Racing: Ford’s Long & Storied History!
There’s no doubt about the fact that Fords and going fast go hand-in-hand. Racing is in our blood.
Our vehicles have a long history, going all the way back to 1901 when Henry Ford beat Alexander Winton, who was the most accomplished automobile builder and racer of the time. Henry Ford beat Winton at a ten-lap race in the car Sweepstakes. This was a racing car of Ford’s own design. Henry Ford was not a racer, but that didn’t stop him from getting behind the wheel for a race that is still being talked about over 100 years later. Edsel B. Ford II has told the story of his great-grandfather and how he beat the best racer in the country with a car he built himself. Currently, Ford vehicles participate in not only NASCAR races, but also in Formula One races, World Rally and V8 Supercar races. That’s a whole bunch of fast cars!
Ford racing returns to Le Mans this year with the all-new Ford GT supercar! We’ll be competing in the LM GTE Pro class. This will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1966 overall victory. The new race car — a further proof point of Ford innovation — is based on the all-new Ford GT supercar unveiled in January. Both the production car and race car will arrive in 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ford went on to repeat its victory at Le Mans in 1967, 1968 and 1969.
For now though, we’re going to give you a little bit of information about our home-grown NASCAR drivers and teams who race right here in the good ol’USA. We’re already four months into the 2016 racing season. Who’s your favorite driver or team? Will your favorite driver cross the finish line in first place?
So, are you ready to get behind the wheel of your own Ford vehicle? If so, give Beach Ford a call right now so we can get you going fast in your brand new Ford!