Traffic lights are such a regular part of our driving experience that it seems hard to imagine a time when they were not on almost every street corner. In the beginning era of the automobile, traffic lights were just beginning because with just carriages on the roads there had not been a need.
There are many different inventors who came up with a version of the traffic light. Each one had a slightly different design, but were all hoping to help with traffic flow and safety. Garrett Morgan is the inventor given credit for the invention of the traffic light. He got the idea after watching an accident between an automobile and a horse-drawn carriage that seriously injured a young girl.
The first traffic light was installed in 1914 and was based off the designs of James Hoge. This first historic traffic light was installed this week, August 5th, in Cleveland, Ohio. Specifically, the traffic light was hung for the intersection between East 105th St. and Euclid Ave, which was and still is one of the busiest intersections in Cleveland.
Henry Ford was an innovative man who changed the automobile industry forever. Have you ever wondered what or who supported Ford as he made his incredible automobile advancements? The answer … his loving wife Clara Ford!
Clara Bryant, or Clara Ford, was the supporter of Ford through his entire career. It is actually rumored that the Fords fell in love because of their similar seriousness and single mindedness. This determined couple was married on April 11, 1888, three years after their initial meeting.
Clara Ford supported Ford through their numerous moves and his changes in employment from farmer to a job at the Edison Illuminating Company to his own automobile company. It is even believed that Clara Ford had more faith in Ford’s designs for his automobile than he did!
They lived a happy life together filled with dancing, until Ford’s death on April 8, 1947, three days before their 49th wedding anniversary. This was a marriage of love and support that helped create Ford as a leader in the automotive industry. Be a part of the company built from an undying love, by test driving a Ford today at Mountain View Ford in Chattanooga, TN!
Celebrate the Anniversary of the First Drive Across the Continental U.S.
What do you wish you could have been the first person to ever do? Fly a plane? Walk on the moon? First drive across the continental U.S.? The first people to ever drive a car across the continental U.S. were Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall H. Crocker. And today is the anniversary of their first crossing 111 years ago!
This historic first drive across the continental U.S. took 63 days to complete, and $8,000 dollars. Can you imagine if it took you 63 days to drive across the U.S.? A lot of that time was gobbled up because whenever something went wrong with the car, they would have to wait for the arrival of parts. And this included a trip across the old west, which did not always have easily passable roads, or roads at all!
2014 Lincoln MKX 09 and today is the anniversary of the Lincoln trademark
Every great landmark in time should be celebrated. For us here at Mountain View Ford, that includes the day that the Lincoln Motorcar Company was trademarked by Ford! On July 17, 1923 the Lincoln trademark was officially registered, which means that over 90 years ago Ford’s first luxury division, Lincoln, was trademarked. And we definitely think that is a day worth remembering!
The criteria for this patriotic contest is very simple…the vehicle has to be made in the U.S.A. The vehicle itself has to be assembled in the U.S.A. The parts that make up the vehicle are also taken into consideration. While it is near impossible to have all of the parts of the vehicle produced in America, at least 75% of the parts have to be produced on our soil.
Out of all of the vehicles that met these criteria, ten in total, the Ford F-150 was awarded as the most American vehicle. The Ford F-150 is simply retaining this prestigious position after winning the award last year as well.
We here at Mountain View Ford want to make sure that you do not miss the firework display that you want to see. That’s right, you get to choose which firework display you want to see because we are lucky enough to have three options. We personally love all three!
What makes our firework displays even better…they are free! The three display times start on the 3rd of July and carry onto the 4th. The main fireworks display for Chattanooga is called Pops on the River, and that is Thursday the 3rd. This main showing also has the musical accompaniment of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. The other two firework displays are on Lake Winnie. One is on Thursday the 3rd, and the other is on Friday the 4th.
One ‘50s Ford hot rod owner decided that he was going to see how his hot rod would handle a race track and it is definitely worth seeing!
