As renowned a career that Sam Posey made for himself as a race car driver, he’s spent far more time as a motorsports observer – albeit a highly qualified one – either as a commenter or writer, and it’s for that latter role that the Motor Press Guild recently honored him with its annual Best Book of the Year award.
Posey, who raced from 1965 through 1982, began his professional writing career with an article for Road and Track in 1968 and has gone on not only to write for Sports Illustrated and pen his autobiography, but also to serve as a racing analyst and commentator for ABC Sports throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, covering everything from the Indianapolis 500 to the Olympics to the Iditarod.
Earlier this year, he assembled the best of his varied writings and television scripts for “Where the Writer Meets the Road: A Collection of Articles, Broadcast Intros, and Profiles.” As the publisher, David Bull, describes the book, “The result is a remarkably varied mix of short and long pieces on subjects ranging from racing in the rain at Le Mans to test-driving the propeller-driven Wind Wagon created by his uncle Teddy in the 1920s.”
The Motor Press Guild presented Posey with the award at its annual awards ceremony Tuesday at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The guild’s highest honor, the Dean Batchelor Award, went to Micah Muzio of KBB.com for his review of the Polaris Slingshot, which also took the MPG’s Best Video Vehicle Review of the Year. Other 2015 award winners include Larry P. Vellequette and Luca Ciferri for Best Feature Article of the Year, Hans Greimel for Best News Article of the Year, Basem Wasef for Best Vehicle Review of the Year, Charlie Vogelheim and Shawn Meyers for Best Audio Program of the Year, and Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman for Best Feature Video of the Year. Doug Stokes also took home the MPG’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
For the complete list of winners, visit MotorPressGuild.org.