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1901 Ford "Sweepstakes" Race Car

Barthel, Oliver E., 1877-1969 and Ford, Henry, 1863-19471901

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford

This is Henry Ford's first race car. After his first auto company failed, Ford turned to racing to restore his reputation. He raced "Sweepstakes" against Alexander Winton on October 10, 1901, and, to everyone's surprise, the novice Ford beat the established Winton. The victory and resulting publicity encouraged financiers to back Ford's second firm.

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