Automotive Hall of Fame Blog

  • The rise, fall, and re-energizing of the electric car has created curiosity, controversy, and cutting edge technology. These are some of the highlights of its story. 1884 Elwell-Parker Company Electric The first true electric “car” was built by an engineer named Thomas Parker in 1884. Described by some as “the Edison of Europe,” Parker was responsible for the electrification of the London Underground and the trams in Liverpool and Birmingham. His prototype electric cars were
  • Thank you for enjoying our month-long series on the Automotive Hall of Fame’s “Leading Ladies.” For our final installment, we’re featuring Lyn St. James; a Distinguished Service Citation recipient and one America’s most successful female racers. Lyn St. James’s racing resume reads like a bucket list for every aspiring racer. A winner at the 24 hours of Daytona and 12 hours of Sebring, St. James also competed at the 24 hours of Nurburgring, the 24
  • “Good driving has nothing to do with sex. It’s all above the collar.” –Alice Huyler Ramsey On October 17, 2000, Alice Huyler Ramsey became the first woman ever to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Ramsey was the first woman to drive a car across the United States, a journey she and three other female passengers completed in 59 days when they arrived in San Francisco after departing from Manhattan, New York. Ramsey
  • By Nick Gargaro, Alumni Relations I am unable to drive without music. In college, I was unable to walk to class alone without music. Music in my ears works like a piston, rhythm and melody are like an engine driving me forward. While having music always available at my fingertips is a modern notion, it took less than 20 years for music to find its way into automobiles.   2008 Automotive Hall of Fame Inductee Paul Galvin and

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