Finalist List: 2017 MPG Awards

MPG is pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s 2017 MPG Awards.

The winners in each category will be awarded at the MPG Awards ceremony in February 2018 at the Petersen Automotive Museum. (Get more information on the MPG Awards Dinner here.)

This annual celebration of excellence is intended to inspire automotive journalists, both present and future, to produce work of the highest professional caliber in eight specific categories including feature articles, news stories, vehicle reviews (in both print and video format), books, audio programs, video features, and photography.

From among the winners of these categories, MPG will present the Dean Batchelor Award and a $500 prize 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. 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. (Learn more about the Motor Press Guild Awards here at


Best of the Year: Articles

MPG Best of the Year: News Article

  • “Secret ‘Project Portal’ Toyota Venture Launches Hydrogen Fuel Cell Heavy-Duty Truck” by John O’Dell for
  • “Canadian Dealers Export Thousands of Pickup Trucks to US in Currency Arbitrage” by Jerry Hirsch for
  • “Soaring Insurance Rates Stymie New Independent Truckers” by Michelle Rafter for



MPG Best of the Year: Feature Article

  • “1000 Ways to Fail: How a Pair of Porsche 911s Took On the Grueling Baja Mexican 1000” by Randy Wells for Panorama
  • “Wheel Woman: Sera Trimble’s Rise to the Top of the Stunt Driving Ranks” by Basem Wasef for Automobile Magazine
  • “Casualties on the Home Front: Japanese-American Hot-Rodders and Executive Order 9066” by Norman Mayersohn for Autoweek



MPG Best of the Year: Vehicle Review

  • “2018 Honda Odyssey First Review: The Best Family Car in the World” by Jason Allan for Kelley Blue Book
  • “Review: John Deere 9570RX Scraper Tractor” by Ryan ZumMallen for
  • “2017 Ford GT” by Basem Wasef for Wired Magazine



Best of the Year: Books

  • “Can-Am 50th Anniversary Flat Out With North America‘s Greatest Race Series” by George Levy
  • “Isky: Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding” by Matt Stone
  • “Stilo Transatlantico: A Romance of Fins and Chrome” by Donald Osborne



Best of the Year: Audio/Video


MPG Best of the Year: Audio Program/Podcast

  • “Giuliano Zuccato, Clay Sculptor – 1964 Mustang” by Carm Capriotto
  • “Is Driving Therapy? Cars for Skateboarders, A New Enthusiast” by Todd Deeken, Paul Schmucker



MPG Best of the Year: Video Review

  • “5 Reasons to buy a Ford F-150” by Jabari Jones, Bong Hung, Brian Moody
  • “Ford 150 Raptor” by Micah Muzio and COTU Media
  • “Alfa Giulia QV challenges BMW M3 on Amazing Road” by Todd Deeken, Paul Schmucker
  • “2017 Nissan Armada: Real World Review” by Brian Moody, Flynnside Out Productions
  • “2018 Honda Odyssey vs. 2017 Chrysler Pacifica” by Tara Trompeter, Brian Moody, Flynnside Out Productions



MPG Best of the Year: Feature Video

  • “McLaren” by Roger Donaldson
  • “1000 Ways To Fail” by Randy Wells
  • “The 24 Hour War” by Nate Adams, Adam Carolla



Bob D’Olivo Award for Photography

  • “Sunrise at Nurburgring” by Lisa Linke for European Car Magazine
  • “Monster in the Woods” by Camden Trasher
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