Previous Ken Purdy Award Recipients

David Hobbs Wins 2019 IMPA Ken Purdy Award

NEW YORK, NY–The International Motor Press Association said today that it is granting its 2019 Ken Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism to David Hobbs for his memoir: Hobbo.

Ken Gross and Peter Harholdt Win 2014 Ken Purdy Award

The International Motor Press Association (IMPA) named Ken Gross and Peter Harholdt winners of the 2014 Ken Purdy Award for excellence in automotive journalism for Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles, their book produced to accompany an exhibit of Art Deco-styled cars at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.

Lawrence Ulrich wins the 2013 Ken Purdy Award

Lawrence Ulrich received the 2013 Ken Purdy Award for excellence in automotive journalism at the April 15 meeting. Ulrich, chief auto critic of The New York Times, wrote “Wins & Losses” for the November 2012 edition of Automobile Magazine, a road trip in a new Corvette through America’s automotive heartland, beginning and ending in his hometown of Detroit.

Baime, Vlasic Named Ken Purdy Winners

The International Motor Press Association presented its Ken Purdy Award for excellence in automotive writing to A.J. Baime and Bill Vlasic today during the first day of media previews for the New York International Automobile Show. Baime received the 2011 honor for his tome Go like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Glory at LeMans, while Vlasic was named 2012 winner for his book Once Upon A Car: The Fall and Resurrection of America’s Big Three Auto Makers–GM, Ford and Chrysler.

Peter Egan wins 2008 Ken Purdy Award for “Hank’s Last Driver”

Peter Egan, editor-at-large for Road & Track and Cycle World magazines, is the winner of he 2008 Ken Purdy Award, presented annually by the International Motor Press Association to honor excellence in automotive journalism.

John Phillips wins 2007 Ken Purdy Award

The winner of the International Motor Press Association’s 2007lKen Purdy award is John Phillips for his article, “The Road to Remorses, The Road to Divorces”  in Car and Driver.

Kevin Clemens wins 2004 Ken Purdy Award

Kevin Clemens wins 2004 Ken Purdy Award for his collection Motor Oil for a Car Guy’s Soul.

Tony Swan wins 2003 Ken Purdy Award

Tony Swan, executive editor of Car and Driver received the 2003 Ken Purdy Award for “The 24 Hours of Dudenhofen A sparkless push for economical speed records with a unique finish” from the November 2003 edition of Car and Driver. It can be read by clicking on the headline to this item.

John Burns of The New York Times wins the 2002 Ken Purdy Award

John Burns of The New York Times received the 2002 Ken Purdy Award for the “Monaco” article, reprinted with his and The New York Times permission, from the May 12, 2002 edition of “The Sophisticated Traveler” section. It can be read by clicking on the headline to this item.