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Journalism Awards 2018

2018 Automotive Heritage Award Winners List

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2018 Competition Results

We had many submissions, and the best of the best were selected in several categories. Here are the entire Awards Competition results. Including the Journalism Competition, Lifetime Achievement Award, Future Collectible Vehicle, & Concept Car of the Year.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Gold Recipient - Peter Egan
Peter Egan exemplifies the AHA’s goal of honoring those who produce the “stories best told.”See Full Article
Journalism Awards - Best Personality Piece
Gold Recipient - Preston Lerner
Strong Man - Article
Journalism Awards - Best Blog/Column
Gold Recipient - William Hall
The Drive Home II Series
Journalism Awards - Article
Gold Recipient - Graham Robson
Emil Jellinek - Article
Journalism Awards - Article
Gold Recipient - Graham Robson
Silver Speedster - Article
Journalism Awards - Article
Gold Recipient - Don Keefe
A High Price for Perfection: Saga of the Gaylord - Article
Journalism Awards - Article
Gold Recipient - Stephan McKeown, Richard Simmonds
Company Curios, Parts 1,2,3 - Article
Journalism Awards - Article
Gold Recipient - Ted Zombek
Back in Service - Article
Journalism Awards - Article
Gold Recipient - Mitch McCullough
Historic Alpine Le Mans Prototype Preserved in French Shed - Article
Journalism Awards - Article
Gold Recipient - Terry V. Boyce (John Biel)
William Porter: Moving the Mainstream - Article
Journalism Awards - Blog
Gold Recipient - William Hall
The Drive Home II Series - Blog
Journalism Awards - Best Facility Story - Article
Gold Recipient - Ted O’Dell
Journalism Awards - Best Book
Silver Medalist - Charlie Henry
Kar-Kraft – Race Cars, Prototypes, and Muscle Cars of Ford’s Specialty Vehicle Activity Program
Journalism Awards - Article
Silver Medalist - Martha Hindes
Dream or Nightmare? Terrifying Transit Future Clarified During 8-hour Snooze - Article
Journalism Awards - How-To/Fix-it
Silver Medalist - Pat Matthews
How-To/Fix-it - Workshop Design Basics
Journalism Awards - Article
Silver Medalist - Gary Anderson, Byron Defoor
Arlo's Choice - Article
Journalism Awards - Article
Silver Medalist - Elisabeth Smits
Around the World in a Ponton Part IV - Article
Journalism Awards - Article
Silver Medalist - John Edelman, Gary Anderson
More Than Just a Car - Article
Journalism Awards - Article
Silver Medalist - Ron Sessions
The Chrysler Museum in Pictures: Gone but not Forgotten
Journalism Awards - Article
Silver Medalist - Emiko Jozuka
Five Decades of Adrenaline: The Rebel Photographer who Immortalized Motorsport - Article
Journalism Awards - Best Blog/Column
Bronze Medalist - Jules Stayton
JulezOnWheelz.net
Journalism Awards - Article
Bronze Medalist - Mario Puente
Chasing the Ghost - Article
Journalism Awards - Article
Bronze Medalist - Gary Anderson
The First Modern Automobile - Article
Journalism Awards - Article
Bronze Medalist - Graham Robson
Unterturkheim - Where Benzes Are Built, Part II - Article
Journalism Awards - Blog
Bronze Medalist - Jules Stayton
JulesOnWheelz - Blog
Journalism Awards - Blog
Bronze Medalist - Bruce Troxell
Cars we Love - Blog
Journalism Awards - Article
Bronze Medalist - Victoria A. Mobley
Top Hat John - A Local Success Story - Article
2018 Concept Car of the Year
Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
2018 Future Collectible Vehicle of the Year Award
2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Other Category Medalists – AHA Journalism Awards

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Silver Medalist – Best Book

Charlie Henry

Farmington Hills, Michigan

Book | Kar-Kraft – Race Cars, Prototypes, and Muscle Cars of Ford’s Specialty Vehicle Activity Program

Book available at www.Amazon.com, and www.BarnesAndNoble.com

Silver Medalist – How-To/Fix-it

Pat Matthews

Article | Workshop Design Basics

Article available in the March-April 2017 issue of The Star, the Official Magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.

