The mission of the Texas Auto Writers Association is to promote quality and accuracy in automotive journalism and to disseminate information about the automotive industry through news-related print, online and broadcast media. Each fall we acknowledge the outstanding work of our members with an annual competition designed to recognize TAWA members excellence in automobile journalism. We seek out and ask top newspaper editors, honored writers, and highly-experienced radio/video producers in North America to judge members’ work and then honor and celebrate them at our annual fall meeting.
TEXAS TRUCK INVITATIONAL
1st Place: David Boldt — txGarage.com
Trucks aren't evil and EVs aren't salvation. Let us pray.
1st Place: William Owney – MotorcarsNow
Ram closes gap with Ford as hybrid meets Hemi
Katzkin Automotive Leather Recipient: David Boldt — txGarage.com
Derek Price, VP Communications | Monday, October 01, 2018 4:35 PM
DALLAS — Automotive journalist David Boldt was named the overall winner in the 2018 Texas Truck Invitational writing competition Thursday at the State Fair of Texas.
The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), which oversees the contest, announced the award winners Thursday during the media preview of the Texas Auto Show. Boldt won for a report published on txGarage.com about electric vehicles titled “Trucks aren't evil and EVs aren't salvation. Let us pray.”
Bill Owney won the Invitational’s newspaper division with a story about the newly redesigned Ram 1500 pickup. In addition to the Invitational, a national contest open to all journalists who cover the truck industry, TAWA announced its Excellence in Craft Competition award winners at the event.
“We’re proud of all the great automotive journalism happening in Texas and beyond,” said Houston broadcaster Michael Marrs, TAWA’s president. “We’re glad we can recognize the high-quality, meaningful content being produced by our members and people who cover tucks and SUVs nationally — an important segment for many American families.”
Katzkin Automotive Leather has supported the contest for a second year, greatly adding to the Texas Truck Invitational writing competition with its contribution of a leather interior for the overall winner. “TAWA members strongly lobbied for the addition of a Video category, and it was added for the 2018 Excellence in Craft Competition,” said Tim Spell, who organized the contests for TAWA. “Participation in the new category was strong and the quality of the entries was high.”
"The credentials of the Video category entrants were at such a high level that a panel of three highly accredited judges were used,” Spell said. “Each have a strong visual arts background and offer different professional experiences in videography, graphic design and photography. Thanks to judges Stan Hulen, Chris Waits and Ivan Galvan for contributing their valuable time and expertise.”
Winners of the PR/Marketing Press Kit category – Ram Truck, Jeep and Mazda PR — were all standout entries.
Hulen said the first-place Ram 1500 Press Kit was “a one-two knockout combo of a dramatic, informative online microsite and a bold physical package of rugged Ram goodies makes this year’s winning entry memorable. Well-designed and well-executed, this press kit is dynamite.”
The new EICC Radio category judge, Jaime Florez, said the quality level of the entries was high. “I had a wonderful time listening to great pieces from very respectable journalists,” he said.
Christian Alan Waits- M.Photog. Cr (Master Craftsman Degree): Video and Photography
He has been awarded the Kodak Gallery Award for Photographic Excellence, SWPA Best Commercial, SWPA Special Award Best Commercial Product, TPPA Best Overall Commercial, TPPA Best Product, Dallas PPA Best Commercial, Loan Collection Photograph and numerous first-place Distinguished Print Awards and Merits. Christian has lectured at many photography guilds and conventions throughout New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. He is Past President Dallas Professional Photographers Association and Charter Fellowship Dallas PPA. Christian is currently the Dallas Summer Musicals photographer.
Ivan Galvan: Video
Ivan is past graphics design director for the Houston Chronicle’s regular and special automotive sections, as well as Mixed Metal tuner magazine.
His awards include 2006 International Automotive Media Association “Best of Graphics” honor, 2008 46th Houston Advertising Federation Gold ADDY Award and 2009 47th Houston Advertising Federation Gold ADDY Award.
