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Has spent a working (1967 to date) lifetime messing about with motors, and writing about ancient and modern road, race and rally cars for leading British, American and European magazines.
Jeremy is the author of more than 30 published motoring books and one novel — The Test. His first fiction title was released via Amazon with Kindle in 2013, following detail electronic marketing support and mentoring from British Writers Awards (BWA). All but three of Walton's factual books are automotive marque histories covering BMW, Audi, Lotus, and Ford performers. Most also feature competition cars and history, but two are biographies and another an autobiography. More details on our Books page.
Walton won the International Automotive Writers Award (IAMC) for the Robert Bentley of Boston USA title, Unbeatable BMW, in 1998. His later BMW 6 Series title (issued in hard and softback) was also an award-winner with the same American organisation, and there was recognition in the form of an ‘Honorable Mention’ for his work as a columnist in the 76th Writer’s Digest competition of 2007.
Automotive sports, participating in six 24-hour races and gaining podium position UK race and championship results, allowed Jeremy competitive insights. (For more details of JW's competition history see HERE). Gathering insider knowledge first-hand became a trademark carried over into road and track testing for consumer magazines, allowing an authoritative and sometimes humorous tone to his factual book work.
Working for Ford Motorsport, then reporting what became the World Rally Championship as a specialist journalist, instilled his respect for the truly talented amongst rally crews. From rear drive heroes of the seventies to the charismatic Group B era of turbocharged 4x4 supercars, both inspired Jeremy's earlier benchmark works examining Ford's Escort and Audi's quattro.
Walton also reported on, and less regularly competed in, many other motor sport disciplines from rallying to rally and autocross events. Saloon car racing remained his passion in 2012 with attendance and features based on both the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and Germany's DTM (Deutsche Touring Meisterschaft).
Driving this historic BMW CSL at Silverstone some thirty years after it appeared in battle versus the Ford Capris. An unforgettable opportunity, courtesy of Alex Elliott and the American-domiciled English owner.
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Guild of Motoring Writers member Jeremy Walton won an “Honorable Mention’ in America’s 76th Writers Digest annual writing competition.
First encountered Jeremy Walton in 1968 when they both worked for the pre-eminent enthusiasts magazine of the day Cars and Car Conversions (otherwise known as Triple C). Osborne's background in retail sales landed him the responsibility of setting up and running the magazine's own Speed Shop selling the popular tuning gizmos of the time – on retrospect a bad move for the magazine as it thoroughly pissed off the mag's own advertisers attempting to sell the same goodies! He also worked on the preparation of the magazine's own Autocross Imp, with which JW made his competition debut.
Osborne moved on to a sales management position with Speedwell, the renowned tuning and accessory company owned by F1 legend Graham Hill, followed by a marketing role with the leading windscreen wiper manufacturer Trico. He then moved from the automotive sector into the audio industry ending up as the Marketing Manager for Tannoy, one of the world's leading manufacturers of loudspeakers for Hi Fi, broadcast, recording and sound reinforcement applications.
Setting up his own creative services company in 1985, providing design and production of advertising and marketing materials for companies within the audio and automotive sectors, Osborne still currently provides those services and is also the Editor of Westfield World, the magazine of the Westfield Sports Car Club, as well as being a successful photographer and Guild of Motoring Writers member.