The Awards Committee was established to serve as a central contact and clearing house for Award Panel Chairs, award nominations, and Committee and Panel business as well as to construct and implement uniform processes and procedures among the individual Award Panels.

Call for Nominations

A call for award nominations will be made after November 1, 2021.

A call for nominations will be published in the SAH Journal and SAH website.

A call for nominations will be submitted to automotive publications, websites, and organizations.

A reminder for nominations will be sent bi-monthly to SAH members, as well as appropriate automotive publications and organizations, until the nominations due date.


Nomination for categories with release dates (Benz, Cugnot, Ingersoll, Scharchburg) will consider works produced in the previous calendar year (i.e. the 2022 awards will be for works produced from January 1 – December 31, 2021). Categories without a release date (Bradley and Friend of Automotive History) that recognize long-term contributions by an individual or institution are not limited by time frame.


Nominations for all awards will be sent to a single Award Committee email address: sahawards@gmail.com.

Nominations must include the following information:

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

Nomination due dates will be universal with the exception of the Cugnot LOE and the Scharchburg.

  • Cugnot LOE Award nominations are due June 15, 2022 to accommodate international shipping and communication.
  • Scharchburg Award nominations are due June 15, 2022 to coincide with the academic year.
  • All other Award nominations are due April 15, 2022.

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

Once a nomination has been received and accepted by the Awards Committee, the Awards Committee Chair will forward the nominations to the respective Award Panel Chairs.

The Awards Panel Chairs will obtain the physical or digital materials necessary for evaluation from the nominating parties.


The determination of SAH award winners is the responsibility of the individual Award Panels. The Panels may choose to select more than one winner or may refrain from selecting any winners during any given year. Awards Panel Chairs will forward decisions to the Awards Committee Chair by August 15, 2022.


Awards Panel Chairs will be responsible for notifying all nominees of their decisions – winners and non-winners – prior to the public announcement of the winners.

Award Panel Chairs will forward full names and addresses of award winners to the individual in charge of plaques by September 1, 2022.

  • Plaques will be awarded to both author[s] and publishers.
  • Plaques will be presented at the annual Award Banquet.
  • Plaques unable to be awarded in person will be mailed to the recipients. accompanied by a letter of congratulations from the SAH President/Awards Panel Chair.


Formal announcement of winners will be made at the annual Awards Banquet in Hershey, Pennsylvania in October of each year.

Public announcement of the winners will follow on the SAH website, Facebook page, and SAH Journal.

Awards Panel Chairs will provide writes-ups of award winners for banquet presentation and the SAH Journal.

A press release announcing the awards will be sent to various automotive publications, websites, news outlets, and other organizations.


The Awards Committee will coordinate with the marketing committees to establish a process for promoting the SAH Awards and for announcing and publicizing the winners.

An email list will be established for the promotion and publicizing of the SAH annual awards.




The Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Award, English is presented each year for one or more books that best advance the understanding of the history of the automobile in the English language in the previous calendar year. 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.


The Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Award, Non-English is presented each year for one or more books which best advances the understanding of the history of the automobile in a language other than English in the previous calendar year. 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.)


The Carl Benz Award recognizes excellence in the presentation of automotive history appearing in an article in a periodical. Articles in all commercial, club and academic periodicals are welcome to be nominated. An author or publisher is welcome nominate his or her own article(s) in their respective publication. The article must have appeared in a publication with an on-sale date within 2021. Multi-part articles with on-sale dates in 2020 and 2021 are also eligible. Multi-part articles with on-sale dates in 2021 and 2022 must wait until the following year for nomination, but all parts would be eligible at that time.


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 the previous calendar year. Periodicals with an online-only presence are also eligible. 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 Benz Award Panel, rather than the Brigham Award Panel.)


The E. P. Ingersoll Award is given for the best presentation of automotive history in media other than print. Film, television, 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. The Award Panel may choose to give two awards in any given year – one for film and television, the other for all other non-print media other than film/television. (Nominations for online periodicals should be directed to the Brigham Award Panel rather than the Ingersoll Award Panel.)


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


The 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.


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 will offer 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 2011-2019 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. If unable to submit digitally, contact the chair for further instructions.

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.





Provide a venue for Members attending the AACA Fall Meet to congregate and enjoy each other’s company.
Host a Book Signing venue for Authors.
Attract potential new Members


Because AACA requires that space allocations are in the names of individuals rather than organizations, spaces on the Orange Field OBB 16-19 are currently held in the name of Patrick Bisson, past Treasurer on behalf of SAH.  There is a reluctance of AACA to change this allocation.  
We rent the yellow and white roofed tent from Tents For Rent.  This vendor erects the tent over two of our spaces as well as removing it.  Included in the rental are tables and chairs.
Walters Services provides the portable toilet.
Kirk Gibson generously stores our tent supplies and delivers and removes them before and after the event.
Effective 2022, the field will be open from Tuesday to Thursday  with the Car Show on Friday.


