Graeme Cocks is an accomplished Australian motoring historian and author. Born in Perth, Western Australia, his interest in old cars began with a Morris Minor 1000 in 1977, a car he still owns.
Trained as a journalist, he later worked as a travel writer and in tourism promotion.
He also has a passion for replica sailing ships, working with the HM Bark Endeavour Foundation and later as Project Director and then Chairman of the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation which built a replica of the first ship to sail to Australia. He arranged the longest voyage of an “Age of Discovery” replica ship from Sydney to Amsterdam via the Cape of Good Hope in 2002.
His stable of cars now includes a number of Australian racing specials and he has produced many books on early motor racing in Western Australia. Internationally, he collaborated with Dr Clare Hay to produce a book on the first Bentley to race at the Le Mans 24 Hour race, Chassis 141.
As Chief Executive Officer of the Fremantle Motor Museum, he was asked by the museum’s owner Peter Briggs to take a look at the history file of his MG Magnette K3.
The wonderful stories from 1933 and the controversy enveloping the restored car intrigued him and set him on a path to get to the bottom of the story in The Mighty MG Magnettes of 1933.