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Auto Hall of Fame Head Wants to Build Tourism

Grandson of Hudson Motor founder says hall needs do more.

by on Sep.15, 2010

Bill Chapin takes a spin on the 1893 replica of the Benz three-wheeler, which normally sits in the Automotive Hall of Fame, but was recently taken out and operated. “That was really exciting,” Chapin said.

Americans have a love affair with their cars that goes back to the creation of the auto industry more than 100 years ago. So it would make sense that they would want to visit the cradle  the automotive industry, Detroit.

But far too many people only think about crime, auto bailouts and bad football when they think of Detroit. They don’t realize Detroit’s role in putting the world on wheels.

That’s where Bill Chapin comes in. As the new president of the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Chapin has some ideas about how to get the general public to share his passion for Detroit’s automotive heritage.

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AHF is the place to go to learn about the people whose names are on the cars we drive. Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, they’re all there, but so are Honda, Peugeot, Daimler and Ferrari. It’s not as much about the cars as it is about the people who created the automobile, then made it better over the course of history. You can also learn about The Driving Spirit, a theme that describes the unseen force that pushed inventors to think of something better.
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“Racing In America” Gets the Green Flag at The Henry Ford

$15 million exhibition will cover all aspects of auto racing

by on Jun.11, 2010

The Henry Ford's new Racing in America exhibition will honor all forms of racing, from dragsters to Formula One.

It’s already the home to everything from some of the earliest sewing machines to the largest steam locomotives, but soon, The Henry Ford Museum, in Dearborn, Michigan, will add a $15 million, 22,000 square-foot permanent addition to its Hall of Innovation, to be called Racing In America.

Museum president Patricia Mooradian said that the exhibition would combine a number of significant race cars the museum already owns, as well as a variety of donated and loaned items from various team owners, drivers, racing teams and other museums.

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“The Henry Ford,” as it has come to be known, will be the first to cover all forms of racing in one collection, she noted, along with the “risk-takers, problem-solvers and people who dared,” who made their names and fortunes in racing.

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