& TRAVEL magazine presented its first Lifetime Achievement
Award to automotive journalist and author Denise McCluggage on Jan. 3, 2004. The
tribute, sponsored by General Motors and part of RTM's Top 10 - 2004 Car of the
Year Awards, took place in front of a packed ballroom of industry leaders and
the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.
video montage dedicated to McCluggage's impressive career and trailblazing spirit
featured interviews with Robert A. Lutz, Product Development and Chairman, GM
North America; David E. Davis, Jr., founder/editor emeritus of Automobile Magazine;
editorial director of The Car Connection;
Phil Hill, racing
legend; Gus Buenz, public relations director, GM Latin America/Africa/Mideast;
Jeffrey K. Leestma, president of the Automotive Hall of Fame; and Courtney Caldwell,
editor and publisher, ROAD & TRAVEL Magazine.
"Wind Beneath My Wings" was performed live by Juliette Hamilton and
the Jerry Ross & Michael Brock Band, McCluggage took the stage to accept the
crystal trophy, giving a speech filled with humor and modesty.
to Denise McCluggage, RTM's first Lifetime Achievement Award recipient!
more about McCluggage's career: