By Bill Griffith, NEMPA, Boston Globe
Photos by Steve Szydlowski, NEMPA, Providence Journal
The gala dinner that followed NEMPA’s Autonomous Vehicle roundtable at MIT on May 11 was an event many years in the making, as it marked not only the 15th year that the New England Motor Press Association has handed out awards, but also the 25th anniversary of the group’s founding.
Masters of ceremonies were former NEMPA president Craig Fitzgerald and Wayne Carini, host of Discovery Channel’s “Chasing Classic Cars.” (NEMPA afterward thanked Carini with a $500 donation to his favorite charity, Autism Speaks.)
John Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, picked up two awards during the ceremonies–the Yankee Technology Cup for his company’s direct-injection engine technology and, for himself, the Silver Anniversary Executive Award for his achievements in the automotive industry. Not only is he a native New Englander (from Southington, CT) and a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, he has also had successful careers at NUMMI, the GM/Toyota collaboration, and Ford before moving to Hyundai.
A panel from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum and NEMPA chose the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion to receive the Ritvo Award for Style & Elegance.
Martyn Schorr, head of Performance Media Public Relations, earned a lifetime achievement award for his service to the automotive industry and to NEMPA. Founder’s Award winner (and Automotion proprietor) John “Bugsy” Lawlor laid the credit (blame?) for NEMPA’s existence at Schorr’s doorstep with his story about how the group came to be. It turned out that Schorr also was the first to dub NEMPA the “New England mafia.”
The full list of award winners are available below. NEMPA thanks Steve Szydlowski for the photos and everyone who attended the dinner for helping to celebrate 25 years of coordinated automotive coverage in New England.