The Royal Automobile Club presented its Motoring Book Of The Year Award to an extraordinary new title documenting, for the first time, the cars of Iran’s past rulers at a ceremony in London last night (2nd November).

The event also saw world-renowned author and historian Doug Nye receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for a writing career spanning more than 50 years.

Fit for a King: The Royal Garage of the Shahs of Iran by Borzou Sepasi, the overall winner, was a 20-year project for its author. It has been published under unusually difficult restrictions, as Mr Sepasi explained in a video clip specially recorded for the invited audience. His publishers Glyn and Jean Morris of Dalton Watson Fine Books stepped in to accept the Award on his behalf.

The Awards seek to promote all book publishing about cars, motoring and motor racing. Now in its ninth year, there were winners in four categories in addition to the overall winner, and also recognition of an exceptional debut author: Chris Wiblin for his Twin-Cam Extravagance – The History of Lagonda Rapier & Rapier Cars. All the expert judges are independent of the Club, and for 2022 they chose from an unprecedented 48 titles.

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