Red Dust Racers: Perth author shortlisted for International Historic Motoring Awards


Author and motor historian Graeme Cocks.
Red Dust Racers: Perth author shortlisted for International Historic Motoring Awards
Author and motor historian Graeme Cocks.

A BOOK by Perth author Graeme Cocks has been shortlisted for the International Historic Motoring Awards, barely two months after it was launched.

The winner will be announced at the Guildhall in London on November 17.

It is the second time Cocks has been honoured by the world awards.

A previous book, The Mighty MG Magnettes, was shortlisted for the 2015 Publication of the Year.

Red Dust Racers tells the largely unknown story of the Lake Perkolilli racing circuit 23km northeast of Kalgoorlie and documents the emergence of motorsport in WA.

It is a mammoth work by Cocks, who spent 20 years collecting all the data and hundreds of pictures.

The 488-page work in coffee table format weighs 3.6kg.

Its shortlisting places it in the top eight motoring books released around the world this year.

Judges for the awards include such luminaries as British five times Le Mans 24 Hour Race winner Derek Bell, McLaren car designer Peter Stevens and Pink Floyd drummer and historic car collector and racer Nick Mason.

Cocks says his book, limited to 1000 numbered copies, has been selling strongly in Australia, the US, UK, South Africa and Europe.

“My book is putting a forgotten aspect of WA history on the map,” he said.

“It is tremendously exciting to see such high praise for it.

“We have a treasure in Lake Perkolilli, which is one of the few original racing tracks left in the world in its original state. It’s a freak of nature and I hope my book has done justice to it.”

He is the sole Australian in the 12 categories of the annual International Historic Motoring Awards.

Copies of Red Dust Racers are available from www.motoringpast.com.au