Great to see,but if i had my druthers id druther see Old 16 running again!Bud.
Kenneth, did you ever see Old 16 running? I had the great pleasure of trying to catch Peter Helk running Old 16 down NY Route 22 as a 17 year old kid in my 1961 Falcon. I couldn't keep up as he was running 75 and over to the Ridgefield antique auto show in 1965. I got there just in time to watch him park that magnificent Beast. The frame would flex and she'd snort fire everytime he'd goose it and let out the clutch. I told him how I couldn't catch him and he said he was running at about half throttle. What a shame kids today won't hear her bark again.
In the description, it says that Sweepstakes was the "first and only race car" that Henry Ford built. What about the Arrow, and the 999? They weren't the first, but certainly they were race cars!
Howard,Yes i have seen and heard it run at The Old Car Festival in years past!Kids today have to search on the internet and they can watch it being started and run! Inside where she is parked i have suggested they place a video player so people can see and hear but?? Bud.
Yes, in fact, Arrow and 999 were more important to the Ford legacy than Sweepetakes (in my opinion). Those two racers were in the news, providing free advertising for years. Also, HF drove Arrow to a world record, not just a race win.
Also, "baby", the lightweight Ford racer set a world record in 1904 for speed (another Henry Ford creation, using two Model A/C motors in tandem). Henry Ford also received world wide attention for his six cylinder racer (1905-1907) and the Model T "special" (1910-1913).
I forgot, a small Ford racing youtube link:
The first part shows a few Ford racers.