Automotive Hall of Fame Blog

  • By Brian Baker, Principal Historian  At 16 years old, 2020/2021 AHF Inductee Jay Leno purchased his first vehicle. It was a 1934 Ford pickup truck. 1968 AHF Inductee Edsel Ford’s styling direction for the 1932 Ford was part of the influence that made these 1930s trucks so iconic.    1934 Ford pickup While working on his Ford truck, Leno slammed one of the doors too hard and accidently broke the window glass. Unfortunately, he had no cash to repair it as he had put all his money into the upholstery.  One day, he was sitting in class looking out the window at his truck when it began to rain. With no window, Leno’s upholstery repairs would be ruined. Just
  • Motorsports icon Roger Bailey’s remarkable career has spanned more than half a century. He ran the Indy Lights series through three different iterations and made his name as a chief mechanic and engine builder. View the first installment in our video interview series with Roger Bailey and learn more about about his early career in the 1960s. View all of our interview series at Video Interviews.
  • Carl G. Fisher 1971 AHF Inductee Carl Fisher was behind the wheel of his Stoddard Dayton waving at people, including his future wife, far below him as he hovered 100 feet in the air. The car was suspended below a hot air balloon, floating above the city where he would pace the first lap of the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. Fisher was a promoter extraordinaire and a businessman who made things happen.  Carl Fisher was born in 1874. As a teenager he convinced the Pope-Toledo bicycle company’s owner to set him up as a
  • Get ready for the Detroit Grand Prix at the Automotive Hall of Fame. Enjoy film screenings, racing experts Q&A, special display cars, race engine demonstrations, children’s, race car craft, gift bags for first 50 guests. Presented in partnership with Hagerty. Insterested in volunteering? Click here for our volunteer application form. TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE – CLICK HERE. 1909 Board Track RacerNAPA Auto Parts IndyCar1800 HP 1963 Corvette

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