There is so much to talk about it’s hard to decide where to start…..
Sooo…. I’ve decided to create my blog around the amazing story of HENRY FORD’S BEGINNINGS AND HIS ENTRY INTO THE AUTOMOBILE MARKET INTRODUCING THE NOW MAGNICIFICENT BRAND OF FORD VEHICLES..
Henry Ford’s one and only race – The 1901 Sweepstakes…
Sweepstakes is Ford history … That was the beginning … That was Ford, right there….
Henry Ford wanted to transform the small individual designed automobiles presented to the market for the aspiring wealthy people who thought of the automobile as only a fast toy.
He desperately wanted to mass produce his vehicles so to make it accessible to everyone. He felt that someone should move the fledging yet quickly growing automotive industry in this direction and wanted to be the one to do it.
To remedy this situation, Ford turned to the world of automobile racing.. hence the
1901 Sweepstakes at the 1-mile oval of the Grosse Pointe Race Track. As Ford himself put it,
I never thought of racing, but the public refuses to consider the automobile in any light other than a fast toy. So maybe racing is the answer to acceptance..
On October 10, 1901 the ten-lap race was held and the crowd was behind Ford since he was the hometown boy from Detroit and his opponent Henry Winton, who was the foremost automobile racer in the country and was favoured to win.
After 3 laps, Winton had pulled ahead by nearly 300 meters…. As Ford begun to feel more comfortable in the driver’s seat he began to gain ground, especially on the straights to the crowds encouragement. By the 6th lap Ford had significantly cut into Winston’s lead further stirring the crowd. At this point Winton’s car began to experience serious mechanical trouble with smoke visibly billowing from its exhausts. Ford’s unique use of porcelain insulators and his fuel injection system in the Sweepstakes engine, however, was designed precisely to prevent this difficulty.
As a result, in the 8th lap, Ford took the lead for good, defeating the favoured Winton to an ecstatic home crowd. Immediately after the race Ford retired from racing, saying
“Once is enough”..
From those humble beginnings the Ford Motor Company forged ahead throughout every decade now producing one of the best ‘Pickup Trucks’ available on the market today.
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