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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn

The Automotive Hall of Fame began with a group of men meeting as early as 1939 to create an organization that would perpetuate the memories of the early automotive pioneers as well as contemporary leaders in the industry. It started in Washington, DC then moved to Midland, MI and then to Dearborn in 1997.  This museum, adjacent to the Henry Ford, is so well done.  The displays are interesting and make the inductees lives come alive.  The first woman honored was Alice Ramsey, who with 3 other women left NYC and drove 41 days, used 11 tires and put 3800 miles on the Maxwell touring car to arrive in San FranciscoAlice had inspired countless women to pursue automotive related goals and dreams. Pictured in the center is Mercedes after whom her doting father, Karl Benz, named a car.

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