On every turn the ‘50s Ford hot rod is kicking up a mountain of dust. In the video, you can see people taking cover from the dust storm in the hot rod’s wake. It may kick-up a lot of dust, but it is fun to see the hot rod take the turns in the course. In every turn, the backend of the car is whipped out to the side. And no one would ever call this a subtle race, you could hear the engine revving from fifty miles away.
The ‘50s Ford hot rod kicks-up a lot of dust and makes a lot of noise, but it was cool to watch! Finland definitely knows what to do with old hot rods: make it loud and make it proud!
To celebrate the 111th anniversary of the foundation of the Ford Motor Company, here is Henry Ford with the 20 millionth Model A.
Today, June 16th, marks the 111th anniversary of the foundation of the Ford Motor Company. The Ford Motor Company did not begin as the powerful company in the vehicle industry that it is today. Henry Ford actually went through a couple of test runs of the company before the Ford Motor Company took off, and we are so glad that it did!
The first manufacturing company that Henry Ford created was called the Detroit Automobile Company. Ford started the company in 1899, but by 1901 it was recreated into the Henry Ford Company. Ford left the company by 1902, and joined a partnership called “Ford and Makcomson” in 1903. Later in 1903, this became the famous Ford Motor company.
Usually the saying goes, ‘third time’s the charm’, but it looks like in this case the fourth time adds that little bit of extra luck to build an incredible company. The fact that we are celebrating the 111th anniversary of the foundation of the Ford Motor Company attests to the quality of Ford vehicles.
Become a part of this 111 year tradition and test drive a Ford at Mountain View Ford in Chattanooga, TN!
The 2015 Ford F-150, which began as the 1948 Ford F-2.
There are some things in life that should be proudly honored…and one of those is a good series of pickup trucks. We here at Mountain View Ford know that the F-Series is a line of trucks that deserve some respect. We are proud that the 2015 Ford F-150 is going to be better than ever!
As we look forward in awe at where these trucks are going, we need to pay homage to the beginning of the F-Series trucks. For this throw-back Thursday, we want to look at the 1948 Ford F-2, more commonly referred to as a Ford Bonus-Built.
In an original ad for the 1948 Ford truck, the truck is argued to be the best because it is able to be multi-purposeful and longer lasting. Those are still features of the 2015 Ford F-150. The new trucks in 1948 were already a part of a long tradition of Ford building trucks for 30 years, and they thought the tradition was long then!
While it is cool to see where the Ford F-series was in the beginning, it is nice not to have to give up the modern conveniences in our Ford F-150s like our extra-large cabs, AM/FM radio, air bags, power steering, and rear wheel drive.
If you want a close look at the 1948 Ford F-2, check out the video!
For the first time ever, the Ford Mustang will be sold in countries across Europe. The Ford Mustang’s first trip across Europe was a success. The first 500 Ford Mustangs were reserved within the first 30 seconds.
Ford partnered with the UEFA Champions League as the official vehicle supplier. Ford focused their campaign for the Ford Mustang around the UEFA Champions League Final. The Final was played between Real Madrid and Altético Madrid. Within the first 30 seconds of this match, all 500 Mustangs were reserved.
The Ford campaign leading up to the League Final centered around the Mustang’s involvement with the match. There were commercials across Europe with the tagline “the road awaits.” And waiting is exactly what the Mustang was doing, along with every anxious person who wanted the Mustang. The first commercial shows the Mustang waiting outside the stadium. The final commercial shows the Mustang driving into the stadium with the UEFA Champions League Final trophy.
The anticipation was quickly put to an end in those first 30 seconds. The lucky ones who were able to reserve their Ford Mustang for next year will not know for a couple of weeks. Once the lucky ones are revealed, the customers will be able to complete their orders. They will have the option of either Magnetic Silver for convertibles or Race Red for fastback models. The customers will also get to choose the engine either the 2.3-litre EcoBoost or the 5.0-litre V8. All models will include chrome detailing, black leather trim, Ford’s SYNC 2 connectivity and navigation system, heated and ventilated seats, and 19-in. alloy wheels.
Lucky for us, the Mustang has been available to us for quite some time. To check out the all-new 2014 Ford Mustang, visit Mountain View Ford.