G. N. Georgano

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George Nicholas "Nick" Georgano (29 February 1932-22 October 2017[1][2]) was a British author, specialising in motoring history. His most notable work is The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars,first published in 1968.[3]

Nick Georgano
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
BornGeorge Nicholas Georgano
(1932-02-29)29 February 1932
Britain
Died22 October 2017(2017-10-22) (aged 85)
Guernsey

Early life and education[edit]

Georgano was born in London in 1932. At age 7 he was compiling a truck catalogue, and at age 16, an encyclopaedia. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a diploma in teaching[4]).

Career[edit]

After college, he took up a career in teaching, his first position being at an English preparatory school.[3]

Georgano's first full publication was The World's Automobiles which he co-authored with Ralph Doyle (George Ralph Doyle 1890–1961). This was followed by The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars which was published in 1968.[3]

From 1976 to 1981 Georgano worked at the National Motor Museum as Head Librarian.[3]

Awards[edit]

Georgano was awarded the Thomas McKean Memorial Cup of the Antique Automobile Club of America.

He was presented with the Veteran and Vintage Magazine Trophy by Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu for The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars.[5]

He received the Montagu Trophy of the Guild of Motoring Writers for 2 of his works: Britain's Motor Industry – The First 100 Years and The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars.[3]

Georgano was a Trustee of the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust; a member of the National Motor Museum Advisory Council; and Trustee of the Horseless Carriage Foundation, California.[3]

Publications[edit]

Georgano is the author of 33 reference books.[3]

