The new year 1901 Henry Ford begins with plans to build a racing car. Although he is more the type of estimating the constant load in technology, but obviously he sees itself forced to demonstrate for his future plans, the superiority of his constructions at races, a method that proved successful in the automotive industry until today.
Had his quadricycle already large cylinders the competitors had larger. 1901 there is a race in Grosse Point, a free landscape near Detroit, which is actually only used as a holiday reservation. Of course, the proximity to Detroit is an opportunity for Ford and so he prepares himself with his team for this race. He sold his quadricycle and builds a new one.So much effort one makes with great design details such as spark plugs with porcelain insulators, the performances of the competitors are not achieved.
Luckily only one remains out of three due to participating in another race and machine damage. The is called 'Winton', has even increased beforehand impressive the mile record and thus demonstrated the beginning superiority of the internal combustion engine compared with steam and electric drive. Actually, Ford has no chance against him.
Why did he still won? Perhaps because his opponent was too cocky because of about twice the performance and has probably ruined his engine in the previous record. Anyway, Ford's Quadricycle catched up the initial losses and receives all the honors of a victory, although the but mainly based on the defect of the opponent. Such is life in these early days of the automobile. In addition, of course, is a bonus for the local. 08/13