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SAE International Publication on U.S. Auto History Wins 'Best of Books' Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Nov. 22, 2005 - "Pioneers, Engineers, and Scoundrels," by Beverly Rae Kimes has been named Best of Books for 2005 at the 15th International Automotive Media Awards. The book was published by SAE International in time for the organization's 100th anniversary.

“Pioneers, Engineers, and Scoundrels” is a portrait of the American automobile industry's early years, focusing on the individuals who dreamed, schemed, innovated, succeeded and failed in their quests for fame, fortune, glory and knowledge.

The International Automotive Media Awards, presented recently at the Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving & Chowder Society Luncheon in New York, have 11 divisions comprised of numerous categories.

In addition, Kimes was selected to receive the Recognition of Lifetime Achievement. This award is presented to an individual who has been selected by his or her peers as contributing to the craft of automotive media for 25 years or more, breaking ground, setting standards, and otherwise being a positive example to those who follow.

Kimes, an automotive editor and author of hundreds of articles and numerous books, began her career in 1963 at “Automobile Quarterly” and is considered by many to be the most honored automobile historian in America. She is a past president of the Society of Automotive Historians, and has served as executive editor of the Classic Car Club of America since 1981. Five of her books have won the Cugnot Award of the Society of Automotive Historians for best book of the year, and she has received the Society's Benz Award for best article of the year four times.


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