The company's founder is in illustrious company.
Founded in 1963, Lamborghini has brought us glorious V12 monsters like the Aventador Ultimae and sublime driving machines like the Huracan STO. If it weren't for the poor customer service provided by Ferrari many decades ago, Ferruccio Lamborghini may never have founded his car company, and the world would have been poorer for it. Fortunately, history transpired as we know, and now the Italian automaker's founder is being recognized for his contributions to the industry, officially being inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. He joins compatriot Enzo Ferrari as a recipient of the honor, as well as other big names like Ferdinand Piech of Volkswagen fame, Henry Ford and his son, and Mario Andretti.
The induction ceremony took place last week, on Thursday, 21 July, with various automotive executives and VIPs gathering at The Icon on the Detroit waterfront to celebrate the occasion. Since Ferruccio is no longer with us, the award was accepted on his behalf by Andrea Baldi, CEO of Automobili Lamborghini Americas. Ferruccio Lamborghini's signature now appears in the Hall of Honor at the Automotive Hall of Fame.
The Automotive Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that honors and celebrates the industry's leaders and innovators through awards and programs designed to challenge others in the industry to achieve more. Founded in 1939, the Automotive Hall of Fame has honored 757 awardees to date.
Other inductees for 2022 included Lyn St. James, the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award in 1992, and Taiichi Ohno, a former Toyota executive who revolutionized global vehicle manufacturing processes. Alma Green and Victor Green, who authored The Green Book, a travel guide aiding Black Americans to travel safely, were also inducted, as was Lu Guanqiu, who founded the first Chinese company to sell automobile parts to American OEMs. Ford CEO James Farley was recognized as the Industry Leader of the Year, while Amnon Shashua, co-founder of autonomous driving startup Mobileye, was noted as the year's standout Mobility Innovator.
The Automotive Hall of Fame, located in Dearborn, Michigan, is open to the public Thursdays-Sundays from 10 AM-4 PM.