Awards

Museum

The Museum is one of "America's Five Greatest Auto Museums" -- AutoWeek magazine (2012).

The Museum is one of the “Sixteen Best Car Museums” in the world -- AutoWeek magazine (2007).

The Museum is one of the Top Ten automobile museums in the nation in a USA Today article titled, “10 great places to get revved up again about cars” by Thomas L. Bryant, Road & Track magazine editor-in-chief (2005).

The Museum is among the “Ten Must See Museums” in the nation -- Car Collector magazine (2001).

The Museum has been an AAA Gem Designated Attraction of “exceptional interest and quality offering a great experience for AAA members” since 2001.

The Museum is one of “The Ten Best Large Museums in the United States” -- Car Collector magazine (1997).

The Museum wins the 2009 Truckee Meadows Tomorrow “Accentuate the Positive Silver Star” award for its contributions to our region’s cultural vitality and economy.

The Museum received the 2006 Non-Profit Excellence in Commerce Award from the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce for business growth and commitment.

The Museum receives one of the nation’s highest wildfire prevention awards, Bronze Smokey Bear, from the National Advertising Council, Inc., National Association of State Foresters and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, for fire prevention exhibits and programs.

 

National Historic Vehicle Register

1981 Gold DeLorean added to the National Historic Vehicle Register in March 2013 at the National Mall in Washtington D.C.. One of the 10 nation's most historically significant automobiles deemed by the Historic Vehicle Association

 

Oustanding Humanities Project Award

Received Nevada Humanities first "Outstanding Humanities Project Award" for Northern Nevada on March 28, 2013 for the 2012 history symposium, The 1920s: Barnstormers to Bootleggers. 

 

Concours and Shows

1937 812 Supercharged Beverly Sedan - Awarded Most Elegant Cord at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

1938 Phantom Corsair - Awarded The Most Audacious Exterior at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

1938 Phantom Corsair - Awarded Honorary Judges Trophy at 2015 Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance.  This trophy is awarded to a car of particularly noteworthy engineering advances and artistic merit.

1906 Adams-Farwell – Awarded the prestigious Charles A. Chayne Trophy at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This trophy is awarded to the car with the most advanced engineering of its era.

1937 Airomobile – Awarded the Chairman’s Trophy at the 2011 Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance.

1938 Phantom Corsair – Awarded The First Coast News Award for the car representing the most advanced styling for its era at the 2009 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

1954 Lincoln Pan American Road Race winner – Awarded the E.T. “Bob” Gregorie Award for Enduring Design selected by Ford at the 2007 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

1938 Phantom Corsair – Double Winner of the Strother MacMinn Design Award for the most inspirational design elements for a car of its era and the People’s Choice Award for the car that receives the most votes from attendees at the 2007 Hillsborough Concours e’Elegance.

1938 Phantom Corsair – Awarded Best in Class at the 2006 Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, for Modernism on the Move-Coachbuilt Fantasies of the Streamlined Age.

1948 Delahaye – Awarded the Franklin Templeton Investments Award for the most elegant open post-war automobile at the 2006 Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance.

 

NAAMY Awards

The Museum has won the following NAAMY Awards of Excellence in the annual competition of the National Association of Automobile Museums (NAAM):

Second Place in Education Programs for the 2014 Annual History Symposium, The 1940s: Turmoil to Triumph

Second Place in Newsletter and Magazines for Precious Metal magazine, 2014 series

Second Place in Newsletters and Magazines for Precious Metal magazine, 2012 series

Second Place in Exhibits for the special exhibit, Special Delivery, in 2012

Third Place in Exhibits for the special exhibit, P. Echert & Co Hardware Store, in 2012

First Place in Education Programs for the 2012 Annual History Symposium, The 1920s: Barnstormers to Bootlegger

First Place in Newsletters and Magazines for Precious Metal magazine, 2010 series (in 2011).

Third Place in Educational Programs for the 2010 Biennial History Symposium: 1910 - 1920: Assembly Line to Battle Line (in 2011).

Third Place in Interpretive Exhibits for Bill Harrah 1911 - 1978: Legendary Collector (in 2011).

Second Place in Newsletters and Magazines for Precious Metal magazine, 2009 series (in 2010).

First Place in Books and Catalogs for the book, Against All Odds: The Great New York to Paris Automobile Race of 1908 (in 2009).

First Place in Web Design for a new website (in 2009).

Second Place in Collateral Materials for the Museum’s new rack brochure (in 2009).

Second Place in Educational Programs for the 2008 Biennial History Symposium: 1900-1910: Bustling into the Modern Age (in 2009).

First Place in Publications for Precious Metal magazine, 2007 series (in 2008).

First Place in Interpretive Exhibits for 100th Anniversary: 1908 New York to Paris Auto Race (in 2008).

Second Place in Events and Public Promotions for the exhibit 100th Anniversary: 1908 New York to Paris Auto Race (in 2008).

First Place in Event & Public Promotions for the 2006 Biennial History Symposium, The 1960s: Movin’ & Groovin’ (in 2007).

Second Place in Education Programs for the 2006 Biennial History Symposium, The 1960s: Movin’ & Groovin’ (in 2007).

Second Place in Publications for Precious Metal magazine, 2006 series (in 2007).

Second Place in Film and Video, for the Museum’s production, The Bill Harrah Story and the Legendary Journey to the Museum (in 2007).

 

Golden Quill Awards

Precious Metal magazine won Golden Quill Awards from Old Cars Weekly News & Marketplace in 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.

 

Trip Advisor

2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, based on the quality of reviews and opinions earned by the Museum over the past year.