2023 Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Award

The 2023 Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Award, English, will be awarded to one or more books published in calendar year 2022 that best advance the understanding of the history of the automobile in the English language. Consideration will be given to traditional automotive histories, including those focused on vehicles, manufacturers, individuals and events, as well as social histories of the automobile that examine the effect of the automobile on society, culture, and everyday life. The Cugnot Award Panel may also, if it deems it warranted, select an additional book or books published in the calendar year 2022 for secondary recognition with an Award of Distinction. The Cugnot English and Language Other than English (LOE) awards have been given as a separate awards since 2000.

Nominations should be emailed to sahawards@gmail.com by April 15, 2023. Upon notice that an nomination is accepted, books should be forwarded to the Cugnot Award, English, Panel Chair Ed Garten.

Any book submitted for Cugnot Award consideration becomes the property of the SAH, whether the nominated book wins an award or not. After the awards are made, all nominated and awarded books are sent to Auburn, Indiana for custodial care in The Society of Automotive Historians Special Reference Collection at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum (ACDAM). This collection is available for onsite use by SAH members, ACDAM members and ACDAM visitors, following reading room protocols established by the ACDAM. A Memorandum of Understanding is in place, between the SAH and the ACDAM, detailing their relationship and the custodial care of the SAH book collection.

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

Previous Award Winners

2022

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2021

The Cellini of Chrome: The Story of George W. Walker / Ford Motor Company’s First Vice President of Design, by Henry Dominguez, published by Racemaker Press LLC

Award of Distinction: Driving While Black, African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights, by Gretchen Sorin, published by the W. W. Norton

2020

Ballot by Daniel Cabart and Gautam Sen, published by Dalton Watson Fine Books

Award of Distinction: The Doble Steam Car by Jim Crank, published by the Doble Steam Press

2019

Reid Railton: Man of Speed, by Karl Ludvigsen, published by Evro Publishing

Award of Distinction: Damsels in Design: Women Pioneers in the Auto Industry 1939-1959, by Constance A. Smith, published by Schiffer Publishing

2018

Blood Sweat and Fear: Violence at Work in the North American Auto Industry, 1960-1980, by Jeremy Milloy, PhD. published by University of British Columbia Press

Award of Distinction: Shelby Mustang GT350, by Chuck Cantwell with Greg Kolasa, published by David Bull Publishing.

2017

Wolseley – A Very British Car, by Anders Ditlev Clausager, published by Herridge and Sons

2016

Squire, the Man, the Cars, the Heritage, by Jonathon Wood, published by Bridgnorth

Mercer Magic: Roeblings, Kusers, the Mercer Automobile Company and America’s First Sports Car, by Clifford W. Zink, published by Roebling Museum

Award of Distinction: Power Without Glory: Racing the Big-Twin Cooper, by Terry Wright, published by Loose Fillings.

2015

J. Saoutchik, Carrossier, by Peter Larsen and Ben Erickson, published by Dalton Watson Fine Books

Lancia and De Virgilio, by Geoffrey Goldberg, published by David Bull Publishing

Award of Distinction: Ikarus – Busse fur die Welt, by Christian Suhr, published by Verlagkraftakt

2014

Cunningham: the Passion, the Cars, the Legacy, by Richard Harman, published by Dalton Watson Fine Books

Award of Distinction: Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining ,by Davide Bassoli, published by Nubes Argentea

Award of Distinction: Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile In World War II, by Charles K. Hyde, published by Wayne State University Press

2013

Talbot-Lago Grand Sport: The Car from Paris, by Peter M. Larsen with Ben Erickson, published by Dalton Watson Fine Books

Award of Distinction: Rippon Bros: A Coachbuilder of Renown, by Jonathan Wood, published by James Hinchcliffe and Annabel Sleigh

2012

Sports Car Racing in the South: Texas to Florida 1957-58, by Willem Oosthoek, published by Dalton Watson Fine Books

2011

Carribean Capers: The Cuban Grand Prix Road Races of 1957, 1958, and 1960, by Joel E. Finn