Jaime is director and host of Ruedas ESPN, a two-hour national radio show aired every Sunday on ESPN Deportes Radio (38+ station affiliates throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico) and XM/Sirius satellite radio, Channel 157.
He is former Manager of Public Relations, Communications and Marketing for the North-American office of Apex-Brasil, the Brazilian government’s Trade and Investment Promotion Agency. His duties included spearheading the IZOD IndyCar Series trade and energy partnership. Jaime also was Publisher, Editorial Director and founder of a network of magazines in Spanish that circulated 650K copies, inserted within the eight largest newspapers.
Steven Cole Smith:Newspaper and Magazine Writing/Texas Truck Invitational
Steven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and was a TAWA founding member. He’s formerly the executive editor of Car and Driver and AMI Auto World magazines, and he wrote a weekly column for the New York Times Syndicate for seven years.
He has worked for newspapers in Louisiana, Texas and Florida, and has had bylined stories in hundreds of publications ranging from The Times of London to Forbes magazine to the Financial Times.
He has held NHRA Pro Comp, IMSA, NARRA and SCCA Pro racing licenses. Steven also was the executive producer of Car and Driver Television, and hosted a nationally syndicated motorsports radio program, as well as two weekly local automotive radio shows in Florida.
TEXAS TRUCK INVITATIONAL
Winner: David Boldt — txGarage.com
"Trucks aren't evil and EVs aren't salvation. Let us pray."
2nd Place: William Owney — Texarkana Gazette
"Sprinter van saves the day"
3rd Place: Kelly Taylor — Winnipeg Free Press
"Slimmed down and raring to go / New Expedition handles
Winner: William Owney – MotorcarsNow
2nd Place: Derek Shiekhi — JK-Forum.com
3rd Place: Natan Tazelaar — Texas Truck Tribe
TAWA EXCELLENCE IN CRAFT COMPETITION
Winner: David Boldt — txGarage.com
"Hyundai Introduces the New Kona — Lucky You"
2nd Place: William Owney — Texarkana Gazette — "Sprinter van
saves the day"
3rd Place: Michael Garfield — Houston Chronicle
"Toyota RAV4 Shows Why It Was Top-Selling Passenger Vehicle
Winner: Natan Tazelaar — Motor Car Journal
2nd Place: Derek Shiekhi – JK-Forum.com
3rd Place: Tabatha Chovanetz — Focus Magazine/The Motor Mistress
"Mazda in Marfa"
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Nick Smirnis — Building Savvy Magazine
"Polaris Slingshot-A Toy with Attitude"
Winner: Michael Herzing and Matt Perrault — Let’s Talk Wheels
"Mike Herzing's Automotive Tips"
2nd Place: Don Armstrong, Mike Marrs and Konrad DeLong — In Wheel
Time "Interview with Antron Brown, Professional Drag Racer"
3rd Place: Harold Gunn and Wayne Cronin— The Automotive Reporter
"Interview with Ford Motor Co. Historian Emeritus Bob Kreipke"
Winner: Michael Garfield — iHeartVehicles.com
"Driven with An Opinion"
2nd Place: Michael Satterfield — Gentleman Racer
3rd Place: Sherri Tilley – TheFlashList.com
SPECIAL RECOGNITION:: James Nelson — InWheelTime.com
Winner: Nathan Adlen, Tommy Mica, Andre Smirnov
"Cliffhanger 2.0 in Chevy ZR2, Ford Raptor, and Ram Power
2nd Place: Michael Garfield
3rd Place: Sherri Tilley
Plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi"
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Greg Riley
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Jesus Garcia
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Joe Sage Arizona Driver Magazine
VW Golf GTI White Silver
PR/MARKETING PRESS KITS
Winner: David Elshoff/Ram Truck, Ram 1500 Press Kit
2nd Place: Jeep, Jeep Wrangler Press Kit
3rd Place: Mazda PR, Mazda6 Press kit