The name of one of the greatest motoring writers of all time – the late Phil Llewellin – is being reunited with CAR magazine, the title that published much of his best material, in the quest to discover new journalistic talent.
CAR is now backing the Phil Llewellin Student of the Year award, an annual competition run by The Guild of Motoring Writers to uncover and promote young automotive journalists in the hope of discovering the next Phil. The award, which is in its sixth year, is open to students taking Guild-affiliated motoring journalism courses at Coventry and Cardiff Universities and UCA Farnham.
CAR is donating a cheque for £1,000 to the winner, plus the lucky student will join the magazine for work experience – a rare opportunity on this leading title. Entries for 2011 have now closed, and the winner will be announced at the Guild’s annual gala dinner and awards evening, to be held at the RAC in London’s Pall Mall on Thursday 1 December.
Tim Pollard, Associate Editor of CAR, said: “Phil Llewellin’s work for CAR magazine set the benchmark for the pioneering adventure stories and colourful feature writing which made us famous. We are pleased that CAR can help nurture the next generation of promising motoring writers, and hope Phil will continue to inspire them as he does us.”
Beth Llewellin, Phil’s widow, added: “Phil would be delighted, honoured and humbled by the creation of this award in his memory. He was a keen supporter of the Guild, and was always willing to help young writers, so his family is extremely proud that this prize will help a fellow scribe at the start of a career in a profession that Phil loved.”
Phil, whose work encompassed much more than cars and trucks, died following a heart attack when on holiday in 2005. He was 64.