BILL PORTER – HONORED GM DESIGNER
Bill Porter began his Automotive Design career at General Motors in 1958 with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, New York. As Pontiac Studio Chief in the late 1960s, Bill led the creation of design icons such as the 1968 Pontiac GTO and 1970 Firebird. From 1980 until his 1996 retirement, Bill was Buick 1 Studio chief designer directing exterior design of many 1980s – 90s Buicks. Notably, the 1985 Buick Electra T Type won the ’85 Industrial Design Society of America award. The 1995 Riviera won numerous design awards, including “Car of the Year” award, National Automotive History Collection, 1996; “Best Luxury Coupe” Motor Week 1995; Design and Engineering award, Popular Mechanics Magazine; and Nomination for “Design of the Decade” Philadelphia Inquirer, 1998. During his long career, Bill taught evening courses in design at Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies in Detroit – many of his students are setting today’s design trends. Bill will be honored at the Dinner with Designers.
DINNER WITH DESIGNERS - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022
5:00pm - 6:00pm - Cocktail Hour at Gilmore Car Museum
6:00pm - 8:00pm - Dinner & Program at Gilmore Car Museum