The 1962 Ford Mustang 1 Concept is the first car to ever feature the Mustang name and the galloping pony badge. It also pioneered key design cues that have become part of the iconic Mustang look. The concept was conceived by a team of Ford designers and engineers looking to develop a revolutionary new sports car that would appeal to younger buyers and give the company a forward-looking image. The result is this one-of-a-kind aluminum body mounted on a tubular-steel space frame with a midship-mounted 1500cc V4 engine and four-speed transaxle.
The first public appearance of this unique two-seat sports car was at the 1962 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. It was driven by racing legend Dan Gurney with lap times only slightly off the pace of the F1 race cars. The Ford Mustang 1 Concept instantly generated unrestrained excitement among racing enthusiasts. Subsequent showings across the country resulted in public excitement as well. Ford was convinced they would have a hit with a more practical four-passenger version that kept the spirit of the original Mustang. The final production design, which resulted from an internal Ford competition, carried the Mustang name and an updated version of the pony badge. It also kept the long sweeping hood, the short rear deck and the sharply sculpted flanks on this striking concept car.
This vehicle is part of The Henry Ford and is on permanent exhibit in Henry Rod Museum's Driving America exhibition, America's premiere auto exhibition.
|RRDC Evening With Emerson Fittipaldi A Highlight Of Long Beach Grand Prix|
| ||LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 7, 2017) - The April 6 RRDC Evening with Emerson Fittipaldi Presented by Firestone boasted a capacity crowd of auto racing dignitaries, corporate executives and champion race-car drivers, as the two-time Formula 1 and Indy 500 champion was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club, prior to the running of the 43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Representatives from the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Indianapolis 500 and the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championshi...[Read more...]|
|RRDC VOTES IN 26 NEW MEMBERS FOR 2015|
| ||HILLIARD, Ohio (Oct. 23, 2015) - Twenty-six race-car drivers and motorsports professionals have been voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club in 2015. The group includes 11 Regular Members from the open-wheel and sports-car racing ranks, 10 Associate Members and five Honorary Members. The current roster of RRDC members now numbers 486. Voting was held among all current RRDC members.
'The RRDC is honored to announce the addition to its roster a group of outstanding racing champions and o...[Read more...]|
|GREG BIFFLE GIVES FORD MOTOR COMPANY 1,000TH NASCAR VICTORY AFTER WINNING AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY|
| ||◾Ford Motor Company has won 1,000 NASCAR races in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series combined.
◾Jim Roper won the very first NASCAR-sanctioned stock car race in a Lincoln when he was deemed the winner at Charlotte on June 19, 1949.
◾Ford Motor Company has won 20 manufacturer titles and 13 driver championships in NASCAR's top three series.
DEARBORN, MI, (June 16, 2013) – Henry Ford's win over Alexander Winton on Oct. 10, 1901 in what proved to be his only race a...[Read more...]|
|Limited-Edition Ford Racing History Artwork Unveiled at SEMA; Limited-Edition Print Sales to Benefit JDRF|
|•Special limited-edition Ford Racing history artwork is unveiled at the annual SEMA show as part of the Ford press conference
•Famed automotive artist Sam Bass created the artwork at the request of Edsel B. Ford II, with proceeds from sales of limited-edition autographed prints benefiting JDRF
•Drivers and Ford race vehicles featured on the special artwork include Henry Ford (Sweepstakes), Trevor Bayne (No. 21 Fusion), Dan Gurney/A.J. Foyt (Ford Mark IV), Bob Glidden (NHRA Thunderbird), Jack...[Read more...]|
|1966 24 Hours of Le Mans: Bewildered Bruce|
|The look on Bruce McLaren's face as he climbed from his GT40 would be one of stark contrast to the rest of those with the Ford team. It was clear who the winner was, and yet, confusing as well. In the midst of one of the most demonstrative and authoritative victories in Le Mans history, McLaren and his co-driver Chris Amon would find themselves the beneficiaries of a saga that upset the team management at Ford as much as Ferrari's presence.
It was an all-out effort. Tremendous amounts of capi...[Read more...]|