The 2016 induction ceremony for the Automotive Hall of Fame takes place Thursday evening, July 21.
This year, there is an interesting group of inductees, including Bertha Benz, Karl's wife, who well over a hundred years ago, hopped onto her husband's car and took off on a cruise to let everyone know how safe and reliable those newfangled contraptions were.
On the other end of the spectrum is Roy Lunn, who has had many accomplishments but must be most noted for the creation of the famed Ford GT40 a half century ago.
The induction of Ralph Nader seems long overdue. His book Unsafe at Any Speed was published 50 years ago. Consumer activism in the automotive industry probably was started by Nader, and because of his efforts, thousands of people have had their lives saved by subsequent improvements in auto safety.
The fourth inductee is Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford Motor Co., who saved the company from at least bankruptcy and quite likely ruin.
It will be quite an evening celebrating the accomplishments of this diverse group of people. Each one has had a big impact on the auto industry. Each individual has made significant contributions to society as well.