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Automotive Hall of Fame Set to Induct Four “Who Moved the World Forward”

List includes Penske, Tata and Montezemolo.

by on May.07, 2015

Racing team owner and business man Roger Penske is part of the next induction class for the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Among the countless men and women who have worked in the auto industry since its earliest days, only the rare few have left a truly lasting legacy on the world, and four of them will find a lasting legacy as they’re inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame two months from now.

The four are a diverse group of modern-day legends, such as Roger Penske, Luca di Montezemolo and Ratan Tata, as well as industry pioneer Elwood Haynes – all chosen, the AHF said, because they “moved the world forward through their contributions to the global auto industry.”

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“Each made their unique vision a reality through tenacity and creativity,” said William R. Chapin, president of the Automotive Hall of Fame. It is the story of the automotive industry from the beginning and the Automotive Hall of Fame is proud to share that story.” (more…)

Group Aims to Save Historic Ford Model T Plant

Launches $5-a-Day crowd-source fund raiser.

by on Aug.20, 2013

Workers outside the Ford Highland Park Model T plant during the factory's boom years.

It may be one of the most important sites in automotive history — the home of the first moving assembly line and the place where workers first were offered $5-a-day wages — but today, there are few signs to show the significance of the old Ford plant in the struggling Detroit suburb Highland Park beyond the Model T name on an adjacent shopping center.

That could change if a Motor City community and economic development group has its way. The Woodward Avenue Action Association is launching a new crowd-source fundraiser intended to not only save the historic factory but help turn it into a tourist and learning center.

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Designed by legendary architect Albert Kahn and once known as the Crystal Palace because of its large windows and abundant natural light, the Highland Park Assembly Plant was actually the third Ford Motor Co. factory and the second to produce the Model T. But with huge demand for his “Tin Lizzie,” Henry Ford desperately needed to increase production.


2014 Impala Brings with it End of the Bench Seat

Flagship Chevrolet sedan was last car sold in North America to with option of three-across seating in front.

by on Oct.01, 2012

The 1963 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan featured a front bench seat.

Fans of the front bench seat in cars better scurry to their local Chevrolet dealership to get one of the last 2013 Impalas. That’s because the revamped 2014 model will do away with the bench seat option.

You may have believed that the bench had died with your Aunt Mertyl’s ’82 Plymouth. But it was still available on the full-size Impala, the last car sold in North America to offer it.

You Won't Bench Us!

Now, for the first time since manufacturers started putting engines in carriages and calling them automobiles, the bench is going away.

Will drive-in movies or cuddling with your sweetheart ever be the same?


Milestones: First Year of the Porsche Museum

There have been more than 530,000 visitors and 14,326 steaks served at the Christophorus Restaurant since its inception.

by on Feb.09, 2010

Latter day interpretation of a medieval cathedral is devoted to the relics of a celebrated brand.

The Museum of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG has just celebrated its birthday after more than 530,000 visitors made a pilgrimage to the Stuttgart, Germany venue during its first year of operation.

The later day automotive cathedral has 5,600 square meters of exhibition space, and is supported on just three columns of reinforced concrete – giving it a floating look. Inside the building there are at least 80 exhibits.

“In its first 365 days our Museum has developed into a truly dynamic and living enterprise. In many respects we have significantly exceeded even our own ambitious expectations,” claims Achim Stejskal, the Director of the Porsche Museum.

The new building also contains the museum workshops, the museum shop, the Porsche archive, a restaurant, and a bistro.   (more…)