Awards

SOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE HISTORIANS AWARDS

Each year, the Society recognizes significant contributions to the publishing, documentation, and preservation of the worldwide history of the motor vehicle.  Awards are given for publishing in print (books, articles and magazines) and non-print media (film, video, audio, websites, etc.).

In addition, awards are made for papers authored by undergraduate and graduate-level students at educational institutions. Service awards are presented for the preservation of archives and for exemplary service to the cause of automotive history. Nominations are received in the spring of each year and awards are presented at the Society’s annual meeting, held during October. 

RECIPIENTS OF PAST AWARDS

For the history of the recipients of each award, compiled and maintained by Louis Fourie, click the “HERE” link at the bottom of each award category.

2022 SAH AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT

Nominations for the 2022 SAH Awards are now being accepted. Please note that the SAH has established a new protocol – nominations for all SAH awards are to be submitted to the single email address sahawards@gmail.com

All nominations – with the exception of the Cugnot LOE and the Scharchburg Awards – are due April 15, 2022. Nominations for the Cugnot LOE and Scharchburg Student Paper Award are due June 15, 2022.

SAH membership is not a requirement to submit a nomination; nominations will be accepted from members and non-members alike.

Nomination emails must include:

  • Award category
  • Who or what is being nominated
  • Individual making the nomination
  • One or two lines outlining reasons for the nomination

 

NICOLAS-JOSEPH CUGNOT AWARD, ENGLISH

The Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Award, English will be awarded to one or more books, published in calendar year 2021, that best advance the understanding of the history of the automobile in the English language. Consideration will be given to traditional automotive histories – books focused on cars, automakers, individuals and events – as well as social histories of the automobile, which examine the effect of the automobile on society, culture, and everyday life.

Nominations should be emailed to sahawards@gmail.com by April 15, 2022. Upon notice that the nomination is accepted, books should be forwarded to the Cugnot Award, English Award Panel Chair, Ed Garten.

Questions regarding the Cugnot Award, English should be directed to Ed Garten.

For further information and a list of the recipients of the Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Award, English, click HERE

 

NICOLAS-JOSEPH CUGNOT AWARD, LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH (LOE)

The Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Award, Non-English will be awarded to one or more books, published in calendar year 2021, which best advances the understanding of the history of the automobile in a language other than English. Consideration will be given to traditional automotive histories – books focused on cars, automakers, individuals and events – as well as social histories of the automobile which examine the effect of the automobile on society, culture, and everyday life. (Nominations of books previously published in English, or currently published in English and another language, should be directed to the Cugnot Award Panel, rather than the Cugnot LOE Award Panel.)

Nominations should be emailed to sahawards@gmail.com by June 15, 2022. Upon notice that the nomination is accepted, books should be forwarded to the Cugnot Award, LOE Award Panel Chair, Arthur Jones

Questions regarding the Cugnot Award, LOE should be directed to Arthur Jones.

For further information and a list of the recipients of the Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Award, Language Other Than English, click HERE

 

CARL BENZ AWARD

The Carl Benz Award recognizes excellence in the presentation of automotive history as an article in a periodical. Articles in commercial, club and academic periodicals can be nominated. An author or publisher is welcome to nominate his or her own article(s) in their respective periodical.

The article must have appeared in a publication with an on-sale date within calendar year 2021. Multi-part articles with installments appearing with both 2020 and 2021 on-sale dates are also eligible. Multi-part articles with installments appearing with both 2021 and 2022 on-sale dates must wait until the following year for nomination, but all installments would be eligible at that time.

Nominations should be emailed to sahawards@gmail.comby April 15, 2022. Please include the name of the publication, the volume/date in which the article appeared, and the page numbers. Upon notice that the nomination is accepted, digital copies of the article(s) should be forwarded to the Benz Award Panel Chair, Don Keefe.

Questions regarding the Benz Award should be directed to Don Keefe.

For further information and a list of the recipients of the Carl Benz Award, click HERE

 

RICHARD AND GRACE BRIGHAM AWARD

The Richard and Grace Brigham Award is presented to the commercial, institutional or club automotive history periodical that represents the most exemplary editorial, graphic or historical content published in calendar year 2021. Periodicals with an online-only presence can also be nominated. Award evaluations are based on issues for the entire calendar year, rather than a single issue. (Nominations for a single article should be directed to the Carl Benz Award Panel, rather than the Brigham Award Panel.)

