Ford – A Leader in Automotive Racing History!

Does the thought of watching a great car race make your heart accelerate? Do you live to enjoy the thrill of speed? Maybe you just appreciate the design of great sports cars. Whatever the case may be, you can be sure that somewhere along the line, you have heard about or seen some great and historic Ford race cars!

Automotive racing has been a very popular sport ever since the first automobiles were designed over 100 years ago. Actually, it was because of car racing that many of today’s automakers exist. Automotive designers would try to create faster and more efficient vehicles by testing their ideas in races against other designers. Henry Ford entered one such event with his unique, early “Model T” design and won, investing the prize winnings into the company that would become the Ford Motor Company. From this humble beginning, many historic Ford race cars would be born.

Ford racing would become a company to contend with as they produced one winning design after another. Here are just some of the historic Ford race cars:

*In 1903, Barney Oldfield drove the Ford 999 to victory at the Indiana Fairgrounds, and set a new speed record of 60 mph.

*In 1909, the Ford Model T shows its endurance as it wins a cross-country race from New York to Seattle.

*In 1949, the first national NASCAR race was won by Ford driver Jim Roper in a new car model called the Lincoln.

In the 1960’s, Ford would reach the height of racing, as they would produce several cutting edge designs, including:

*In 1963, the Ford-Lotus design would win the Milwaukee 200, driven by Jim Clark.

*In 1964, Ford would introduce a new style of Indy car engine known as the DOHC V-8.

*In 1966, the Ford model Mark II’s would place 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 24 hours of Lemans race.

*In 1967, Ford would introduce a new engine in the Dutch Grand Prix, called the Ford-Cosworth DFV V-8.

*In 1968, Ford would introduce a sporty design of its popular Ford Mustang by showcasing the Cobra Jet Mustang at the NRHA Winternationals, winning its first event.

The 1980’s would see a resurgence of the popular Ford Mustang as the Miller Mustang would win two races in 1981. Ford would also become competitive with the Thunderbird model as driver Bill Elliott would win a record 11 NASCAR races in 1985. In 1988, Bill Elliott would continue winning in the Ford Thunderbird by taking the NASCAR Winston Cup championship.

Ford continues to produce new and innovative ideas as they design cars for the future. In the early 2000’s, the Ford Taurus model challenged the field, being driven by the Rousch racing team including some of today’s championship drivers like Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch. If the future is anything like the past, Ford will continue to produce many historic Ford race cars.

Auto Event – LA Auto Show

Being held since the year 1907, the LA Auto show has been the center of attraction for the whole of auto industry including auto part suppliers. With the show being only the second International Auto Show in the US to be officially recognized by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles, there’s the anticipation that it would feature some truly pulsating exhibits.

The international automobile exhibition is an annual event held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Back in 1907, the first show was held at the at Morley’s Skating Rink in downtown Los Angeles, just a few blocks away from the present venue. Historically held during early January, it now takes place in November, after it celebrated its 100 years of success in 2006.

The LA Auto Show usually conjures up images of scintillating concept cars and world debuts of many autos. However, there’s a lot more for the aftermarket part suppliers and buyers as well. The show is a useful event as you can find most automotive parts which are associated with trucks, vans and SUVs.

Here are some examples to the fact that its not just an event showcasing dazzling cars only.

Wheels, Tires & Suspension: Wheels are an important automotive part that not only enhance the look of the vehicles but ensure a good fuel economy too. A lot of wheel components such as Automotive Wheels, Automotive Tubes, Linkage Parts, Radial Tires, Tires and Wheels Accessories, Tubeless Tires make it possible. In 2007, a couple of wheel manufacturers and suppliers who exhibited included Lorinser, Diablo, Center Line Wheels, and many more.

Automobile Accessories Most Trucks, Vans & SUV owners can expect a wide array of automotive accessories to customize and style their autos as the wish. Accessories such as Automotive Body Polishes, Automobile Maintenance Supplies, Automotive Seats , Car Care Products and Tools, Audio Devices, Video Devices , Security Devices don’t power an automobile but the surely enhance our comfort and safety in addition to making the vehicle appealing.

