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Auto Racing Virtual Meeting Backgrounds: Featuring Driven to Win

April 1, 2021 Archive Insight, Think THF

Looking to add some adrenaline to your next virtual meeting? Try the new backgrounds below, taken from Driven to Win: Racing in America, presented by General Motors. These images feature some of the exhibition’s iconic race cars, including the 1965 Goldenrod and the 1967 Ford Mark IV.

If you want even more background options, you can download any of the images of our artifacts from our Digital Collections. Our racing-related Digital Collections include more than 37,000 racing photographs, 400 three-dimensional artifacts (including race cars!), and nearly 300 programs, sketches, clippings, and other documents. Beyond racing, this collection of backgrounds showcases some views from Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour.

These links will give you instructions to set any of these images as your background on Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Wendell Scott, NASCAR’s first Black full-time Cup Series driver, used this 1966 Ford Galaxie during the 1967–68 seasons. (Vehicle on loan courtesy of Hajek Motorsports.)

Close-up of windshield, door, and part of hood of red race car with text and logos; features decorative elements and text in upper right Download

Driven by Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt, the Ford Mark IV won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1967, beating the second-place Ferrari by 32 miles at a record-breaking average speed of 135.48 miles per hour. Also featured here is the 1958 car Bobby Unser used to win the Pikes Peak Hill Climb seven times from 1959-1968. (Vehicle on loan courtesy Bobby and Lisa Unser.)

Aerial view of museum exhibit featuring low red race car with number 1 in circle on side and hood, along with red and blue open race car

The Goldenrod set a new land speed record for wheel-driven cars (which it held till 1991) at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1965, while the 1951 Beatty Belly Tank Lakester was crafted from the external fuel tank of a World War II fighter plane.

Aerial view of museum exhibit featuring very long, low gold race car and short, squat teardrop-shaped race car in two shades of blue

Rick Mears won the Indy 500 and set a new Indy speed record in 1988, hitting 220.453 miles per hour with a Chevrolet-powered PC-17 car during qualifying. (Replica on loan courtesy General Motors Heritage Center.)

Tight shot of hood and wheel of low yellow race car with number 5 and other text on hood


Bruce Wilson is Head of Marketing, Matt Anderson is Curator of Transportation, and Ellice Engdahl is Digital Collections & Content Manager at The Henry Ford.

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