MPG Awards

The MPG Awards for Excellence in Automotive Journalism

About Dean Batchelor | Award Categories | Award Winners

Established by the Motor Press Guild in 1995, the Dean Batchelor Award recognizes excellence in automotive journalism as exemplified by the man it is named after–Dean Batchelor. It is the goal of the Motor Press Guild, through the Dean Batchelor Award program, to inspire automotive journalists, both present and future, to produce work of the highest professional caliber, and to acknowledge those who exemplify the exceptional standards of Dean Batchelor. The award ceremony is always held in December.

The Award singles out individuals demonstrating outstanding achievement in the profession of automotive journalism. Each year MPG presents the Dean Batchelor Award to the journalist judged to have produced the single piece of work which best represents the professional standards and excellence demanded by Dean Batchelor during his life as an editor, writer, and chronicler of the automotive industry.

The Dean Batchelor Award was first presented posthumously to Dean Batchelor in 1995 for his seminal book on hot rodding, The American Hot Rod, which was published after his death in 1994.

The Man

Dean BatchelorThe career of Dean Batchelor spanned many disciplines, from aircraft builder, B-17 flyer, to race car driver and automotive journalist. He was the consummate historian, editor, racer, designer, and hot rodder. Dean’s passion for automobiles led him to editing positions at Hop Up and Road & Track magazines. In the late 1970s, Dean began writing such signal books as Ferrari: The Early Berlinettas & Competition Coupes, Ferrari: The Early Spyders & Competition Roadsters, and Ferrari: The Gran Turismo & Competition Berlinettas. He went on to produce a series of other specialty books and buyer’s guides. His last book, The American Hot Rod, was published posthumously and, in 1995, received the first Dean Batchelor Award, presented to Dean’s widow, Pat.

Whatever he was involved in, Dean did it with style and with the highest ethical and professional standards. From those who worked with and for him, Dean expected the best, and they willingly gave it, knowing he only accepted the best from himself. Of course, Dean’s best was difficult for most other people to match.

Following his death in 1994, to honor his memory and contributions to the automobile industry, the Motor Press Guild established the Dean Batchelor Award. The Award singles out persons demonstrating outstanding achievement in automotive journalism and communications. Each year the Motor Press Guild presents the Dean Batchelor Award to the journalist judged to have produced the single piece of work which best represents the professional standards and excellence epitomized by the career and life of Dean Batchelor.

The Awards

The Dean Batchelor Award recipient is selected from among the winners of the MPG Best of the Year Awards in eight journalistic disciplines:


  • MPG Best of the Year News Article
  • MPG Best of the Year Feature Article
  • MPG Best of the Year Vehicle Review


  • MPG Best of the Year Video Review
  • MPG Best of the Year Feature Video
  • MPG Best of the Year Audio Program


  • MPG Best of the Year Book


  • Bob D’Olivo Award for Photography

Entries are judged in their respective categories, with the Dean Batchelor Award recipient being chosen by a separate panel of judges from among the Best of the Year honorees.

Bob D’Olivo Award for Outstanding Photography: Bob D’Olivo was the epicenter of Petersen Publishing Company’s photo department for nearly five decades. He joined Robert E. Petersen’s growing company in the mid-’50s and shot countless Motor Trend, Hot Rod, Car Craft, and other covers over the years. He also shot many other iconic images, such as STP car owner Andy Granatelli kissing Mario Andretti in Victory Lane after Andretti won the Indy 500 in 1969.

Dean Batchelor Lifetime Achievement Award: Selected separately by the Motor Press Guild Board of Directors, is presented on a case-by-case basis to individuals for outstanding contributions to the automotive communications industry.

The Winners

2016 Dean Batchelor Award Winner: Preston Lerner
Preston Lerner won top honors this year for his book, Ford GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans.

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award: Jean Jennings

  • 2016 Best Feature Video of the Year: Sam Mercer, Lauren Scott, Iñigo Oleaga, John Stein and Jesse Alexander
    Inside the Archives of Jesse Alexander
  • 2016 Best Video Vehicle Review of the Year: Yellow B Films, Jabari Jones
    2016 Toyota RAV4: 5 Reasons to Buy” –

2016 Best Photo of the Year: Camden Thrasher
“Back Story” – Porsche Panorama [view photo]

2015 Dean Batchelor Award Winner: Micah Muzio & COTU Media
2015 Polaris Slingshot Review” –

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award: Doug Stokes

  • 2015 Best Audio Program of the Year: Charlie Vogelheim and Shawn Meyers
    “#35: The Best and Worst ‘Cars and Coffee’ Ever” [click to find podcast on iTunes] – Motor Trend Audio
  • 2015 Best Feature Video of the Year: Adam Carolla (Director/Producer), Nate Adams (Producer/Additional Direction), Mike August (Producer), Matt D’Andria (Executive Producer), Norm Pattiz (Executive Producer)
    Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman – Sontalia, Mollette
  • 2015 Best Video Vehicle Review of the Year: Micah Muzio and COTU Productions
    2015 Polaris Slingshot Review” –

2015 Best Photo of the Year: Dale Kistemaker
“24+30” – Porsche Panorama [view pdf]

2014 Dean Batchelor Award Winner: Preston Lerner
Preston Lerner wins for his article, “Bull’s-Eye: A Conversation with Chip Ganassi” in Automobile magazine.

