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31. May 2023

MOTORWORLD Book Prize 2023: Outstanding literary works on the themes of automobiles and mobility honoured

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Munich, 31 May 2023. Truly a moving event – the presentation of the “Motorworld Book Prize 2023” on Tuesday, 30 May, at Motorworld München. The most fascinating and interesting new car books were selected from around 70 submissions: a total of 21 literary works dealing with various aspects of mobility made the running in the categories “Brand”, “Biography”, “Motor Sport”, “Design” and “History”. Several special prizes were also awarded.

The many different topics of the award-winning books ranged from documentaries focusing on the history or models of Tatra, BMW, Glas or Harley Davidson, through to biographies of racing drivers such as Kurt Ahrens and Eberhard Mahle and a literary journey through the history of Italian car design. The jury was also impressed by a Nürburgring album that excellently reflects the zeitgeist of the 1960s with amateur photographs, or a book containing previously unpublished photographs by Edward Quinn, who captured the major motor sport events in Monaco in the 1950s and 1960s – including lifestyle, glamour and celebrities.

Absolute stand-out entries were an insight into the garage of the last Shah of Iran, which also covers the history of Iranian society and automobile culture, as well as a comprehensive work on the history of e-mobility from 1881 to tomorrow. Two special surprises were the comprehensive presentations of Japanese automobile history and of the Porsche 962, for which the jury created an extra category called “Beyond Everything”.


Extra category “Beyond Everything”

Mark R. Brinker/Myron T. Vernis/Wolfgang Blaube:
“A Quiet Greatness: Japan‘s Most Astonishing Automobiles”

Serge Vanbockryck:
“Ultimate Works Porsche 962 – The Definitive History”, Porter Press International

Category “Brand”

1st place: Klaus Buschbaum:
Tatra in Deutschland

Honorary prizes

Hagen Nyncke / Rainer Simons / Walter Zeichner:
“BMW 1929 bis 1945”, GeraMond Verlag

Uwe Gusen & Stefan Dierkes:
“Glas V8 und BMW Glas V8”, Glas Automobilclub International

Mitch Bergeron:
“Harley-Davidson – 120 Jahre Kult”, Delius Klasing-Verlag

Category “Biography”

1st place: Eckhard Schimpf:
“Kurt Ahrens”, Delius Klasing-Verlag

Honorary prize

Tobias Aichele:
“Eberhard Mahle – 150 Siege”, Motorbuch-Verlag

Category “Motor Sport”

1st place: Michael Behrndt / Jörg-Thomas Födisch / Nils Ruwisch:
“Nürburgring-Album”, McKlein Publishing

Honorary prizes

Dr. Peter Schroeder:
“Mercedes-Benz – Langstreckenfahrten 1950-1964”, Heel-Verlag

Thomas Nehlert:
“Porsche 956-001 – Creating a Legend”, Sportfahrer-Verlag

Category “History”

1st place: Wolfgang Frei: “Edward Quinn – Monaco Motor Racing 1950 – 1965”, Delius Klasing-Verlag

Honorary prize

Daniel Reinhard:
“Inside Formel 1 – Eine Motorsport-Zeitreise”, GeraMond Verlag

Category “Design”

1st place: Piotr Degler:
“Made in Italy”, Degler Studio

Honorary prize

Andy Saunders:
“The Automotive Alchemist”, Dalton Watson Fine Books

Andreas K. Vetter:
“Haus und Auto”, Callwey Verlag

Special prizes

Barzou Sepasi:
“Fit for a King – The Royal Garage of the Shahs of Iran”, Dalton Watson Fine Books

René Edenhofer:
“Das fliegende Motorrad”, Verlag Brüder Hollinek

Volker Christian Manz / Halwart Schrader:
“Alternativ Mobil – Die Geschichte der E-Mobilität”, Olms Verlag

Harald Täger:
“Fahrzeuggeheimnisse der DDR”, GeraMond Verlag

Gwendolin Engels / Claude Haas / Dirk Naguschweski / Elisa Ronzheimer:
“Im Fuhrpark der Literatur”, Wallstein Verlag

The Motorworld Book Prize honours outstanding literary works dedicated to the topics of automobiles and mobility. The car book prize was initiated by motoring journalist, automotive historian and author Jürgen Lewandowski some 20 years ago. The Motorworld Group has been involved as organiser for six years now.

This year’s awards were supported by BASF Coatings GmbH and the AvD (Automobilclub von Deutschland).

The members of the jury for the 2023 Motorworld Book Prize: Jürgen Lewandowski (Jury chairman), Sarah Dünkel (Future Leader MOTORWORLD Group), Lutz Leif Linden (Secretary-General of the Automobilclub von Deutschland e.V. and Managing Director of AvD Wirtschaftsdienst GmbH), Jürgen Book (Classic Cars Manager, Global Strategic Account Management, BASF Coatings GmbH), Frank Marrenbach (CEO Althoff Hotel Group), Michael Stoschek (Shareholders’ Meeting Chairman, Brose Fahrzeugteile SE & Co. KG), Dr Andreas Kaufmann (Supervisory Board Chairman, Leica Camera AG), Georg Schaeffler (Supervisory Board Chairman, Schaeffler AG) and Sabine Kehm (The MS Office; manager of Michael and Mick Schumacher).

The laudations for the award-winning works can be found online at
All information about the MOTORWORLD Book Prize can be found at

The MOTORWORLD Book Prize is supported by:

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The independent MOTORWORLD Group emerged from the DÜNKEL Holding corporate group based in Schemmerhofen (Baden-Württemberg, Germany). The origins of the family-run company date back to 1930. The Motorworld Group develops, builds and operates worlds of experience dedicated to mobile passion, and as a whole is considered to be the world’s largest brand-neutral centre for classic cars and sports cars, winning many national and international awards. It brings together the brand who’s who of the entire mobility industry.

The first location was Motorworld Region Stuttgart in Böblingen, which opened in 2009 and has since been expanded several times. Further projects and activities under the MOTORWORLD® brand have been initiated in recent years. Following on with the same concept as Motorworld Region Stuttgart, Motorworld Köln-Rheinland opened in June 2018. It is home to one of the most significant collections in motor sport: The private collection of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher. The imposing Motorworld München opened its doors in May 2021.

Other already partially active locations currently at the planning stage or under construction are Motorworld Zeche Ewald-Ruhr, Motorworld Luxembourg and Motorworld Mallorca. Locations in keeping with the Motorworld Manufaktur concept are to be found in Berlin, Rüsselsheim and Zurich. The Motorworld Village Metzingen focuses on events.

To satisfy the ever-increasing requirements where environmental protection and efficiency are concerned, the Motorworld Group relies on regenerative energy sources. Thanks to its proprietary photovoltaic systems and combined heat and power plants, it saves so much CO2 that it can call itself climate-neutral even when hosting a full programme of events.

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