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Driving America gives an A-to-Z look at how cars have helped shape our culture and influenced the way we all live, work and play. To help you get a better handle on the ins and outs of the complex relationship between people, cars and culture, the exhibition is divided into 20 focal areas that will draw you in with captivating stories about topics such as racing, American family life, alternative power and other forms of transportation. Focal areas are packed with some of the most historically significant vehicles, stimulating and insightful commentaries, hands-on activities and relevant artifacts that will make you stop, stare and contemplate how the automobile has influenced the life decisions you have already made and will make in the future.

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1965 Lotus-Ford Race Car
This is one of the seminal cars in American racing history. In 1965 Scotsman Jimmy Clark drove this car to victory in the Indianapolis 500. A few years earlier legendary road-racer Dan Gurney concluded that the proper application of European formula-one technology could capture the Indianapolis 500. He brought Ford Motor Company together with Colin Chapman, English builder of Lotus sports and racing cars. The combination resulted in a lightweight Lotus chassis powered by a specially designed Ford V-8 engine. With its monocoque chassis, four-wheel independent suspension, and rear-mounted engine, the Lotus-Ford effectively killed the traditional Indy roadster and established a new paradigm for American race cars. Engine: Ford V-8, double overhead cam, 256 cu. in., 495 hp
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Driving America is the premier automotive exhibition; designed to be a moving experience that helps you learn a little bit more about yourself and the relationship between people, cars and culture.

Download this handy road map of the exhibit space to view all there is to see – we wouldn’t want you to miss the Driving America Timeline, Lamy’s Diner or any of the 20 focal areas.

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Things to do with Kids
K’nex Race Car Designer
Design and build your own cars from K’nex building pieces. Then race them down hill! Kids will see science principles at work and practice design-thinking skills.

Texaco Station Mechanic
Children ages 4-8 (and their adult chaperones) complete service and repair activities using realistic equipment on our kid-scale 1960s replica car. Artifacts from the collections of The Henry Ford bring the Texaco garage to life.

Sprinkled throughout Driving America are 18 interactive 42-inch touchscreens that offer interactive games and activities plus deeper information about thousands of artifacts. Learn more

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