Directors are expected to be on hand at the tent for two hour periods as allocated by the Tent Committee.  It is particularly difficult to recruit these Directors on the first day of the event.  Past Directors frequently volunteer.  All Directors are expected to be on duty for the Book Signing and at the concluding tent decommissioning.
The Committee Chair confirms with Tents For Rent and Walters Services the need for their services at least two weeks before the event.

Book Signing Procedures

To be updated

Allocation of Parking Passes

The four parking passes are allocated to Kirk Gibson, Pat Bisson who acquires refreshment and the remaining two on the basis of material they bring to the tent.




The rapid advancements in technology anticipate an ever increasing importance of the role of a website in communicating with our Members, attracting new Members and fulfilling a role under our 501(c)(3) status of providing educational value to the public.  The website will be the primary tool of recruiting and engaging younger Members.
A Members Library allows Members to search other Members on a variety of criteria including common interests.  Additional services include digital copies of all past publications, high definition photographs with minimal right-to-copy access, unpublished manuscripts, publishing experiences, administrative records and expanding projects such as online data archives.


An outreach program relies on securing followers of our Facebook Page.

Future Goals

The website needs to embrace the future and provide innovative and evolving features to attract a new audience.  In addition mechanizing some features and duties could take the form of an online auction for material donated to the Society and similar such initiatives.

Procedures versus Guides

Because of the ever changing technology methods and processes along a need for specific guidance, a how-to guide has been deemed most appropriate.



We use WordPress (sice mid-2014) with a number of add-ons which will be identified where relevant. 
This is a guide for a novice by a novice, so it may not always be relevant or correct. 
Part of this guide may include correspondence from Mike Reilly (a past webmaster). 
This guide will be an ongoing Work in Progress.

Post versus Pages

Our Front Page uses a Post format typically used in blogs.  The reason is that Posts allow the use of multiple ‘Read More’ features whereas Pages only allow this feature once (currently).  Nearly all “pages” that you land on use Pages except for the Home Page..


Exercise caution here, because selecting the inappropriate editing alternative can lock you into a more complex layout for the page.

  • Classic Editor
    Start here because it is simple, has a great range of tools and access to HTML text is easy.  You may be locked out if previous editing occurred in one of the more difficult editing tools.

Example of HTML link:

/”target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer

<li><a href=”http://www.naam.museum/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer“>National Association of Automobile Museums</a></li>

  • Block Editor
    Not recommended but you may be forced into it if previously used.  Sometime creating a new page, you are forced into Block editor, which puzzles me.  The toolbox seems limited or hard to find.  This novice fails to see what advantage this alternative offers.
  • Elementor
    This is very versatile, particularly for layout.  But infrequent use helps you to forget how to use its many features or to get out of trouble when something goes wrong.


We use a variety of layout alternatives

This is a comprehensive tool that has many properties and as such is complicated and sometimes difficult to use.  Its primary use is on the Home Page because it allows flexible formatting using a variety of blocks that can be manipulated.  Another is the “Member Library and Information Index”  Elementor will be expanded further later in this guide.

Because you cannot easily tab and create data columns like you would find in an Excel spreadsheet, we use  the TablePress add-on.  On a page that such a table is inserted, you cannot view the contents – only a link to the table.  All such editing is done through TablePress using a fairly intuitive set of tools at the bottom of the table.  Examples of pages using TablePress are “SAH Presidents, Officers, Directors and Editors” and lower down in “Photos and Images”.

Determining and modifying the width of columns:
Choose shortcode for that block/column. Enter the shortcode which for that one is

Hudson(1939 - 1957)
Willys(1940 - 1960)
Austin A40 Devon, A30, A35(1949 - 1959)
Peugeot(1950 - 1969)
Simca(1958 - 1959)
Rambler – ex Hudson(1958 - 1967)
Rootes(1959 - 1969)
Citroën (1959 - 1969)
Peugeot (1970 - 1978)
Renault(1970 - 1972)
Citroën (1976 - 1978)
and from there you can modify it. Each percentage defines the size of the block. And the number of percentages you have defines how many columns. You can make it uniform or you can change different ones to add indents and whatnot.  –
Hudson(1939 - 1957)
Willys(1940 - 1960)
Austin A40 Devon, A30, A35(1949 - 1959)
Peugeot(1950 - 1969)
Simca(1958 - 1959)
Rambler – ex Hudson(1958 - 1967)
Rootes(1959 - 1969)
Citroën (1959 - 1969)
Peugeot (1970 - 1978)
Renault(1970 - 1972)
Citroën (1976 - 1978)
Hudson(1939 - 1957)
Willys(1940 - 1960)
Austin A40 Devon, A30, A35(1949 - 1959)
Peugeot(1950 - 1969)
Simca(1958 - 1959)
Rambler – ex Hudson(1958 - 1967)
Rootes(1959 - 1969)
Citroën (1959 - 1969)
Peugeot (1970 - 1978)
Renault(1970 - 1972)
Citroën (1976 - 1978)

