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SAE International Book on U.S. Auto History Wins Second Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Feb. 15, 2006 -

The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) has presented “Pioneers, Engineers, and Scoundrels” by Beverly Rae Kimes with its Thomas McKean Memorial Cup.  This marks the second award received by the SAE International publication since it was published for the organization’s 100th anniversary in 2005.

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

The award was presented earlier this month during the AACA Annual Banquet at the Wyndham Plaza Hotel in Philadelphia, Pa.  The trophy honors the book that represents the year’s most important original research in automobile history.  It is named for Thomas McKean, AACA President from 1946-47, whose extensive collection of books, catalogues and other automotive materials formed the basis for the Automobile Reference Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia. 

In addition, the publication was named “Best of Books” at the International Automotive Media Awards in November 2005, where Kimes was selected to receive the Recognition of Lifetime Achievement.

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.