Parks inducted into International Motorsports Hall of Fame
Reprinted from the July 31, 1992 issue of National DRAGSTER
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Ten motorsports legends, including NHRA founder Wally Parks, will be inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, sponsored by Unocal 76, at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center July 22.
The 1992 International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees are Parks, World Grand Prix champion Alberto Ascari, race driver and car builder Louis Chevrolet, racing entrepreneur Andy Granatelli, roadracing great Peter Gregg, first three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Louis Meyer, race driver and former Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, three-time motorcycle Grand Prix world champion Kenny Roberts, stock-car legend Curtis Turner, and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and USAC champion Rodger Ward.
Granatelli, Parks, Roberts, and Ward will be present to accept their special induction medallions. Meyer will accept his medallion via a taped interview from his Searchlight, Nev., home. Ascari, Chevrolet, Gregg, Rickenbacker, and Turner are deceased. Family members, including Antonio Ascari, who is coming from his home in Varese, Italy, will.be present to accept their honors.
The inductees were selected from a final ballot of the top 12 nominations on the preliminary nominating list of 151 names submitted by a 124-member voting committee consisting of worldwide motorsports media. A nominee had to receive 50 percent of the total number of votes to be inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame.
The International Motorsports Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization operated by the state of Alabama and is sponsored by Unocal, the world's largest manufacturer of racing gasoline. The 35-acre complex, open to the public year-round, is located between Atlanta, Ga., and Birmingham on 1-20 next to Talladega Superspeedway.