This appears to be the native WordPress layout tool and can be found on the left sidebar.  We have used the THEME named TWENTY SIXTEEN

The “Background Color” is actually the border color
The “Page Background Color” is the predominant color of the page.

Tutorial for THEME layout – we use TWENTY SIXTEEN theme


at   5.00 discusses custimize
at   7.00 Blog post grab text
at   9.00 Set image against text
at 11.00 category link, like “Latest News”, “Upcomming Events” etc
at 11.10 Excerpt – Teaser between post heading and image
at 11.50 Read more insertion
at 15.35 Menu Tabs at top
at 19.25 discussed right sidebar  which is made up of WIDGETS
at 32.00 talks about BLANK CANVAS
at 43.00 talks about META SLIDER

Customizing Twenty Sixteen


Pages/Posts – Creating New and Filing

When creating a New Page, the first thing to do is name the page and determine what category it fits under.
You can have multiple sub-headings.  You simply create a sub heading/page of a sub heading/page.
This is done by identifying the PARENT to your new page.

Classic Editing –

      • Right sidebar 
      • PAGE ATTRIBUTES – expand/drop down to find PARENT –
      • PARENT page can be selected from list of Page files.  Note sequence is based on “Top” Parent, with sub-parents below with indentations

Sequencing or ordering the sub-pages (within each parent) can be done as follows

Classic Editing –

      • Right sidebar 
      • PAGE ATTRIBUTES – expand/drop down to find ORDER 
      • Count up or down how many files you need to move over to position where you want the sub-page

Images and Media – Filing

The ability to use file folders does not exist in the native WordPress category called MEDIA.  Hence for the 7,000 high definition images we use NextGEN Gallery

Used for PDF files as well as many images.  Filed in sequence of when updated.  If there is a coherent way of easily finding files, this scribe has not found it.

NextGEN Gallery
By carefully creating a photo file name structure beginning with HDP (for High Defintion Photo), we have a resemblance of a file structure.  Unfortunately this file structure does not appear in look-up boxes in strict alpha sequence, rather the old date sequence in which it was entered.  You can call up a list of images and then using the arrow above the file name column, get it to sort in alpha sequence.  But when trying to upload a photo, this facility is not available.
PLEASE get the web-editor to add any new categories, because anything new has to be carefully mapped before the image/photo will appear on the relevant page.


Elementor Usage Guide

Editing text related to Image

  • Copy text into workshop on left
  • Click Style at top
  • Click Caption at bottom
  • Click Text Color box to the right
  • Click black box for darkest color.
  • Update

Work in progress

NextGEN Gallery Usage Guide

Deleting a gallery
On the backend – left hand menu – click and/or hover on gallery, it has a green icon on its left. Then click manage galleries. Click through the pages until you find the gallery you want to delete. (The search feature, looks for individual photos, so you need to click through the pages). When you find the gallery you want to delete, click the check box next to it. Scroll to the top of the page and under the page header of “manage galleries” there is a drop down menu. Click the drop down menu and select delete. After that is selected click apply. After you click apply a pop up asking “if you’re sure” might pop up, click ok, and the album will be deleted. I went ahead and deleted album 109.


As far as using the drop down menu, on the add gallery page, there is no way to sort that, or at least I do not know of a way to do that. That said, I am not sure what you are trying to accomplish by adding a gallery/images that way. Is it that you start a gallery and then add to it later? If so, I think that’s just design flaw in the nextgen gallery. I think it just automatically sorts by date in that menu. Hopefully that’s what you were talking about, if not can you take a screen grab of the page you are on. You could add/edit images easier with the wordpress standard gallery, but you lose some of the functionality that you like about sorting and viewing and such that nextgen has.

Google Analytics

You can login and check the stats by going to www.google.com/analytics/

Login – sahautohistory@gmail.com – Password see Mike Reilly email dated 23/02/2015

Once you are logged in and on the google analytics landing page, click the “access google analytics” button in the upper right corner and then click all web site data. There’s a lot of places to go from there so just look around and you should be able to figure everything out.

By setting up the analytics page, I had to set up a google account for SAH. This will give you a gmail account as well as 15GB of cloud storage through google drive if you ever need to share documents or files with people.