Ford GT wins NEMPA’s Ritvo Award

FordGT-SilverStripes_06_HRAll-New Ford GT Earns the 2016 Gene Ritvo Award for Design and Elegance

  • The 2017 Ford GT has won the Gene Ritvo Award, which honors the best in design in the automotive world. The honor is awarded to the concept or vehicle that best defines elegance in design.
  • Entries were judged by the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) in conjunction with design experts from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Mass.
  • The groundbreaking design of the all-new 2017 Ford GT combines style and elegance in a sleek, stylish and powerful silhouette

BY GERRY MILES

It’s bitter sweet to write about the Gene Ritvo award for the New England Motor Press Association’s annual awards. First it recognizes a dear friend whose eye for beauty, elegance, symmetry and seemingly all things technical and non-technical were endless. Secondly it reminds us all that Gene is no longer with us.

His eye and his camera captured images in an outstanding way that made them timeless. To see what he captured in his camera, after you both stood in front of the same car, made you wonder in amazement “why didn’t I think of that angle” or “how’d he do that?”

Gene’s booming voice was as broad as his connections or the names of the folks he’d meet on the early morning lawn at a concourse or Pebble Beach. He knew them all and plenty about them. He had facts, not just a name to drop.

The 2017 Ford GT has earned the Gene Ritvo Award for Design and Elegance from the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) in conjunction with Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Larz Anderson Auto Museum.

“The Ritvo” honors the best in design in the automotive world, whether it’s a concept car, production vehicle, a marketing campaign or a particular element of a vehicle that defines elegance in design.

“It is an honor to receive this award, an accolade that the entire team behind the all-new Ford GT can proud of,” said Moray Callum, vice president, Design, Ford Motor Company. “The 2017 Ford GT has a revolutionary design that maintains the essence of the original GT40, while making it into a 21st century car. This vehicle truly demonstrates our commitment to performance and innovation in every aspect of our business.”

“The challenge of producing a car like this is that the original is one of the most iconic and decorated cars in American automobile history,” said Zachary Dollar, Officer, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. “Ford kept enough of the soul of the original that it is still identifiable, but used modern tools, materials, and technology to make it a car of today.”

The Ford GT ultra-high-performance super car was first unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show and represents the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar. It sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance, with advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and an ultra-efficient EcoBoost® engine.

“The Ford GT is the future in the present,” said NEMPA President Craig Fitzgerald, “but it never strays too far from the proportions that made the GT40 an instant classic. The Ford GT is no nostalgia car, but it looks back with enough fondness to make it appealing to every generation of car enthusiast. It’s a worthy recipient of the award named for our friend Gene Ritvo.”

It was the second “Ritvo” for Ford, which received the first in 2012 for its newly designed Fusion.

The cars, like the man the award’s named after, are timeless classics.

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