2017 Induction Ceremony

The Automotive Hall of Fame is proud to announce our 2017 Inductees!  

The following individuals will be honored at our 2017 Induction & Awards Gala Ceremony on Thursday, July 20 at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.

For information regarding ticket sales and sponsorships, please scroll down the page. To purchase or ask questions, please contact Kerry Doyle at kdoyle@thedrivingspirit.org or by phone at (313) 240-4000.

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or by phone at (313) 240-4000.

2017 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:

Alberto Bombassei – Alberto Bombassei was a vital asset in Brembo growth from a small family firm in Bergamo, Italy, into a worldwide leader in automotive braking systems. Brembo was founded by Alberto’s father, Emilio Bombassei, and his uncle, Italo Breda. Alberto has served in various roles at Brembo since its inception and has continued the company’s expansion and research efforts. This resulted in breakthroughs such as the design and production of the first aluminum brake calipers, which were adopted by numerous manufacturers including BMW, Ferrari, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz.

August Fruehauf –  August Fruehauf was the founder of the Fruehauf Trailer Company and is credited with inventing the semi-trailer. Fruehauf was a successful blacksmith and horse carriage builder in Detroit, Michigan, around the turn of the 20th century. In 1914, a client came to Fruehauf asking if he could devise a method of transporting a boat behind a Model T. Fruehauf agreed, and the result was the first Fruehauf semi-trailer. The Fruehauf Trailer Company was founded in 1918 and soon became one of the largest and most successful semi-trailer companies in the world.

Jack Roush – Jack Roush is an icon of American motorsports and a distinguished automotive entrepreneur. As a racing team owner, Roush has won championships in NHRA and IHRA Drag Racing, SCCA Trans Am, IMSA GT, and NASCAR stock car racing. In total, Roush’s teams have won over 400 races across numerous disciplines of motorsports. In addition to his racing successes, Roush is Chairman of the Board of Roush Enterprises, parent company of product development supplier Roush; Roush Performance Products, supplier of aftermarket performance products; and Roush CleanTech, a manufacturer of alternative fuel systems.

Edward Welburn – Edward Welburn was once referred to as “the man who brought beauty back to GM”. Welburn was just the sixth head of design for General Motors and the first to lead the division on a global level. During Welburn’s 44-year career, he oversaw the designs of the latest Corvette and the revived Camaro, as well as groundbreaking concepts including the Oldsmobile Aerotech, Cadillac Ciel, and Buick Avista. Welburn also holds the distinction of having been the highest-ranking African American in the global automotive industry.

 

Automotive Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Gala
Ticket, Table and Sponsorship Opportunities


Title Sponsor - $50,000

  • Naming Rights to Gala Ceremony: “Your Name” AHF Induction & Award Gala Ceremony
  • Special recognition by Master of Ceremonies during opening remarks
  • Logo on cover of Printed Program
  • Logo on Induction Highlights Video shown on YouTube and AHF website
  • (2) tables of 10 with corporate table signage in VIP area of Grand Ballroom
  • Opportunity to present one of the induction awards
  • Logo on printed invitation (artwork due April 15)
  • Full- Page, 4c Ad on back cover of Award Ceremony Program
  • Acknowledgement on the AHF website for six months

Presenting Sponsors - $30,000 (2 available)

  • Induction & Awards Gala “Presented by” designation
  • Special recognition by Master of Ceremonies during opening remarks
  • Logo on cover of printed program
  • Logo on Highlights Video shown on YouTube and AHF website
  • (1) table of 10 with corporate table signage in VIP area of Grand Ballroom
  • Logo on printed invitation (artwork due April 15)
  • Full-Page 4c Ad in Award Ceremony Program
  • Acknowledgement on the AHF website for six months

Refreshments, Bar and Wine Sponsorship - $15,000 (1 available)

  • Logo on printed invitation (artwork due April 15)
  • Full-page ad in Award Ceremony program book (inside cover)
  • Special recognition by Master of Ceremonies during opening remarks
  • Printed recognition of sponsorship on each table

Premium Corporate Table Sponsors - $12,000

  • One (1) table of 10 with corporate signage in VIP area
  • Full-page ad in Award Ceremony program book

Corporate Table Sponsor - $9,000

  • One (1) table of 10 with corporate signage in VIP area
  • Half-page ad in Award Ceremony program book

Individual Table - $6,000

  • One (1) table of 10

Full-Page 4c Ad in Award Ceremony Program - $3,500
Cover placement not available

Individual Ticket - $600
One (1) ticket


Schedule of Events

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
Induction & Awards Gala

Cocktail Reception – 6:00 PM
Dinner & Ceremony – 7:00 PM
(Black Tie)

Cobo Center
1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226

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