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+Dean Slavnich " What a hot hatch this is! Really really liking Ford Fiesta ST 200. Brilliantly fun car, sublime to drive and proper impressive 1.6T EcoBoost ".

#FordFiesta ST - #FordPerformance 😎

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In this fascinating image, mesmerised members of the public gaze at Orville Wright (left) and Henry Ford (right) through the window of 1127 West Third Street in Dayton, the bicycle shop that gave birth to one of the most important inventions in history; the Wright “Flying Machine.”

Ford admired the Wright brother’s achievements so much that shortly after this photo was taken in 1936, the shop, along with the Wrights’ home, was dismantled brick by brick and moved over 200 miles to Greenfield Village, in Dearborn, Michigan; an entire community, now known as The Henry Ford, built around historic artefacts.

Transported in boxcars and reconstructed piece by piece in their original configuration, Ford even stipulated that five dump trucks of soil (some 20 tons) be taken from beneath the house so that it would continue to stand on Dayton soil.

The patent for The Wright Flyer was submitted on this day in 1903, just 89 days before the formation the Ford Motor Company and considering the timings, the innovative nature of their work, and their shared spirit of determination, it was no surprise that their paths would cross.

Shortly after the Wright Flyer patent was submitted, Ford sent a telegram to the brothers signalling his intent for the new car company: "The year nineteen hundred and three has special significance for both of us. It heralded man's conquest of the air and made the name of Wilbur and Orville Wright immortal. It also marked what we feel was a step forward in land transportation, the founding of the Ford Motor Company," it read.

While Ford’s subsequent achievements in the world of motoring are well documented, his pioneering role in the aviation industry is perhaps less well known; he is credited with building the first modern airport and concrete runway, advancing radio beacon navigation and popularizing all-metal aircraft with the Ford Tri-Motor.

In the 1920s, Henry Ford applied his automotive assembly line production method to aircraft -- making Ford Motor Company the world's largest manufacturer of aircraft at the time. He built public confidence in aeroplane safety, reliability and necessity and laid the foundation for the world's modern system of commercial aviation.

For his pioneering efforts, Henry Ford was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1984 and recognized as an aviation pioneer by the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission in December 2002.

#ThrowBackThursday #TBT #FordHeritage
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Becs in Ireland with the Model T 😎

#FordHeritage

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Memories .....

#FordHeritage

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Morning!

Up early with the #FordFiesta ST. 

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Spray that again Sam ....

#FordGT #StreetArt #London

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If style was in a forest and no one saw it, would it still be ... style?

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+Mario Andretti - Fifty years after Sebring

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This image may not look particularly significant, but it gives us a fascinating insight in to Henry Ford’s personality.

Taken on March 9, 1932, a then 68-year-old Ford can be seen hunched over what looks like the transmission tunnel of a prototype Ford V8, hammer and chisel in hand. He’s clearly not happy with something and has taken matters, quite literally, in to his own hands.

The slightly bemused gaze of the Ford executives in the background is priceless.

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Get close to the next generation #FordFiesta 👉 ford.to/2mZWEAg
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