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AUTO NEWS – “Auto Specific received Automotive Shopper Publication of the Yr. However why wouldn’t it?”

“Auto Specific received Automotive Shopper Publication of the Yr. However why wouldn’t it?”


Crikey, I felt like a correct outdated dude – a kind of poor man’s Al Pacino – ultimately week’s Newspress awards. I’m speaking right here about one in every of THE occasions of the automotive 12 months – the ‘Oscars’ of the automobile journalism and broadcasting world, with solely VIP-types on the visitor checklist. 

Regardless of this, I blagged my manner in. And calling on many years of expertise at such occasions (and with zero awards success, I’m considerably embarrassed to confess) I did all my common issues: I sat at a celeb-free desk in the back of the glitzy room; I discovered a loyal mate/colleague/minder to sit down subsequent to me and prop me up; and I quietly knowledgeable the wine waiter that, at my age and in my situation, I genuinely want a mug of heat cocoa to the extra common glass of chilled Champagne.

One of many youngest, most proficient blokes within the room, and nominated for the Automotive Shopper Journalist of the Yr award, was our very personal Tristan Shale-Hester, who’s simply 24 – occurring 47! Sadly, he didn’t gather the trophy on this event, however as I assured him on the bitter-sweet evening, he’ll sooner or later, as a result of time could be very a lot on his aspect and he’s a massively gifted wordsmith. Identical for Dean Gibson (extra 47 occurring 24), who was nominated within the Industrial Automobile Author class. He additionally narrowly missed out on an outright win on this extremely aggressive class. However nonetheless, Tristan and Dean may and needs to be mightily proud to be securing runners-up medals for themselves, and their journal and web site in 2022.

Speaking of which, Auto Specific received Automotive Shopper Publication of the Yr. However, I imply, why wouldn’t it? And it will get higher nonetheless, as a result of Ellis Hyde from sister title DrivingElectric received the Automotive Rising Star prize, whereas his editor, Richard Ingram, noticed off a nationwide newspaper journalist or three to grab the EV Author trophy. “He nearly swept the board when it comes to votes from the judges,” Newspress confessed. I believe that’s what’s identified within the commerce as a complete victory.

Which isn’t to be confused with a win that was, and nonetheless is, incomprehensible. I’m speaking right here concerning the closing award of the evening – one wherein the judges had been occurring and on about some scribbler/broadcaster bloke who’s a “nice automotive journalist, at all times eager, at all times enthusiastic, however pragmatic, with a depth of business data that others can solely dream about.”

Extra phrases of reward flowed – I heard every thing from “knowledgeable opinions” to “undoubted integrity.” Okay, we get the image, I assumed. However earlier than I may cynically whisper to my minder mate sitting subsequent to me that I didn’t very like the sound of the thriller journo-cum-radio and TV bloke in query, the drum roll began, the lights dimmed and the MC introduced:

“The Newspress Lifetime Achievement Award goes to… Mike Rutherford.” No phrase of a lie, I nearly choked on my cup of cocoa.

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AUTO NEWS – “Auto Specific received Automotive Shopper Publication of the Yr. However why wouldn’t it?”
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