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Eight Pioneers Inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame

In addition, four young automotive leaders honored for their contributions to industry

by on Oct.13, 2010

The Automotive Hall of Fame inducted eight new members. From left are Bill Chapin, AHOF president; Kate Jordan Wallace, daughter of Edward "Ned" Jordan; Francois Castaing, retired vice president of engineering for Chrysler; Jeff Mahl, great-grandson of George Schuster; Patrick Darrin, son of Howard "Dutch" Darrin; Rusty McClure, grandson of Lewis Crosley; Bill Tilden, former historian with the Kaiser-Frazer Owners Club International; Henry M. Kaiser, grandson of Henry J. Kaiser; and Stephen Polk, chairman of the AHOF board.

During the automotive age, countless numbers of forward thinkers have contributed to the car as we know it today.

These pioneers all envisioned a new type of device or a new way to make or sell it, despite naysayers, critics and doubters telling them that it couldn’t be done. They persevered because of what they alone saw for the future.


On Tuesday, eight more of the industry’s most influential people were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn. In addition, four young automotive executives were honored for their contributions at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.