Award of Distinction: Voiture Minimum: Le Corbusier and the Automobile, by Antonio Amado, published by MIT Press

2010

Storied Independent Automakers: Nash, Hudson and American Motors, by Charles K. Hyde, published by Wayne State University Press

Award of Distinction: Maxwell Motor and the Making of the Chrysler Corporation, by Anthony J.Yanik, published by Wayne State University Press

2009

Ferdinand Porsche, Genesis of Genius: Road, Racing and Aviation Innovation, 1900 to 1933, by Karl Ludvigsen, published by Bentley Publishers

2008

Trust and Power: Consumers, the Modern Corporation and the Making of the United States Automobile Market, by Sally H. Clarke, published by Cambridge University Press

2007

Billy, Alfred and General Motors: The Story of Two Unique Men, A Legendary Company and a Remarkable Time in American History, by William Pelfrey

Award of Distinction: Karl Maybach: His Engines and Automobiles, by Harry Niemann

Award of Distinction: Béla Barényi: Pioneer of Passive Safety at Mercedes-Benz, by Harry Niemann

2006

Pioneers, Engineers and Scoundrels: The Dawn of the Automobile in America, by Beverly Rae Kimes, published by SAE International

2005

The Stanley Steamer: America’s Legendary Steam Car, by Kit Foster, published by the Stanley Museum, Inc.

The Electric Vehicle: Technology and Expectations in the Automobile Age, by Gijs Mom, published by Johns Hopkins University Press

Award of Distinction: The Story of Reo Joe: Work, Kin and Community in Autotown, USA, by Lisa M. Fine, published by Temple University Press

2004

Three Men in a Hupp, by James A. Ward, published by Stanford University Press

The Fairmount Park Motor Races, 1908-1911, by Michael J. Seneca, published by McFarland and Company, Inc.

2003

Sloan Rules: Alfred P. Sloan and the Triumph of General Motors, by David Farber, published by University of Chicago Press

Award of Distinction: Zora-Arkus-Duntov: The Legend Behind the Corvette, by Jerry Burton, published by Bentley Publishers

2002

The Classic Era, by Beverly Rae Kimes, published by the Classic Car Club of America

Awards of Distinction: The Automobile in American History and Culture: A Reference Guide, by Michael L. Berger, published by Greenwood Press, Inc.

2001

Battle for the Beetle, by Karl Ludvigsen, published by Bentley Publishers.

Award of Distinction: The Beaulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile, Nick Georgano, editor-in-chief, published by The Stationery Office, Ltd.

2000

The Franklin Automobile Company, by Sinclair Powell, published by the Society of Automotive Engineers

Award of Distinction: Edsel Ford and E.T. Gregorie, by Henry Dominguez, published by the Society of Automotive Engineers

1999

The Graham Legacy: Graham-Paige to 1932, by Michael Keller, published by Turner Publishing with M.T. Publishing Co.

Award of Distinction: The Pacesetter: The Untold Story of Carl G. Fisher, by Jerry M. Fisher, published by Lost Coast Press

1998

The Motoring Century: The Story of the Royal Automobile Club, by Piers Brendon, published by Bloomsbury Publishing

Award of Distinction: The Story of Hampton Cars, by Trevor G. Picken, published by Hampton Cars

1997

The Splendid Stutz, edited by Raymond A. Katzell, published by The Stutz Club, Inc.

Award of Distinction: A Century of Automotive Style, by Michael Lamm and Dave Holls, published by Lamm-Morada Publishing

1996

Mercedes-Benz Quicksilver Century, by Karl Ludvigsen, published by Transport Bookman Publications, Ltd.

Award of Distinction: Cord 810/812: The Timeless Classic, by Josh B. Malks, published by Krause Publications

1995

Awards of Distinction: Taking Charge: The Electric Automobile in America, by Michael Brian Schiffer, oublished by the Smithsonian Institution Press

Awards of Distinction: Automobile Quarterly Vol. 32 No. 4, an issue devoted entirely to Chrysler Corporation

1994

Carriages Without Horses: J. Frank Duryea and the Birth of the American Automobile Industry, by Richard Scharchburg, pulished by the Society of Automotive Engineers

Award of Distinction: Jaguar in America, by John Dugdale, published by BritBooks

1993

The American Automobile – A Centenary 1893-1993, by Nick Georgano, published by Prion/Smithmark

Bugatti, the Man and the Marque, by Jonathan Wood, published by Crowood Press.

