April 25, 2006

Seven notables to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2006

Dearborn, Michigan – Seven individuals representing automotive racing, design, manufacturing, management and innovation have been selected for induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame. The inductees were announced at the New York International Auto Show, and formal induction ceremonies will take place in Dearborn, Michigan on October 3, 2006.

The inductees are Giuseppe “Nuccio” Bertone, who headed his family’s design, engineering and prototype business; NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt; Bill France Jr., who succeeded his father, Bill France Sr., the founder of NASCAR, and took the series to new heights of popularity and success; H. Wayne Huizenga, the founder of AutoNation Inc., the world’s largest automotive retailer; Shojiro Ishibashi, founder of Bridgestone Tire Co.; Arjay Miller, president of the Ford Motor Company from 1963 to 1968 and vice chairman until 1969; and Bruno Sacco, a Mercedes-Benz designer for 39 years. Bertone, Earnhardt and Ishibashi are being inducted posthumously.

Inductees to the Hall of Fame are selected from submissions from an advisory panel of automotive journalists and historians; the names are then reviewed by the Hall of Fame’s directors, with a refined list going to the Awards committee before final approval by the Board of Directors.

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