August 22, 2002

Ford displays first race car in Montreal

Ford race car
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Montreal, Quebec – A replica of Henry Ford’s 1901 Sweepstakes race car makes its first appearance in Canada at a display at the Crescent Street Ford Racing Festival, August 22-24. During the festival, the street will be closed to traffic.

Henry Ford drove the Sweepstakes car to victory against Alexander Winton on October 10, 1901. The recognition he garnered convinced investors to put money into his fledgling company, which became the
Ford Motor Company.

“Racing and this car were pivotal to Henry Ford in his early engineering successes, and his efforts to raise money for his second and third companies,” said Bob Casey, curator of transportation at Henry Ford Museum.

For his victory in 1901, Henry Ford won $1,000 in prize money, and a cut glass punch bowl as a trophy. The punch bowl had been selected by Alexander Winton’s sales manager, who persuaded the race organizers to let him pick something that would look good in Winton’s home.

Ford restored the original 1901 Sweepstakes car this year, and it is now on display at the Henry Ford Museum. The replica on display on Montreal is one of two replicas Ford built to display at automotive events around the continent.

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