IAMC Awards Green Car Journal

Green Car Journal, another leading alternative fuel auto industry trade publication, with a hefty subscription rate of $395 a year, received eight awards, including Best of Division, at the 1999 IAMC conference held November 1, 1999 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2000 the conference will be held Oct. 29-30 at the Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Center.

"The recognition of our work at Green Car Journal by the leading automotive industry media conference overwhelmed me," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher, while speaking at the North American Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Conference. "It was heartening to see this kind of attention devoted to an effort that focuses exclusively on environmental issues within the auto industry."

After writing for major auto magazines, including Motor Trend, for 18 years, Cogan started publishing Green Car Journal in 1992.

Green Car Journal received first place awards in the Road Test, Introduction to New Models, and News categories in the newsletter division. IAMC Medallions of Excellence also were awarded to the Green Car Journal for Best Single Issue, Feature Article, Environmental/Regulatory and Editorial.

In addition, the Green Car Group was recognized for its Alternative Fuel Vehicle Reference Guide CD-ROM produced for General Motors Advanced Technology Vehicles Division; its Rush Hauer natural gas vehicle talk radio cassette promotion of Volvo Cars North America; and its Clean Fuel Vehicles special section produced for Motor Trend magazine.

Contact: Tom Fulks, 
Green Car Group, 

Motos and More-1999
International Automotive Media
Awards Announced

The prestigious International Automotive Media Awards were presented at the Buick- and SEMA- sponsored banquet, held at the Las Vegas Hilton in conjunction with the SEMA Show. The annual awards recognize the best in all forms of automotive media: magazines, newspapers, video, television, radio, newsletters, public relations, books, photography, art and design.

“The IAMC’s purpose is to provide a forum to recognize excellence in automotive media, encourage enhancement of proficiency in members of the media, and gain public recognition of the important contributions the automotive media make as part of the greater automotive segment of society which fuels our economy and lifestyle,” explained Walter R Haessner, executive director.

Charles R. Blum, president of SEMA, opened the evening with a welcome to all and invitation to attend SEMA’s press day activities commencing the following morning. After reception and dinner, a dual-screen multimedia presentation by keynote speaker Michael E. Doble, manager of specialty vehicles for Buick Motor Division, offered graphic views of what’s on the table for the near future, as well as a visual ‘ride’ through Buick’s design history.

David E. Davis, Jr., editor/publications director, Automobile Magazine, and 1998 recipient, then regaled the audience with his not-always reverential introduction to and announcement of Leon Mandel, vice president/publisher of AutoWeek, as the 1999 recipient of the Recognition of Lifetime Achievement.

Mr. Mandel accepted the award to a standing ovation from the crowd of over 180 members of the automotive world, including Keith Crain of Crain Communications, owner of AutoWeek magazine. Leon Mandel’s acceptance offered a glimpse into his past as car salesman, writer, author and publisher, and a comment or two aimed at Mr. Davis, concluding with a heartfelt thank you to his peers for the IAMC recognition.

McKeel Hagerty announced and personally presented the Landmark Awards for enduring works created 20 or more years ago, sponsored by Hagerty Classic Insurance. Announcement and presentation of Moto Awards®, sponsored by the Imperial Palace Antique & Classic Auto Collection, and IAMA Silver and Bronze Medallions, followed. These awards correspond to first, second and third place. Judging is by peers, to a standard, which sometimes works out to more than one Moto in a category, or none, based on points.

Nine of a possible 10 Best of Divisions and Best of Conference were awarded. Best of Divisions are chosen from the highest point Moto Awards®, and Best of Conference from the Best of Divisions. All “Best of” awards are sponsored by the International Society for Vehicle Preservation (ISVP).

The ninth International Automotive Media Conference and Awards (IAMC/IAMA), held for the first time as a prelude to the world renowned SEMA Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center, part of Aftermarket Automotive Industry Week, was well received by all. The new venue and date for IAMC produced a 31% increase in entries and almost double attendance.

A distinguished group of supporting sponsors-Buick Motor Division, Hagerty Classic Insurance, Imperial Palace Antique & Classic Auto Collection, ISVP, Lincoln, Meguiar’s Inc., Mercedes-Benz USA, Motorsports Legends, and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)-make the IAMC possible.

The IAMC, a function of ISVP, under the direction of Walter R Haessner, offers a series of seminars, culminating in the presentation of annual awards for excellence. ISVP is a 501.c.3 nonprofit educational organization. For details on the IAMC, full awards list, the 2000 schedule, entry requirements and more, see IAMC’s website at: http://www.iamc-isvp.org

Contact: Elaine Jordan, 
voice 520-622-2201
fax 520-792-8501
e-mail iamc@iamc-isvp.org

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