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Automotive Hall of Fame '02 inductees named

November 24, 2010

Seven individuals representing racing, design, engineering and bold innovation have been selected for induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

The 2002 inductee class includes Giovanni Agnelli, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Frank McCarthy, Andre and Edouard Michelin, Richard Petty and Owen Skelton.

The inductees were announced March 27 at the International Motor Press Association meeting at the New York Auto Show.

Agnelli was one of the founders of FIAT; Giugiaro designed more than 80 mass-produced cars and founded Ital Design; McCarthy was president of the NADA from 1968 until his death last year; and the Michelins developed the first detachable air-filled rubber tire mounted on a metal wheel rim.

Petty recorded 200 career NASCAR victories and is the only seven-time Winston Cup winner. Skelton, hired by Walter Chrysler, was one-third of a dynamic team of engineers known as the "Three Musketeers."

They created the Chrysler Airflow and other groundbreaking inventions.

Formal induction ceremonies will take place in Dearborn, Mich., on Oct. 15.

The Automotive Hall of Fame is the only global platform to honor the industry's brightest stars.