July 13, 2007
Five inductees named to Automotive Hall of Fame for 2007
Dearborn, Michigan – Five men have been named to the Automotive Hall of Fame for 2007, and will be officially inducted at a ceremony in October at the Hall in Dearborn, Michigan. The 2007 inductees are A.J. Foyt Jr., Dan Gurney, Charles B. King, Sergio Pininfarina and Shoichiro Toyoda.
The Automotive Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing outstanding achievement in the automotive and related industries, preserving automotive heritage, and education.
Race driver A.J. Foyt Jr. won 12 national titles and 172 major races, including wins in NASCAR, USAC stock cars, midgets, sprints, IMSA sports cars and LeMans, where he partnered in 1967 with Dan Gurney. Gurney, who retired in 1970, raced in 312 events in 20 countries with 51 different makes of cars, winning 51 races and finishing on the podium an additional 47 times.
Charles B. King (1869-1957) was an automotive pioneer and engineer who held 70 patents, 40 of them automotive-related, and drove the first car ever seen on the streets of Detroit, of his own design.
Sergio Pininfarina headed the Pininfarina Group, which designed many of the world’s most beautiful cars; he began his career in the family firm Carrozzeria Pinin Farina in 1950, and was named chairman in 1966. He became honorary chairman in 2006.
Shoichiro Toyoda began his career with Toyota in 1952 and became managing director in 1961; he assumed the presidency of the newly-integrated Toyota Motor Corporation in 1982 and became honorary chairman in 1999. Recipient of the Deming Prize in 1980 for his contributions to quality control, he is universally recognized as the leader of Toyota’s environmental and quality initiatives, and its global expansion.