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‘Green Book’ authors, Lamborghini creator to join Automotive Hall of Fame

The Automotive Hall of Fame’s 2022 inductees include the authors of a guide for Black travelers in the U.S., the creator of the iconic Lamborghini line of luxury sports cars and a pioneering female race car driver, among others receiving one of the automotive industry’s top honors.

“This year’s class of inductees continues to recognize the diversity of contributions to this industry,” Sarah Cook, president of the Dearborn-based Automotive Hall of Fame, said in a statement announcing this year’s inductees Thursday. “From manufacturing to racing, road travel to the rarest of luxury performance vehicles, this groups tells some of the most interesting and important stories of the industry, and we couldn’t be more pleased to recognize their achievements and welcome them into the Hall of Fame.”

Victor Green

Induction into the hall is reserved “for noteworthy individuals whose efforts have helped shape the automotive and mobility market,” according to a news release.

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‘The Big Book of Tiny Cars’ Celebrates the Smallest Automobiles

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Photo credit: Motorbooks

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Small cars are currently out of vogue. In a market dominated by ever-growing SUVs, major automakers like Ford, Fiat, VW, and Mercedes (through its hapless Smart subsidiary) are giving up on the category—at least in the U.S. market. Even Minis no longer live up to their name, with the smallest one cresting 3000 pounds. But once a car category departs the commonplace, interest tends to pick up among enthusiasts and collectors. How else to explain the current fascination with personal luxury coupes of the ’70s and ’80s?

To slake our growing thirst for subcompacts, British automotive writer Russell Hayes has written a new book about them, The Big Book of Tiny Cars: A Century of Diminutive Automotive Oddities (Motorbooks, $40), that will be available electronically on Nov. 30. The hardcover

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‘The Big Book of Tiny Cars’ Celebrates the Smallest Automobiles

Photo credit: Motorbooks

Photo credit: Motorbooks

“Hearst Magazines and Yahoo may earn commission or revenue on some items through the links below.”

Small cars are currently out of vogue. In a market dominated by ever-growing SUVs, major automakers like Ford, Fiat, VW, and Mercedes (through its hapless Smart subsidiary) are giving up on the category—at least in the U.S. market. Even Minis no longer live up to their name, with the smallest one cresting 3000 pounds. But once a car category departs the commonplace, interest tends to pick up among enthusiasts and collectors. How else to explain the current fascination with personal luxury coupes of the ’70s and ’80s?

To slake our growing thirst for subcompacts, British automotive writer Russell Hayes has written a new book about them, The Big Book of Tiny Cars: A Century of Diminutive Automotive Oddities (Motorbooks, $40), that will be available electronically on Nov. 30. The hardcover

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Children’s book by U of I students teaches third graders about automotive engineering

Children's book by U of I students teaches third graders about automotive engineering
Bioengineering professor Jennifer Amos created a program in which students write and illustrate children’s books with science, technology, engineering and mathematics themes. “Jenny Saves a Convertible,” the first book from the program to be published, teaches third-grade students the nuts and bolts of automotive design and engineering. Credit: Fred Zwicky

A new book written and illustrated by two recent alumnae of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign introduces third graders to the nuts and bolts of automotive mechanics and engineering.

“Jenny Saves a Convertible” is the first book written and illustrated by U. of I. students to be published through a project with Illinois Engineering Ambassadors, a public outreach and professional development group for students in the Grainger College of Engineering.

The group reaches more than 1,000 schoolchildren each year, providing high-quality educational events and hands-on activities on the U. of I. campus and in elementary and secondary schools in the

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