Nominations should be emailed to sahawards@gmail.com by April 15, 2022. Upon notice that the nomination is accepted, materials should be forwarded to the Award Panel Chair, Andy Beckman

Questions regarding the Brigham Award should be directed to Andrew Beckman.

For further Information and a list of the recipients of the Richard and Grace Bringham Award, click HERE

 

E.P. INGERSOLL AWARD

The E. P. Ingersoll Award is given for the best presentation of automotive history in media other than print. Video documentaries, oral histories and sound recordings, podcasts, websites, blogs, social media, cell phone and tablet apps, computer software and art are eligible for consideration. (Nominations for online-only periodicals should be directed to the Brigham Award Panel rather than the Ingersoll Award Panel.)

Nominations should be emailed to sahawards@gmail.com by April 15, 2022. Upon notice that the nomination is accepted, materials should be forwarded to the E.P Ingersoll Award Panel Chair, Steven Wilson

Questions regarding the Ingersoll Award should be directed to Steve Wilson.

For further information and a list of the recipients of the E. P. Ingersoll Award, click HERE

 

JAMES J. BRADLEY DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

The James J. Bradley Distinguished Service Award is presented by The Society of Automotive Historians to museums, archives, and libraries for exemplary efforts in preserving motor vehicle resource materials.

Nominations should be emailed to sahawards@gmail.com by April 15, 2022.

Questions regarding the Bradley Award should be directed to the Award Panel Chair, Ed Garten

For further Information and a list of the recipients of the James J. Bradley Distinguished Service Award, click HERE

 

FRIEND OF AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY

The prestigious Friend of Automotive History award recognizes an individual who has made a profound individual contribution to the automotive history community and the historical record. The Award Panel is under no obligation to select a Friend of Automotive History award each year.

Nominations should be emailed to sahawards@gmail.com by April 15, 2022.

Questions regarding the Friend of Automotive History Award should be directed to the Award Panel Chair, Andy Beckman

For further information and a list of the recipients of the Friend of Automotive History Award, click HERE

 

RICHARD P. SCHARCHBURG  STUDENT PAPER AWARD

In order to encourage research and writing effort among university students in the area of automotive history, the Society confers its annual award for the best student paper in the auto history field.  The award is named for Richard Scharchburg, the late Professor of History at Kettering University, eminent automotive historian, and past vice president of the Society of Automotive Historians. Beginning in 2021, the SAH is offering separate awards for best student paper in both the undergraduate and graduate categories. Persons submitting papers must be enrolled at educational institutions (upper-class undergraduate or graduate level) at the time of submission.  This competition is international in scope, but papers must be in the English language.  Papers already published or scheduled for publication will not be accepted.

Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words, and should be double-spaced.  An abstract is requested.  Judging criteria include clear statement of purpose and testable hypothesis, accuracy and thoroughness of research, originality of the research, documentation, quality and extent of bibliographic resources, and writing style.  Diagrams, graphs, or photographs may be included.  Submissions are to be electronic, in Word 1997-2003 format or pdf files only, to the e-mail address below.

Possible subjects include but are not limited to historical aspects of automobile companies and their leaders, regulation of the auto industry, financial and economic aspects of the industry, the social effects of the automobile, highway development, environmental matters, and automotive marketing, design, engineering and safety.

A cover letter should be included stating the student’s address, school, program, advisor, and stage in studies.  The student should indicate how the paper submitted will relate to his or her professional future. All papers submitted will be acknowledged.

Upon recommendation of the judges, the winning paper will be considered for publication in the Society’s Automotive History Review. The award consists of a plaque and a cash prize of $500.00.

Nominations should be emailed to sahawards@gmail.com by June 15, 2022. Upon notice that the nomination is accepted, materials should be forwarded to the Scharchburg Student Paper Award Panel Chair, John Mohr

Questions regarding the Scharchburg Student Paper Award should be directed to John Mohr.

For further information and a list of the recipients of the Richard P. Scharchburg Student Paper Award, click HERE