Eight industry greats entered the Automotive Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Oct. 5.
The 2004 inductees were former BMW CEO Eberhard von Kuenheim; drag-racing legend Don "Big Daddy" Garlits; J.R. "Pitt" Hyde III, founder of retailing giant AutoZone; and Jiro Yanase, famed importer and distributor of U.S. and European cars into Japan.
Posthumous inductees were NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr.; British sports car designer Donald Healey; Italian coach builder Battista "Pinin" Farina; and Heinz Prechter, founder of ASC Inc.
The induction ceremonies were held in Dearborn, Mich. Here are some photo highlights.
PHOTOS: JOE WILSSENS
|J.R. "Pitt" Hyde III, founder of retailing giant AutoZone, talks about how he revolutionized the automotive aftermarket.|
|Inductee Eberhard von Kuenheim, left, the longtime BMW leader, chats with Sergio Pininfarina. Pininfarina's father, Battista "Pinin" Farina, also was inducted.|
|Bic Healey accepted on behalf of his late father, Donald Healey. The British sports car designer created the Austin-Healey and Nash-Healey automobiles.|
|Don "Big Daddy" Garlits delighted the crowd with folksy recollections of his years as the king of drag racers.|
|Car salesman Joe Girard, left, congratulates Yasutaka Yanase, son of Hall of Fame inductee and Japanese auto import giant Jiro Yanase.|