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SAE International Book on U.S. Auto History Earns Third Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 11, 2006 - The SAE International publication "Pioneers, Engineers, and Scoundrels" by Beverly Rae Kimes has earned the triple crown for automotive history books.

The Society of Automotive Historians (SAH) recently presented the publication with the Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Award for best book of the year. This marked the third award received by the book since it was published for SAE International's 100th anniversary in 2005.

In February 2006, "Pioneers, Engineers, and Scoundrels" was honored by the Antique Automobile Club of America with the Thomas McKean Memorial Cup for representing the year's most important original research in automobile history.

The publication was also named "Best of Books" at the International Automotive Media Awards in November 2005, where Kimes was selected to receive the Recognition of Lifetime Achievement.

"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.

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 SAH, and has served as executive editor of the Classic Car Club of America since 1981. Six of her books, including "Pioneers, Engineers, and Scoundrels," have won the SAH Cugnot Award, and she has received the SAH Benz Award for best article of the year four times.>