PLYMOUTH, MI, July 31, 2016 / – Considered by many to be "The Dean" of Motor City Auto Writers, industry veteran Tony Swan was honored this morning with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC). The award was presented as part of a ceremony held at the Concours d'Elegance of America, at the Inn at St. John's, in Plymouth, Michigan.
The IAMC Lifetime Achievement Award is a peer-driven honor given to individuals who have demonstrated excellence, and lived with integrity. Their career serves as an example to those who might follow.
This individual has made a substantial contribution to the craft for a period of 25 or more years. The Award is determined with help from a large number of the automotive media; working in a variety of disciplines. A nominating panel develops a ballot of qualified names, which are then voted upon.
As the 16th recipient of the award, Tony Swan joins an exclusive group of the industry's top journalists. Past recipients of the award are: Jesse Alexander, Peter Brock, David E. Davis, John H. Davis, Jim Dunne, Chris Economaki, Jerry Flint, Ken Gross, Beverly Ray Kimes, Karl Ludvigsen, John Lamm, Pete Lyons, Leon Mandel, Denise McCluggage, and Brock Yates.
Tony's lifelong obsession with all things automotive began at the dawn of the big V8 era in the nineteen-fifties. While learning how to drive in his family's battle-weary 1948 Dodge, he was well and truly bitten by the "car bug."
After serving in the military and attending the University of Minnesota, Tony began his automotive journalism career covering motorsports for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, before spending several decades writing for most of the auto industry's top publications, including: AutoWeek (then known asCompetition Press), Motor Trend, Cycle World, Popular Mechanics, and Car and Driver. He is also the former Detroit Free Press auto critic, has an extensive list of freelance credits, and has won several writing awards, including the Ken Purdy Award.
When not at his keyboard writing, Tony has been an active competitor in multiple motorsports series, with three Sports Car Club of America regional championships, and participation in 36 24-hour races to his credit. Tony also serves as a judge at numerous car shows, including the Concours at Boca Raton, Pinehurst and St. John's.
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