Richard Langworth, CBE, is not just a renowned automotive writer, he is responsible for some of the most definitive marque histories ever published. Beyond this, he is also a recognized authority on Winston S. Churchill. His most recent book on Churchill is Churchill and the Avoidable War: Could World War II have been Prevented? and Winston Churchill, Myth and Reality: What He Actually Did and Said is due out in August. Richard M. Langworth will be inducted into the British Sports Car Hall of Fame on June 2, 2017.
Though never intending to become a historian, he has written, co-written or published 54 books and 2000 articles on automotive history—American, English and European. He is also a self-described “Chemistry drop-out at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1960), a fail-safe graduate of Wagner College (1963), a 120-day-wonder U.S. Coast Guard officer (1964-67), and a bored bureaucrat at the Pennsylvania Department of Health (1967-70).”
Langworth served as editor of The Packard Cormorant from 1975 through 2001, and has been a trustee of the Packard Motorcar Foundation since 2003. He was also betimes editor of The Milestone Car, The Vintage Triumph and Car Classics magazines. His works have won awards from the Antique Automobile Club of America, Society of Automotive Historians, Old Cars Weekly, Packard Club and Graphic Arts Association of New Hampshire.
Langworth currently lives in Moultonborough, New Hampshire and Eleuthera, Bahamas. In 1998 Her Majesty the Queen awarded him with a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), “for services to Anglo-American understanding and the memory of Sir Winston Churchill.”
- Fifty Years of Triumph, Automobile Quarterly, 1973
- (Co-author with Graham Robson) Triumph Cars, a History, Motor Racing Publishers, 1978, rep. 1998
- Tiger, Alpine, Rapier: Sporting Cars From the Rootes Group, Osprey (London, England), 1982
- Complete Book of Collectible Cars, (With Graham Robson) Publications Intl. (Skokie, IL), 1987
- Complete Book of Collectible Cars: Revised & Extended, Publications Intl. (Lincolnwood, IL), 1994
- Great Cars of the 20th Century, (With Arch Brown, Publications Intl. (Lincolnwood, IL), 1998
Please make sure to stop by Richard M. Langworth’s own site, from where much of this information was gleaned.
Note: This is part of an ongoing series focusing on the 23 individuals who will be inducted into the British Sports Car Hall of Fame in ceremonies on June 2nd, 2017, at the Hall of Fame in Petersburg, VA.