Motorsports Hall of Fame Announces 1999 Inductees

MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 1999 INDUCTEES (Ten Heroes of Horsepower to be Inducted at 11th Annual Ceremony) NOVI, Michigan (February 3, 1999) - A NASCAR legend, a pioneer in drag racing and a former Indianapolis 500 winner are a few of...

MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 1999 INDUCTEES (Ten Heroes of Horsepower to be Inducted at 11th Annual Ceremony) NOVI, Michigan (February 3, 1999) - A NASCAR legend, a pioneer in drag racing and a former Indianapolis 500 winner are a few of the newest members of the Motorsports Hall of Fame (MSHF). Ten new Heroes of Horsepower will be inducted at the 11th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony and Banquet on June 10th, 1999 at the State Theatre in Detroit. "American ingenuity is the keynote of the 1999 class of inductees," said MSHF Chairman Tom Elliman, who noted that the ten new inductees will raise the total Hall of Fame membership to a total of 104 in nine different categories. The newest class of inductees is as follows (category in parentheses): · The late three-time Champ car title winner Jimmy Bryan (Open Wheel) · Recently deceased NASCAR legend Tim Flock (Stock Cars) · Pioneer drag racing promoter C.J. "Pappy" Hart (Drag Racing) · Trans-Am and Can Am champion George Follmer (Sports Cars) · Three-time AMA Grand National champion Bart Markel (Motorcycles) · Powerboat racer and designer Bill Seebold, Jr. (Powerboats) · Dominating "Rare Bear" pilot Lyle Shelton (Air Racing) · The late Indy car builder Frank Kurtis (At-Large) · 1926 Indianapolis 500 winner Frank Lockhart (Historic) · The late legendary race car and engine builder Harry Miller (Historic)

According to Elliman, the new inductees represent a who's who in motorsports history. "Innovation of design equally marked the success of Harry Miller and Frank Kurtis as car builders and Bill Seebold in the world of powerboats," he said. "Lyle Shelton modified World War II war planes, by his own hands, into unbeatable racers. Pappy Hart's system introduced at America's first successful dragstrip determined the future of one of the world's most popular forms of motorsports. "Raw courage and driving skills are also abundant in the class of '99," Elliman added. "Pedal-to-the-metal daring on circle tracks exemplifies the hallmark careers of Jimmy Bryan, Tim Flock and Frank Lockhart. Speed, plus finesse, allowed George Follmer to conquer road courses, while Bart Markel had no equal in manhandling a motorcycle on dirt." Eligibility for induction into the Hall of Fame is extended to any person who has driven, piloted, owned, designed, built, supported, maintained, prepared or promoted motorized vehicles in pursuit of speed, distance or other records; or in racing, endurance or other competition. An inductee must have been retired for at least three years or must have engaged at the top level of his or her area of motorsports for at least 20 years. A panel of historians, retired competitors, journalists and prior inductees voted for the final selections. Each inductee receives the Hall of Fame's prestigious "Horsepower" award - an original bronze statuette created by Ann Arbor, Michigan sculptor Michael Curtis. Businesses can sponsor the Motorsports Hall of Fame by calling Gunnar Samson at (248) 204-6200. Tickets for the black-tie Induction Ceremony on Thursday, June 10, 1999 at the State Theatre in Detroit, Michigan are available by calling the Motorsports Hall of Fame at (800) 250-RACE. The Motorsports Hall of Fame is currently located inside the Novi Expo Center in Novi, Michigan. Its 10,000 square foot museum houses numerous racing and high performance vehicles. The continually changing collection showcases racers and vehicles from the world of Indy cars, stock cars, Can Am, Trans-Am, sprint cars, powerboats, airplanes, truck racing, motorcycles and snowmobiles. Among the highlights is the last ever Novi Special Indy car, namesake of the city of Novi, Michigan. The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by special arrangement for group tours and special events.

Contact: Ron Watson or Heidi LeHue (hts.mshf@juno.com) Phone: (248) 349-RACE or (800) 250-RACE Fax: (248) 349-2113

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Drivers George Follmer , Tim Flock , Michael Curtis