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24th International Automotive Media Competition

Two Outstanding Books Share Honors For Best of 2014 In 24th IAMC

PLYMOUTH, MI, July 26, 2015 / – For the first time in its 24-year history the International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC) concluded with unbreakable tie for the top honor. When the judges finished their mulling, deliberating and chin-tugging, the Best of 2014 Award was shared by two exemplary, yet diverse works of automotive journalism:


"Jeep 4.0 Engines, How to Rebuild and Modify”

Larry Shepard | Car Tech


“Ferrari Hypercars”

Winston Goodfellow | Motorbooks



The Judging Process

The thorough and long-refined IAMC judging process did not result in this history-making tie without extensive consideration and review. In the initial judging phase, all entries are objectively judged against a standard scale with a maximum of 100 points accumulated across multiple scoring criteria.

Only those entries that earn a Gold Medallion level score of 98 or above are considered for Best of Division honors. The highest scoring of these entries are fully scrutinized -- for depth of enterprise, storytelling cadence and visual expressivity with emphasis on originality and delivery to readers, viewers or listeners -- to determine the Best of Division recipient.

From the divisional winners comes the most arduous award to bestow: Best of the Year. Here, objectivity does mighty battle with subjectivity as several judges weigh-in with observations. The chosen overall winner must clearly exhibit an enduring distinction for automotive journalism. A work that is a standard for others to strive for in their chosen fields.

The Selection Details

To offer a sense of how strongly the two Best of 2014 entries were perceived by the judges, we asked them to provide commentary after their second round of judging. As noted below, both judges held both entries in equally high regard:


The “Ferrari Hypercars” judge comments for “Jeep 4.0 Engines”
“One of the great things about the IAMC awards is the tremendous variety of topics presented, reflecting the diversity of the automotive world. Excellence can be found in any medium, on any topic. This book is an example of that.

As a hands-on enthusiast, I began reading technical publications in the 1960s. I have used manuals to work on a variety of engines from Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. It was not uncommon to find “holes” in the instruction that left me to figure things out for myself. In welcome contrast, Larry Shepard’s Jeep manual covers EVERYTHING in step-by-step instructions supplemented by comprehensive photos, charts and illustrations.

In addition to the engine rebuild itself, Larry provides clear instruction in how to use specialized tools. It is so comprehensive; anyone could tackle his or her Jeep engine rebuild with confidence. This book is a good primer for anyone to read before wrenching into any engine, just to learn the basics and tricks of the discipline. Larry clearly invested hundreds of hours in this book, and that combined with his years of experience makes it among the best of its kind.”


The “Jeep 4.0 Engines” judge comments for “Ferrari Hypercars”
“In addition to first rate production values and a wealth of original, never-before-seen photos, the Ferrari book also impresses with the author's endless depth of knowledge about rare details, interesting new facts and anecdotes that illuminated the Ferrari story in greater detail. I particularly liked the brief sidebars accompanied by photos that explain little known stories and deviations from standard Ferrari practice. By unearthing and relating these small details about rare production options, cancellations and unique customer requirements, the author has revealed a customer oriented manufacturer with a surprising dedication to merging the Ferrari standard with customer desires.

Then there is the epilogue in which the author describes the amazing shift in the Ferrari driving experience over the years. He details the driver-oriented beginnings where the driver was master of the car, having to feel and listen to the inputs and then command the car to do his bidding. The NVH were tuned characteristics that were completely different for each Ferrari and consequently gave each model a unique and rare personality.

Like most technologically advanced vehicles modern Ferrari's feature active elements that literally drive the car for you. They are so competent that the driver is almost relegated to a passenger role with far less input. One has to think that merging the two is a worthy challenge to the Ferrari namesake, thus returning the long revered driving sensations that characterize each car while still providing superior performance and allowing the driver to feel that he is a part of it.

This keen perception on the author’s part resonated with me so strongly that I believe it should have been a prologue. That would allow the reader to more closely follow the inevitable transition as they progress through the book.

