The Automotive Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony is returning Thursday after being postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19.
“We are excited to be among the first major in-person automotive events in 2021,” said Automotive Hall of Fame President Sarah Cook. “We have introduced new awards in 2020 including the Mobility Innovator Award. … This year’s class of awardees and inductees is the most diverse in terms of geographical region, race, gender and industry.”
TV host and personality Jay Leno will be recognized at the ceremony, but will not be receiving his recognition in person, Cook said. Leno was set to be awarded during the previously postponed Automotive Hall of Fame ceremony.
Leno will be recognized as a member of the Automotive Hall of Fame 2020/2021 Class for his CNBC series, “Jay Leno’s Garage,” where he shared his passion for automotive vehicles.
“Induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame is reserved for noteworthy individuals whose efforts have created, shaped and changed the automotive and mobility market,” according to a news release. “It is considered the single greatest honor an individual can receive in the automotive industry.”
Other inductees include the first Black automaker Fredrick Patterson, Black motor racing pioneer Charles Wiggins, Hyundai Motor — South Korea’s largest automaker — chairman Mong-Koo Chung, former chairman and president of Genuine Parts Corporation Thomas Gallagher and the first female automotive designer Helene Rother.
This year will also be the first time the ceremony is hosted outside, on the Detroit River. It will be held at The Icon, at 200 Walker St., Detroit, and will follow COVID-19 protocols outlined by state officials, according to the Automotive Hall of Fame.
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