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Automobile manufacturer Henry Ford was born July 30, 1863, on his family's farm in Dearborn, Michigan. From the time he was a young boy, Ford enjoyed tinkering with machines. Farm work and a job in a Detroit machine shop afforded him ample opportunities to experiment. He later worked as a part-time employee for the Westinghouse Engine Company. By 1896, Ford had constructed his first horseless carriage which he sold in order to finance work on an improved model.
Henry Ford 1863 - 1947
Henry and his Model T Ford
Ford Model T Coupe 1926
Ford model A 1934
FORD ARROW LAND SPEED RECORD CAR 1904
Ford Arrow LSR car 1904
1932, Henry Ford introduced his last great personal engineering triumph: his
"en block", or one piece, V-8 engine. Offered as an option to an
improved 4-cylinder Model "B" engine in this low priced car, this
compact V-8 power plant, with its down draft carburetor, enabled 1932 Ford to
outperform all other popular competitors and was 20 years ahead of its time.
The improved proportions and styling of this car reflected Edsel Ford's genius
Ford Model T production
FORD GT 40
was in France, in the mid-1960s, that the great American supercar came to
life. A low-slung, muscular racing car
built to win on the legendary Le Mans race circuit, the Ford
GT project was spearheaded by no less a powerhouse than company Chairman and
CEO Henry Ford II. His goal was to change performance car history. And he did.
The Ford GT race car beat the world’s best in endurance racing, placing
1-2-3 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 and winning the next three
GT 40 Centennial Edition
original Ford GT racers were engineering and design marvels demonstrating
Ford’s dedication and perseverance. In a few short years under the direction
of Henry Ford II, the company built a program from scratch that reached the
pinnacle of international motor sports competition – and stayed there for
four racing seasons.
Race Results 18th & 19th June 1966
For the 1966 race, no less than 13 GT40s were entered, eight of which were 7 litre MkII's. The line-up was as follows:
One further car, Scuderia Bear's 1029, had been entered for the race but was written off in an accident during one of the practice sessions. At the end of the race, only three GT40s remained, occupying the first three places. After an attempt by the Ford hierarchy to stage a photo finish with all three cars crossing the finish line side-by-side, the winner was declared to be car number 2, the MkII driven by Chris Amon and Bruce McLaren, thus robbing Ken Miles of the achievement of winning the three major endurance races, Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring, in the same year. 55 cars started and 15 finished. Fastest lap was set by Dan Gurney with an average speed of 142.979 mph.
Popular Ford Models
LINKS and REFERENCE
Ford GT Featured in the Ford Supercar C
62 Ford Galaxie Registry - Register your 1962 Ford Galaxie learn about the car.
1957 Ford Page - 1957 Ford vehicle information page
The 1972/73 Mercury Montego GT Registry - Site dedicated to the 1972/73 Montego GT
Classic Cougars - Dedicated to the Mercury Cougars and their owners.
Classic Thunderbird Club International - Club dedicated to 1955, 56, and 57 Thunderbird.
Comet Club East - Dedicated to preservation of the Mercury Comet 1960-1977
Cyclone, Montego, Torino Registry - Cyclone and Mercury Montego registry site.
Hemmings Motor News - Collector car and hobby periodical covering all makes and models.
Eastwood Co. - Tools and Supplies for the automotive restoration enthusiast.
Fairlane Club of America - National club dedicated to 1962 - 1976 Fairlane and Torino.
Falcon Club of America - National club covers 1960-1970-1/2 Falcon 1960-1965 Ranchero.
Falcon Man - Ford Falcon and Ranchero data, information, and used parts
Ford Falcon Registry - Reference and Registry for all Falcon Owners.
Ford Motor Company - The official FoMoCo company website.
Galaxie Club of Canada - Canadian club for 1959/1972 Galaxie and Full Size Ford
International Mercury Owners Club of America - Club dedicated to Mercury 1939-2005.
Love Fords - Great site for all enthusiasts of all Ford, Mercury, Edsel, and Lincoln vehicles.
Lower Mainland Falcon, Fairlane, Comet Owners Association - Used parts, cars + inf.
Memory Lane Collector Car Dismantling - Classic car auto wrecking.
Ranchero.US - Online Ranchero Club features information, for sale, wanted, and more.
Starsky and Hutch Torino Website - Excellent source of information for the Torino models.
SuperBird Club - Site dedicated to the Cyclone and Talledega's.
Challenge Game [May 05]
Ford GT tops 140 mph in Race-inspired TV Spot [Jan 04]
Ford Supports Pebble Beach Concours Charities Public Sale of 2005 Ford GT [Aug 03]
An interesting book by former Carroll Shelby-Ford Team mechanic in the sixties - Phil Henny - "Just Call Me Carroll" http://speedtvbooks.com/Store/
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Battery technology is improving daily. A car with the new generation of battery cartridge exchange built in and the ability to load its own cartridge, will encourage energy companies to build service forecourts.
Team Speedace would be pleased to advise any energy company interested in this technology and of course any vehicle manufacturer who might be considering whether or not to include a future proof system into their next generation of road cars.
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