By David Reininger - motorsport.com Ford celebrates Centennial this weekend. One hundred years ago, on October 10th, a young Henry Ford averaged a blistering 44.8 mph, beating Alexander Winton in a historic automobile race. A crowed of 7,000...
By David Reininger - motorsport.com
Ford celebrates Centennial this weekend. One hundred years ago, on October 10th, a young Henry Ford averaged a blistering 44.8 mph, beating Alexander Winton in a historic automobile race. A crowed of 7,000 watched as Winton's engine faltered on the seventh lap allowing Ford to enjoy victory despite a 44 horsepower deficit.
One hundred years later, the Ford Motor Company will gather at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn to commemorate the event. The celebration will take place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14.
Ford has been involved of all facets of motorsport over the past 100 years and the display during the two-day Ford Racing Centennial celebration will surely represent many of Ford's finest competition vehicles. The eight page participant list represents vehicles from some of the finest collections in the land, including the collections of Jack Roush, Parnelli Jones and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Notables from the list include Ford's "999" from the Henry Ford Museum, a Tyrrell 017 Formula One racer, Curtis Turner's No. 99 from 1956 and eight GT 40s, including the Le Man 24 Hour winner of A. J. Foyt and Dan Gurney.
The celebration will include question and answer sessions, as well as a chance to obtain autographs with some of the top names in the sport, past and present. Some of the question and answer sessions have up to five participants. The second session on Sunday, from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. has two drivers, John Force and Bob Glidden. That's just enough time for Force to answer one question.
If you want to ask Bob Glidden a question, be sure to attend the first session on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., when Glidden will be joined on the panel by Glen Wood, Leonard Wood, Carroll Shelby and Tony Pedregon.
Other drivers attending include Lyn St. James, Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart, Manny Esquerra, Parnelli Jones and Junior Johnson. For a complete list of driver appearances and activities please visit www.fordracing.com. An event like this is surely to happen only once every hundred years. Don't miss it.