following press release was issued by the Automotive Hall of Fame
Source: Automotive Hall of Fame
Automotive Hall of Fame Announces 2005 Inductees
Wednesday March 23, 10:08 am ET
NEW YORK, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Automotive Hall of Fame has released
the names of its 2005 Class of Inductees. They are Mario Andretti, John
Dunlop, Sir William Lyons, Jim Moran, Shirley Muldowney, John (Jack) Smith,
Jr., John M. Studebaker and Alexander Winton. Formal induction ceremonies
will take place October 11, 2005 in Detroit.
Mario Andretti (1940- ) is simply one of the world's greatest race drivers,
having won championships at Indianapolis, Daytona and Formula One Grand
Prix to name a few.
John Dunlop (1840-1921) invented the first successful pneumatic (air-
filled) tire. The pneumatic tire was patented in 1888.
Sir William Lyons (1901-1985) founded Jaguar Cars. He began his career
by building motorcycle sidecars in 1922 and moved to coach building in
Jim Moran (1918- ) was one of the first auto dealers to advertise on television.
He owned a Hudson, then Ford dealerships in Chicago. In 1968, Moran became
a Toyota distributor in a five state area in the southeast United States.
Shirley Muldowney (1940- ) was the first woman licensed to drive a Top
Fuel dragster in 1973. She won the NHRA World Championship three times,
and she earned 18 career NHRA victories.
John (Jack) Smith, Jr. (1939- ) is the former Chairman and CEO of General
Motors and is recognized for building the strength and depth of GM's management
John M. Studebaker (1833-1917) transformed the successful Studebaker
Brothers Mfg. Company, which was the largest manufacturer of horse drawn
vehicles, into the Studebaker Corporation, becoming the second largest
producer of automobiles in 1911.
Alexander Winton (1860-1932) was an American automotive pioneer and built
one of the first mass-produced cars in 1898. Winton held over a hundred
patents in the United States and Europe for various automotive advances.
The Automotive Hall of Fame, the highest place of honor in the international
motor vehicle industry, is located in Dearborn, Michigan.