Top Gear Philippines and TopGear.com.ph earned citations at the 2009 Henry Ford Awards for excellence in five different automotive journalism categories.
Top Gear editor in chief Vernon B. Sarne bagged the trophy for the Ford Feature Story in Print for his magazine article "A Pony Tale," and the Automotive Online Feature award for his All Will Drive column "Here Comes The Bribe."
Features editor Dinzo Tabamo was lauded for his article "Are You Green-Minded?" in the Environment and Conservation Feature Story category, while associate editor Paulo Rafael Subido received the Automotive Industry Feature Story for Print award for his article "10 Things You Need To Know Before You Buy A Car."
Top Gear lensman Alfred Mendoza's photograph "Ain't No Mountain Rough Enough," featuring the Ford Everest, was cited as the best photograph in the motoring beat.
Judges for the 2009 Henry Ford Awards included Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Famer Alfred Yuson, Transport department undersecretary Anelli Lontoc, and Ford Group Philippines president Rick Baker.
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The winners of the 2009 Henry Ford Awards
Automotive Industry Feature Story (Print) - Paulo Rafael Subido, Top Gear Philippines ("10 Things You Need To Know Before You Buy A Car")
Automotive Industry Feature Story (Broadcast media) - TurboTime ("Automobile Association of the Philippines, Making Cars Green")
FGP Feature Story (Print) - Vernon Sarne, Top Gear Philippines ("A Pony Tale")
FGP Feature Story (Television) - AutoReview ("Ford Everest From Then ‘Til Now")
Best Broadsheet Motoring Section (Print) - Business Mirror
Automotive Online Feature - Vernon Sarne, TopGear.com.ph ("Here Comes The Bribe")
Environment and Conservation Feature story (Print) - Dinzo Tabamo, Top Gear Philippines ("Are You Green-Minded?")
Automotive Test Drive/Automotive Event Story (Print) - James Deakin, C! ("Collision Course")
Motoring Column (Print) - Chris Van Hoven, C! ("Does The Car Really Get The Girl: A Case Study")
Safety Feature Story (Print) - Ulysses K. Ang, Philippine Star ("Taming Your Inner Monster")
Automotive Television Feature - Stoplight TV ("Alternative Fuels")
Automotive Radio Feature - TurboTime ("Ford Focus on TurboTime")
Motorsports Feature Story (Print, Broadcast, & Online) - Tet Andolong, Business Mirror ("Pocholo Ramirez: For The Love Of Motorsports")
Published Photograph (Print, & Online) - Alfred Mendoza, Top Gear Philippines ("Ain't No Mountain Rough Enough")