1910 Ford Model T Race Car, Driven by Frank Kulick

Summary

The speed record established by Henry Ford in the famous "999" racer in 1904 had stood for more than eight years when Frank Kulick was urged to try to better it with this special 1910 Ford racing car. On February 17, 1912, this car was driven onto frozen Lake St. Clair northeast of Detroit. A heavy blanket of snow that had fallen the night before was removed and a wide course two miles long cleared. With his mechanic at his side, Kulick powered the car for the distance in 34 4/5 seconds, eclipsing Henry Ford's 1904 record. A second trial was held moments later with Kulick alone in the racer, and another new record of 33 2/5 seconds was set. This historic vehicle is sometimes identified as "999 the Second" in memory of the earlier great Ford racing car or "Kulick Racer" for its most famous driver. "999 the Second" was also used in hill climbing contests and established a record on the Algonquin Hill Climb, Algonquin, Illinois.

The speed record established by Henry Ford in the famous "999" racer in 1904 had stood for more than eight years when Frank Kulick was urged to try to better it with this special 1910 Ford racing car. On February 17, 1912, this car was driven onto frozen Lake St. Clair northeast of Detroit. A heavy blanket of snow that had fallen the night before was removed and a wide course two miles long cleared. With his mechanic at his side, Kulick powered the car for the distance in 34 4/5 seconds, eclipsing Henry Ford's 1904 record. A second trial was held moments later with Kulick alone in the racer, and another new record of 33 2/5 seconds was set. This historic vehicle is sometimes identified as "999 the Second" in memory of the earlier great Ford racing car or "Kulick Racer" for its most famous driver. "999 the Second" was also used in hill climbing contests and established a record on the Algonquin Hill Climb, Algonquin, Illinois.

Artifact

Racing car

Date Made

1910

Creators

Ford Motor Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by Ford Motor Company, likely in Detroit, Michigan.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

00.136.128

Credit

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

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Aluminum (Metal)
Nickel (Metal)
Wood (Plant material)
Leather

Technique

Customizing

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.875 in  (Bore)

Length: 5.25 in  (Stroke)

Height: 51 in

Width: 67 in

Wheelbase: 100 in

Length: 129 in

Weight: 935 lbs

Inscriptions

On front hubs: FORD On rear hubs: FORD / MADE IN / U.S.A.

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