10/29/2012 - Vintage Motorsport Contributor Wins Auto Writing Award
Hershey, PA - Carl Goodwin, a member of the Neohio Region, Sports Car Club of America starting 1958, has won the 2012 Carl Benz Award of the Society of Automotive Historians. It was for a three-part article titled "Flying Low," published in Vintage Motorsport magazine, about the era of airport races for sports cars, from 1948 to the present, including the famous SAC Base races.
In presenting the award, Douglas Leighton, President of Society of Automotive Historians said, "This award is given annually to an article which represents outstanding writing and original research, published in the previous calendar year."
The article featured original racing stories from 27 early drivers and 39 photographs of the era.
The award was presented at the Society's annual awards banquet at the Hershey Golf and Country Club during the annual swap meet at Hershey, Pa. A limited number of other awards were presented at the banquet, including one for the best book, one for video, distinguished service, a student paper, and four others. Additional details can be obtained on the website, autohistory.org.
Vintage Motorsport's editor-in-chief D. Randy Riggs said, "I was extremely impressed by the research Carl Goodwin put into this effort. I consider Carl one of our most valuable contributors and I'm extremely pleased for this recognition of his fine work."
Goodwin began writing about sports car racing in 1964. He raced a Fiat-Abarth Zagato and an Alexis 18B Formula Ford for a combined five years, at 11 road courses and one airport course in the East and Midwest, and he was a race worker for Bill Benham's Lake Erie Communications for another five years.
In addition to writing for Vintage Motorsport, he has a book out titled "They Started in MGs," published by McFarland & Company. He is currently working on a book about the Put-in-Bay road races.
Back issues of the "Flying Low" series are still available at vintagemotorsport.com or by calling 800-626-9937.