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News   April 4, 2007   by Auto Service World

Automotive Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2007

Five individuals representing automotive racing, design, manufacturing, and management have been selected for induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame.
The Inductee class of 2007 includes A.J. Foyt, Dan Gurney, Charles B. King, Sergio Pininfarina, and Shoichiro Toyoda.
The Inductees were announced today at the International Motor Press Association meeting at the New York International Auto Show.
Formal induction ceremonies will take place in Dearborn, Mich., on Tuesday, October 16, 2007.
A.J. Foyt (1935 – ) is one of the most accomplished men to ever drive a race car.
During his fabled four- decade career, Foyt won 12 national titles and 172 major races, including wins in NASCAR, USAC stock cars, midgets, sprints, IMSA sports cars and of course, LeMans.
Dan Gurney (1931 – ) has had 3 very successful careers: racing driver, racecar manufacturer and inventor, and team owner.
Gurney’s racing career began in 1955 and spanned 15 years.
By the time he retired in 1970, he had raced in 312 events in 20 countries with 51 different makes of cars winning 51 races and finishing on the podium an additional 47 times.
Gurney has won 7 Formula One races, 7 Indy Car races, and 5 NASCAR Winston Cup stockcar races. Additionally he captured wins in Trans-Am, Can-Am and Sports Car races including the endurance classics at the Nurburgring, Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans.
Charles B. King (1869 – 1957)is considered by his peers to be the most technically capable of the automotive pioneers. King received a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, and in 1891 moved to Detroit.
King drove the first car ever seen on the streets of Detroit, a car of his own design. King would later receive a medal from the national Chamber of Commerce honoring him as “one of the main contributors to the mechanical development of the automobile.”
Kind died in 1957 leaving a legacy of some 70 patents, 40 of which were automotive related.
Sergio Pininfarina (1926 – ) began his career with the family firm, Carrozzeria Pinin Farina, in 1950 after graduating in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic of Torino.
In 1960, he was named General Manager, and in 1966, upon the death of his father, was named Chairman of the company.
During his fifty-plus years of work, the Pininfarina Group has enjoyed steady growth in both technical and production development. Production units increased more than 100 times from 524 to more than 53,000; the number of employees more than quintupled from 560 to 3000. Under his guidance, the Pininfarina Group designed many of the world’s most beautiful and sought-after automobiles.
Shoichiro Toyoda (1925 – ) began his career with Toyota in 1952 upon graduation from Nagoya University with a degree in engineering and later earned an engineering doctorate.
Dr. Toyoda became managing director at Toyota in 1961.
He is universally recognized as the leader of Toyota’s quality, global expansion and environmental initiatives.
The Automotive Hall of Fame, located in Dearborn, Mich., is the only industry-wide means to honour the men and women of the global motor vehicle and related industries.
It is dedicated to preserving the history of mobility by celebrating the creativity, toil and genius of the individual.

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