WILLIAM CLAY FORD, JR
1999 Inductee

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Ford Motor Company. Mr. Ford's first car was a Mustang and he has been a Mustang fan ever since. Ford, Jr. notes, "Mustang has embodied the spirit of youthful freedom since it was first introduced in the 1960s. Sporty, affordable and fun, it established a new category of automobiles, the pony car. And for nearly four decades, the Mustang has dominated the category it created. Mustangs are much more than a machine to get you from Point A to Point B. People have an emotional connection whose impact goes far beyond the auto industry. Mustangs have really become part of our popular culture."