This article somewhat ties together several recent threads, and brought up something I didn't realize, 999 and Arrow, Henry Ford's 1902 racers, had mono-block motors.
The Motor Age article was written in 1914, and 999 is one of several featured as "History Making Racing Cars." I had to do some chopping to make the article fit on two pages. The link to the full article along with the other racers deemed most important between 1900 and 1914 follows. There are many famous drivers and racers featured in the article, and a good read:
One other Ford racer is included in the article. Not sweepstakes, or the Ford Special Model T racer that beat several larger racers in events between 1910 - 1912, but a lesser known one, on page 11:
Interesting perspective of History in 1914.
Yes, some different opinions compared with those accepted by most Ford historical perspectives. One of the things I've grappled with is, does one believe history as we read it today, or give more weight to perceptions (reports) written at the time of the event(s)?
If a person opens the article (link) the Ford six cylinder racer is one of twenty racers pictured. Yet, modern historians rate the Ford six cylinder racer as a failure. So, which is it?
Below is another article, written in 1903, at the height of Barney Oldfield's barnstorming days with the Ford-Cooper racers. Many features of the racer are described, including the innovative mono-block and the differential, a bevel drive to one wheel system, instead of a drive chain (the racer could only be driven in one direction on a oval track).
Also mentioned (first highlight, left column) is a statement by Oldfield that he has commissioned Henry Ford to build his next racer, and that this will be "more powerful and yet lighter than his present record smasher." 999 at this point has set the American track record of over 60 mph, and I suspect the racer Oldfield is talking about will become the Ford six cylinder racer (Ford reminiscences suggest design of the Ford six is underway by early in 1904). Shortly after this article is published, Oldfield is coaxed over to the Winton team, and Tom Cooper continues to barnstorm across the country with the two big Ford racers: