Batmobile, ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Gran Torino,’ Cars Star at the Petersen Museum’s New Exhibit

The DeLorean time machine from “Back to the Future”, the Batmobile from “Batman” and Ecto-1 from “Ghostbusters” don’t need any further explanation. The iconic vehicles far outgrew their respective movies and are now cultural touchstones.

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, already a home to some big-screen vehicles, is opening a new exhibit with these cars and more, starting March 12.

The new exhibit will highlight some of the best pieces from the “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy” display from 2020 (the largest exhibition of its kind in the world).

It will also include some surprise additions as the museum is branching out to include an even-broader range of cars. The Lexus LC500 from Marvel’s “Black Panther” joins the fray, as does the DMC-12 from “Back to the Future,” the Ecto-1 and several cars from the “Batman” series.

“Some vehicles used in television and movies

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Black Auto Designers Pay it Forward Mentoring Next-Generation Talent

Without designers, there are no cars.

Automotive designers combine knowledge of mechanics, production and materials with artistic talent to improve the style, appearance and aerodynamics of automobiles.

Much like in other professions, Black designers have fought for representation in the auto industry.

General Motors hired Edward Welburn as their first Black designer in 1972. In 2003 Welburn became the first Black Vice President of Global Design in the industry.

Black designers like Michael Burton, Crystal Windham, Earl Lucas and Chris Young have each contributed impressive feats to automotive design, from the Ford Flex to the 2021 Ford Bronco.

In 2011 when the Hyundai Sonata shook up the car market due to its modern sweeping body style, designer Andre Hudson was to thank.

According to the U.S. International Trade Commission, Black employees make up 17.2 percent of workers in automotive manufacturing but the industry lacks diversity at the leadership level.

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Recognizing Black Pioneers of the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry is nearly unrecognizable from its inception in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Auto manufacturers recently pioneered the self-driving vehicle, which comes with automatic steering, braking and acceleration; parallel parking assistance, which displays an aerial view of your vehicle and its parking spot; backup cameras, which help drivers avoid rear collisions; and built-in GPS systems.

So many of these advancements would not have been possible without Black Americans’ achievements in science and engineering. And yet, the contributions of Black engineers, designers and innovators have not always been given due credit. Historically, the patent process in the United States has favored white Americans, and at times, Black inventors were unable to secure patents. Despite a variety of barriers to overcome, Black innovators pushed to create some of the most important innovations of the automotive industry, many of which have contributed to the industry’s most recent advances. Bankrate examines

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Auto Hall of Fame to induct Black industry leaders who broke barriers

Detroit — C.R. Patterson, Frederick Patterson and Charlie Wiggins were early automotive entrepreneurs, innovators and champions who made a profound impact on the industry, even as they had to break down racial barriers to do so.

On Thursday, they will be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors from an industry that, during their lifetimes, largely shunned their contributions because they were Black.

The event, scheduled for 6 p.m. at The Icon, on Walker Street, also will honor inductees and awardees from the Dearborn-based Hall of Fame’s 2020 class. Last year’s ceremony was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. With capacity restrictions lifted, the ceremony is expected to draw hundreds of attendees from around the world.

The 2020/2021 class represents the Hall of Fame’s most diverse ever in terms of geographic, gender, racial and industry representation, officials say. That milestone follows an intentional effort in

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