Truck Writers

Truck Writers name three finalists for 33rd annual Jim Winsor Technical Achievement Award

Feb. 19, 2024
Eight products were nominated for the Jim Winsor Technical Achievement Award, which will be presented during TMC in March.

The North American Truck Writers, a panel of industry journalists formed each year to select the winner of the Jim Winsor Technical Achievement Award, recently announced three finalists. In the opinion of the panel’s 11 members, the three selected products are the best from a field of eight parts and components offered to the trucking industry last year.

Panel members nominated the eight products because they show technical advancement, wide applicability to commercial trucks, and availability for sale during 2023. The panel’s chairman, Tom Berg, said voting by the writers for the finalists “was very close, with only a few points separating the three.” They are:

  • Aperia’s Halo Trailer Connect, a tire pressure monitoring, inflation, and reporting system
  • Fontaine’s Smart fifth wheel, which monitors parts wear and warns a driver if a trailer’s kingpin has not been securely engaged
  • Phillips’ AC47 tractor-trailer connector, which links data from multiple functions in a trailer but also works with legacy trailers

The other five nominees were:

  • Cobra FM-CB radios, which add entertainment to two-way voice communications
  • Motive 360-degree multi-camera system, which provides around-the-truck views to drivers
  • P.S.I. Digital ThermAlert, which senses and warns of abnormally high wheel-end temperatures
  • Stemco AutoTorq, which automatically sets wheel-end bearings during installation
  • Valvoline Blue Restore Gen2 motor oil, which removes carbon deposits on piston rings

The winner of the award, chosen from the three finalists, will be announced March 6 during the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting in New Orleans. A trophy commemorating the win accompanies the award.

Today’s panel of journalists descends from the former Truck Writers of North America, which bestowed the first Technical Achievement Award in 1991. The award is now named in honor of the late James W. Winsor, a long-time trucking journalist and active member of TMC who died in 2015. It is sponsored by LaunchIt Public Relations.

Panel members represent the trucking industry trade press in the U.S. and Canada, include Berg, who writes for Land Line and Construction Equipment; along with John Baxter, a freelance technical writer; Jason Canon, Commercial Carrier Journal; Seth Clevenger and Michael Freeze, Transport Topics; Beth Colvin, Truck, Parts, Service; Josh Fisher, FleetOwner; James Menzies, Today’s Trucking and TruckNews; Jason Morgan, Fleet Equipment; and Jim Park and Jack Roberts, Heavy Duty Trucking.

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