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PAPA moves forward with new focus for 2017

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Posted 28 Feb 2017 — by Sam Haymart
Category PAPA News

Many members and friends of our work have asked, “what’s happening with PAPA?” The answer in the last year might not have been clear, but it is today.

Since the group was formed in 2001, PAPA has grown and risen to a full fledged organization with a healthy membership and a calendar of events ranging from meetings to exclusive news opportunities and even some educational round tables in-between social occasions.

During late 2015 and 2016 our group board entered a quiet phase with many of those who had been long standing members simply needing to take time for their own work and see PAPA change hands into new leadership.

I call it a quiet phase because that is what it was. Most of us who had been at the core of running PAPA were not able to put in the time and focus for that period to keep the organization at full steam.

In this time our Board became really more of a Steering Committee or Board Of Advisers who have met regularly to keep things moving forward until such time as we could assemble a group of people who had the energy and focus to get this organization at full steam again.

This is where we are in 2017. I have stepped into a leadership role along with Tyson Hugie. I am more or less operating as a General Secretary with Tyson Hugie operating as our Membership Chair and Treasurer.

We’re sharing the road ahead with our esteemed Board Of Advisers; Cathy Droz, Larry Edsall, Nicole James, Sandra Munoz, and Brenda Priddy. Though official titles aren’t yet assigned to these fine people, each and every one of them is playing a vital role in PAPA going forward.

You may recognize many names as most have been on our Board for many years in various roles. There are also some new faces including Nicole James of ClassicCars.com and Sandra Munoz of Latinaology.com who will be handling our PR work and running our new social media channels you can see icons for on our site.

In the coming year we have a number of goals:

First, we are working to assure that PAPA has at least one event or meeting each month that has value to our members. A number of events are in the works for the immediate coming months and we intend to have a full year calendar of events – which means summer too.

Second, we’d like to reach out to all of our members and ask your help to grow PAPA strong by supporting us in membership renewals as well as attendance at our coming events. We also welcome members and manufacturers alike to work with us to promote events and gatherings that would be worthwhile to our members. That means if you have an idea, let us know.

Third, building on the first two goals we would like to be in a place this fall where we can once again hold official Board elections for the 2018 year. This goal is the crown to what we are working on this year to bring PAPA fully back from the quiet phase.

If you have any questions or would like to know how you can get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sam Haymart, admin@phoenixautopress.org

PAPA at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance

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Posted 18 Dec 2016 — by Sam Haymart
Category Events

2016 Arizona Concours d'Elegance

The Arizona Biltmore Resort will again host the Arizona Concours d’Elegance where we have a number of opportunities to get an inside track on the the cars and the people who make it happen.

The Legends: Pioneer Women in Racing,” discussion on Saturday, January 14, is one of three panel discussions taking place on the eve of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. Starting at 10 am will be the annual Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA) preview of the collector car auctions happening that week, then the Legends panel at noon, followed at 2 pm by “Drive: The Passion Driving Race Team Owners,” also moderated by Lyn St. James with featured guest Bobby Rahal.

The fourth annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance, January 15, 2017, hosts more than 90 exceptional vintage automobiles competing for awards in 17 classes as well as coveted Best-of-Show. Besides Lincolns of the Classic Era, featured classes for 2017 honor the Cars of Ettore and Jean Bugatti, and Coachwork by Vignale.

If you wish to participate as media, you must register by December 31st. Media registration: http://arizonaconcours.com/media-registration-2016

Photo: Arizona Concours d’Elegance

Happy Holidays and on to 2017!

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Posted 07 Dec 2016 — by Sam Haymart
Category PAPA News

It’s that magical time of year when we’re all busy looking forward to the holidays and the new year beyond. We’re hoping your 2016 was a successful one and wish you the best for the season and forward to 2017.

In that way, we welcome a number of new faces that have come to join our local journalist and blogger group this year as we look to another. Who would have thought Phoenix a hotbed of automotive scribes?

Fact is we are growing in numbers each year and the future is looking brighter than ever.

We invite all working media and bloggers who are members and those who may think about joining to consider what the Phoenix Automotive Press Association can offer.

Membership in our group gives us opportunities to network with one another but as important with the auto manufacturers. Throughout the year, events we participate in and organize bring us closer to personalities and news makers all around us here in Phoenix.

As we look to calendar year 2017 you are invited to give us some input and thoughts for coming events we might engage in. If you have an idea, hit the Contact Us link and let us know.

Also it’s that time of year for membership renewals. Annual membership is $25 and takes you though the entire year. If you are renewing please do by January 31st.

Next up in January, we have the Arizona Concours d’Elegance at the Biltmore and all the collector car auctions in Scottsdale. Stay tuned for more!

Photo credit: Mark Elias