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Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Henry Ford


The New York Times
August 13, 1908

Ready to Enter Three Cars in Automobile Club's Event at Savannah.

Announcements emanating from the Automobile Club of America yesterday indicate that the small car race projected by the club in connection with the Grand Prize race at Savannah on Thanksgiving Day will receive an enthusiastic welcome from the small car builders in America. Henry Ford was yesterday in consultation with Robert Lee Morrell, Chairman of the Automobile Club's Contest Committee, and is quoted at the conclusion of the conference as willing to enter three cars. It is said that C. R. Stoddard of the Stoddard-Dayton factory is on his way to New York from Chicago to urge the holding of the race. Mr. Stoddard is credited with an intention to enter three cars. The meeting of the Contest Committee, which will decide whether or not the contest shall be organized, will be held on Tuesday of next week.

A meeting of the Metropolitan Motor Association was called at Rector's on Tuesday night to discuss the coming twenty-four-hour race and some other motor racing matters that have developed in the last week. The call issued was made too late, however, to secure a full attendance, and the meeting will be held later in the week. A canvass of the members of the association develops that there is a disposition on the part of the association to postpone the twenty-four hour race from Labor Day to Sept. 28 and 29 at Brighton Beach.

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