It is with sadness that we announce the death of popular motoring writer and historian Brian Laban.
A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, the Fleet Street Motoring Group and the Southern Group of Motoring Writers, Brian died overnight on Tuesday, 27 December, in hospital near his home in Sussex, where he was being treated for bowel cancer. He was 68.
An author of more than 40 books, Brian was a contributor to many titles including The Daily Telegraph, The Aston Martin Magazine, Audi Driver, Evo, Professional Motorsport World and many more. He was working on a limited edition Aston Martin book for Palawan Press. A renowned Le Mans specialist, Brian was author of the definitive book ‘Le Mans 24 Hours’, which he was about to update. In a brief respite from his illness, he reported for the Daily Telegraph from the 2016 Le Mans race.
A proud Yorkshireman, after Mexborough Grammar School Brian graduated in physics from North-East London Polytechnic (now the University of East London). In 1973 he followed his dream into the world of motorsport and all things automotive as press officer at the British Automobile Racing Club.
He was a professional motoring writer ever since. He joined the Guild of Motoring Writers in 1978 and also served on the Committee. Brian was a former Chairman of the Fleet Street Motoring Group. A winner of the Pierre Dreyfus Award in 1991, Brian was shortlisted for the Features Writer of the Year Award in the 2009 Headline Auto Awards. As editor of Vauxhall’s V magazine, he was shortlisted for the prestigious Consumer Editor of the Year Award in the 2007 APA Awards.
Brian’s wife Mary pre-deceased him and there were no children. He is survived by his 94-year-old mother, Irene.