2012 Motorsports Hall of Fame Ceremony was held at the Fillmore
Theatre in Detroit. David Hobbs delivered the introduction. He
introduced the Honorary Chairman, Jim Campbell, the Vice President
of Chevrolet's Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. Campbell
is responsible for integrating the engineering and marketing of
performance versions of current production models in addition
to all motorsports activities. "We compete on the track and
love to win," he said. "When
we go to the track, fans are passionate about racing and passionate
us these are the must haves for motorsports," Campbell talked
a little bit about the seven inductees of 2012. "Motorsports
is filled with talented individuals. Tonight is about honoring
these seven heroes of horsepower."
Sullivan--In 1982 Sullivan started his Indy car career driving
for Forsythe Racing. Autoweek Associate Publisher and
Editorial Director Dutch Mandel accepted the award for Sullivan
because he was in England making money.
he gets an offer to work, he grabs the gold," Mandel said.
"Danny is trying to find the next generation of race car
drivers in England." Sullivan offered a thank you via satellite:
"I cannot begin to thank all the sponsors, crew chiefs, and
engineers who played a very important part of my career. My apologies
for not being in Detroit."
Edelbrock, Sr.--opened a repair garage on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly
Hills in the early 30's. Vic Edelbrock Jr. accepted the award
for his father. Vic Edelbrock Sr. was one of racing's greatest
innovators. He knew what to do with an engine to make horsepower.
He knew how to build engines, tune engines and race engines.
was an only child, and I created so much hell, they wouldn't dare
to have another one," Edelbrock Jr. explained. "I was
not allowed to go to the drag strip. But I went anyway. When my
father found out my car sat for one month."
Bonnett--Bobby Allison says he didn't know much about this Neil
Bonnett guy. He helped me build cylinder heads says Allison. Bonnett
excelled in everything he did. He did 80 events and won 62 of
them. On behalf of Neil, to accept this award is Susan Bonnett,
want to thank Motorsports Hall of Fame for this award," Susan
Bonnett said. She recalled her husband's first on-track experience.
Neil's mom is 95 years old and still going. On Feb. 11, 1994,
as Bonnett was practicing for the Daytona 500, his car went out
of control and into the wall. He was dead at 47 years old.
Dreyer--Pop's grandson, Dennis, says he was a champion side-car
racer and a pioneer in so many things he did. His love of racing
and high-performance engines found him getting involved in auto
racing, both as an engine builder and developer of racing-related
products. In 1937, he won 14 of 25 races.
in the industry would seek him out to fix problems," Dennis
Dreyer explained. Floyd Dreyer Jr. helped Pop with cars and accepted
the award for his father.
Pink--joined in the post-World War II hot rod craze in Los Angeles
at age 15. He could have worked in his dad's L.A. paint store
or his uncle's famous Hollywood hot dog stand. Instead he took
a job with hot rodder Lou Baney. Don the "Snake" Prudhomme
presented the award to Ed Pink.
this really happening to me?" Pink asked. "My parents
taught me to treat people with respect. My wife, Sylvia, gave
me support and she's my partner in life. I love you Sylvia,"
says Pink. He also thanked all the people in his life and says
he is blessed.
Johnson--Jimmie Johnson presented the award to Ricky Johnson.
Ricky was 125cc Rookie of the Year in 1982.
had a desire and passion for competition," Jimmie Johnson
said. "He had a great work ethic. He had an amazing career
on two wheels, then on four wheels when he founded the TORC truck
racing series. His loyalty keeps our bond as strong as it is."
Ricky Johnson was a typical California kid motorcross prodigy,
with his first race at seven years old. "As racers, we have
to have faith in God and ourselves. I thank all the people who
gave us faith and to my driving heroes and the Motorsports Hall
of Fame for inducting me," says Ricky Johnson.
Bell--the most successful endurance racing driver in the history
of British Motorsports. His son, Justin Bell, says there has never
been a bad thing said about my dad. Derek Bell, says as a racing
driver, we're all very lucky, just the icing on the cake.
the engine companies, we would be nothing," Derek Bell explained.
"One must never forget the people that helped us. My first
race was in the pouring rain in the middle of March. I'm gonna
get out of here and enjoy the moment."
event concluded at 9:30 p.m. with an afterglow.
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