ALBANY’S RACING REVOLUTION
LAUNCHED AT THE ALBANY CLASSIC 2017
BUY NOW AT http://www.motoringpast.com.au
A NEW BOOK ON ALBANY’S INCREDIBLE MOTOR RACING HISTORY LAUNCHED AT THE ALBANY CLASSIC THIS YEAR.
Albany’s Racing Revolution 1936~1940 subtitled A Pictorial Celebration of the Around the Houses Races, written by West Australian motoring historian Graeme Cocks and published by Motoring Past Vintage Publishing, tells the story of the first motor races at Albany.
The book features more than 140 photographs collected over many years. Every race from 1936 to 1940 is featured. Many of the pictures have not previously been published.
“The photographs tell the story of the winners and the losers, the cars and the drivers and the spectators who flocked to the south coastal town to see something new to Australia — racing on city streets,” said Graeme Cocks.
“All the local legends of the sport are included: Jack Nelson in his Ballot Special, Ossie Cranston in his Ford V8 Special, Allan Tomlinson in his Australian Grand Prix winning MG and a host of lesser known names from the early races.”
“The Albany Grand Prix was regarded as the ultimate prize in Western Australian motor sport in the 1930s and the pictures vividly illustrate the intensity of the competition. These races were very hard fought,” he said.
“The cars were also unlike the race cars of today. Many were regular cars turned into racers, while others were thoroughbred European racing cars from famous names such as Bugatti.”
The book has been produced in softcover and in limited quantities. Bu your copy now at http://www.motoringpast.com.au.
Graeme Cocks’ last book, Red Dust Racers, recently won the Gold Medal in the Transportation category of the 21st Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards in New York. The award will be presented on 30 May 2017 at the BookExpo publishing convention in New York which is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an audience from around the globe. The book on motor racing at Lake Perkolilli near Kalgoorlie was also shortlisted at the International Historic Motoring Awards in London in December 2016, making it one of the top eight motoring books worldwide last year. Mr Cocks is the only Australian writer to be shortlisted twice at these awards. He was short-listed in 2015 for his previous book The Mighty MG Magnettes of 33.
Since it was launched in August last year, the book Red Dust Racers has taken the story of a forgotten motor racing track near an abandoned ghost town to a world audience. The limited edition book has found customers in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa as well as in every Australian state.
Motoring Past Vintage Publishing also has other great West Australian motoring books including Albany motor racing identity Phil Shephard’s new book The World’s Fastest E-Type Jaguar – The Quest for the Record. The book is the story of Team Shephard and their quest for speed on the dry salt of Lake Gairdner in South Australia. Every year, Phil and his team took their E-Type across the Nullarbor to find out just how fast an E-Type could go. It’s a great story of how a knockabout bunch of West Aussie’s accomplished what hadn’t been achieved before.
Other books for sale include Red Dust Racers, The Mighty MG Magnettes of 33 about the greatest era of MG racing in the 1930s, Chassis 141 – the Story of the First Le Mans Bentley, and Albany A Go Go about motor racing in Albany after the war.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF RED DUST RACERS
Graeme Cocks has always had a passion for stinking, noisy, dirty and uncomfortable early motor racing cars.
Trained as a journalist at the Western Australian Institute of Technology, he worked briefly in journalism before giving away the journo’s life and backpacking around the world. Returning to Perth, he began a career in travel writing before being drawn to the world of public relations at communications manager at the WA Tourism Commission.
A chance opportunity to represent the tourism body in the Genevieve 500 Race in 1992 re-kindled his interest in old cars and then he saw the old bangers racing around Midland at the Gull Speed Classic in 1994. He had to have one. His search for a suitable car led him to re-create a Chrysler called Silverwings which raced at Lake Perkolilli in 1927. He had to know more about this place he’d never heard of but he was distracted by sailing ships.
His passion for historic ships which began with a stint working for the HM Bark Endeavour Foundation in Fremantle and South Africa, led to him taking a leading role in the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation which began constructing a replica of Duyfken, the first ship recorded in history to visit Australia. He accepted the challenge of a new role as Project Director of the Foundation. He supervised the completion of the ship and arranged the first reenactment voyage of Duyfken to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Golf of Carpentaria in 2000. He then arranged the longest reenactment voyage ever conducted by an Age of Discovery replica ship before or since, from Sydney to Amsterdam via Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, South Africa and the Azores in 2001-2002 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Dutch East India Company.
He was enticed back to Fremantle to be the first general manager of the Fremantle Motor Museum, at the time, the largest private museum in Australia. The new job rekindled his long standing interest in historic motor racing and he produced a number of publications on Western Australian motoring history.
In 2007 he was awarded the unusual and esoteric honour of “Member of the Order of the Knights Templar” in Australia for services to motoring and maritime history.
In 2015, his major work The Mighty MG Magnettes of 33 about the remarkable MG racing cars and their drivers from 1933 was shortlisted for the London-based International Historic Motoring Awards.
For 20 years, in between arranging international sea voyages for a sailing ship, managing museums and writing other books, he was beavering away on the story of Lake Perkolilli, intent on bringing this unknown part of Australian motoring history to a wide audience. The centenary of motor racing at Perko in 2014 provided the spur to complete the book, and Red Dust Racers is the result.