhead charging cables for electric lorries on “e-highways” across the country, a report by government-funded academics suggests.
After nearly a century of service the tram has made its final appearance in London.