Ford of Britain 100th Anniversary – Photo Gallery Page Two
Ford has enjoyed many successes in motorsport but one of its rarest creations came about thanks to a failure. In 1970, on the way back from an unsuccessful Monte Carlo Rally, Ford’s then competitions director Stuart Turner, and Ford rally driver, Roger Clark, discussed the need for a light and simple mid-engined car capable of taking various engines. The result was the GT70. Ford drivers, including Hannu Mikkola and Timo Makinen, contributed ideas for the interior and Len Bailey, one of the Ford GT40 design team, was tasked with designing a car "strong enough to win rallies and light enough to win races". Just six chassis were completed and the GT70 featured here has remained in Ford ownership since it was built. A combination of WRC rule changes and the versatility of the up-and-coming Ford Escort saw development of the GT70 curtailed. This rare GT70 last saw competitive action in the French tarmac championships in 1973 before going into storage. In 2002 it was fully restored, including fitting a 2.0-litre BDA engine and Hewland gearbox, and saw its first competitive action for nearly 30 years at the 2002 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
1911 image of the factory floor at Ford's Trafford Park plant, in Manchester. Within months of Ford Motor Company (England) Limited being incorporated on 8 March 1911, Trafford Park was busy building Ford's 'Universal car'; the Model T. As seen, this is before the introduction, in 1914, of the moving assembly line for which Henry Ford was so revered and which allowed Ford cars to be produced efficiently and economically.
Powered by a modified Ford Cargo truck engine, Miss Britain IV took to Coniston Water, in the Lake District, on 15 November 1982. Achieving a speed of 124.24mph (199.94kph) Miss Britain IV broke the previous world diesel water speed record of 119.05mph. Following the record breaking performance Miss Britain IV was retired and earlier this year was donated to the Classic Boat Museum, on the Isle of Wight.
Designer for HRH Queen Elizabeth, Hardy Amies used a backdrop of Ford cars to launch his 1973 collection.
the legendary Jim Clark, fresh from his victory at the Indianapolis 500 in 1965. The race proved something of a record breaker for the popular Scotsman. Leading the race for 190 of the 200 laps, Clark was the first non-American for 49 years and the first ever Briton to win the famous race. His Ford V8 powered Lotus 38 was the first rear-engined car to take chequered flag. And having won the Formula One championship earlier in the year Clark was the only driver to ever take both titles in the same year. Alongside Clark is Lotus supremo Colin Chapman aboard the Ford 999, a 1902 race car, used by Henry Ford to break speed records and generate publicity when motor racing was just a fledgling sport. At the back is the iconic GT40, an automobile legend that gave Ford its famous 1-2-3 Le Mans victory the following year.