That said, I find no fault with this book and believe it worthy of the highest honors.”

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International Automotive Media Competition Winners Announced

PLYMOUTH, MI, July 26, 2015 / – Awards for the 24th International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC) were announced this morning during a ceremony held at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s.

The IAMC program recognizes and encourages excellence in all forms of automotive media. From works published, aired, or broadcast January 1 - December 31, 2014, judges deemed 99 entries worthy of special distinction, with 33 receiving Gold Medallion awards, 31 receiving Silver Medallions, and 35 receiving Bronze Medallions.

Judging is by peers, to a standard; entries may earn up to 100 points. The Medallion Awards -- Bronze (85-91 points), Silver (92-96 points) and Gold (97-100 points) -- are presented for those works so qualified. From among the highest-scoring (98-100 points) Gold Medallion winners are chosen the Best of Divisions, with Best of 2014 being chosen from the Best of Division awardees.

Unlike Medallion Awards, the Best of Divisions and Best of the Year awards are a competition against other award-winners. If no entry in a category meets the minimum standards, no award will be made in that category. Entries are judged by Category within their Division.

IAMC Award-Winning Entries for 2014:

Best of 2014 & Best of Book Writing - Tie

Winston Goodfellow | “Ferrari Hypercars” | Motorbooks

Larry Shepard | “Jeep 4.0 Engines: How to Rebuild and Modify” | CarTech

Best of Magazine Writing

Andrew Atwood | "Structural Metal Work In Restorations" | Star Magazine - MBCA

Best of Magazine Graphics

Debbie Butera | “Edition #1 Cover Design” | Viper Quarterly

Best of Newsletters

Colby Martin | "Driving Force - Summer 2014 Issue" | SEMA

Best of Newspapers

Matt Avery | “Classic Recollections” | Daily Herald

Best of Radio

Mark Reddig | “The Man With The Last Marmon” | Land Line Now

Complete List: 2014 Bronze, Silver & Gold Medallion Winners

Click here for list of medallion winning entries, including links to many of the print submissions.

2014 Judging Panel: John Baechtel, Scott Brown, Joe Cabadas, John Clinard, Mike Cook, Matt Delorenzo, Michael Furman, Ken Gross, Hib Halverson, Robert Hellmuth, Dan Kincaid, Tracy Lehr, Pete Lyons, Norman Mayersohn, Jerry Miller, Bob Ohnstad, Chris Poole, Mark Stehrenberger, Jim Taylor, Rick Titus, Oscar Will and Gary Witzenburg.

The IAMC™ is administered, produced by and is a property of The International Society for VEHICLE Preservation, ©2014 all rights reserved. ISVP™ is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) educational organization.

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International Automotive Media Competition - Background

The International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC), is a program to recognize and encourage excellence in all forms of automotive media. The IAMC™ is administered, produced by and is a property of The International Society for Vehicle Preservation, ©2016 all rights reserved. ISVP™ is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) educational organization. IAMC and the International Automotive Media Awards (IAMA) are the property of ISVP™.From 1984 to 1988, the National Automotive Journalism Association (predecessor to IAMC) conducted workshops and hosted Awards Ceremonies at Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On hiatus until 1996, the competition returned as the International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC) , still held at the Imperial Palace. Moving to the SEMA Show in 1999 and then to New York in 2002. Noting that only little more than 30% of award winners collected their honors in person, it was decided that no ceremony would be held in 2006 and awards were shipped direct to honorees.

In 2007, the IAMC combined with North American Concept Vehicle of the Year (NACVOTY) and both ceremonies were held at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan. No IAMC ceremony was held in 2012, or 2013. It was 2014 when the IAMC administration passed to Tom Kelley. The ceremony was held again with NACVOTY at the Vinsetta Garage Restaurant in Berkley, Michigan. For 2015, the IAMC and NACVOTY moved to the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.



