It was one hundred and ten years ago when racing first fascinated the whole world. Dubbed as “the largest fair of its kind”, the 10mile, 10lap race at Grosse Pointe’s Detroit Driving Club in Michigan is forever etched in the memories of the best racecar drivers of their time.
In the midst of all the fanfare surrounding (then crowd favourite) Alexander Winton, the same historical event marked Henry Ford’s turning point in his career. In less than two years, he launched the Ford Motor Company and it practically changed the course of our history from that day until now.
The race nonetheless has inspired Ford to realise his vision in automotive industry. Ford built an affordable transportation that is so dependable for everyday use. This is the core of the 110th anniversary celebration of Ford Motor Company without a doubt. Indeed, the company is very proud to show how Ford’s racing spirit continues to live in today’s new products.
Ford Racing Director Jamie Allison recalled the time when Edsel B. Ford II compared Ford’s very own “Sweepstakes” winning moment to the historic event in Grosse Pointe. Henry Ford’s perspectives in showcasing the products only prove that the passion lives on.
The triumphant winner (Ford, no less) took the $1000 prize while the punch bowl trophy remained in Winton’s hometown in Cleveland. But at least, Ford won the attention of investors back then. The same people supported him to launch the Henry Ford Company, which later on became known as the Ford Motor Company since June 1903.
Allison also stressed that every founder of the company usually has that “major point in their career”. As for Henry Ford, it was definitely the legendary race in 1901. Ford lives up to its racing DNA and everyone is proud of what the racing programme has brought to Ford Motor Company’s legacy up to this day.