Started in 1989, The Motorsports Museum & Hall of Fame is operated by the Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame of America Foundation, Inc
; and is located in Novi, Michigan
. The Hall of Fame covers nine motorsports categories including: Air Racing
, At Large
, Drag Racing
, Open Wheel
, Power Boats
, Sports Cars
, and finally Stock Cars
. New categories are continually being added.
Eligibility for induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame is extended to any person who has driven, piloted, owned, designed, built, supported, maintained, prepared or promoted motorized vehicles in pursuit of speed, distance or other records. An inductee must have been retired for at least three years or must have been engaged at the top level of his or her area of motorsports for at least 20 years. Inductees are characterized by their desire to win, mastery of their field and the courage to innovate.
The Hall of Fame accepts nominations from any source, nominations should include a 100 word biography
which lists the major accomplisments of the nominee
. The final selection for new inductees is decided on by a panel which includes; prior inductees, historians, peers, and journalists. Inductions take place in June, 5 days prior to the NASCAR Winston Cup
race in Motor City
. Inductees are honored at the Motorsports Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony, where they are presented with the "Horsepower Award
", the bronze statue created by Michael Curtis of Ann Arbor, Michigan
While of course all inductions are important, I think three of the most significant were the induction of Amelia Earhart in the Air Racing
category; Shirley Muldowney in the Drag Racing
category, and most recently #3 - Dale Earnhardt in the Stock Car
A. J. Watson
J. C. Agajanian
Peter De Paolo
C. J. Hart
Cannon Ball Baker
Bill Vukovich Sr.
Al Unser Sr.
A. J. Foyt
William France Sr.
See also: International Motorsports Hall of Fame & Museum