2015 Recipients

SILVER SPRING FORD & MUSTANG
January 11-12, 2015 – Silver Spring, FL

Tim Manes combines his love for the car collector hobby with his career in the performance parts industry in sales and management. He’s the guy who will “surprise” a friend with a much needed hard to locate part. Tim’s generosity also benefits Cancer Research and Awareness.

AACA ANNUAL MEETING
February 14, 2015 – Philadelphia, PA

Darrell Page, President of The Hornets’ Nest accepted on behalf of the group whose been honored for their outstanding community service. This has only occurred a few times in the history of the Award. Their philanthropic activities include a scholarship fund for high school students, the AACA Library and museum projects as well as numerous youth programs.

BOCA RATON CONCOURS – BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
February 21, 2015 – Boca Raton, FL

Ralph Marano’s continuing guidance helps others to restore their vehicles. He hosts numerous events at his Museum; Marano’s Toy Box and is dedicated to participating in automotive events benefiting Spina Bifida, Burn Victims, Diabetes and of course The Boys and Girls Club of Boca Raton.

AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE
March 13-15, 2015 – Amelia Island, FL

Auturo and Deborah Keller have a long and illustrious history with automobiles. He’s the CEO of Grupo Summa which has proven instrumental in the growth of one of Mexico’s most important industries, employing thousands. With his wife they celebrate their commitment to vintage cars by traveling to Rally’s around the globe.

MOPARS ON THE STRIP
March 27-29, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV

Brett Torino uses his car collection to reach children in his community experiencing life-threatening illnesses, special needs and those living in at-risk situations. He does this by engaging them in social, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth activities through the use of recreation, education, socialization and connecting with nature.

Jim Smart, Journalist accepting The Lee Iacocca Award at Fabulous Fords Forever – Knott's Berry Farm

Jim Smart, Journalist accepting The Lee Iacocca Award at Fabulous Fords Forever – Knott’s Berry Farm

FABULOUS FORDS FOREVER
April 19, 2015 – Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA

Jim Smart is a journalist of the highest caliber. Mr. Iacocca credits him with helping to make him well known with Mustang collectors. His superb writing makes him outstanding in the car collector hobby.

PINEHURST CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE
May 2, 2015 – Pinehurst, NC

Robert Ingram owner of over 50 Porsches is chairman and founder of The Pinehurst Concours which spearheads donations to Wounded Warriors as well as Children’s Hospital.

GREYSTONE MANSION CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE
May 3, 2015 – Beverly Hills, CA

Vinnie Mandzak was a stalwart friend to the automotive world in restoring the reputation of a dealership to raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Beverly Hills Education Foundation and other local charities. Sadly, Vinnie passed away shortly after receiving The Award.

Formal 'portrait' of the Iacocca Award recipients that were present at this year's Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In held in Dublin, Ohio.

Formal “portrait” of the Iacocca Award recipients that were present at this year’s Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In held in Dublin, Ohio. Left to Right: Tom Kromer (2015), Jim Baker (2011),
Andy Trux (2007), David Landow (2009), John Evans (Representing the Mustang Club of Ohio) (2008), Katie & Rob Eberst (2010), Dave Roberts (2014), Jack Compton (2013), Mark Thomas (2015), Jeff Brashares (2012). Photo credit: Fairfield Photography

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION CAR SHOW
July 9-11, 2015 – Dublin, OH

Thomas Kromer is a long time active member of The Buick Club, including the position of Chapter Director. His assistance in restoring cars is “hands on”, helping others to restore their vehicles. He has been on the Show Board Committee for three decades.

CAPITAL CITY CORVETTE CLUB CAR SHOW
July 10, 2015 – Gahanna, OH

Mark Thomas worked for GM during the “glory days” and is a Corvette aficionado. He has served his community for many years in law enforcement. His involvement in the collector-car hobby spans 35 years.

Dr. Andrew Manganaro accepting Lee Iacocca Award from Tom Jones at Keeneland Concours D'Elegance in Lexington, KY – Photo Credit: Dave Howard Photography

Dr. Andrew Manganaro accepting Lee Iacocca Award from Tom Jones at Keeneland Concours D’Elegance in Lexington, KY – Photo Credit: Dave Howard Photography

KEENELAND CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE
July 17, 2015 – Lexington, KY

Dr. Andrew Manganaro is a renowned Cardiac Surgeon, who fortunately for the rest of us, is also a renowned car collector including such marques as Fiat, Lamborghini, McLaren, and Ferrari to philanthropist, enthusiast, and collector extraordinaire.

WALTER P. CHRYSLER CAR SHOW
July 21-25, 2015 – Springfield, IL

Ron and Ann Glowen are a couple who share a passion for the car collector hobby with a unique interest in vintage automotive accessories and collecting automotive memorabilia. When it comes to their philanthropic efforts, they are a team who give of themselves with humility that is rarely seen.

GUNNISON CAR CLUB
August 22, 2015 – Gunnison, CO

Keith Martin is a well-respected television personality, author and publisher in the collector car world for more than forty years, with many credits to his name. His onstage wit, warmth and deep knowledge of Italian cars has made him an authoritative voice in the world of classic cars.

MCA GRAND NATIONAL
September 3-6, 2015 – Columbus, OH

Steve Prewitt is President of the Mustang Club of America and has more than contributed to The Mustang “Mystique”. He restores Mustangs and willingly shares his knowledge with others. Thru his hobby he gives back to the community with his many fund raising efforts.

COBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE
September 12-15, 2015 – Cobble Beach Golf Resort – Kemble, ON Canada

John Carlson represents the first and only recipient of The Lee Iacocca Award at a Canadian Car Show. His involvement as a collector, judge, restorer, member and active elected participant in numerous clubs, shows both in Canada and the United States confirms his significant contributions.

SANTA FE CONCORSO
September 25-27, 2015 – Santa Fe, NM

Murray Smith worked at both Ford and Chrysler and has combined his career and love of cars with his hobby. It is fortunate when a person chooses a career that not only coincides with their passion but then continues to play an active role that stems from all the magnificent vehicles that have been manufactured.

HEMMINGS MOTOR NEWS CONCOURS
September 25-27, 2015 – Saratoga, NY

Bob Bailey has generously donated and raised funds for the Saratoga Automobile Museum, along with many other affiliations including the Peterson automotive Museum/Checqured Flag 200. 60 years in the collector car hobby has made him an undeniable expert.

ALL GM OCTOBERFEST
October 3, 2015 – Silver Spring, FL

Mike Eaton owns a successful family business dedicated to keeping these moving works of art “moving”. He assists veterans and educates both young and old within the classic car hobby. Thru his business and hobby he’s helped countless individuals and organizations.

LAKE MIRROR CLASSIC AUTO FESTIVAL
October 16-18, 2015 – Lakeland, FL

Thomas DuPont has both an impressive and diverse collection and affiliations with many professional organizations as both a member and elected positions. His philanthropic endeavors enhance the impression of all classic car enthusiasts.

Rick Schmidt presenting the final Lee Iacocca Award to William and Christine Snyder at Hilton Head Concours d' Elegance

Rick Schmidt presenting the final Lee Iacocca Award to William and Christine Snyder at Hilton Head Concours d’ Elegance

HILTON HEAD ISLAND CONCOURS D’ ELEGANCE
November 1, 2015 – Hilton Head Island, SC

William and Christine Snyder have chosen to further their hobby as a couple and are active participants as not only members of numerous clubs and organizations but elected officials. They also have the unique distinction of being the recipients of the final Lee Iacocca Award.