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Denise McCluggage

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Local Address:  Santa Fe , New Mexico , United States
1155 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit , Michigan 48207
United States

Company Description: AutoWeek magazine is a fortnightly automotive-enthusiast publication based out of Detroit, Michigan, and is one of more than 30 titles published by Crain...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Journalist, An Author, A Photographer and A Honorary Judge
  • Advisory Board Member
  • Founder
    Competition Press


  • Mills College
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Juan Pablo Montoya's victory at the Indy 500 was named Moment of the Year while Jeff Gordon was selected as the first winner of the Autoweek Achievement - The Denise McCluggage Award, named after Autoweek's Denise McCluggage, one of America's preeminent female auto racing drivers and journalists.
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Denise McCluggage: 1927-2015
Denise McCluggage obituary
Denise McCluggage: 1927-2015
Our friend, colleague, mentor and favorite staff race-car driver has passed away
Word came late Wednesday that our friend, colleague, mentor and favorite staff race-car driver Denise McCluggage had passed away. She was 88.
The news was something of a shock because we, and maybe you, too, always believed she would be with us forever. Indeed, she had been on staff at Autoweek and its predecessor Competition Press from the beginning. She was a racer, and as such she understood other racers and could write about them far better than a sports writer who saw it as just another sport.
She, more than perhaps anyone associated with Autoweek, was the heart and soul of this publication. When it started out more than 50 years ago, she was its editor and she remained a contributor up till the end, sharing memories, reminiscences and philosophies with us -- and with you -- for more than half a century.
Gallery: Denise McCluggage, 1927-2015
No one else brought the perspective Denise offered. She was there when Phil Hill won Le Mans, driving around the track with him the night before while Phil daubed paint on all the apexes he was so worried he'd otherwise miss. She was there when Fangio and Moss were winning Grands Prix across Europe. She was a friend and confidant of the greatest names in racing. Look up pictures of Denise and you'll usually find her placed in the middle of those greats, everyone smiling.
She raced as often as she could, and in the best classes that the often-sexist race organizers would let her. She won the GT class at Sebring in 1962 driving a Ferrari 250. She took fifth at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix in 1960. She won her class in the Rallye Monte Carlo in a Ford Falcon. It was a rare thing to see a woman driving a race car back in those times, and even more rare to see a woman win. At other times, she was relegated to the "Ladies Races" that ran in support of the men. She won those, too, finishing first at Nassau, and at the Grand Prix of Venezuela in a Porsche 550.
She won awards, too. Among many other accolades she was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2001 and the SCCA Hall of Fame in 2006. For her writing, she won both the Ken Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism and the Dean Batchelor Lifetime Achievement Award.
But her greatest gift was the ability to take that lifetime of wonderful experiences and share them so eloquently and so generously with all the rest of us. The title of her collection of Autoweek writings, "By Brooks Too Broad For Leaping," comes from an A.E. Housman poem. As our final goodbye to our friend and colleague, we'll reproduce it here. Goodbye, Denise.
Looking back: Denise McCluggage remembers Enzo Ferrari and the machines he made
Denise McCluggage remembers Carroll Shelby
Autoweek columnist Denise McCluggage inducted into Sebring Hall of Fame
Autoweek columnist Denise McCluggage inducted into Sebring Hall of Fame
Car Life, Car News, Racing, Authors, Denise McCluggage, Mark Vaughn, People, Other News, People
Car Reviews, New Cars, Used Cars & Car Prices: New Car Test Drive, 5 Feb 2012 [cached]
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Denise McCluggage 1927-2015, A Tribute Collection
A Celebration of Life for the Santa Fe Concorso co-founder, Denise McCluggage
The tributes written over the past few months about Denise McCluggage, extolling her unparalleled achievements, of which she had many, were continued during the Santa Fe Concorso weekend, September 25-27. Family, friends, and fans from around the country celebrated her life.
Denise was certainly smiling down on the Santa Fe Concorso this year as the weather was picture-perfect with blue skies, warm temperatures and gentle breezes rustling the yellow aspen leaves.
Denise knew both men well and had written an article titled, "I See It as a Movie," describing the two men huddled together to discuss the future of Ferrari on a cold Christmas Eve in the 50's.
Denise stories were interspersed throughout the presentation and later in the evening at the Friday Night Gathering, a VIP event of food, spirits, music and mingling, slides of Denise in her racing gear were projected on the screen in a huge private airplane hangar at Santa Fe Municipal Airport.
A video tribute to the late Denise McCluggage (6 minute video) at the Santa Fe Concorso.
A tribute to Denise in PDF booklet format can be viewed here.
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Denise McCluggage
Sadly, we lost this automotive icon on May 6, 2015. I am a better person for having met Denise McCluggage and learning more about her amazing life here, on Cars Yeah. She had it all: Speed, eloquence, and grace. Keep the revs up Denise... indeed.
Denise McCluggage is a legend in the automotive world. She is a race car driver, a journalist, an author, a photographer, and a honorary judge at Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and the Santa Fe Concorso. She embarked upon a racing career in the late 50s and took part in many international sports car races.
Denise holds the Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism and the Dean Bachelor Lifetime Achievement Award and was the first journalist to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Her adventurous spirit and zest for life are magical.
If there was a wall in front of Denise, she decided the best thing to do was to go around it.
Imagine getting a call to race for the Porsche Factory at Le Mans, only to be told you can't because women were not allowed. Listen to find out how despite this kind of challenge, Denise had many ah ha moments in her racing and journalistic career.
My Brooks Too Broad for Leaping - Denise McCluggage
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During one of the Mexican Gran Prix events (1964), when Mark Dull (RIP), Pat McGarity and I (and, our wives!) had paddock passes given us by Jack Brabham, Denise McCluggage and a friend drove up in a new supercharged Studebaker Avanti.
Denise will be missed.
My impression of Denise when I met her and all the follow up phone calls leading up to our talk on Cars Yeah was that she was an amazingly bright, articulate, smart, and insightful woman. She inspired many and I'm better for having met her.
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