ESSEN, Germany – Classic Ford fans helped celebrate the 150th birthday of company founder Henry Ford at the world’s largest vintage car show last week.
The four day long “Techno Classica” held in Essen, Germany, attracted 180,000 visitors and Ford was there in force with a stand set up in collaboration with several Ford classic car clubs.
Thilo Moerke, chairman of the Ford classic car and motor sport club Cologne said: “Our theme this year was the 150th Birthday of company founder Henry Ford, that's why we showed the first car, he ever built - the Quadricycle. We also showed a famous Model T, the first car produced on an assembly line, and the A-model too.”
Among the 2,500 vehicles on display at Essen were several legendary racing Fords including the Le Mans-winning GT40; a Ford Escort Mk1 RS 1600; a Eggenberger (Texaco) Sierra Cosworth Turbo, and the current Formula Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost, which lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a record-breaking seven minutes and 22 seconds.