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Automotive Hall of Fame Announces 2005 Inductees

The Automotive Hall of Fame has released the names of its 2005 Class of Inductees. This year’s inductees are Mario Andretti, John Dunlop, Sir William Lyons, Jim Moran, Shirley Muldowney, John (Jack) Smith, Jr., John M. Studebaker and Alexander Winton. Formal induction ceremonies will take place October 11 in Detroit.

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NEW YORK — The Automotive Hall of Fame has released the names of its 2005 Class of Inductees.

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This year’s inductees are Mario Andretti, John Dunlop, Sir William Lyons, Jim Moran, Shirley Muldowney, John (Jack) Smith, Jr., John M. Studebaker and Alexander Winton. Formal induction ceremonies will take place October 11 in Detroit.

Mario Andretti is one of the world’s greatest race drivers, having won championships at Indianapolis, Daytona and Formula One Grand Prix.

John Dunlop (1840-1921) invented the first successful pneumatic (air-filled) tire. The pneumatic tire was patented in 1888.

Sir William Lyons (1901-1985) founded Jaguar Cars. He began his career by building motorcycle sidecars in 1922 and moved to coach building in 1927.

Jim Moran was one of the first auto dealers to advertise on television. He owned a Hudson, then Ford dealerships in Chicago. In 1968, Moran became a Toyota distributor in a five state area in the southeast United States.

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Shirley Muldowney was the first woman licensed to drive a Top Fuel dragster in 1973. She won the NHRA World Championship three times, and she earned 18 career NHRA victories.

John (Jack) Smith, Jr. is the former chairman and CEO of General Motors and is recognized for building the strength and depth of GM’s management team worldwide.

John M. Studebaker (1833-1917) transformed the successful Studebaker Brothers Mfg. Co., which was the largest manufacturer of horse drawn vehicles, into the Studebaker Corp., becoming the second largest producer of automobiles in 1911.

Alexander Winton (1860-1932) was an American automotive pioneer and built one of the first mass-produced cars in 1898. Winton held over a hundred patents in the United States and Europe for various automotive advances.

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The Automotive Hall of Fame, the highest place of honor in the international motor vehicle industry, is located in Dearborn, Mich.

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