The car is the real star as Ian takes writers’ chequered flag

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A Chinnor man is eyeing a third motoring writers’ prize with a book about the F1 car that will star in a Hollywood film next year.

This month Ian Wagstaff (pictured middle) won the Mercedes-Benz Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy a second time, for his biography about one of Stirling Moss’ mechanics.

The author is now planning a book about the McLaren M23, the car that took James Hunt to the World Championship in 1976,

The story, which follows a battle between the British driver and Austrian Niki Lauda, is being turned into movie called Rush by director Ron Howard – who was behind The Da Vinci Code and Apollo 13.

The Montagu Trophy is awarded to the member of the Guild of Motoring Writers who has made the ‘greatest contribution to recording, in the English language the history of motoring’ during the year.

Ian’s 2012 winning book is about 1950s and 1960s grand prix mechanic Tony Robinson, who worked for Sir Stirling.

He first won the Montagu Trophy in 2006 for his book called The British at Le Mans, which follows the fortunes of drivers and pit crew staff at the French event over the past 85 years.

Since then, he has also written a book about the iconic 1972 Lotus F1 car of the early 1970s for Haynes Publishing – the same firm which is publishing the McLaren M23 book.

Ian received the 2012 Montagu Trophy from Doug Hill (pictured right) the chief engineer at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.

Ian’s 2012 award winning book, called Tony Robinson – The Biography Of A Race Mechanic, is published by Veloce.