DEARBORN - Last week, employees experienced something truly unique at the annual PDC Employee Car Show. In addition to the more than 400 vehicles, there were three special exhibits including the return of the successful tractor exhibit. This year, the big draw was the Family of Fine Cars display, featuring 15 brands from the U.S. and Canada.
"The Family of Fine Cars is every brand Ford made available at Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealers in either the U.S. or Canada," said Dave Glickman, event coordinator, Employee Car Show. "There are 15 brands total, some of which are so rare – the Frontenac for example, there are only 12 known still in existence. These brands, except for Lincoln which was acquired, represent all brands that Ford Motor Company developed over the last 108 years."
The display included Ford Car, Ford truck, Fordson, Ford Tractor, Mercury Car, Merkur, Edsel, Lincoln, Continental, Shelby and DeTomaso in the US; and Meteor, Monarch, Mercury Truck and Frontenac in Canada.
In addition to the special exhibits, employees were able to see classic and current Ford vehicles from Tin Lizzie to Focus SVT, Thunderbirds to Broncos and Ford F-100 to Mustangs.
Kathleen Wrona, car exhibitor, is no different than any other enthusiast – she absolutely loves her 2001 Ford Mustang V8 "Crazy Horse." "It’s a beautiful car and a beautiful toy," she said. "Yes, girls play with cars too. We get to have fun too."
One special treat at the show was a restored 1966 GT40 MK II – chassis 1032 that actually ran in the 1966 LeMans. The vehicle blew up during the race, only running for four hours. In 1968, it was donated to the Indy Museum at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
About five years ago Adam Christian, engine engineering, along with other Ford employees were tasked with the job to restore this racing icon for the museum. The GT40 is now in running condition for the first time in more than 40 years and will be touring the world.
Overall, the show had a couple thousand visitors in just a few short hours. Employees had the opportunity to walk amongst some true classics and unique vehicles.
"It’s a great show; Ford does a great job putting this on," said Nick Zakarian, car exhibitor. "It was great to feature the Family of Ford Cars this year which is awesome. I try to come every year and this year is definitely the best."
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