Silver Medalist – Travel Adventure

Elisabeth Smits

Harrison Township, Michigan

Article | Around the World in a Ponton Part IV

Article available in the May – June 2017 issue of The Star, the Official Magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.

Silver Medalist – Student Produced

Robert Taylor

Article | My Middle Name is Stirling

Article available in the January – February 2017 issue of The Star, the Official Magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.

Best Heritage Motorsports Story – AHA Journalism Awards

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Graham Robson

Gold Recipient

2018 Automotive Heritage Awards Journalism Competition

Silver Speedster,  Article

Article available in the March-April 2017 issue of The Star, the Official Magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.

Very well written, and researched.

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Gold Medalists

Mitch McCullough (Pompton Plains, New Jersey)
Article | Historic Alpine Le Mans Prototype Preserved in French Shed
Article available at www.MotorAuthority.com.

Best Marque Specific Story – AHA Journalism Awards

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Don Keefe

Gold Recipient

2018 Automotive Heritage Awards Journalism Competition

A High Price for Perfection: Saga of the Gaylord, Article

Excerpt from The Article

The years immediately following the end of World War II were an incredibly active and innovative time in the history of the automobile, particularly in America, where the pent-up demand for new cars was huge. Three-and-a-half years of automobile production were cancelled by the time the war ended, there were countless worn-out cars on their last legs. Many that weren’t sacrificed to wartime scrap-metal drives had certainly seen better days. The established domestic manufacturers understood that they had to strike while the iron was…

Full article available in April 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile.

Comprehensive, well-researched, well-written and little-known story of a rich man's luxury chariot that (like others before and since) never quite made it to production.

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Gold Medalists

Stephan McKeown, Richard Simmonds
Article: Company Curios, Parts 1,2,3
Article available in the November - December 2017 issue of The Star, the Official Magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.

Bronze Medalists

Gary Anderson
Article: The First Modern Automobile
Article available in the September - October 2017 issue of The Star, the Official Magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.

Best Car Culture Story: AHA Journalism Awards

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Ted Zombek

Gold Recipient

2018 Automotive Heritage Awards Journalism Competition

Back in Service,  Article

Article available in the March-April 2017 issue of The Star, the Official Magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.

Terrific job starting with the vehicle, then narrowing to the individual who took on a massive refurbishment job of one of the vintage transports.

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Silver Medalists

Martha Hindes (St. Clair Shores, Michigan)
Article: Dream or Nightmare? Terrifying Transit Future Clarified During 8-hour Snooze
Blog Available at www.TheAutoChannel.com
Gary Anderson, Byron Defoor
Article: Arlo's Choice
Article available in the January - February 2017 issue of The Star, the Official Magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.
John Edelman, Gary Anderson
Article: More Than Just a Car
Article available in the May - June 2017 issue of The Star, the Official Magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.

Bronze Medalists

Mario Puente
Article: Chasing the Ghost
Article available in the November - December 2017 issue of The Star, the Official Magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.

Best Personality Piece – AHA Journalism Awards

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Preston Lerner

Burbank, California

Gold Recipient

2018 Automotive Heritage Awards Journalism Competition

Strong Man,  Article

Excerpt from The Drive Home II Series.

