Eight industry greats were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame this month. The 2005 inductees were racers Mario Andretti and Shirley Muldowney, Toyota distributor Jim Moran and former GM CEO Jack Smith. Posthumous inductees were pneumatic tire inventor John Dunlop, Jaguar founder William Lyons, automaker John Studebaker and American automotive trailblazer Alexander Winton. The Automotive Hall of Fame is in Dearborn, Mich.
Jim Moran, with his wife, Jan, shows his award. Moran founded Southeast Toyota Distributors of Deerfield Beach, Fla., in 1968. The company distributes Toyotas in five states.
Each year the Automotive Hall of Fame gives four executives under 35 the Young Leadership & Excellence Award. This year's honorees, from left, were: Julie Roehm, 34, director of Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge communications; Sanjeev Mirle, 32, launch adviser, manufacturing program management at General Motors; Brandon Faurote, 34, director, advanced product design for DaimlerChrysler AG; and Kristy Coles, 27, senior quality reliability engineer at American Axle & Manufacturing.
Former GM CEO and inductee Jack Smith with his wife, Lydia
Fellow inductees, and a descendant of one inductee, congratulate racer Mario Andretti. From left: Former GM CEO Jack Smith; Southeast Toyota founder Jim Moran; Andretti; drag racer Shirley Muldowney; and Jim Winton, great-grandson of automotive pioneer Alexander Winton.
Inductee Mario Andretti, one of the world's greatest race car drivers