2014 Lifetime Achievement Award: Ken Gross

2014 MPG Best of the Year Winners 

  • Article: Preston Lerner
    “Bull’s-Eye: A Conversation with Chip Ganassi”, Automobile magazine (read here)
  • Book: Art Garner
    “Black Noon”
  • Podcast: Charlie Vogelheim & Shawn Myers
    “Motor Trend Audio”, Episode 11: Bob Kelley (listen here)
  • Best Video of the Year (under 30 minutes):  Micah Muzio & Michael DeLano
    “KBB Attends Stunt Driving School”, Kelley Blue Book (watch here)
  • Bob D’Olivo Award for Outstanding Photography: Jeff Zwart
    “Back Story”, Porsche Panorama

2013 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Peter Brock wins for his book, “Corvette Sting Ray: Genesis of an American Icon”

2013 MPG Best of the Year Winners 

  • Book: Peter Brock, “Corvette: Genesis of an American Icon”
  • Article: Robert Cumberford, “GM’s Road Not Taken,” published in Automobile magazine
  • Audio/Visual: Harold Osmer and Harry Pallenberg for their documentary film, “Where They Raced: Speed Demons in the City of Angels”
  • Photograph: Bob Chapman, “Time’s Up,” published in Porsche Panorama magazine

2012 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Karl Ludvigsen for his book,”Porsche: Origin of the Species,” Bentley Publishers

2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
Road & Track Editor Emeritus Thomas L Bryant

2012 MPG Best of the Year Winners

  • Book: Karl Ludvigsen,”Porsche: Origin of the Species,” Bentley Publishers
  • Article: Greg Sharp, “The World’s Fastest Hot Rod,” The Rodder’s Journal, Spring 2012
  • Audio/Visual: Micah Muzio and Michael DeLano, “KBB Races a Mazda Miata,” Kelley Blue Book –, February 22, 2012

2011 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Asif Kapadia & Manish Pandey, “Senna,” August 12, 2011

2011 Lifetime Achievement Award
Brock Yates, longtime executive editor of Car and Driver and screenwriter of The Cannonball Run

2011 MPG Best of the Year Winners

  • Book: Janos Wimpffen, Elva, the Cars, the People, the History, David Bull Publishing
  • Article: (print or online) Tom Stahler, “Questor Grand Prix,” Vintage Motorsport, July/August 2011 
  • Audio/Visual: Asif Kapadia & Manish Pandey, “Senna,” August 12, 2011
  • Photograph: Reinhard Klein, “Everybody’s a Photographer,” Road & Track Magazine, September 2011

2010 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Pete Lyons for his book, “Can-Am Cars in Detail,” David Bull Publishing

2010 Lifetime Achievement Award
John Clinard, Western Regional Manger, Ford Communications

2010 MPG Best of the Year Winners

  • Book: Pete Lyons, “Can-Am Cars in Detail,” David Bull Publishing
  • Article: (print or online) Arthur St. Antoine, “Man in Space,” Motor Trend Magazine, January 2010
  • Audio/Visual: Micah Muzio & Michael DeLano, “2010 Ford F-150 Raptor: On Land, Through Water, in the Air”;, April 14, 2010
  • Photograph: Alison (Al) Merion-Padron, The Face of Drifting;, March 12, 2010

2009 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Keith Cossrow and Bennett Viseltear for the video, “Truth in 24,” March 2009

2009 MPG Best of the Year Winners

  • Book: Carlos Jalife-Villalon, “The Brothers Rodriguez,” David Bull Publishing
  • Article: (print or online) Preston Lerner, “The Joy of Slow,” Automobile Magazine, March 2009
  • Audio/Visual: Keith Cossrow and Bennett Viseltear, “Truth in 24,” March 2009
  • Photograph: Alison Merion, “Drifting,”, August 30, 2009

2008 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Peter Egan for “Hank’s Last Drive,” April & May 2008 Road & Track. 

2008 MPG Best of the Year Winners

  • Book: David Bull, publisher, accepts on behalf of Jesse Alexander, for his book,”Portraits”
  • Article: Peter Egan holds the Dean Batchelor Award for “Hank’s Last Drive,” April & May 2008 Road & Track.
  • Audio/Visual: Glenn McLanan, “Comparison Test: 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 vs 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt,” April 30, 2008, Edmunds’
  • Photograph: Scott Jacobs, “2008 BMW M3,” March 23, 2008, Edmunds’

2007 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Bernard Cahier for “F-Stops, Pit Stops, Laughter and Tears.”

