It was one hundred and ten years ago when racing first fascinated the whole world. Dubbed as “the largest fair of its kind”, the race at Grosse Pointe’s Detroit Driving Club in Michigan – covering 10 laps and 10 miles -- is forever etched in the memories of the best race car drivers of their time.
In the midst of all the fanfare surrounding then crowd favorite Alexander Winton, the same historical event marked Henry Ford’s turning point in his career. In less than two years, Henry Ford launched the Ford Motor Company, and this practically changed the course of our history from that day until now.
The race at Grosse Pointe’s Detroit Driving Club nonetheless has inspired Ford to realize 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 its latest 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 -- Henry Ford, of course -- took the $1,000 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 program has brought to Ford Motor Company’s legacy up to this day.
In the following 110 years, Ford developed and built cars and engines that managed to win thousands of races around the world. Some of the greatest driving personalities on earth were able to achieve great success behind the wheel of a Ford vehicle.
Ford is proud of the fact that it is the only carmaker that can claim victories in all the greatest races in the world such as Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Heures du Mans as well as 24 Hours of Daytona. It also can claim wins at the the U.S. Nationals in NHRA, Rally Great Britain, the Bathhurst 1,000, the Baja 1,000, as well as X Games Rallycross races.