Driven to Win: Racing in America

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On Saturday, April 17th, 32 members and friends arrived at the Ford Garage Restaurant in Dearborn for lunch. It was a partly cloudy day that would see the temperature rise into the upper 50’s. As we arrived, it was impossible to miss the Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan, who were setting up for their Park and Polish event later that afternoon. But the restaurant took good care of us by ensuring that we had more than adequate parking available on the back side of the restaurant’s substantial parking lot.

The restaurant is very unique and very creatively done with an “automotive garage” theme. Gas pump handles used as door handles and bathroom water faucets and wheels used as bathroom sinks are but a few examples. A number of early Ford cars were on display throughout the restaurant with one sitting on a structural lift above the bar. The food was very good with prompt service.

After lunch, we departed for The Henry Ford to view the “Driven-to-Win” exhibit. At the museum, we started at the new collection of historic racing vehicles and memorabilia that tells the story of American motor-sports. In addition to 26 vehicles from many types of racing, the exhibition includes an interactive film, information on the lives of famous racing figures and simulators to show what it’s like driving on some of the world’s most famous tracks. The exhibit includes the 1988 Indy 500-winning Chevy-Penske, a 1956 Chrysler 300-B of the type that dominated NASCAR for years and the 1967 Ford Mark IV that Americans Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt drove to win Le Mans. The 2016 Ford GT that also won Le Mans is on display, along with a clay model from its development and a specialty built car that shows how similar the racing and production versions were.

After viewing the racing exhibit, most of the group spread out to view the other museum exhibits of interest. All-in-all, an enjoyable event for everyone.

Phil Crutchfield

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