Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn Announces 2010 Inductees


DETROIT, Oct. 6, 2010 – Eight individuals representing automotive company founders, product development, marketing, design, and racing have been selected for induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Formal induction ceremonies will take place in Dearborn, Mich. on Oct. 12 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. The 2010 Inductees class includes:

  • Francois J. Castaing, a record of accomplishment in motorsports and automotive product development
  • Lewis M. Crosley and Powel Crosley, Jr., visionaries and automotive inventors
  • Howard A. “Dutch” Darrin, designer of iconic European and American automobiles
  • Edward S. “Ned” Jordan, automotive pioneer and innovative marketer
  • Henry J. Kaiser and Joseph W. Frazer, American industrialists and co-creators of the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation
  • George N. Schuster, winner of the 1908 New York-to-Paris Automobile Race in a Thomas Flyer

All but Castaing are being inducted posthumously.

In addition, four individuals will receive the Automotive Hall of Fame’s Young Leadership & Excellence Award. As a way of identifying the next generation of leadership in the automotive industry, these recipients must be 40 years or younger and be making outstanding contributions to their respective companies or the industry at large.

The 2010 recipients are:

  • Damoni A. Hurt, leader of product development and communications launch strategy for the Ford Transit Connect at Ford Motor Company
  • VeRonica L. Mitchell, manages mass (weight) performance on GM’s compact crossover vehicles
  • Andrew D. Sexton, holds the highest ranking position for Federal-Mogul’s Powertrain Sealing and Bearings operations in China and Korea
  • Christopher M. Son, directing investor relations and corporate communications for American Axle & Manufacturing during one of the most brutal times in the auto industry The Automotive Hall of Fame’s Annual Induction and Awards Night will take place at 6:00pm, Tuesday, Oct. 12 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Mich. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased online at
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