Fond Farewell

Lee Iacocca and Norma saken

Lee Iacocca and Norma Saken – Attending First Award Presentation – The Mustang Owners Club Of So. California, Van Nuys, CA – Circa 2006.

After ten years, the 2015 recipients are the final honorees of The Lee Iacocca Award. When we announced the retiring of The Award many of our classic car friends came forward to remind me there were still many more men and women that needed to be recognized for their participation and philanthropy within the classic car world. I know this to be the truth. Over the years you’ve become my personal friends and I am saddened any of the “unsung heroes” could remain anonymous. But, we’ve had a terrific run and there is some wisdom to leave folks wanting more.

From the outset, running The Lee Iacocca Award was the most gratifying project I was in charge of on behalf of Lee Iacocca and The Iacocca Family Foundation. I would like to thank each of you for your participation. There aren’t adequate words to relay the respect and admiration I have for what you all do maintaining the hobby and giving back to your communities. The rest of the world could learn a few lessons from “car guys and gals.” May you each always and forever…

“Enjoy the ride”,








National Parts Depot

Proud sponsor of the Lee Iacocca Award.

Lee Iacocca’s contribution to the automotive industry spans 50 years. The prestigious Lee Iacocca Award was established to recognize outstanding classic car enthusiasts and is given for Dedication To Excellence In Perpetuating An American Automotive Tradition. This award celebrates auto enthusiasts on multiple levels, including character, community involvement, integrity and a level of excellent presentation of their vehicle. This beautiful award is a one of a kind elegant plaque with a likeness of Lee Iacocca and his signature engraved in gold. Since the awards’ inception in 2006, the Antique Automobile Club of America named the Lee Iacocca Award “the most coveted award on the classic car circuit.” All proceeds go to the Iacocca Family Foundation for Type 1 diabetes research.

The Mustang Owners Club of California

The Mustang Owners Club of California. Pictured: Jay Leno, Lee Iacocca, Craig Cunningham.

By presenting The Lee Iacocca Award each club or show has the opportunity to choose a recipient that best exemplifies the qualifications and to present this unique award at their event. (Read More)










National Parts Depot

Proud sponsor of the Lee Iacocca Award.