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The Automotive Historians’ Dinner 2020 in Paris – Good food, stunning venue, well-deserved awards

Notes on the awards by Kit Foster.  Photos by Michael Edwards.

The 25th Automotive Historians’ European Dinner in Paris was once again a success.  On Tuesday 4th February, 38 people from all corners of the Globe dined in fine style at the Automobile Club de France in Paris.

The dinner was also the occasion for the presentation by the Society of Automotive Historian of its awards to those who could not attend the SAH dinner at Hershey in October last year.  Three awards were presented by Kit Foster of the SAH:

Gundula Tutt received an Award of Distinction for her masterpiece on the history of automobile painting: Kutschenlack, Asphaltschwarz & Nitroglanz Fahrzeuglackierung zwischen 1900 und 1945, published by Karren Publishing.   This is an important book – we were delighted to hear that Gundula has now received funding for an English translation that will greatly widen its dissemination to historians and restorers.

Thomas Braun received an Award of Distinction for Durchgeboxt, published by Schneider Media, an encyclopaedia of small-series and one-off cars and trucks based on the chassis of the Volkswagen or inspired by it.

Manuel Lage received the Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Award, Language other than English, for La Hispano Suiza, empresa pionera: El Deportivo Alfonso XIII, published by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Business.

Our thanks are due to Kit Foster and Michael Edwards for providing the notes and photos respectively.

Gundula Tutt receiving her Award of Distinction from Kit Foster of the SAH


Thomas Braun (left), author, and Valentin Schneider of Schneider Media, publisher


Manual Lage (left), author, and Roberto Varela Fariña from the Spanish Embassy in Paris, representing the Spanish Government Ministry who published Manuel’s book.



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