Moving Stories Blog

  • Long before his days as television star, 2020/2021 AHF Inductee Jay Leno worked his way up from car detailer to mechanic at Foreign Motors in Boston.  He learned to work on Mercedes, Citroen, and Rolls Royce automobiles. Although he worked in Boston, many of his customers who owned premium cars lived in New York City. When Leno worked on their cars, he would volunteer to return them to their homes in the city.  Leno paid close attention to the schedule of open microphone auditions at the New York comedy clubs. Often, he would magically
  • 1994 AHF Inductee Fred Jones established one of the world’s leading Ford dealerships. He also pioneered the remanufacture of automobile engines and power train components and established the largest parts remanufacturing business in the country. Today, his company is known as Hall Capital and is led by his three grandsons. Hall Capital, located in Oklahoma City, is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary and is now a national player in real estate and automotive investment. Fred
  • 2020/2021 AHF Inductee Jay Leno’s passion for automobiles has been a driving force throughout his life. He even found a clever way to land a job at an exclusive car dealership in Boston. In the early 1970s, Leno was looking to make some money during the day while keeping his evenings free for open mic opportunities. European Motors was the Boston dealership for Rolls Royce, Citroen and Mercedes-Benz. Leno swaggered into the dealership armed with his experience as a “lot boy”
  • 2020/2021 AHF Awardee Harold Goddijn and three like-minded entrepreneurs came together to create Palm Top Software in 1991, the company that would later become TomTom. Under Goddijn’s leadership, the company created pioneering digital map and location technologies. In 2021, he was named as the AHF’s first ever Mobility Innovator Award winner.   TomTom CEO Harrold Goddijn is the Automotive Hall of Fame’s first Dutchman to be recognized with an award Over his 30-year career at TomTom, Goddijn has overseen the development of new products, steered the company through pivotal acquisitions and mergers, and is now guiding the Dutch location

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