The Driving Spirit (Automotive Hall of Fame) April 2006 Seven notables to be inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame in 2006 Seven individuals representing automotive racing, design, manufacturing, management and bold innovation have been selected...
The Driving Spirit (Automotive Hall of Fame) April 2006
Seven notables to be inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame in 2006
Seven individuals representing automotive racing, design, manufacturing, management and bold innovation have been selected for induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame. The Inductee class of 2006 includes Nuccio Bertone, Dale Earnhardt, Bill France Jr., Wayne Huizenga, Shojiro Ishibashi, Arjay Miller, and Bruno Sacco. The Inductees were announced April 12 at the International Motor Press Association meeting at the New York International Auto Show. Formal induction ceremonies will take place in Dearborn, Mich., on Oct. 3, 2006.
Giuseppe "Nuccio" Bertone (1912 - 1997) -- Bertone presided over one of the most fabled and influential design, engineering, and prototype houses that the automotive industry has known. An exacting administrator of the family business, Bertone was also known for his ability to nurture top design talent, including the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro.
Dale Earnhardt (1951-2001) -- Known as "The Intimidator," Earnhardt was a legendary figure on the NASCAR circuit even before his untimely and tragic death. Among drivers with the most wins, Earhardt was a team owner and one of the most respected motorsports personalities on and off the track.
Bill France Jr. (1933- ) -- When Bill France Jr. succeeded his father, NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., the event was seen as one of the most significant in the organization's history. The younger France took NASCAR to new heights in popularity and success, and is widely recognized for making NASCAR one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world today.
H. Wayne Huizenga (1937- ) -- A multi-faceted entrepreneur, Huizenga is best known in the auto industry as the founder in 1996 of AutoNation, Inc., the world's largest automotive retailer. AutoNation has over 270 dealership locations nationwide representing 345 new car franchises. Founded only a decade ago, AutoNation is ranked 112 on the Fortune 500 list.
Shojiro Ishibashi (1889-1976) -- Ishibashi dreamed of supplying his nation's new automobile industry with tires developed and manufactured with Japanese capital and Japanese expertise. Ishibashi created Japan's first locally developed tires in 1930 and a year later established Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. to manufacture and market the new product. Today Bridgestone/Firestone is one of the world's largest tire manufacturers.
Arjay Miller (1916- ) -- Miller was one of a group of 10 "whiz kids" who left the Air Force after World War II and played a major role in improving the fortunes of the Ford Motor Company. President of Ford from 1963 to 1968 and vice chairman until 1969, Miller later served with distinction as Dean of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Bruno Sacco (1933- ) -- Sacco's path into the field of design began with a brief glimpse of an electric blue 150 Studebaker. That beginning led to a design career spanning 39 years at Mercedes-Benz, where for decades Sacco designs were synonymous with classic beauty, luxury and performance. The process of selecting Inductees to the Automotive Hall of Fame includes submissions from an advisory panel of automotive journalists and automotive historians. Names suggested are then reviewed by the Automotive Hall of Fame Board of Directors, with a refined list eventually going to the Awards committee before being finally approved by the Board of Directors.