Four individuals who have been key contributing members to the world’s automotive industry have been announced as the newest inductees of the Automotive Hall of Fame at the 2015 Induction and Awards Gala ceremony on July 23 in Detroit, Mich.
The list includes Elwood Haynes, who helped establish the Haynes-Apperson Automobile Company, which made important contributions in building some of the earliest motor vehicles from 1905 to 1924 – featuring vehicles that allowed bumpers, sun visors and fashionable individual steps as running boards.
Luca di Montezemolo, who helped create one of the largest automotive companies in Europe as the former head of Ferrari – a brand that has put Italian automobiles on the international map and eventually helped evolve cars used in different racing circuits dating back to the 1970s.
Roger Penske helped form Penske Corporation in 1969 and currently serves as the chairman of the board. During his time, he’s established one of the most successful and best-known car and track owners in the long history of professional motor sports and even made the change from professional driver to team owner.
Ratan Tata, of India, and has built the foundation of, and continues to act as chairman, Tata Sons, which about 66 percent of equity capital is held by various philanthropic trusts endowed by Tata family members – including the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Sir Ratan Tata Trust.
Additionally, the Automotive Hall of Fame has plans to honor Rodney O’Neal – the former chief executive officer and president of Delphi Automotive PLC – as the 2015 Industry Leader of the Year during the ceremony in what is considered one of the highest honors that can be given on behalf of everyone within the global automotive industry.
Selection for the Hall of Fame is meant for individuals and groups with work that has helped continue the evolution of the automotive market while recognizing what those contributions mean to the history of a still improving industry. The ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. on July 23 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
Tickets can be purchase online at www.automotivehalloffame.org or by calling 313-240-4000.
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