LOUISVILLE - Springtime is an especially exciting time in Kentucky. From thundering fireworks at “Thunder over Louisville” to the chomp of horse’s bits at the “Running of the Kentucky Derby.” And certainly, the Derby Festival brings many events to the city.
Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP) was proud to be a participant in one of the festival's more whimsical events, the Great Bed Race.
Shawn Witt, Dennis Bray, Richard Metcalf and Bill Beichler, all tool makers and Jimmy Reynolds, a welder at the plant worked to make this year’s submission one of the best. The Great Bed Race consists of local company sponsored employees in themed costumes pushing decorated beds around a race track, competing for titles and prizes.
Beichler has worked on different beds for several years. This year, he hoped to help bring home the “Fastest” and the “Best Bed” wins for LAP.
For the decorated portion of the bed, the team put together a model assembly plant to mimic one of the original Louisville plant appearances.
On a large platform sits a mock assembly plant with a track of model cars weaving in and out of the “building.”
Represented by the model cars are vehicles built at LAP, from Ford’s Model A all the way to the Ford Sport Trac. Proudly on display is the current production vehicle, the Ford Escape.
The Great Bed Race was held on April 29 at Broadbent Arena. The UAW-Ford LAP team won their race and came in third overall in the “Champions” category.
Great job LAP team!