Eight car guys, including Francois Castaing, will be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame Tuesday, October 12. The formal ceremony will be at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. The seven other inductees beside Castaing join the Hall of Fame posthumously.
This year’s inductees are:
- Francois J. Castaing, who began his career in motorsports with Gordini and Renault, and then led product development for AMC and Chrysler.
- Lewis M. Crosley and Powel Crosley Jr., builders of microcars in the U.S. from 1939-52.
- Howard A. “Dutch” Darrin, designer of iconic European and American cars, including custom-bodied Packards and the Kaiser Darrin.
- Edward S. “Ned” Jordan, who wrote the famous 1923 advertisement for his Jordan Playboy, “Somewhere West of Laramie.”
- Henry J. Kaiser and Joseph W. Frazer, American industrialists and founders of the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation, which built cars from 1946 to 1955.
- George N. Schuster (pictured), winner of the 1908 New York-to-Paris race in his Thomas Flyer.
– Todd Lassa