The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich., gained more members this month when seven industry legends were inducted and four rising stars received Young Leadership and Excellence Awards. On hand at the ceremonies at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, Mich., were inductees Nils Bohlin, Allen Breed and Red Poling; young leadership award recipents Michael Bastian, Katja Busch-Merino, Peter Fongand Diana Wagner; and family members of deceased inductees. Armand Peugeot was represented by his great-grandnephew, Pierre Peugeot. The Packard brothers (counted as one inductee) were represented by Warren Packard, grandson of William Doud Packard. And Preston Tucker Sr. was represented by his children John Tucker and Marilynn Tucker-McAndrew. Also inducted but nor represented was Elliott Estes.
Safety pioneer Nils Bohlin, center, was inducted for developing the three-point lap/shoulder safety belt. Bohlin displays his 'egg cart' experiment, in which an unbuckled egg is cracked during a crash but a belted egg is protected, with Automotive Hall of Fame President Gene McKinney, left, and Hall of Fame Chairman Thomas Feely, vice president of marketing at Dana Corp.
Inductee Allen Breed, inventor of the 'ball-intube' airbag crash sensor, and his wife, current Breed Technologies Inc. CEO Johnnie Cordell Breed, celebrate Allen's Achievement.
Red Poling and his wife, Marcia, celebrate Poling's induction. He was chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Co. from 1990 until retiring in 1994.
John Tucker, son of inductee and Tucker Corp. founder Preston Tucker Sr., displays a 1948 Tucker.
Pierre Peugeot, left, accepts an award on behalf of his great-granduncle, inductee Armand Peugeot, from Thomas Feely, chairman of the Automotive Hall of Fame and vice president of marketing at Dana Corp.
Young leadership and Excellence Award recipients are, from left: Michael Bastian of Ford Motor Co., Diana Wagner of DaimlerChrysler, Katja Busch-Merino of Dana Corp and Peter Fong of Ford Motor Co.