Automotive Hall of Fame Blog

  • By Brian Baker, Principal HistorianA few of us remember the original exhibition in 1984 at the Detroit Institute of Arts called Detroit Style. It was a grand affair that honored the first half century of the art of automobile design. This sequel is worthy of the first. It is filled with the design talent that populates the Automotive Hall of Fame.  As the exhibit begins, 1986 Automotive Hall of Fame Inductee Harley Earl styling leadership is ending, and 1995 Inductee Virgil Exner is creating the finned “forward
  • 2019 Inductee Richard E. “Dick” Dauch had a long career in automotive manufacturing. He rose through the ranks of GM and became the youngest plant manager at the time. After a short stint at VW, Lee Iacocca appointed Dauch vice president of Diversified Operations at Chrysler Corporation. There he established the “just-in-time” material management systems and the three-shift manufacturing vehicle assembly process. Dauch retired from Chrysler as executive vice president of Worldwide Manufacturing in 1991.
  • The storied Italian design house, Pininfarina S.p.A proudly celebrates 90 years from their founding in 1930 by the legendary Battista “Pinin” Farina, who was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2004. Since its humble beginnings in Turin, Italy, Pininfarina S.p.A has seen much change and growth. Paolo Pininfarina, grandson of the founder, is now at the helm of the company. In his own words Paolo describes the significance of this anniversary. “In its
  • By: Jeff Mahl This blog post and the photos below were provided by Jeff Mahl, Great Grandson of George N. Schuster and Many remember the classic comedy “The Great Race” starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood, and Peter Falk. Few realize that film was based upon a true story of the epic 1908 New York to Paris Race. Who would have guessed that a quiet mechanic from Buffalo, NY would win a race most

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