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Webby Awards, SEMA Hall of Fame, Connected Car Expo

Webby Awards in its Car Sites and Culture category included Steve Halloran for 2013 Webby Awardsand, apparently all who write for About.Com Auto Channels including Keith Griffin, Aaron Gold and numerous others. . . . Ford’s Mustang GT500 Shelby and redesigned Fusion took top honors at this year’s TAWA’s Auto Roundup. . . . Peter Brock has been named Grand Marshal of the 2013 Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance on September 15 in Rancho Palos Verdes.

George Barris, Eric Grant, Wade Kawasaki, and Joe Schubeck are the 2013 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees. They and new SEMA board members will be installed at a gala banquet July 28 at the Sheraton in Pomona. For more information: Jamie Eriksen at or call 909-978-6737. . . . John Krafcik, president and John Krafcik, President & CEO Hyundai Motor Americachief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America, has been named “Automotive Executive of The Year” for 2013. The honor which has been bestowed since 1964 comes from a program created for that purpose that is currently directed by Robert Djurovic, who is director of Automotive Services North America, DNV. . . . Hilary Becker has been appointed to the National Board of the Antique Automobile Club America. She is the Hospitality Liaison for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. From Amelia Island Concours founder and chairman Bill Warner’s description of her duties there it sounds like the AACA Board followed the adage, “If you want something done ask a busy person.”

A “Connected Car Expo” and conference will be staged at the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with press days at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov. 19-21. Technology experts from, Auto Alliance, Aha Radio BMW, Delphi, Ford, Gracenote, Hughes Telematics, INRIX, J.D. Power & Associates, Kia, Livio, MIT, Pandora, QNX Software Systems, Stanford University, Sprint Velocity, Strategy Analytics and others are slated to participate. It is not cheap. Go to . . . . Briggs Cunningham, the only American to win yachting’s America’s Cup and auto racing championships, will be honored by the Blackhawk Museum near San Francisco with a display of his cars throughout July. . . . To celebrate the soon-to-be-run 90th 24 hours of Le Mans, Car Art calls attention to its Le Mans Gallery of 50 fine artworks by 16 top motorsports artists. Check them out: here. . . . The 2014 Mazda 6 was named winner of the Gene Ritvo award for design and elegance by the members of the New England Motor Press Association. The award is named in honor of their late member who was an outstanding photographer.