In 100 days, Ford Motor Company will celebrate its 100th year with "The Road is Ours" 100th Anniversary Celebration. The Thursday through Monday, June 12-16 event, on the grounds of the company's world headquarters in Dearborn, is expected to draw thousands of people and classic Ford cars and trucks.
Key activities include a concert series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights featuring headliners in R&B, country and classical music. Sporting activities and appearances by stars from the worlds of auto racing and professional bull riding, and even "Blue" from Nickelodeon's popular TV show Blue's Clues will be onsite. In addition, there will be thousands of classic Ford cars and trucks.
"We will have something for everyone - from adults to children," said Jim O'Connor, group vice president, Ford North America Marketing, Sales and Service. "Our celebration is designed with the whole family in mind."
The celebration begins Thursday, June 12, with a special event for racing fans. Ford NASCAR and other race vehicles will be on display, and Ford drivers such as Ricky Rudd, Dale Jarrett, and Mark Martin will sign autographs. The weekend's activities conclude with the company's Annual Shareholders Meeting on Monday, June 16.
"Reaching 100 years is a great milestone for Ford Motor Company," said O'Connor. "No other company has put its mark on a century more completely than Ford with the creation of the automotive moving assembly line and the $5-a-day workday."
Tickets to "The Road is Ours" 100th Anniversary Celebration are available online or by calling 866/4-100-FORD (866/410-0367). Tickets are $24.95 per person (children age 12 and under are admitted free when accompanying a paying adult). Tickets for Ford Motor Company employees, retirees, D Plan-eligible dealership personnel, and their extended families (as defined by A, D and Z Plan eligibility) are $19.95 per person.
Each ticket purchase includes credentials for entry all five days, which gives access to all activities, concerts and displays. Those who purchase tickets in advance will receive a daily assigned parking area and shuttle service to and from the event grounds, an opportunity to display their classic Ford car or truck, discounted admission and free shuttle service to local attractions, including Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Estate - Fairlane, and Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, a 100th Anniversary commemorative coin and discounts on 100th Anniversary merchandise.
Events and activities include:
Concert: Live performances will take place throughout the five-day event, but a special concert series is planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings featuring The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Fri.), Beyonce Knowles (Sat.), and Toby Keith (Sun.).
Fun for Kids: Nickelodeon's "Blue," Commitment to Kids identification program, and Kids Safety Village.
Fun for Adults: Massage at the Lincoln-Mercury Spa, 20-minute Model T assembly competition, and virtual golf simulators.
Fun for Everyone: Model T rides, Mustang Cafe, make CDs of favorite driving songs, celebrity impersonators, and Monster Truck Jams featuring Blue Thunder.
Classic Vehicles on Display: Among the thousands of privately owned classic car and trucks on display, Ford milestone vehicles will include: 1903 Ford Model A, 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Continental Cabriolet, first 1964-1/2 Mustang, 1907 Ford Model S Runabout, 1942 Mercury Convertible, and 1957 Jaguar XKSS.
Concept Cars: MA, Ford 427 concept, Model U, Ford Freestyle FX, Mustang GT coupe concept and Mustang GT convertible concept, Supercharged Ford Thunderbird concept, Ford GT, Lincoln Navicross, Mercury Messenger and Ford Interceptor concept.
Ford Racing Night: Ford NASCAR Winston Cup drivers and racing legends, to include Sir Jackie Stewart, Dan Gurney, Ned Jarrett, Junior Johnson, Bob Glidden, Tom Gloy, and Bob Bondurant.
40th Anniversary Shelby Tour: This tour celebrates Shelby's racing success and includes significant pieces of Ford's racing history.
100th Anniversary of Flight: Another 1903 milestone commemorated, the Wright brothers' first powered flight. 24,000-square-foot Countdown to Kitty Hawk Pavilion Display to include 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction, flight simulator stations, classic airplanes, and Lincoln Aviator Kitty Hawk Edition.
Charity Drives: For a $50 donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Henry Ford Health System, visitors can sign up for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive their own car or truck on Ford's Dearborn Proving Ground.