North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards

Contact: Tom Kelley
704-599-0570 (Eastern Time)

  • Ford GT Takes Top North American Concept Vehicle Award - Release
  • North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards Background - Release
  • 2015 Concept Vehicle Awards Candidate List & Image Links - Link
  • Concept Vehicle Awards Jury - Link

Ford GT Takes Top Honors In 14th North American Concept Vehicle Awards

PLYMOUTH, MI, July 26, 2015 / – The winners of the fourteenth annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards were announced this morning during a ceremony held at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s.

The awards recognize those vehicles most likely to shape the future of the automobile industry. More than two dozen jurors participated in a selection process that involved a total of 30 vehicles, each introduced to North America during this season's auto shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, and New York.

The Production Preview Concept category is for those vehicle prototypes that are the basis for a model that has already been announced or planned for production. The finalists in this category included the Aston Martin Vulcan, the Buick Avenir, and the Ford GT.

Marking the brand's 20th time as a category finalist, and fifth time as a category winner, Ford takes the honor of 2015 Production Preview Concept of the Year with its racing-bred Ford GT. "The Ford GT is already one of the all-time great designs, with styling that is simultaneously breathtaking and aerodynamically functional," said juror Dan Carney. "A car for the ages."

The Concept Car category recognizes passenger-centric, long-range prototypes designed to measure market reaction to future features and models. The finalists in this category were the Audi Prologue, the Mercedes Benz F 015, and the MINI Superleggera.

Earning its fifth spot as a category finalist, and marking the brand's first visit to the awards podium, Mercedes takes the 2015 Concept Car of the Year award with its F 015 Concept. "The Mercedes-Benz F 015 goes far beyond an interesting redesign -- it takes the definition of transportation to a whole new arena," said juror Bill Schaffer. "That's what a concept car should do."

The Concept Truck category recognizes those concepts where cargo carrying is a significant design consideration. The finalists in this category were the Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Kia Trail'Ster, and the Mitsubishi GC-PHEV.

Bringing the brand's fourth category finalist spot, and third honor as a category winner, the Hyundai Santa Cruz earns the 2015 Concept Truck of the Year award. "This (the Santa Cruz) is what the light-truck category needs," said juror Gary Vasilash, "loads of style for people without big loads."

From amongst the winners in the Concept Car, Concept Truck and Production Preview Concept categories, the Ford GT posted the highest overall score to earn the top award as Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2015. This award marks Ford's second time earning the top award in the competition; the brand's first top honor was for the Reflex Concept in 2006.

For more details on the Concept Awards, the full 2015 candidate list, and the selection jury, please visit https://automediaregistry.org/presskit/#NACVOTY on the web.

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North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Award - Background

Founded in 2002, the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards recognize those concept vehicles that have made the strongest impact in terms of automotive design, engineering and market responsiveness. Professional automotive journalists from throughout North America, representing dozens of outlets in virtually every media segment serve as volunteer jurors to select the award winners.

The awards are given to the best Production Preview Vehicle, Concept Car, Concept Truck, and Most Significant Concept Vehicle of each auto show season. To be eligible for the awards, a concept vehicle must make its North American debut during the current model year’s auto show season.

With the exception of those vehicles in the Production Preview category, qualified nominees must represent an advanced design and/or engineering concept, rather than being a show version of a current production model. Again, with the exception of the Production Preview category, the concept vehicles must not be intended for imminent production.

The Production Preview category recognizes those vehicles based on a model that has already been planned for production. The Concept Car segment is for those vehicles primarily intended for carrying passengers. The Concept Truck segment is for those vehicles where the user-configurable cargo volume and weight capacity are among the vehicle's primary attributes.

From among the winning vehicles in these categories, the vehicle with the highest total score is named the Most Significant Concept Vehicle of the Year.

These awards are unique in that they are judged by a diverse panel of automotive journalists from throughout North America, and considered in the specific context of the North American market. By extending the review to the whole package – design, style, materials, technology, market viability and market responsiveness – and concentrating the focus on the market that the jurors know best, the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards provide truly valuable feedback to help shape the future of the automotive industry.

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