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Composite image depicting Henry Ford and Ed ‘Spider’ Huff driving Ford ‘Sweepstakes’ Racer, 1901 | by The Henry Ford
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Composite image depicting Henry Ford and Ed ‘Spider’ Huff driving Ford ‘Sweepstakes’ Racer, 1901

Description: Composite photographic print of Henry Ford (driver) and Ed "Spider" Huff, riding mechanic, (riding the sideboard) driving Sweepstakes, Ford's first race car, to victory at the Grosse Pointe Race Track, Grosse Point, Michigan, October 10, 1901. Originally produced by VanLeyen and Hensler Photographic Company of Detroit, this 1953 reprint is composed of two separate images; the race track grandstands and track and a posed photo of Henry Ford and Ed Huff. The composite image celebrates Henry Ford's first racing victory over Alexander Winton, then the most well-known auto maker in the United States.

Creator: The original composite photograph was created by VanLeyen & Hensler, Detroit, Michigan.

Object ID: P.O.1263

Collection: Photographic vertical file series

Accession Number: 1660

Repository: Benson Ford Research Center, The Henry Ford

Image ID: THF24696

Image URL: collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?objectKey=177738

Rights: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND

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Taken on September 9, 2010