Annual Motor Press Guild Awards Presented At the Petersen Automotive Museum In Los Angeles
February 13, 2018 — Author Matt Stone took top honors in the Book category for “Isky: Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding” at Sunday night’s Annual Motor Press Guild Awards presented at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The 208-page book, which tells the life story of one of the household names in the automotive performance community, also earned Stone the Dean Batchelor Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism.
The 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.
The Motor Press Guild is extremely proud to recognize these deserving parties for their excellent contributions to automotive journalism. Congratulations to the following individuals who took top honors in their individual categories:
MPG Best of the Year: News Article “Canadian Dealers Export Thousands of Pickup Trucks to US in Currency Arbitrage” by Jerry Hirsch for Trucks.com
MPG Best of the Year: Feature Article “Wheel Woman: Sera Trimble’s Rise to the Top of the Stunt Driving Ranks” by Basem Wasef for Automobile Magazine
MPG Best of the Year: Vehicle Review “2017 Ford GT” by Basem Wasef for Wired Magazine
MPG Best of the Year: Books “Isky: Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding” by Matt Stone
MPG Best of the Year: Audio Program/Podcast “Giuliano Zuccato, Clay Sculptor – 1964 Mustang” by Carm Capriotto
MPG Best of the Year: Video Review “Ford F-150 Raptor” by Micah Muzio and COTU Media for Kelley Blue Book
MPG Best of the Year: Feature Video “McLaren” by Roger Donaldson
Bob D’Olivo Award for Photography “Sunrise at Nurburgring” by Lisa Linke for European Car Magazine
Dean Batchelor Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism “Isky: Ed Iskenderian and the History of Hot Rodding” by Matt Stone
(All photos by Myles Regan for the Motor Press Guild)
About the Motor Press Guild Awards
The Motor Press Guild Awards single out persons demonstrating outstanding achievement in automotive journalism and communications. Judging for each category is conducted by MPG members and non-members appointed by the Chair of the MPG Awards Committee, and a final panel of three judges, including the Chair of the MPG Awards Committee as Head Judge, selects the winner of the Dean Batchelor Award from amongst the category winners. Selected separately by the Motor Press Guild Board of Directors, the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented on a case-by-case basis to individuals for their outstanding contributions to the automotive communications industry.
About the Motor Press Guild
The Los Angeles-based Motor Press Guild (MPG) is the largest automotive media association in North America. This exclusive, non-profit organization is dedicated to upholding the highest ideals in automotive journalism and promoting education and information exchange within the motoring press. For more information, please visit www.motorpressguild.org
Brandy Schaffels, Motor Press Guild Executive Director