From AAIA AutoFacts
DEARBORN, MI — Bill France, Sr., the man who founded NASCAR in 1947 and established the family dynasty that still rules the sport, will be one of eight inductees into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich., on Oct. 5.
The selections were announced in April at the annual International Motor Press Association breakfast in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show. France Sr., who died in 1992, will be inducted along with drag racing legend Don Garlits; Donald Healey, developer of the Austin Healey 100; J.R. “Pitt” Hyde, founder of retailing giant AutoZone; Battista Pininfarina, Italian design genius; Heinz Prechter, founder of American Sunroof Corp.; Eberhard von Kuenheim, who was managing director of BMW; and Jiro Yanase, president of Yanase & Co.
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