2012 Recipients

Iacocca Awards 2012 Recipients

Birds On Beale, Memphis, TN

ALL FORD AND MUSTANG ROUND UP
January 7-8, 2012 – Silver Springs, FL
Donald Farr is a member of multiple car clubs and active in the hobby for more than 30 years. He is devoted to the conservation of the classic Mustang and writes numerous articles about the restoration, maintenance and preservation of vintage Mustangs and other muscle cars.

ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AMERICA
January 11, 2012 – Hershey, PA
West Peterson has been involved in the collector-car hobby his entire life. He restored his first antique car before attending college. He serves as the Editor in Chief and Art Director of the AACA’s national publication, Antique Automobile where he shares his wealth of knowledge on automobiles with others.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
February 25, 2012 –Boca Raton, FL
Robert and Paul Milhous have collected cars for over 50 years, traveling the world searching for the world’s finest vehicles. They are affiliated with The Milhous Museum which contributes and assists over 100 nonprofit organizations.

THE AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
March 9-11, 2012 – Amelia Island, FL
Nicola Bulgari’s family has handcrafted precious metals and luxurious jewelry for generations. This taught him to appreciate and understand masterpieces of design. He owns the 1938 Buick 90L Vatican escort car for Pope Pius XI and two Cadillac limousines used by Cardinals. He is a member of nearly 15 classic car clubs and generously loans his many vehicles to car shows and museums.

MOPARS AT THE STRIP
April 13-15, 2012 – Las Vegas, NV
Ray Barton came to the United States 20 years ago, remarking “The sky is the limit in the USA. You couldn’t drag me out of here.” He certainly has proved his success with Ray Barton Racing Engines Sales and Service. He strives for the impossible, making the impossible happen.

FORGE-FUN FORD WEEKEND
June 29-30, 2012 – Bristol, TN
John Force is an NHRA drag racer with 133 career victories. He owns and drives for John Force Racing and as a member of multiple car clubs where he helps non-profit organizations such as CHIPS for Kids, Christmas Toy Drive and Sheltering Wings for abused women and children.

Arthritis Foundation Car Show Iacocca Award Winners

All the past winners of The Lee Iacocca
Award from The Arthritis Foundation
Car Show(s) came to honor their
2012 winner, Jeffrey Brashares (far left)

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION CLASSIC CAR SHOW
July 6-7, 2012 – Dublin, OH
Jeff Brashares has been chairman of this car show for 29 of its 30 years, always giving the credit of the shows’ success to his team. He owns about 40 classic cars, mostly Buicks and devotes his time and money to a number of charities, but his passion is finding a cure for Arthritis.

WALTER P. CHRYSLER CLASSIC CAR SHOW
July 11-14, 2012 – Kalamazoo, MI
Ralph and Barbara Meilander have been rescuing Chryslers for 43 years. As a couple their collection began with a 1930 Chrysler Roadster to a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica which they drive to this day. They have served on numerous boards for WPC locally and nationally and have contributed to putting on a number of meets.

MUSTANG ROUND UP & ALL FORD PICNIC
July 19-22, 2012 – Bellevue, WA
Jack Roush is known all over the world for his engine development and contribution to racing. He is the only professional drag racer to venture into NASCAR, SCCA Trans-Am and IMSA road and sports car racing, with success in every series. He is also a member of the governing board of The Great Race, an annual vintage car road rally event.

CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE OF AMERICA
July 22-29, 2012 – Plymouth, MI
Brian Styles began drawing cars long before he had a driver’s license and could steer a vehicle of his own. He refers to himself as a “caretaker” of the cars he personally owns and is very active in helping to prevent fraud in the hobby by educating new enthusiasts about how to protect themselves during transactions when purchasing a classic automobile.

GUNNISON CAR SHOW
August 17-19, 2012 – Gunnison, CO
Bud Wells is the Automotive Columnist for The Denver Post penning two columns a week for many years. He has personally driven and reviewed nearly 2,000 cars and trucks in his career. He authored books on cars as well as produced many special sections, the most recent, “The 100th Anniversary of Chevrolet”.

MEMPHIS CLASSIC THUNDERBIRD FOUNDATION
August 21-25, 2012 – Memphis, TN
Gil Baumgartner in addition to being “hands on” with Gil’s Garage in assisting others in the restoration of 1955/1956/1957 Thunderbirds he is the compiler/author of the CTCI T-Bird Restoration Manual. He has also personally raised thousands for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

MCA GRAND NATIONAL
August 31-September 2, 2012 – Mustang, OK
John P. “Luke” Lucas is a hands on restorer of the Mustang in addition to being a Gold Card MCA Judge, holding many leadership positions on the Board of Directors of MCA Regional and committee positions for National Shows. His philanthropy includes assistance with ABLE and their group homes in addition to helping build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

SFV REGION VCCA
September 9, 2012 – Burbank, CA
Larry Pearson is a collector and a judge extraordinaire, serving many lead positions. He is a hands on member who gives unselfishly of his time and expertise in addition to his involvement with Ronald McDonald House. He has written many articles on the Corvette, owning and restoring several.

Glenmoor Gathering Winner Pat Swigart

2012 Award Winner
Pat Swigart
at the Glenmoor Gathering

GLENMOOR GATHERING
September 14-16, 2012 – Canton, OH
Pat Swigart is President of the William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum, the oldest car museum in America. She received the 50 year pin from AACA and as a collector and curator she has been elected and appointed to numerous club positions both regionally and nationally.

NEW ENGLAND CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE
September 28-30, 2012 – Saratoga, NY
Fay Butler created a seminar program as well as an apprentice program specifically to teach people the principles of metal shaping. In addition to working with individuals he has worked with auto manufacturers, concept car companies, tier one suppliers, professional restorers, hobbyists and schools everywhere. He is a world class craftsman and unselfishly shares his skill with others.

2012 Silver Springs All GM Trophy Girls

2012 Silver Springs All GM Trophy Girls

SILVER SPRINGS ALL GM
October 6, 2012 – Silver Springs, FL
Eugene Roy has been involved in the classic car hobby for 30 years, owning three 1950 Oldsmobiles. Belonging to several clubs and holding positions of importance for most of those years. He has rebuilt several engines for himself as well as others and publishes many articles on his favorite vehicle, the Olds.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND CONCOURS
November 3-4, 2012 – Hilton Head Island, SC
Carolyn Sikes holds leadership positions in a number of car clubs in addition to spending countless hours volunteering her time, money and assistance to Driving Young America (Automotive Education for Youth), Children’s Home, Angel Flight, Gifts for Military and March of Dimes.

Ryan Reed, race car driver and
founder www.ryansmission.org
with SD Mustangs By The Bay
Iacocca Award winner
Jacob Bagnell.

MUSTANGS BY THE BAY
October 7, 2012 – San Diego, CA
Jacob Bagnell is a “car guy for all seasons”! He is a retired high school teacher of auto shop/mechanics, an entrepreneur starting an automotive and motorcycle upholstery business, a restorer with dozens of cars to his credit, an author writing professional journals and curriculum, a speaker demonstrating automotive procedures and a leader with his volunteerism in numerous charitable organizations.

LAKE MIRROR CLASSIC
October 19-21, 2012 – Lakeland, FL
James (Jim) Prior has owned and restored numerous cars and for the last 8 years has played an integral part in this particular shows success, providing technical and contact information on the cars for the Concours. He is a judge and has improved the judging process in addition to taking on any job that needs doing.