Auto writer honored for cross-country tale of mis-adventures

William Hall, a resident of Elkhart Lake, was recently honored with the Automotive Heritage Award at the Concours of America in Plymouth, Michigan on July 29th for his work in automotive journalism.

The award for “Best Blog/ Column” was presented for Hall’s series on “The Drive Home II,” an 11-day, crosscountry odyssey driving three vintage cars from Boston, Massachusetts to the North Ameri- can International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

The series chronicled the numerous mechanical breakdowns and hazards of winter driving in the adventure which took place in January of 2017. Hall’s daily dispatches from the road were published online at Hemmings Daily, a digital version of Hemming’s Motor News.

The road trip was a promotional event between the Le- May-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Hall alternated driving duties between a 1961 Chrysler 300G, a 1957 Chevy Nomad, and a 1966 Ford Mustang. During the trip, the Chrysler snapped an axle while on the interstate, and the Mustang suffered a catastrophic transmission failure just off Times Square in New York City traffic in the midst of New Year’s Eve preparations.

The mechanical challenges forced Hall and the other drivers to seek assistance from friends and strangers enroute, making for spontaneous storytelling.

Plagued with car problems, the drivers humorously conducted a mock exorcism of the cars at the Georgetown, Maryland location where the 1973 movie “The Exorcist” was filmed.

The Drive Home is an annual event which culminates with a police-escorted procession to the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit for the start of the North American International Auto Show.

Hall also accepted a “Lifetime Achievement Award” on behalf of friend and fellow writer Peter Egan of Stoughton, Wisconsin. Egan is a well-regarded columnist who has written for Road & Track and Cycle World magazines for over 30 years.

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