October 31, 2003

CanadianDriver.com third time winner of best web site award

Belleville, Ontario – The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named CanadianDriver.com the winner of the 2003 Jacques Rainville Best Web Site award during the 20th Automotive Journalism Awards dinner held Thursday, October 30 at the Ramada Inn in Belleville. It is the third consecutive year CanadianDriver.com has won the award.

AJAC and Volvo Canada also named CanadianDriver’s Paul Williams winner of the Volvo Award for Environmental Journalism, for his series “BC or Bust – Driving across Canada in a Honda Civic Hybrid.” As well, CanadianDriver contributors Laurance Yap won the Julie Wilkson Motorsport Journalism Award, while Jeremy Cato was named Journalist of the Year.

The Best Web Site award selection was made by a panel of three independent judges representing the views of the information technology sector, the consumer and the automotive industry – Linda Leonard, Vice-President, Information Technology Association of Canada, Chris Travell, Vice President, Maritz Research, Automotive Research Group, and Mark Nantais, President, Canadian Vehicle Manufacturer’s Association.

In a press release, AJAC said, “Two of the judges were new to the jury and unaware of CanadianDriver.com’s previous wins. They commented, “The site provides more in-depth analysis and information regarding vehicles available in the marketplace in a format that is comprehensive and easy to use for Canadians considering the acquisition of a new or used vehicle.”

“The one returning judge chose the site for the third time because, “This site is still the most complete and best presented Canadian source for automotive information. The test drives are critical, the technological advice and guidance is rich and informative. The site is clean and easy to navigate.”

“All three judges felt CanadianDriver.com “was not clouded by other non-automotive related links and promotional offers. Navigation was clean and well laid out. A variety of different and respected writers provided a good overview on a variety of different topics that ae pertinent to Canadian consumers.”

“Grant Yoxon, managing editor of the winning web site, was on hand to receive an original Inookshuk Inuit sculpture price from AJAC President, Tony Whitney. No doubt Yoxon will now have quite a collection of original Inuit art with his three year win.”

The Jacques Rainville Best Web Site Award was established in 2000 in memory of a founding AJAC charter member, Jacques Rainville. He was one of the first journalists to establish a web site in the early 1990’s.

Runner-up for the Jacques Rainville Best Web Site Award went to Cartest.ca and Bill Roebuck as editor. Michael A. Coates web site driventodrive.com received honourable mention.

In other awards announced Thursday evening, Shaun Keenan (Modified Magazine) won first place in the Published Photography category of the Nikon Automotive Photography Awards for his photo entitled Drag Racer. In the unpublished category, Michael Coates (driventodrive.com) won first place for his enhanced image of a Hummer.

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