The awards event was held June 23 at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan.
Ken was also presented with the IAMA Gold Award for Best Entertainment Book for his best-selling, Art of the Hot Rod, published by Motorbooks in October 2008.
The IAMA are an annual program to recognize and encourage excellence in all forms of automotive journalism. Judging is done by peers in journalism and broadcasting to a pre-set standard.
Gross is a lifelong automotive enthusiast, author, museum director, and concours judge of some 37 years. For Old Cars Weekly he authors the popular column, “Speaking of Hot Rods”. He is also a monthly columnist for edmunds.com and also writes for Playboy, Hemispheres, AutoWeek, The Robb Report, Hagerty’s Magazine, The Rodder’s Journal, Street Rodder, Hot Rod Magazine and Hot Rod DeLuxe.
He has previously won the Washington Auto Press “Golden Quill Award,” the Society of Automotive Historians’ “Cugnot Award,” and “The James Valentine Memorial Award” for excellence in automotive historical research.