Automobile Quarterly Vol. 30 No. 4, an issue devoted entirely to Duesenberg

Awards of Distinction: Skoda Laurin & Klement, by Ivan Margolius and Charles Misl, published by Osprey Publishing

Awards of Distinction: The American Gas Station, by Michael Karl Witzel, published by Motorbooks International

1992

Pontiac! They Built Excitement, by Thomas E. Bonsall, published by Stony Run Press.

Award of Distinction: Chevrolet 1955: Creating the Original by Michael Lamm, published by Lamm-Morada Publishing

1991

The Motorcar in Art: Selections from the Raymond E. Holland Automotive Art Collection, by John J. Zolomij, published by Automobile Quarterly.

The Cobra-Ferrari Wars, by Michael L. Schoen, published by CFW

Award of Distinction: The Cameron Story, by William T. Cameron, published by the International Society for Vehicle Preservation

Awards of Distinction: The Classic Kissel, by Val V. Quandt, published by Palmer Publications

Awards of Distinction: Ford, the Complete History, by the Editors of Consumer Guide, published by Publications International Ltd.

Awards of Distinction: Tatra: The Legacy of Hans Ledwinka, by Ivan Margolius and John J. Henry, published by SAF, Ltd.

1990

Austin Seven Sourcebook, by Brian Purves, published by G.T. Foulis/Haynes

Awards of Distinction: The Story of the Red Triangle, by Kenneth Day, published by G.T. Foulis/Haynes

Awards of Distinction: Soaring Spirit: Thirty-Five Years of the Ford Thunderbird, by John Katz, published by Automobile Quarterly

Awards of Distinction: The Automobile Industry 1920-1980, edited by George S. May, published by Facts on File

Awards of Distinction: Tangled Web: The Legacy of Auto Pioneer John F. Dodge, by Jean M. Pitrone, publsihed by Avenue Publishing Company

Awards of Distinction: Jaguar E-Type: The Definitive History, by Philip Porter, published by G.T. Foulis/Haynes

1989

Wheels of Misfortune: The Rise and Fall of the British Motor Industry, by Jonathan Wood, [ublished by Sidgwick and Jackson

Awards of Distinction: The Behring Collection, by Rob Haeseler, published by Behring Educational Institute Press

Awards of Distinction: Klassiche Wagen, 1919-1939, by Ferdinand Hediger, Hans-Heinrich von Fersen and Michael Sedgwick, published by Hallwag AG

Awards of Distinction: Make ’em Shout Hooray!, by Richard H. Stout, published by Vantage Press.

Awards of Distinction: Sporting Rileys: The Forgotten Champions, by David Styles, published by Dalton Watson Fine Books

1988

Volvo: Sixty Years of Truckmaking, by Christer Olsson, published by Forlagshuset Norden AB

Jaguar: Sports Racing and Works Competition Cars from 1954, by Andrew J.A. Whyte, published by G.T. Foulis/Haynes

Award of Distinction: Rolls-Royce: The Classic Elegance, by Lawrence Dalton, published by Dalton Watson Fine Books

1987

The Star and the Laurel: The History of Daimler, Mercedes, and Benz, by Beverly Rae Kimes, published by Mercedes Benz of North America

The Immortal 2.9: Alfa Romeo 8C 1900 A and B, by Simon Moore, published by Parkside Publications

Awards of Distinction: There is No Mistaking a Pierce-Arrow, by Brooks Brierley, paublished by Garrett & Stringer

Awards of Distinction: Bentley: The Vintage Years, by Michael Hay, published by Dalton Watson Fine Books

Awards of Distinction: Dynamic Beherrschen, by Erik Eckermann, published by ATE/Teves

Awards of Distinction: Golden Wheels: The Story of Automobiles Made in Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio, (corrected edition) by Richard Wager, published by John T. Zubal, Inc.

