Person or Entity, non-AMC

Presenting the Hall of Fame Inductees:

 Category 2 – Person or Entity, non-AMC

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Mark Donohue

Class of 2012

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Amos Johnson

Class of 2013

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Class of 2014

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Class of 2015

Mark Donohue,  A talented driver and 1972 Indy 500 winner, Donohue would drive many types of race cars before representing American Motors in the Trans-Am and NASCAR series. Highly successful during the “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” era, Donohue died a day after a 1975 crash during practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. He is immortalized with the special edition 1970 Mark Donohue Javelin which bears his signature on the rear spoiler.

Amos Johnson,  Along with racer Dennis Shaw, Johnson operated North Carolina-based Team Highball, campaigning factory sponsored AMC Gremlins, Pacers and Spirits in IMSA races throughout the 1970’s and early ’80s. The team saw much success including placing first and second in class at the 1979 24 Hours of Nurburgring race in Germany, driving a pair of 304-powered Spirit AMX’s for co-sponsor BF Goodrich.

Shirley Shahan Bridges,  The “Drag-On Lady” began drag racing competitively along with her husband in the late 1950s driving a new Chevrolet. After switching to Hemi-powered Chrysler products, Shirley would go on to win her class at the 1966 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California, the first woman to do so. After being approached by AMC late in 1968, Shirley saw much success racing a new 1969 Super Stock AMX, and later an AMC Hornet.

David Landrith,  Vice President and General Manager of Hurst Performance Research in Ferndale, Michigan. At Hurst, Landrith was in charge of public relations efforts for GM, Ford, Chrysler, and AMC projects, including the SC/Rambler. He also oversaw much of AMC’s racing efforts at the time, including development of the SS/AMX program.  Later he was involved with creating the 1977 Hornet AMX model while at Motortown Corporation.