The photo and information comes from the Detroit Public Library Digital Collection.
“View of mechanics working on Ford Model K car, with Henry Ford (wearing goggles) in foreground. On Ford's left is Gaston Plaintiff, Ford Motor Company's New York branch manager. Handwritten on back: "Ford, Life, May-June, 1971, p. 13. Henry Ford in goggles waits while mechanics work on the Model K racer before his unsuccessful, Aug. 1905, attempt to lower the world's record. At left is Gaston Plaintiff, the company's New York branch manager." Handwritten on back: "Ford, 1905” “
The plant manager would be an interesting defendant in a law suit.
Thank you for the great pic. Another from "The Henry Ford" collection (all rights apply) showing the same scene, along with another person I suspect may be a reporter:
The second man on Henry Ford's left (our right) is Frank Kulick, also wearing goggles. The Ford racer did tie the kilometer record during the August meet, however the record holder, Walter Christie, beat his own record at the same meet. A couple of weeks later the Ford would run a 36 second mile (100 mph) at another Atlantic Beach race, and set a competition mile record, that was disallowed due to starting before the Darracq racer: