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Once again, your own Driving Force newsletter has been selected as an award winner by its contemporaries from the world of automotive publications. The Driving Force was awarded the coveted Golden Quill Award, issued by Old Cars Weekly as a stand-out in the National Compact category. This honor is presented annually as a recognition for the publishing efforts of national, regional and local car clubs, registries, associations, museums and related organizations.


During the 23rd International Automotive Media Awards, Driving Force earned a bronze medallion in the "Newsletter" category for the original cover art of the Spring 2013 issue. The International Automotive Media Competition, a function of the International Society for Vehicle Preservation, is a peer-judged awards program that recognizes excellence in all forms of automotive media.


Newsletter staff and the entire SEMA Action Network (SAN) force are honored by these prestigious recognitions.




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Courtney Hansen (above right) awards her "SAN Choice" award to Ray Marks (above left) for his gorgeous 1964 Plymouth Barracuda at SEMA Ignited. With a rich history that originally began in California, the car has been lovingly restored back to its original condition. "It is not a trailer queen," exclaims Marks. Armed with prior experience on the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour, Ray and his wife Celia drove the 273 c.i., 4-speed-equipped black beauty (shown below) to Las Vegas all the way from their home in Buffalo, Missouri. Congratulations, Ray!


Earlier this month, the SAN membership was granted special access to the 2014 SEMA Show and to the inaugural "after-party," dubbed SEMA Ignited. These opportunities offered SAN members a chance to witness many of the fresh car and truck builds, newly-debuted automotive products and meet many of the builders from the prior week's trade-only convention. On behalf of the SAN, fans at both the Show and at SEMA Ignited were treated to appearances by TV personality Courtney Hansen. She awarded "Courtney's Choice" to Ray Marks's 1964 Plymouth Barracuda (shown below) as her favorite among the SAN-only car corral at SEMA Ignited. For more details about the exciting Friday night event, visit SEMAignited.com.

We hope all the SAN members who attended thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Special thanks go to the following members for bringing their cool rides to SEMA Ignited and forming the SAN-only car corral:

  • Alex Giesey (Provo, UT)

  • Chad Goertz (Altadena, CA)

  • Ray Marks (Buffalo, MO)

  • Bryan Miller (Phoenix, AZ)

  • Bernie Murphy (Jamestown, TN)

  • Skeeter Rader (Newbury Park, CA)

  • Carl Rich (Jamestown, TN)

  • Craig Simonian (Valencia, CA)

  • Vernon Slone (Henderson, NV)

  • James Valente (Alta Loma, CA)





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