Henry Ford Driving the Ford Sweepstakes Racer on West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan, 1901

Summary

Henry Ford built his 1901 "Sweepstakes" race car with help from friends Oliver Barthel and Edward Huff. Advanced for its day, "Sweepstakes" featred a rudimentary form of fuel injection, and spark plugs fitted with porcelain insulators. On October 10, 1901, Ford and "Sweepstakes" beat renowned driver Alexander Winton in a ten-mile race at Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Henry Ford built his 1901 "Sweepstakes" race car with help from friends Oliver Barthel and Edward Huff. Advanced for its day, "Sweepstakes" featred a rudimentary form of fuel injection, and spark plugs fitted with porcelain insulators. On October 10, 1901, Ford and "Sweepstakes" beat renowned driver Alexander Winton in a ten-mile race at Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

1901

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.O.418

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: 10 in

Width: 8.25 in

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