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Doug Stokes Wins Motor Press Guild’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

By SEMA Editors

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Doug Stokes was presented the Motor Press Guild’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional behind-the-scenes public-relations contributions to motorsports and the racing industry.

The 2015 Motor Press Guild (MPG) Awards were held December 15 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and winners were recognized in each category for excellence in automotive journalism:

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award – Doug Stokes

Doug Stokes was recognized for his exceptional behind-the-scenes public-relations contributions to motorsports and the racing industry. A member of the MPG since it was re-named from IMPA-West in the mid-’80s, Stokes has supported motorsports for more than 25 years, representing such notable and iconic clients as Mickey and Trudy Thompson, Gale Banks, Stuart Rowlands and Steve Ford, and supporting racing efforts for Honda, Suzuki, the Kazarian Brothers and Lucas Oil. Stokes has served as vice president of communications at Irwindale Event Center since 2013, and has previously been honored with the Chapman Award for PR by the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association.

2015 Dean Batchelor Award – Micah Muzio & COTU Productions
“2015 Polaris Slingshot Review” – KBB.com

2015 MPG Award winners:

Articles

2015 Best Feature Article of the Year: Larry P. Vellequette and Luca Ciferri
“The Coming Squeeze”Automotive News

2015 Best News Article of the Year: Hans Greimel
“Confessions of a Price Fixer”Automotive News

2015 Best Vehicle Review of the Year: Basem Wasef
“Review: The Ferocious New Corvette Z06 is an $80K Ferrari-Killer”Wired

Audio

2015 Best Audio Program of the Year: Charlie Vogelheim and Shawn Meyers
“#35: The Best and Worst ‘Cars and Coffee’ Ever”Motor Trend Audio

Books

2015 Best Book of the Year: Sam Posey
Where the Writer Meets the Road – David Bull Publishing

Videos

2015 Best Feature Video of the Year: Adam Carolla (director/producer), Nate Adams (producer/additional direction), Mike August (producer), Matt D’Andria (executive producer), Norm Pattiz (executive producer)
“Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman” – Sontalia, Mollette

2015 Best Video Vehicle Review of the Year: Micah Muzio and COTU Productions
“2015 Polaris Slingshot Review” – KBB.com

Bob D’Olivo Award for Photography

2015 Best Photo of the Year: Dale Kistemaker
“24+30” – Porsche Panorama