OT - Coloring history, the Ford Six leading the Ocean to Ocean racers.

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2018: OT - Coloring history, the Ford Six leading the Ocean to Ocean racers.
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Eastern Nebraska on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 12:59 pm:

The New York to Seattle race began in New York City June 1st, 1909. Initially over fifteen cars entered the contest, with eleven still committed up until just prior to the June 1st start. The world famous New York to Paris winner Thomas Flyer was the pathfinder, covering the route prior to the race.

Interestingly, a Ford Six (Model K) was selected as the pace/pilot car to lead and set controls for the racers from New York to Chicago to St. Louis. After St. Louis all controls would be off and the racers could continue at their own pace.

This Model K was owned by the New York Ford Branch, with Ford employee F. W. Teves driving.

This photo appeared in newspapers across the country after the race began:


Fortunately, the original photograph survived:


Colorized version:


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By James A Bartsch on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 01:42 pm:

Great pic, great car, the colorization is getting much better!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 05:32 pm:

Now, THAT is a nicely colorized picture!
Thank you Rob.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Hjortnaes, Men Falls, WI on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 07:32 pm:

Are you going to lead the ocean to ocean next year?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dan Treace, North FL on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 09:06 pm:

Perhaps the banners were white, got this original off eBay years ago.



The winner was....No. 1 FORD.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dan Treace, North FL on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 09:15 pm:

And a pretty tough go for the little FORD :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kenneth W DeLong on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 09:17 pm:

Dan,Who did you say won? Bud in Wheeler,mi.


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