Rocky Mountain Automotive Press

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2018 Rocky Mountain Driving Experience (RMDE) at Estes Park, CO

August 22, 2018 at 7am to August 23, 2018 at 6pm
After the first RMAP board meeting of the year, It became clear that RMDE would need to be restructured to keep it financially viable. While the dates (August 22-23) remain in place, it appears the restructured RMDE 2018 will have to be focused on providing increased coverage of the latest cars, trucks and crossover SUVs at the event. The reason for this is car makers increased focus on return on investment with events like RMDE throughout the country. The RMAP board hopes to keep this on your…See More
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2018 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD: The perfect vehicle for Statler and Waldorf

Remember the two codgers that sat in the audience of The Muppet Show?  Created by the late Jim Henson, Statler and Waldorf were known for their cantankerous opinions as they hurled heckles from their balcony seats. The elderly characters consistently jeered the entire cast of The Muppet Show, which has aired almost continuously somewhere in the universe since 1975.Not to imply that the 2018 Nissan Murano is an old-man-mobile, but I could totally see Statler and Waldorf behind the wheel of the…See More
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RMAP 2018

A word from our Board of Directors:

RMAP is looking forward to a successful 2018 and beyond. We will have more event details very soon.

President: Craig Conover

Vice President: David Beardsley

Secretary: Angelia…


Created by David Beardsley Apr 14, 2018 at 9:16pm. Last updated by David Beardsley Jun 12.


A message from Craig Conover and David Muramoto regarding Leadership change - unedited

(message from Craig Conover)

I would like to take a minute of your time to let you know that after our last board meeting for RMAP we have had a change in leadership. This was not an easy decision to come by, but should work out for the best of the organization moving forward.As of last week I was nominated and elected by the board to become president as of June 7th with David Muramoto stepping down. I have included a letter from David that I would encourage you to read. As a board we are moving forward and are deep into the planning of the Rocky Mountain Driving Experience that will be held on August 22nd and 23rd this year. We are currently planning for a two day event and will have many more details in the very near future.

If you have any questions feel free to give me a call at 801-420-1289.

(message from David Muramoto)

June 7, 2018 marks my final day as President of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. In this day and age, an unexpected change in leadership often leaves many questions unanswered by the membership. Did the person being replaced do anything wrong? Is there a crisis brewing that mandated a regime change?  The answer to the first question is definitively no; there’s no wrongdoing involved with RMAP. The second question is more nuanced and one of which the RMAP membership needs to be aware.

With planning and preparation for RMDE18 underway, the RMAP board became increasingly aware that sponsorships for the event have become scarce. While automakers evaluate their return on investment (ROI) for any media expenditures made, RMAP must respond by mandating substantial coverage from our members. You will be hearing more about ROI and how it might affect RMAP in the future. With RMAP’s premier event just around the corner in August, the board debated whether a member well-connected to automakers and the national media scene might be a better choice to lead the organization forward. After in-depth discussion, a vote was held and Craig Conover of Utah will become the new RMAP President, effective immediately.  

In my 2 ½ years as RMAP President, I’m proud to leave the organization on solid footing, with modest financial reserves and no outstanding debt. RMAP has developed solid partnerships with organizations like the Colorado Auto Dealers Association (CADA), and fleet providers like AMS, DriveShop and Rocky Mountain Redline. I appreciate their invaluable guidance and assistance in helping make past RMAP events truly memorable. Listening to feedback from both membership and our automotive partners helped refine my presentations on behalf of RMAP over the years. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to serve the organization, and I appreciate the trust and confidence placed with me. I’d also like to thank our entire volunteer BoD members, including Craig Conover, David Beardsley,RMAP Mike Cotsworth and Angelia McGowan for their hard work on behalf on RMAP. I wish them and RMAP nothing but the best of luck in the future.     



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Annual 2018 RMAP dues for journalists are $50 (before Feb 1, 2018) and $65 (after Feb 1, 2017). This helps support our association and is your entry to numerous professional-enrichment opportunities organized through and via RMAP.

These include dinners and press events surrounding the Denver Auto Show, the chance to take the wheel of great new vehicles on and off road at the Rocky Mountain Driving Experience - RMDE, RMAP Holiday party, and other automotive events throughout the year.

RMAP also helps promote this region's journalists to automakers, who decide which vehicles to release to the local press fleets. Your participation and support make it all happen.

If you are a new member, please Sign Up and use the PayPal option below to pay your annual dues. You will receive an email from us when your membership is approved.  If it's not approved, your PayPal payment will be promptly refunded.

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Greetings! I just became a member yesterday and wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Lauren Holt and I am a blogger at I was excited to hear…Continue

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Let's Have A Serious Conversation 1 Reply

As I am sent e-mail reminders to vote for the RMAP car of the year, I go over it and realize that I cannot truthfully, honestly, vote in a way that is fair and balanced. Why? Well, out of the total 54 rides listed, I have only driven 14 of them.…Continue

Started by Richard Melick in Sample Title. Last reply by David K. Muramoto Feb 2, 2016.

What is RMAP doing to grow? 2 Replies

So I guess this might be considered a call out to all involved, but as a member of three years, I am seeing a trend that concerns me.  We seem to be losing members, losing participation from manufacturers, and not recruiting writers of all caliber.…Continue

Started by Richard Melick in Sample Title. Last reply by Sam Haymart Dec 16, 2014.

2013 Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards

With RMAP's 2014 Car, Truck and SUV of the Year Awards not too far away, here's a look at one of the more innovative awards programs, one with some relevance for  our active Rocky Mountain West audience.CHANDLER, Ariz. – The automotive winners of…Continue

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