Philip Porter, a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, has received the first-ever Motorsports Book of the Year title in the latest annual British Sports Book Awards. His "Ultimate E-type - The Competition Cars" was awarded after a survey of Guild members seeking feedback on their favorite motorsports titles of last year.
There were almost 100 responses, with 47 individual titles listed. Guild membership was not a requirement of author nomination. It also did not influence the final decision. The winning title of Porter got nearly double the votes of any other works. Moreover, it was the unanimous favorite of the GoMW's Motorsports Sub Committee, which is the final judging panel.
Porter commented that he was "thrilled" with the special award, stating that this "makes all the hard work and long hours worthwhile." He related that it was a team effort and that he had "fantastic" support from drivers, team personnel, owners, colleagues, photographers and restorers. Moreover, he shared that this success showcases the "emotional pull of the stunning E-type Jaguar." GoMW Chairman Richard Aucock said that Porter's book was "a clear winner." He related that this is the first time that the Guild has been involved with the British Sports Book Awards.
Other shortlisted books by both non-members and members of the Guild were Audi R8 - WSC Giants by Ian Wagstaff; Driving on the Edge: The Art and Science of Race Driving by Michael Krumm; Driven by Desire - The Desiré Wilson Story by Alan Wilson; Porsche at Le Mans: Sixty Years of Porsche Participation in the World's Greatest Motor Race by Glen Smale; and McLaren - The Wins by David Tremayne.
The other categories in the 10th BSBA awards are Cricket, Football, Horse Racing, Rugby, Golf and Illustrated Books of the Year, Autobiography/Biography of the Year, Best Publicity Campaign and New Writer of the Year. Meanwhile, Nick Hornby has been honored for his Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing.