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Motor Press Guild Announces Best of Auto Journalism Awards Nominations

Monday, May 22, 2023 10:00 AM | Michelle Suzuki (Administrator)

National program honors writers, photographers, videographers, and social media producers

May 22, 2023 — The Motor Press Guild, the nation’s largest association of automotive journalists and public relations professionals, is proud to announce the nominations for its Best of Automotive Journalism Awards. The national program, which is designed to promote the highest caliber work in the automotive sphere, solicits entries of the highest quality from across the country. 

“Recognizing and rewarding topnotch work shines a light on our profession,” Jack R. Nerad, President of the Motor Press Guild, said. “In this era, the quality of our work, not just the quantity, deserves to be celebrated. Our long-running awards program does just that.”

The MPG Best of Automotive Journalism Awards program includes books, articles, photographs, audio-visual works, and social media content. Each year the highest achievement in auto journalism from among all the nominees is honored with the Dean Batchelor Award, an award named after one of the nation’s leading lights in auto journalism.

The following is a list of the writers, photographers, and other content creators and their work that has been nominated for the 2022 awards. In order to qualify, an article, video, book, or photograph must have been published for the first time in calendar-year 2022.

Bob D’Olivo Award for Photography Nominations

Randy Wells, Cover of September 2022 issue of Porsche Panorama

Randy Wells, “The Last Porsche 911 ST Race Car”

Evan Klein, “Everyday RSK”

Evan Klein, Cover of April 2022 issue of Porsche Panorama

Nick Berard, “Pedigreed”

Christina Brinkerhoff, Cover of March 2022 issue of Porsche Panorama

Michael Alan Ross, Cover of January 2022 issue of Porsche Panorama

Jan Wagner, “Mustang drifting too close to the wall”

Jan Wagner, “NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Brandon Jones walked away from this”

Best Book Award Nominations

Matt DeLorenzo, How to Buy an Affordable Electric Car: A Tightwad’s Guide to EV Ownership

Randy Lanier with A.J. Baime, Survival of the Fastest

David Dewhurst, Motocross: The Golden Era

Sylvia Wilkinson, Dirt Tracks to Glory: The Early Days of Stock Car Racing

Evan Klein and Scott Black, The Shelby 60th

Mark R. Brinker and Myron T. Vernis, A Quiet Greatness: Japan’s Most Astonishing Automobiles for the Collector & Enthusiast

Preston Lerner, Shelby American

Best Article Award Nominations

Steven Cole Smith, “How 'Drive to Survive' Helped Formula 1 Win Over America”

Basem Wasef, “2022 Ferrari 296 GTB First Drive Review: The 818-HP Hybrid V6 Doesn’t Disappoint”

Basem Wasef, “2023 McLaren Artura First Drive Review: The Second Life Of Supercars”

Basem Wasef, “2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS First Drive Review: System Of A Down(Force)

Basem Wasef, “Freezing Time: Behind the Scenes of a Moment with Two Landmark Concept Cars at Lingotto”

Basem Wasef, “Go Behind the Scenes as RM Sotheby’s Inspects a Pre-Sale McLaren F1”

Basem Wasef, “GT3 Touring: Design Language of Power”

Basem Wasef, “Everyday RSK”

Basem Wasef, “L.A. Story”

John Chuldenko, “The Road to Recovery”

Jan Wagner, “Gutsy Busch Light CLASH at the Coliseum" revs up a large new audience for NASCAR”

Jan Wagner, “Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach features six major motorsports series”

John L. Stein, “Getting my Goat”

Daniel Miller, “Dream cars and some legal fender benders”

Randy Wells, “The Rodfather - Behind the scenes with the outlaw Gary Emory”

Mitch McCullough, “Le Mans Magic”

Mitch McCullough, “Safari Survivor”

Mercedes Lilienthal, “Worlds Apart, a Friendship Built on Dirt Tracks and 50cc Engines”

Mercedes Lilienthal, “10 States, 2,400 Miles and More Than 100 Classic Cars”

Best of Audio Visual Awards Nominations

Basem Wasef and Anna Wyckoff, “Why Does She Hate the Mercedes-Benz W140?”

Dave Kunz / ABC7 Los Angeles, "Acura Integra - Flashback to the '80s"

Finalists in each of the categories will be announced on June 1. The 2022 Motor Press Guild Best of Automotive Journalism wards will be presented at MPG Drive Day 2023, June 6, at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.


The MPG Awards is a national program, and we’re soliciting works from the best outlets, large and small. We enthusiastically encourage all journalists and photographers to think about the best work that they (or a colleague) have done during 2022 and to get it in as early as possible for judging. Recognizing such work is something that encourages excellence in our chosen profession, and that helps to make what we do better understood by all.

In order to qualify, an article, video, book, or photograph must have been published for the first time in 2022. We’d like to invite you to make a submission. 

Have you written or read a great automotive news story this year? Is there a video, photograph or social media post that has turned your head, or a book that has informed you and caught your interest? 

You can submit your own work or inspire others to submit their work, whether they are MPG members or not. If you’ve discovered a colleague’s work and think it is worthy of submission, but you’re not connected to them, you can email us at info@MotorPressGuild.org, and give us the details so that we can reach out and invite them to submit.

To submit an entry access the MPG Awards entry form.

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