2001 Automotive Hall of Fame inductees

Joe Girard, who is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having sold more cars than anyone else, was among six 2001 inductees to the Automotive Hall of Fame. Girard sold cars from 1963 to 1978. He is shown with a 1963 Chevrolet.

Charles M. Sorensen, left, grandson of Charles E. Sorensen, is congratulated by Former Ford Chairman Red Poling, himself a past inductee into the Automotive Hall of Fame. The senior Sorensen was inducted for his efforts as chief planning and manufacturing executive for Ford Motor Co. Sorensen oversaw production of bombers during World War II.
Steve Polk, left, grandson of Automotive Hall of Fame inductee Ralph Lane Polk II, accepts his grandfather's award from Hall of Fame Chairman James Olson. As president of R.L. Polk & Co., Ralph Lane Polk transformed vehicle registrations into market insight and direct marketing tools. Steve Polk is CEO of R.L. Polk.
Top car salesman Joe Girard congratulates Denise McCluggage, race car driver and journalist, at their induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Girard has made more retail auto sales than anyone else. McCluggage is a contributing editor to AutoWeek, a sister publication of Automotive News.
Automotive Hall of Fame inductee Joe Girard is congratulated by new Hall of Fame President Jeffrey Leestma at the induction ceremony Oct. 8. Girard was honored as the top automotive salesman in history. His career retail sales total: 13,001.

Inductee Denise McCluggage poses at the Automotive Hall of Fame during a reception Oct. 8.

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