May 23, 2015 – Speedway, IN – Winners of the 2014 All American Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association National Competition were announced during a breakfast ceremony held just prior to the 99th running of the Indy500. All magazine and newspaper judging was completed by an independent panel from a major journalism school. Entries were judged “blind,” no judge was aware of the writer or where the work was published. The works sent for judging were published in the 2014 calendar year.

1st  | Newspaper Feature Writing | Women in Drag Racing: Hear Them Roar  | New York Times

Read Original Article: Sunday, November 2, 2014

1st  | Magazine Feature Writing  | A Century of Speed  | Society of Automotive Historians Journal

Read Original Articles:  Part One, Issue 270   Part Two, Issue 271   Part Three, Issue 272

2nd  | Photography – Print Action | “Push-Started to Glory” |  Custom Car Magazine, UK

Colin Bond, at the wheel of the JCB heavy equipment, push-starts Dieselmax Andy Green on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2006. Copyright 2006 Louise Ann Noeth

Colin Bond, at the wheel of the JCB Fast-Trac, push-starts Dieselmax driver Andy Green on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2006 attempting to set a 350MPH record.     Copyright 2006 Louise Ann Noeth  CLICK PIC for bigger view.

 “With the recent demise of the New York Times Auto Section, the recognition for my newspaper win is bittersweet,” explained Noeth, “I am grateful to Norm Mayersohn, Jim Cobb and Robert Peele for giving me the assignment and equally appreciative to ladies and their teams for all the time they spent helping me understand their approach to the sport of drag racing. The SAH Editor Ruben Verdes put in plenty of work helping me edit down an enormous manuscript to fit the Journal’s space limitations and yet still give the readership plenty to enjoy.  As for my photo, Colin Bond wins for driving the coolest push “truck” ever on Bonneville, an ethereally enthralling race place.”

The American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) is the oldest and largest organization devoted to auto racing coverage. Founded in 1955 in Indianapolis, AARWBA has members throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

To encourage excellence in the coverage of motor sports, AARWBA media members submit their best work for the annual media contest. Categories are for written, broadcast, online and photographic work. Winners present a true testament to the growth of the sport of auto racing.

Judges: 

Photography  – Prof. Emeritus Susan Fleck, Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin College, Indiana;

Magazine & Newspaper Writing  – Prof. Emeritus Jerry Miller, Pulliam School of Journalism, Franklin College, Indiana and AARWBA Contest Chairman

Supporting the group’s credo of “Dedicated to Increasing Media Coverage of Motor Sports” was Firestone and Honda who jointly sponsored the morning repast for the working press in attendance.  

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