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January 12, 1904 – Ford sets new land speed record
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January 12, 1904 – Ford sets new land speed record

Before the Ford Motor Company was even founded Henry Ford collaborated with a bicycle racer named Tom Cooper to build two racing cars in 1902. The vehicles were relatively interchangeable, both featuring a 1156 cu.in. (18.9 L) inline-4 engine that produced between 70 and 100 hp. Two weeks before their first scheduled race the cars would not start, so Ford sold his stake in them for $800 to Cooper and early auto racer Barney Oldfield, who learned to drive in the cars. To keep his name attached to them Henry retained rights to publicity and promotions surrounding the vehicles. Painted red and yellow and named 999 and Arrow, respectively, the bare bones cars would prove ferocious on the track. Oldfield won the first race he ever entered driving th 999, a five mile race called the Manufacturer...