As we walk, I can’t help thinking about how much has changed since Foyt’s last visit here. Not just the circuit, with its Mulsanne-splitting chicanes and hybrid race cars and the opulent hospitality suites, but Foyt himself. In his prime, he was a strapping Texas bull who stood like a colossus over the American racing scene, the strongest, toughest, winningest good ol’ boy the sport had ever seen. Or has ever seen, to get technical. Modern drivers are cogs in immense and complicated motorsports organizations, glorified technocrats supported by vast teams of engineers, designers, and mechanics. But Foyt is the avatar of a bygone age of rugged individualism, when the man behind the wheel was the hub of the racing universe and drivers with enough talent, guile, and guts could carry second-rate cars on their broad shoulders. Today’s top drivers are stars. Back in Foyt’s day, they were heroes.

Foyt still carries himself with the swagger of a man who knows he could perform a singularly dangerous and exacting task more proficiently than anybody else in creation. But he’s now larger than life in more than the figurative sense. Thanks to a long litany of serious medical procedures, his face is round and puffy, and his prodigious paunch tests the outer limits of his polo shirt. He walks gimpily on two artificial knees that are above feet and ankles that have been repeatedly reconstructed after an endless series of gruesome crashes. But he’s still a magnetic personality who loves being the center of attention, and he’s accustomed to holding court like a king.

Read more at www.hagerty.com.

A magnificent writer and master of long-form storytelling. He works hard gathering anecdotes and quotes, then building it all into a tale that grips the reader to the end.

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Gold Medalists

Graham Robson
Article | Emil Jellinek
Article available in the November - December 2017 issue of The Star, the Official Magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.
Terry V. Boyce (John Biel)
Article | William Porter: Moving the Mainstream
Article available in October 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile.

Silver Medalists

Emiko Jozuka (Bampton, Georgia)
Article | Five Decades of Adrenaline: The Rebel Photographer who
Immortalized Motorsport
Article available at CNN Autos (edition.cnn.com/style)

Bronze Medalists

Victoria A. Mobley (Harrison Twp, Michigan)
Article | Top Hat John - A Local Success Story
Article available at www.TopHatJohn.com

Best Facility Story: AHA Journalism Awards

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Ted O’Dell

Jackson, Michigan

Gold Recipient

2018 Automotive Heritage Awards Journalism Competition

Hackett Auto Museum,  Video

A highly engaging video, remarkably well done.

Judges Comment

Silver Medalists

Ron Sessions (South Lyon, Michigan)
he Chrysler Museum in Pictures: Gone but not Forgotten
Article available at www.CarAnd Driver.com

Bronze Medalists

Graham Robson
Article: Unterturkheim - Where Benzes Are Built, Part II
Article available in the September - October 2017 issue of The Star, the Official Magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.
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Best Blog or Column – AHA Journalism Awards

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William Hall

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Gold Recipient

2018 Automotive Heritage Awards Journalism Competition

The Drive Home II Series,  Blog

Excerpt from The Drive Home II Series.

The Drive Home II, the second-annual promotional winter road trip cooked up by LeMay-America’s Car Museum and The North American International Auto Show, rolled into Detroit’s Cobo Hall Saturday evening after a 2,100-mile journey fraught with challenges.

Three classic cars – a 1957 Chevy Nomad, a 1961 Chrysler 300G and a 1966 Ford Mustang – began the trip from Boston on December 28. Trailered behind the support vehicle was a fourth car, a 1917 Crane-Simplex Model 5, formerly the property of J.D. Rockefeller.

The itinerary took the cars south from Boston to Jamestown, Rhode Island, where the big Chrysler’s front brakes started to howl. Suspecting the rear brakes were out of adjustment causing the front shoes to overheat, the team enlisted help from a local enthusiast and his garage lift to pull the drums…

Read more at www.AmericasCarMuseum.org.

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This is a fun series about an unusual, adventurous road trip with a purpose. The author’s first-hand account is well written and the story well told.

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Bronze Medalists

Jules Stayton (Paducha, Kentucky)
Blog: JulesOnWheelz
Blog Available at www.JulesOnWheelz.net
Bruce Troxell (Spotsylvania, Virginia)
Blog: Cars we Love
Blog available at blog.TireBuyer.com