1986

The Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942, by Beverly Rae Kimes and Henry Austin Clark, Jr., published by Krause Publications

The Marmon Heritage, by George and Stacey Hanley, published by Doyle Hyk Publishing

Awards of Distinction: John Montagu of Beaulieu, by Paul Tritton, published by Golden Eagle/George Hart

Awards of Distinction: Pontiac: The Complete Story, by Tom Bonsall, published by Bookman Publishinga

Awards of Distinction: Jaguar: A Tradition of Sports Cars, by Bernard Viart and Michel Cognet, published by Editions Practique Automobile

Awards of Distinction: Mercedes-Benz:The Supercharged 8-Vol. I, by Jan Melin, published by Nordbok International

1985

No Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Award

Awards of Distinction: Pierce-Arrow: The Golden Age, by Marc Ralston, privately published

Awards of Distinction: Automania: Man and the Motor Car, by Julian Pettifer and Nigel Turner, published by William Collins Sons & Co.

1984

My Two Lives, by Rene Dreyfus and Beverly Rae Kimes, published by Aztex Corporation

Awards of Distinction: Ford 1903-1984, by David L. Lewis and Lorin Sorenson, published by Publications International

Awards of Distinction: US Military Wheeled Vehicles, by Fred Crismon, published by Crestline Publishing

1983

Duesenberg: The Pursuit of Perfection, by Fred Roe, published by Dalton Watson Fine Books

As Old as the Industry: Riley, by David Styles, privately published.

1982

The Lincoln Motorcar: Sixty Years of Excellence, by Tom Bonsall, published by Bookman Publishing

Awards of Distinction: The Miller Dynasty, by Mark Dees, published by Barnes Publishing West. Bugatti, by Borgeson, by Griffith Borgeson, published by Osprey Publishing Ltd.

1981

Jaguar Saloon Cars, by Paul Skilleter, published by Haynes Publishing

1980

The Complete Encyclopedia of Commercial Vehicles, edited by G.N. Georgano, published by Krause Publications

1979

Packard: A History of the Motor Car and the Company, edited by Beverly Rae Kimes, publsihed by Automobile Quarterly Books

1978

Isotta-Fraschini, by Tito Anselmi, published by Segrate

1977

The Public Image of Henry Ford, by David L. Lewis, publsihed by Wayne State University Press

1976

Kaiser-Frazer: The Last Onslaught on Detroit, by Richard M. Langworth, published by Automobile Quarterly Books

1975

American Automobile Racing, by Albert Bochroch, published by Viking Press

1974

 Mack, by John B. Montville, published by Aztex Corporation

1973

Mercedes Benz Racing Cars, by Karl Ludvigsen, published by Bono/Parkhurst Books

1972

A History of Sports Cars, by G.N. Georgano, publsihed by E.P. Dutton

The 2023 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, including those focused on vehicles, manufacturers, individuals and events, as well as social histories of the automobile that examine the effect of the automobile on society, culture, and everyday life. The Cugnot Award Panel may also, if it deems it warranted, select an additional book or books published in the calendar year 2021 for secondary recognition with an Award of Distinction. The Cugnot English and Language Other than English (LOE) awards have been given as a separate awards since 2000.

Nominations should be emailed to sahawards@gmail.com by April 15, 2023. Upon notice that an nomination is accepted, books should be forwarded to the Cugnot Award, English, Panel Chair Ed Garten.

Any book submitted for Cugnot Award consideration becomes the property of the SAH, whether the nominated book wins an award or not. After the awards are made, all nominated and awarded books are sent to Auburn, Indiana for custodial care in The Society of Automotive Historians Special Reference Collection at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum (ACDAM). This collection is available for onsite use by SAH members, ACDAM members and ACDAM visitors, following reading room protocols established by the ACDAM. A Memorandum of Understanding is in place, between the SAH and the ACDAM, detailing their relationship and the custodial care of the SAH book collection.

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