At its annual awards dinner, held at the NEMPA headquarters in Middleborough, Mass., the New England Motor Press Association announced the winners of its prestigious Winter Vehicle Awards and honored three individuals for their outstanding contributions to the automotive industry.
Ford Motor Company gave the Keynote Presentation highlighting the new Ford Bronco and Maverick Hybrid.
Following the keynote presentation, Zack Nakos, Maverick Brand & Product Manager answered questions about the Maverick and then the award presentations began.
“Members of the New England Motor Press Association take great pride in how their point of view is shaped by weather, road conditions and terrain unlike any other market in the country,” said NEMPA President John Paul. “Our Vehicle Awards are won by those vehicles that prove their ability and agility in one of the most densely populated and geographically distinct regions in America.”
Journalists and industry professionals gathered for the award presentations, while Wayne Carini, host of Chasing Classic Cars, was the master of ceremonies.
“We were also pleased to recognize individuals that significantly and diligently contribute to the coverage of the industry,” John Paul explained. “Jessica Tullman, Rhonda Belluso Bambrick, and Lori Scholz were honored this year.”
The 2021 NEMPA Charles E. Dole High Road Award
Jessica Tullman, Subaru of America, Inc.
The Charles E. Dole High Road Award is presented to an automotive professional who typifies the enterprise, collegiality, helpfulness, integrity and good will that marked the career of Charlie Dole, for many years the automotive columnist for the Christian Science Monitor and dean of the New England automotive press corps.
The 2021 NEMPA Camel’s Back Award
Rhonda Belluso Bambrick, Ford Motor Company
The Camel’s Back Award is presented to a member of the automotive public relations corps who has consistently and with good humor and genuine helpfulness risen to NEMPA’s requests, rather than allowing them to be the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back.”
The 2021 NEMPA Wicked Good, Above & Beyond Award
Lori Scholz, Hyundai Motor America
The Wicked Good, Above & Beyond Award is given to an automotive public relations professional that has already been honored with the coveted Camel’s Back Award and the Camel’s Back Double Hump Award. This award honors the unwavering dedication and professionalism over decades of service to the NEMPA group. This award is for the PR professional that is “wicked good” at what they do – as they say in New England.
2021 NEMPA Winter Vehicle Awards
Official Winter SUV of New England
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Official Winter Pickup Truck of New England
Official Winter Sedan of New England
Best In Class Winners:
Best in Class Mid-Size Pickup Truck
Best in Class Full-Size Pickup Truck
Best in Class Sub-Compact SUV / Crossover
Best in Class Compact SUV / Crossover
Best in Class Mid-Size SUV / Crossover
Best in Class Mid-Size SUV / Crossover
Best in Class Full-Size SUV
Best in Class All-Wheel Drive Wagon
Best in Class All-Wheel Drive Sedan
Toyota Camry AWD
Best in Class Premium Compact SUV / Crossover
Best in Class Premium Mid-Size SUV / Crossover
Best in Class Premium Full-Size SUV / Crossover
Best in Class Premium All-Wheel Drive Sedan/Wagon
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E 350 4MATIC)
Best in Class People Mover
Best in Class Ultimate All-Wheel Drive Sedan
About the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA)
The New England Motor Press Association is a united guild of working journalists in six states and a committed partner to every major automaker. NEMPA members, who live among the most densely populated and diverse markets in the country, deliver trusted content to millions of car shoppers in New England and nationally on the internet, radio, television, newspapers, and magazines. For nearly 35 years, NEMPA has played an integral role in the automotive industry with access to vetted, ever-expanding media outlets, exclusive events, and awards that reflect the group’s rigorous vehicle testing and recognition of the people making it all possible. For more information, please visit www.nempa.org.