Racers Mario Andretti and Shirley Muldowney, Jaguar founder William Lyons and Toyota distributor Jim Moran are among the eight people being inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame this year.
The Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich., disclosed the list of 2005 inductees on Wednesday, March 23. Induction ceremonies are scheduled for Oct. 11 in Dearborn.
This year's inductees are: Mario Andretti, who won the 1967 Daytona 500, the 1969 Indianapolis 500 and the 1978 Formula One world championship. John Dunlop, credited with inventing the first successful pneumatic tire. William Lyons, founder of Jaguar Cars. Lyons started out building sidecars for motorcycles in 1992 and moved to cars in 1927. Jim Moran, who started out as a Hudson and Ford dealer in Chicago and was one of the first dealers to advertise on TV. He became the distributor for Toyota in five states in the Southeast in 1968. Shirley Muldowney, who in 1973 became the first woman licensed to drive a Top Fuel drag-race car. She has won the National Hot Rod Association World Championship three times. Jack Smith, who became CEO of General Motors in 1992 in the midst of an executive overhaul by the board of directors. Smith retired as chairman in 2003. John Studebaker, who converted the Studebaker company from a maker of horse-drawn vehicles into an automaker. Alexander Winton, who built one of the first mass-produced cars in 1898. Winton's place in history was cemented in 1901 when he was beat in a car race by Henry Ford. The victory helped propel Ford into starting his car company.
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