Ralph Nader to be Inducted Into Automotive Hall of Fame

Auto safety advocate Ralph Nader will be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame next month at the Cobo Center in Detroit Michigan.


Also being inducted at the ceremony on July 21 will be Bertha Benz posthumously (1849-1944). Benz was the wife and business partner of automobile inventor, Carl Benz (1844-1929), Roy C. Lunn an engineer with a role in numerous historically important cars, including the Ford GT40 and Alan Mulally, credited with one of the greatest turnarounds in American business history.

“We are pleased to induct four individuals whose entrepreneurial spirit helped create today’s global automotive industry,” said William R. Chapin, president of the Automotive Hall of Fame. “Each made their unique vision a reality through tenacity, creativity and forward thinking, traits that still drive the auto industry evolution today. The Automotive Hall of Fame is proud to honor those who have changed the face of this industry.”

Fifty years ago, Ralph Nader, a young lawyer, shook the auto world with his book Unsafe At Any Speed, a book that would change the auto industry forever. Less than a year later, Congress created the Federal safety agency that became the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NITSA), an agency whose stated mission was to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce collisions.

Bertha Benz was the driving force behind the invention of the automobile. She was neither an engineer nor an inventor, but she must be mentioned at the same time as her husband, Carl Benz, the inventor of the automobile. They will become the first husband and wife to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Carl was inducted in 1984.

Roy Lunn is the Godfather of the world-class GT40, which swept first, second and third places at Le Mans fifty years ago, ending Enzo Ferrari’s domination of endurance sports car racing. At American Motors, Lunn developed what would become the lighter and stronger Jeep XJ (Cherokee and Wagoneer), which remained in production for 18 years with total production of nearly 3 million.

Alan Mulally has spent most of his career disrupting the status quo. At Boeing, he led the team that created the first all-digital airplane, the Boeing 777. He then took an epic gamble at Ford by approving the first all-aluminum pick-up truck. Mulally guided the Ford team in working together on a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy and relentless implementation of the One Ford plan to successfully guide the company through the U.S. financial crisis and restore Ford’s status as one of the world’s leading automakers.

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