October 30, 2002

CanadianDriver.com wins Best Web Site Award for second time

Greg Wilson, Grant Yoxon
Greg Wilson (left), editor of CanadianDriver.com, with managing editor, Grant Yoxon. Click image to enlarge

Belleville, Ontario – CanadianDriver.com was declared the winner of the Jacques Rainville Best Web Site award for a second time during a dinner honouring automotive journalism on October 25th in Belleville, Ontario.

Grant Yoxon, managing editor of CanadianDriver.com, was on hand to receive the original Inookshuk Inuit sculpture prize from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) President, Tony Whitney.

Judges chose CanadianDriver.com as the winner once again because: “This site sets a very high benchmark for ease of use, timeliness, accessibility, relevance, editorial quality and effective use of web-based interactivity and search tools… It has it all and presents its information in a lively and independent fashion.” The judges concluded by stating that the site was an “Excellent resource for the full range of car enthusiasts.”

Honorable Mention for the Jacques Rainville Web Site Award went to Cartest.ca, a site that the judges claimed “has superb editorial content. The site presents a humorous and irreverent side yet still provides excellent valuable information that is conveyed in a highly informative fashion.” Editor Bill Roebuck, was present to accept the prize certificate.

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

Judges in this year’s competition represented a variety of backgrounds specifically chosen by the AJAC Board of Directors to represent the consumers’ view point as much as the technical aspect when evaluating contestants. Judges were: Linda Leonard, Vice-President, Information Technology Association of Canada, Carey-Ann Greenham, from the CAA Central Ontario and Margie Mastrangelo from Media City and Margie Mastrangelo + Associates.

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