Gus Thompson (left) and Edmund Thompson (right) accepting the Golden Shovel Award in 1971 during the groundbreaking of their Lincoln Mercury dealership on Merritt Boulevard.

DUNDALK — Thompson Automotive is proud to announce the induction of Edmund Frank Thompson, Jr. (Ed) and Frank Edmund Thompson (Gus), into the MADAF Hall of Fame at the 10th Annual Unforgettable Gala.

The 2019 Gala was held at the Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Baltimore on Nov. 8.

Ed and Gus’ father, Ed Sr., decided to go into business for himself in 1929, founding the Thompson Auto Business at the corner of North Point Road and Wise Avenue where he rented a car showroom, garage, and Shell gas station.

Ed Jr. and Gus both left school in the sixth grade to help at their father’s business.

What was known as the Try-Me Service Station was born on the belief that once people tried his outstanding products and services they would become loyal customers. These principles have become standard within the Thompson organization through today.

Thompson Automotive is a true family owned and operated business. What started with Ed Sr. has grown and expanded through two more generations – Ed Jr. and Gus, who then handed it down to Ed’s sons Tommie, Ronnie and Ed III, and Gus’ son Doug.

Ed and Gus created a legacy of sound principles, culture and character. The strong foundation of smart business and excellent service has remained and can be experienced in their dealerships today as they celebrate their 90th year in business.