110 years ago, Henry Ford entered a 10-lap, 10-mile race at the Detroit Driving Club in Grosse Point, Michigan in his self-built race car called “Sweepstakes”. Going up against heavily-favored Alexander Winton, Henry Ford took the surprising win that ultimately changed automotive manufacturing forever. With his win, the Ford Motor Company got the funding it needed to launch less than two years later. At this year’s SEMA Show, Ford is celebrating its 110 years of racing heritage by bringing some of its most iconic race cars to the huge convention.
The star lineup will include Ford’s Le-Mans winning 1967 GT40 MkIV (pictured), Parnelli Jones’ 1970 Mustang Boss 302, Jim Clark’s Lotus (winner of the 1965 Indy 500), various John Force Funny Cars and this year’s Daytona 500 winner. These are just a few of the race cars Ford will be representing with, and we expect to see more given Ford’s success in various forms of motorsports including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Baja 1000, X Games Rallycross, Rally Great Britain and the Bathhurst 1000.
Keep your eye out for AutoGuide’s extensive SEMA 2011 coverage where we’ll be sure to check out all of the historic race cars that will be representing over a century of Ford racing heritage.
And check out AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show preview here.