Other notable exhibits during previous shows have been specialty vehicles and tuners & performance, electronics & technology, appearance, supplies for automobiles.

Most major automobile manufacturers display at the show.

How to Learn Automotive Business English

How to learn Business English

The Automotive Industry is truly global now, with many alliances, shared platforms, and certainly thousands of air-miles! Increasingly Japanese and Koreans are having to communicate in English with their counterparts in the US, UK and Europe. English is a global language – the other day I was driving along a British road, with a Turkish guest who was talking on his mobile to a Vietnamese colleague in France about a project for a French Customer built by a German Company: they spoke English.

I have sat in numerous meetings with overseas colleagues, discussing various international projects, only to watch my colleagues struggle with communicating ideas in English.

So we have established the need – it’s very real and immediate – what is the solution? There are a number of things that an employer can consider when looking to train his people to speak, write and understand English as she is spoken in the international marketplace:

1. Lessons in the workplace.

These have the advantage of being flexible, on-site, and relatively in-expensive, and that several people can be ‘trained’ at once. The disadvantages are that students are readily distracted, being on-site, or that they are not taught by a native-speaker, and certainly that there are significant gaps between sessions, with little opportunity to practice.

2. Lessons in an English school.

Attending these, often in their own time, employees show commitment to the learning process, and are taught (often by native speakers) in classes of varying sizes and abilities.

3. Teach Yourself.

This route takes real commitment, but lacks flexibility – you learn what is on the tape – and then where do you practice?

4. Learn in a ‘foreign’ country – in a language school

There are many language schools out there, in various parts of the UK, where students can learn in varying group sizes, and even one-to-one. Students generally stay with host families or in hotels and guest houses when not in lectures / classes.

5. Learn in a ‘foreign’ country – in a teachers home

We offer this service – whilst a little more expensive than all the other options, the student has individually tailored English teaching, one-to-one, with a native speaker. Plenty of conversation practise, individual attention, learning in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Tips On Creating A Personalized Show Board – Part 1

Over the years I have learned a lot about how car owners add that personal touch to their car and I have to thank the many owners that helped me to better understand the desires of these enthusiasts. The car enthusiast is a proud group that often has many unique ideas that would differentiate their car, but they may not be sure how to accomplish it. Examples include the idea of having small circular photographs of the owners car that can be inserted in the center of wheels, to having custom step magnets for placement on the running boards of that custom coupe to keep people from stepping to get a better look. By collecting all of this information it is obvious that it is the subtle points that distinguish two almost identical cars

The owners that have taken their car show display to the next level have incorporated show boards into their display. The main intent of this board is to provide the viewer with information that the owner considers to be key about the car. The information ranges from the year, make and model, to more specific details about the engine, drive train and chassis. The next major element of the show board is tying it to the car, which is often a picture or pictures. Many boards have a standard layout of a front quarter view on the top, and a rear quarter view on the bottom, or other key element.

So the question for you is “Do You Want Your Show Board and Vehicle To Stand Out From The Rest? “

I would be surprised if your answer was anything but, YES!

As with adding graphics to enhance the paint, or chrome accents under the hood, a show board can be taken to the next level with fantasy pictures. Fantasy pictures could be as simple as a picture of your car overlaid on the engine compartment, or a key element such as the gas cap of that mustang GT. Combining this level of graphics, transforms a show board from just an informational board, to a piece of art completing your display.

When you think about creating your show board, do not only think about the text and pictures, but how to make it different from the others. Would you rather go to a restaurant and order items 1, 4, and 8, or talk with the chef and get a meal prepared just for you? You go to the experts for advice on how to enhance your vehicles look and performance, so you should also go to the artistic experts on how to display your vehicle.

There are some companies such as that can help by transforming your everyday pictures into custom art. They have a large selection of examples that I have described above.