Our mission: To honor and celebrate the accomplishments of individuals in the international motor vehicle industry through awards and educational programs that challenge young and old alike to higher levels of personal achievement.
TOM GALLAGHER: 2020/2021 Inductee
2020/2021 Automotive Hall of Fame Inductee Tom Gallagher led Genuine Parts Company, the parent company of NAPA, for more than 25 years. He was CEO for 12 years and had previously served as president and COO (14 years). Throughout his 48 years in the automotive industry, Gallagher continued Genuine Parts Company’s legacy of growth as he helped NAPA make auto ownership more affordable and strengthened employee training and customer service.  
Tom Gallagher; photo courtesy of Genuine Parts Company
The Bumblebee Camaro from the "Transformers" films is currently on display at the Automotive Hall of Fame. On January 21, we welcomed its chief designer Tom Peters to the Hall for a design tour. Peters discussed the design process and even opened the vehicle’s scissor doors to show off its special interior and features. Visit our YouTube channel to watch this special interview.
Photo courtesy of The Automotive Hall of Fame
By Nick Gargaro, Alumni Relations
I am unable to drive without music. In college, I was unable to walk to class alone without music. Music in my ears works like a piston, rhythm and melody are like an engine driving me forward. While having music always available at my fingertips is a modern notion, it took less than 20 years for music to find its way into automobiles.  
Paul Galvin and his son Robert Galvin. Photo courtesy of Motorola, Inc. Legacy Archives
2008 Automotive Hall of Fame Inductee Paul Galvin and his brother Joseph were the first to realize the commercial potential of portable music. In the early 1900s, before the invention of television, radio was a staple of the American home. Families gathered around their radios every night to get their daily source of news, sports, and of course, music. Galvin saw that American families were adopting automobiles as part of daily life, just as they had done with the radio, and he realized that the two could be harmoniously married.
Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot recently completed a merger, creating Stelantis, now the fourth-biggest automaker in the world by volume. Peugeot became one of France's first automotive companies under the leadership of 1999 Automotive Hall of Fame Inductee Armand Peugeot. Since 1905, the company has been represented by the iconic Peugeot lion emblem. The Hall displays many of these emblems; reflecting their evolution over the years.
Photo courtesy of The Automotive Hall of Fame
2020/2021 Induction and Awards Ceremony live on July 22, 2021! 

Last July, we had to postpone our annual Induction and Awards Ceremony with the hope of being able to celebrate our honorees as 2020/2021 Inductees and Awardees this July. We are looking forward to honoring Inductees Mong-Koo Chung, chairman and CEO of Hyundai Motor Company; Thomas Gallagher, former CEO of Genuine Parts Company; Jay Leno, host of Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC; and Helene Rother, one of the first women to sustain a career in automotive design (interiors) for General Motors, Nash Motors, and others. In addition, we will recognize Mobility Innovator awardee Harold Goddijn, CEO of TomTom and a member of its management board. 

Awarding is a core activity at AHF, and the annual process of researching, reviewing, and vetting award candidates is ongoing. Our research process is focused on accuracy, facts, and context. Our five awards are: 

  • Induction. Reserved for those who have made a significant impact on the automotive industry. This is the single greatest honor in the automotive business.  
  • Distinguished Service Citation. Recognizes an individual who has significantly improved the industry or their respective organizations. 
  • Industry Leader. Awarded to a single individual each year who has demonstrated outstanding industry leadership. 
  • Mobility Innovator. Recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing the automotive and mobility industries. 
  • Industry Influencers. Individuals who are influencing and leading through their actions, innovation and visible positions on issues surrounding the automotive industry and its future. They are admired by their peers and respected and followed by key decision makers. 

As we plan this Summer’s must-attend event, we are also starting deliberations on the class of 2022. 

We welcome submissions from the general public for the Automotive Hall of Fame Induction Award, the Distinguished Service Citation and the Industry Influencers Award by completing the Candidate Submission Form. The Industry Leader Award and the Mobility Innovator Award are nominated and awarded by the Automotive Hall of Fame Awards Committee. Please click on the link above to submit your candidate; we look forward to hearing from you. 

Sarah Cook 
Automotive Hall of Fame 
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