2007 Lifetime Achievement Award
Tom and Ray Magliozzi, also known as “Click and Clack,” or the “Tappet Brothers.”

Tom and Ray Magliozzi have been informing and delighting audiences on Public Radio for 30 years, most famously, for the last two decades, as Peabody Award-winning hosts of National Public Radio’s Car Talk.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi are also authors, their most recent books being, “In Our Humble Opinion” and “A Haircut in Horsetown and Other Great Car Talk Puzzlers,” published by Penguin Putnam.

2007 MPG Best of the Year Winners

  • Book: Bernard Cahier, “F-Stops, Pit Stops, Laughter and Tears,” publisher Michael Keyser
  • Article: Preston Lerner, “Fast and Spurious” January 21, 2007, West Magazine
  • Audio/Visual: Ed Justice, Jr., “Interview with Charlie Hughes” January 27, 2007, Road & Track Speed Radio
  • Photograph: Louise Ann Noeth, “Salton Sea Roadster” June 2007 Goodguys Gazette

2006 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Mark Christensen for his history of the Southern California hot rod movement as told from the viewpoint of Alex Xydias who started the So-Cal Speed Shop. Alex helped accept this honor for the book, “So-Cal Speed Shop.”

2006 MPG Best of the Year Winners

  • Book: Mark Christensen, “So-Cal Speed Shop”
  • Article: Pete Lyons, “Heroes Are Human, Too,” Vintage Racecar magazine
  • Audio/Visual: Chris Szwedo, “A Gullwing at Twilight, the Bonneville Ride of John Fitch”
  • Photograph: Stan Papior for the photos that illustrated the story, “The World’s Greatest Driving Road”

2005 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Tom Madigan is honored for the story of the Edelbrock family, Vic senior, Vic junior, their lives and their business: “Edelbrock: Made in the USA”

2005 MPG Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert E. Petersen, founder of Petersen Publishing Co. and a pioneer in the automotive enthusiast magazine industry.

Note: Matt Stone presented the 2005 award at the 2007 Dean Batchelor Award banquet to the late Robert Petersen’s wife, Margie, who graciously agreed to attend the dinner and accept the award.

2004 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Phil Hill and John Lamm

Hill, a legendary race car driver, the first American F1 World Champion, and automotive writer, and Lamm, a respected automotive photographer and writer, are recognized for their book, “Ferrari: A Champion’s View.”

2003 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Robert Genat and Don Cox. Genat, an accomplished author and photographer, and Cox, dry lakes racer and photographer are recognized for their book, “The Birth of Hot Rodding.”

2003 MPG Lifetime Achievement Award
Wally Parks, founder of the National Hot Rod Association, is honored for his years of contributions to motor sport.

2002 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Gordon Kirby. Motorsports journalist and author of five auto-racing books, is recognized for his compelling biography, “Mario Andretti: A Driving Passion.”

2001 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
John Lamm. Photographer and writer, Road & Track Editor-at-Large, for the Corvette Stingray Salon feature, Road & Track, June, 2001.

2000 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Janos Wimpffen. Automotive historian. For his book “Time and Two Seats; Five Decades of Long Distance Racing.”

2000 MPG Lifetime Achievement Award
Shav Glick.Motor racing writer, Los Angeles Times, for his extraordinary and enduring work in the field of motor racing.

1999 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Genevieve Obert. For her book “Prince Borghese’s Trail.” She is also a contributor to European Car magazine.

1998 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Michael T. Lynch. Motor racing historian and writer. William Edgar, journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker, and attorney Ron Parravano, co-authors of “American Sports Car Racing in the 1950s.”

1998 MPG Lifetime Achievement Award
Denise McCluggage. Racer, syndicated columnist, photographer, and author of “By Brooks Too Broad for Leaping,” “American Racing” (with Tom Burnside) and other titles, for her extraordinary and enduring work in automotive and motor racing journalism.

1997 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Tim Considine. Author of “American Grand Prix Racing; a Century of Drivers & Cars” and other titles, Editor-at-Large for European Car magazine, Vintage Racecar Journal, and the CompuServe Motor Racing Forum (RIS).

1997 MPG Lifetime Achievement Award
Jesse Alexander.
Author of “40 Years of Motorsports Photography” and other titles, for his extraordinary and enduring work in the field of motor racing.

1996 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Pete Lyons. For his book “CAN-AM.” He has written other titles, and is a contributing author to AutoWeek, Car and Driver, Vintage Motorsport, Formula, Autosport, Cycle, Cycle World and Road & Track magazines.

1996 MPG Lifetime Achievement Award
Chris Economaki. Editor and publisher of National Speed Sport News for his pioneering work in the field of motorsports broadcasting.

1995 Dean Batchelor Award Winner
Dean Batchelor. For his book, “The American Hot Rod.”

The first Dean Batchelor Award, created in honor of the man for which it is named, was posthumously awarded.