  • Georgano, G. N. The American Automobile: A Centenary. ISBN 1853752363.
  • ——. The Art of the American Automobile – The Greatest Stylists and Their Work.
  • ——. American Trucks of the Seventies. Penguin Books. ISBN 0-7232-2765-9.
  • ——. Auto's uit de jaren zeventig en tachtig.
  • ——. The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile (3 volume set ed.).
  • ——. The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile: Coachbuilding. Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN 1-57958-367-9.
  • —— (1993). The Bentley. Shire Album. Shire Publications.
  • Georgano, G. N. (ed.). Britain's Motor Industry – The First 100 Years.
  • ——. Brooklands: A Pictorial History. Dalton Watson Fine Books. ISBN 0-901564-15-X.
  • ——. Cars: 1886–1930. Random House Value Publishing. ISBN 0-517-48073-5.
  • ——. Cars 1930–2000: The Birth of the Modern Car. New Line Books. ISBN 1-57717-210-8.
  • ——. Cars 1990 to Present Days : Production Goes World Wide. Mason Crest Publishers. ISBN 1-59084-489-0.
  • —— (October 2002). "Cars of the Fifties: Goodbye Seller's Market". World of Wheels.
  • ——. Cars of the Seventies and Eighties : Hatchbacks for the Sportsman. Mason Crest Publishers. ISBN 1-59084-488-2.
  • —— (1977). Classic Cars (Source Book). Sourcebooks.
  • ——. The Classic Rolls-Royce. Octopus Publishing Group. ISBN 0-600-50020-9.
  • ——. Classic Rolls-Royce (Spanish ed.).
  • Georgano, G. N. (ed.). The Complete Encyclopedia of Commercial Vehicles.
  • —— (1968). The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars.
  • ——. Early and Vintage Years, 1885–1930: The Golden Era of Coachbuilding. Mason Crest Publishers. ISBN 1-59084-491-2.
  • Lord Montagu of Beaulieu; Georgano, G. N. Early Days on the Road (with Lord Montagu of Beaulieu).
    • Early Days on the Road – An Illustrated History 1819–1941. 1967.
    • Early Days on the Road : An illustrated history 1819–1941. 1976.
    • Early Days on the Road : An Illustrated History 1819–1941. Penguin Books. ISBN 0-7181-1310-1.
  • ——. Electric Vehicles. Shire Library. Shire Publications.
  • Georgano, G. N.; Baechler, Glenn. Encyclopedia of American Automobiles. Dutton. ISBN 0-525-09792-9.
  • Georgano, G. N. (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Motor Sport.
  • ——. The Encyclopedia of M: 2 (A Studio book). Penguin Books. ISBN 0-670-29405-5.
  • Georgano, G. N.; Baechler, Glenn. The Encyclopedia of Motor Sport. Penguin Books. ISBN 0-7181-0955-4.
  • ——. The Encyclopedia of Sportscars. ISBN 0-7858-0859-0.
  • —— (1978). Histoire Illustree des Camions. 1896–1920. Carlo Demand.
  • —— (1970). A History of Sports Cars. Nelson. ISBN 1-71212-005-0.
  • ——. A History of the London Taxicab. David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-5687-9.
  • ——. A History of Transport. Dent & Sons, J. M. ISBN 0-460-03951-2.
  • Georgano, G. N.; Davies, Gordon (1976). The How and Why Wonder Book of the Motor Car.
  • —— (1990). The Humber. Shire Album. Shire Publications.
  • ——. The London Taxi. Shire Publications. ISBN 0-85263-772-1.
  • ——. Military Vehicles: World War Two Transport and Halftracks. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-85532-406-7.
  • ——. A Motor Racing Camera, 1894–1916. National Motor Museum Trust. David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-7160-6.
  • ——. The New Encyclopedia of Motorcars: 1885 To the Present. Penguin Group USA. ISBN 0-525-93254-2.
  • ——. Racing and Sports Cars. Piccolo Books.
  • —— (1983). Rolls Royce.
  • ——. Rolls Royce-Classic Cars.
  • —— (1997). Scammell: The Load Movers from Watford. Roundoak Publishing. ISBN 187156526X.
  • ——. A Source Book of Classic Cars. Ward Lock & Co. ISBN 0-7063-5039-1.
  • ——. A Source Book of Racing and Sports Cars. Ward Lock & Co. ISBN 0-7063-1495-6.
  • ——. A Source Book of Veteran Cars. Ward Lock & Co. ISBN 0-7063-1820-X.
  • —— (1998). Sports Cars: History and Development. Book Sales. ISBN 91-87036-10-X.
  • ——. Transportation through the Ages. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-023131-1.
  • Georgano, G. N.; Demand, C. (1979). Trucks: An Illustrated History 1896–1920.
  • —— (1974). Veteran Cars (Source Book).
  • —— (1974). Vintage and Post-vintage Cars (Source Book).
  • ——. Vintage Cars 1886 to 1930. ISBN 0-7858-0933-3.
  • ——. Vintage Years, 1920–1930: Mass Production and the Great Boom of Wheels. Mason Crest Publishers. ISBN 1-59084-490-4.
  • ——; Sedgwick, Michael C.; Laban, Brian (1987). The World Guide to Automobiles. Baldwin.
  • Doyle, G. R.; Georgano, G. N. (1957). The World's Automobiles 1880–1958 : A Record of 75 Years of Car Building.
  • Doyle, G. R.; Georgano, G. N. (1963). The World's Automobiles 1862–1962, A Record of 100 Years of Car Building by & G. N. Georgano (1963).
  • —— (1965). The World's Commercial Vehicles, 1830–1964: A record of 134 years of commercial vehicle production.
  • ——. World Guide to Automobile Manufacturers. Facts on File. ISBN 0-8160-1844-8.
  • —— (1983). World Truck Book.
  • ——. World Truck Handbook. Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-0267-7.
  • —— (1994). World War Two Military Vehicles. Osprey. ISBN 1855324067.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nick Georgano Alvis Archive Blog, 24 Oct. 2017
  2. ^ Nick Georgano 1932-2017 The Society of Automotive History
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Profile of Nick Georgano at Amazon.co.uk
  4. ^ Clausager, Anders (7 November 2017). "Nick Georgano obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  5. ^ The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars Ebury Press, 1973.

Death[edit]

On the 22nd October 2017 Nick died on one of his grandsons (Harry Northmore) Birthday, He was aged 85 when he died.