Baime, Vlasic Named Ken Purdy Winners in Ceremony at NY Auto Show

Apr 04, 2012, 17:00 ET from International Motor Press Association

NEW YORK, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

IMPA established the award in 1972 in memory of Ken Purdy, considered by many as perhaps the best auto writer this country has produced.

Eligible works for the award include a newspaper or magazine article, a book, a script resulting in a film or video, or an online piece. Regardless of the nature of the entry, publication or release must have been during the calendar year preceding the award presentation.

IMPA, one of the country's oldest organizations of automotive journalists and public-relations professionals, was founded 51 years ago in New York City. During its history, IMPA has spawned similar organizations, while continuing to provide its members with a convivial meeting place and links through modern communication technologies. Membership includes journalists from all media – print, broadcast and online – as well as public-relations representatives of all the world's major automotive manufacturers and suppliers. All members share the same privileges of membership, whether they are journalists or public-relations professionals.

Further information, including details on membership and the Ken Purdy Award, can be found at

SOURCE International Motor Press Association