Friday, 6 December 2013


Congratulations to Roy Smith, for his book Amédée Gordini - a true racing legend, published by Veloce in April this year, which came second in the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Award for the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy at The Guild of Motoring Writers awards in London last night.

Jo Watkins, Roy Smith and Ralph Montagu. Photo by Jeff Bloxham

The competition was to determine the greatest contribution in 2013 for recording in the English Language, the history of motoring or motorcycling in any form, including, books, video, broadcasting media.

Amédée Gordini - a true racing legend is a story of excitement, laughs, astonishment and anger – a story of the determination of a man with a dream and a passion for motor racing in the big leagues. It is the first time that the story of the Gordini racing team has been documented in English, and the first complete story of Gordini himself in any language. The book was also shortlisted for Publication of the year 2013 at The International Historic Motoring Awards 2013.

Roy Smith's hallmarks are intricate research, sourcing hundreds of photos, first-person interviews, detailed diagrams, and a talent for uncovering fresh new information about a rare subject. Roy won the same GoMW award outright in 2010 for his work Alpine Renault – The Sports Prototypes Vol 1 & 2.

Roy commented: "I'm delighted to be back on the podium again at the second attempt with the Gordini book, looks like we have our work cut out to stay there!"

Roy Smith's latest masterwork Alpine Renault – the fabulous berlinettes, was published by Veloce in October 2013.

Independent reviews of Amédée Gordini - a true racing legend:

"Book of the month" – Classic & Sports Car

“Utterly absorbing.” – Classic Cars

***** – Auto Express

“Gordini’s endless enthusiasm and prolific output make for an involving tale.” – Motor Sport

“The wealth of information here is staggering, and the race-by-race summary is particularly welcome.”– Octane

Watch an interview with Roy Smith on YouTube!