The early stages of voting in the 2016 Women’s World Car of the Year is now underway and judges will honour jury member, Holly Reich, who passed away in New York on 6th October, 2016.
Each year the women motoring writers of the jury choose their Dream Car - the one they aspire to own and drive. From this year the category will be known as the Holly Reich Dream Car Award in memory and honour of the woman who was one of the ‘early ten’ judges who joined the panel almost from the start of the awards.
Fellow motoring writer, friend, and Women's World Car judge, LouAnn Hammond from California, summed up Holly Reich in a story for Driving The Nation, her motoring news and blog portal:
"Holly wrote like the woman she was, with a loving, quirky sense of humour. She wrote for such prestigious publications as Harper’s, New York Daily News, Hampton Magazine, Fortune, the Boston Herald, the Washington Post, New York Daily News and Redbook. She was featured on several media outlets including Lifetime TV, the Discovery Channel, ABC Radio and Fox News."
Ms Reich revelled in meeting from women around the world as an integral part of the Women's World Car of the Year Awards who shared her passion for writing about cars. She and other judges were in Detroit to drive the new Ford Mustang in 2014 and she was in Gothenburg in Sweden in May this year to help present the trophy to Volvo for the XC90 winning the 2015 Women’s World Car of the Year.
Holly made friends with the women she met and was constantly concerned for their welfare and progress in their mutual chosen careers. She will be sadly missed by all who are part of the world's only car awards voted for entirely by women.
Holly Reich was recently recognised for her excellence in writing by the Texas Auto Writers Association and now the jury of which she was a long-time member recognises her. The winner of the Holly Reich Dream Car Award 2016 will be announced in November, along with other award winners in various categories and the supreme award winner.
LouAnn Hammond will be present in New York at the end of October for a celebration of Holly's life and will advise her family - husband Michael, daughter Jenna and son Dylan Kreitman - of the decision from Women's World Car of the Year to dedicate this award to a highly professional and much loved woman motoring journalist.
"Each soul leaves a legacy of love that others would not have the courage to live and dream."Ylle Rajasaar, Jury Member, Estonia.