Henry Ford and Ed (Spider) Huff Driving the Ford Sweepstakes Racer at Grosse Pointe, Michigan, October 10, 1901

Summary

Henry Ford and Ed "Spider" Huff driving Sweepstakes, Ford's first race car, to victory over Alexander Winton at the Grosse Pointe Race Track, a horse racing track, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, October 10th, 1901. After several other cars dropped out, the race pitted the then unknown Ford against Alexander Winton who, in 1901, was one of the most well-known and successful automobile manufacturer in the country. After Winton's car developed mechanical problems, Henry Ford, with Ed Huff crouching on the side board manually lubricating and fueling the car, won the race. Ford used the notoriety from the race to gain financial investors who helped fund his second car company, the Henry Ford Company, in 1902.

Henry Ford and Ed "Spider" Huff driving Sweepstakes, Ford's first race car, to victory over Alexander Winton at the Grosse Pointe Race Track, a horse racing track, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, October 10th, 1901. After several other cars dropped out, the race pitted the then unknown Ford against Alexander Winton who, in 1901, was one of the most well-known and successful automobile manufacturer in the country. After Winton's car developed mechanical problems, Henry Ford, with Ed Huff crouching on the side board manually lubricating and fueling the car, won the race. Ford used the notoriety from the race to gain financial investors who helped fund his second car company, the Henry Ford Company, in 1902.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

10 October 1901

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.833.98081.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.125 in

Width: 10 in

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