DETROIT - For the first time, a car salesperson and a journalist will be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.
Inductees for 2001 include Joe Girard, who sold 13,001 automobiles during his 15-year sales career - more than anyone else. He also has written columns, books and autotape scripts.
Denise McCluggage is an award-winning journalist and a race car driver. She has written several books and won trophies in rallying and racing. McCluggage also is a senior contributing editor at AutoWeek, a sibling publication of Automotive News.
They will join three other inductees:
1. Charles Sorensen (1881-1968) was responsible for the planning and construction of the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Michigan. He also was a major contributor to Ford Motor Co.'s early production achievements and to the manufacturing process as a whole.
2. William Stout (1880-1956) developed the first all-metal airplane in America; a flying automobile, called 'Skycab;' and a plastic-bodied car, called the 'Stout 46.'
3. Roy Warshawsky (1915-97) invented automotive catalog sales and founded the world's largest and longest-running automotive aftermarket catalog business under the name J.C. Whitney. He also was president of the Automotive Parts and Accessories Association.