Honoree Lecture Series

At the Automotive Hall of Fame, we offer educational programs that challenge young and old alike to higher levels of personal achievement. Our Honoree Lecture Series introduces high school and college students to some of the top minds in the automotive industry and inspires the next generation of leaders.

The Automotive Hall of Fame is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The Honoree Lecture Series is supported by generous donors. Learn more.

Made possible by the generosity of the Lawrence P. & Maria Elena Fisher Fund, the B.D. & J.E. McIntyre Foundation, and the MotorCities National Heritage Area.

Upcoming Lectures

Beyond Internal Combustion
Automotive Journalist Gary Witzenburg
October 7, 2021
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The Past and Future of After Market
2020/2021 AHF Inductee Tom Gallagher
March 2022
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This lecture will feature a panel discussion on the past and future of the aftermarket. Discover how the sector has survived and grown and how it needs to change. Learn more about the right to repair movement, the growth of mass personalization and 3D parts printing.  

The Future of Pininfarina
Paolo Pininfarina
October 2022
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The name Pininfarina represents old world artisan craftsmanship. With the introduction of the Batista hypercar, Pininfarina S.p.A. has taken over as a manufacturer of a state-of-the-art vehicle. Pininfarina has taken the best pedigree of Carrozzeria and has reinvented itself as a company that designs and develops end-to-end experiences that delight people. Hear from the third generation of this design family about the new hypercar and the redesigning of a brand.   

Delphi’s Transition
2015 AHF Awardee Rodney O’Neal
December 2022
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Delphi grew from an auto parts supplier into a technology company. Through Delphi-developed computers and electronics, cars and trucks can be safer, greener, and more connected. Students will hear first-hand about Delphi’s transition and O’Neal’s personal views on the future of automotive through his 40+ years in the industry. 

2019-2020 Honoree Lecture Series

Ed Welburn Talks Design: Tunnel Vision
2017 AHF Inductee Ed Welburn
November 5, 2020

Mobility in the Future: How did we Get Here?
AHF Principal Historian Brian Baker
October 22, 2020

Electric Vehicle History: Recharged for Tomorrow
AHF Principal Historian Brian Baker
July 30, 2020

Lightning Strikes Twice
AHF Principal Historian Brian Baker
July 16, 2020

Foxbody Mustang
2008 AHF Inductee Jack Telnack
October 17, 2019

What participants are saying

“Thank you for setting up the Ed Welburn talk and tour with the students. What an amazing opportunity for them to meet with a living legend.”

– Elisabeth Wetzel, co-director, Transportation Design, Lawrence Technological University


“I can’t thank you enough for inviting us to attend the lecture. It was an insightful and entertaining experience.”

– Ian, Transportation Design student, Lawrence Technological University


“Thank you for creating this opportunity for us to meet a real legend. I’m honored to have participated in this small and intimate event.”

– Spencer, Transportation Design student, Lawrence Technological University

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