First Drive Across the Continental U.S.

Take a road trip this summer in a Ford in celebration of the anniversary of the historic first drive across the continental U.S.

Take a road trip this summer in a Ford in celebration of the anniversary of the historic 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!

Jackson and Crocker took this monumental journey in a car from the Winton Motor Carriage Co.  Actually before the Winton Motor Carriage Co. closed down in 1924, there was a race between one of Winton’s cars and one of Ford’s.  We here at Mountain View Ford are proud to say that Ford won the Race!

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!

We are so happy to celebrate the 111 anniversary of the first drive across the continental U.S.!  Come to Mountain View Ford in Chattanooga, TN to test drive a new Ford to take your own road trip this summer!

Lincoln Trademark

2014 Lincoln MKX 09 and today is the anniversary of the Lincoln trademark

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 Lincoln Motorcar Company was developed by Henry Leland, but Leland sold the company to Ford in 1922, a full year before Lincoln was trademarked.  Henry Ford purchased the Lincoln Motorcar Company at the strong urging of his son Edsel Ford, who wanted to improve upon the style of Ford.

This great relationship that started in 1922 to 1923 is one that we here at Mountain View Ford are proud to be a part of. Everyone can be a part of the longstanding relationship between Ford and our first ever luxury division Lincoln!  Just come down to Mountain View Ford in Chattanooga, TN and test drive a Lincoln today and experience the luxury that Ford has to offer!

Ford F-150 is the Most American Vehicle

2015 Ford F-150

We here at Mountain View Ford in Chattanooga, TN are proud to announce that the Ford F-150 is the most American vehicle.  The Ford F-150 trumped all others to be the most American!

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 this 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.

Come to Mountain View Ford in Chattanooga, TN to test drive the Ford F-150 because the Ford F-150 is the most American vehicle!

Chattanooga 4th of July Firework Display

Celebrate 4th of July at the Chattanooga 4th of July Firework Display

 

Happy 4th of July!  The 4th of July is one of the most fun holidays of the year, and one of the things that makes the 4th of July so unique are the firework displays!  The colors are always incredible to see and, let’s be honest, the boom is always thrilling to hear.  Here in Chattanooga, TN we have great firework displays available for us to watch.

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.

We hope you enjoy the great 4th of July firework displays, and it will be even better if you drive there in your new Ford from Mountain View Ford!

 

‘50s Ford Hot Rod

1955 Ford Thunderbird would easily be turned into a hot rod with slight modifications

1955 Ford Thunderbird would easily be turned into a hot rod with slight modifications

When we think of 1950s hot rods, we usually imagine them cruising around downtown.  On a Friday or Saturday night, you would know where everyone was…cruising down main street.  In Finland, this is not the picture they associate with ‘50s hot rods.

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!

111th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Ford Motor Company

To celebrate the 111th anniversary of the foundation of the Ford Motor Company, here is Henry Ford with the 20 millionth Model A.

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!

#TBT – 1948 F-2 Transforms into 2015 Ford F-150

The 2015 Ford F-150, which began as the 1948 Ford F-2.

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!

Ford Mustang’s first trip across Europe

2014 Ford Mustang

2014 Ford Mustang

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.

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‘Sounds of Focus’: Ford at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival

 

 

This past Memorial Day weekend the annual Detroit Electronic Music Festival was held under the name Movement Electronic Music Festival.  The music festival has been occurring under names such as the Detroit Music Festival, Movement, Fuse-In, and Movement Electronic Festival since 200.  Last year was the first melding of automotive sounds and electronic music for Ford.  The tracks produced last year were the “Sounds of Fusion.” This year, ‘Sounds of Focus’!

Check out the ‘Sounds of Fusion’ tracks!

‘Sounds of Fusion’ track 1

‘Sounds of Fusion’ track 2 

‘Sounds of Fusion’ track 3

This year Ford partnered with artists Ataxia and Secrets to produce the ‘Sounds of Focus.’  Both artists worked to create a Ford Movement Promo.  Ataxia created 1908 Model T Drive, and Secrets made Focus Pokeus.

Listen to the new ‘Sounds of Focus’ tracks!

1908 Model T Drive

Focus Pokeus

These two tracks were performed at the Movement Electronic Music Festival this past weekend.  In our opinion, these tracks drove over everything else and definitely accelerated into the electronic music world!

We cannot wait to hear more tracks from the ‘Sounds of Focus’! What Ford model do you think they should make the sounds of next year?

Ford Mustang Takes to the Open Skies

 

 

The Ford Mustang has officially become a space cowboy, thanks to the creative efforts of Michael Sego, a Ford zone sales manage in San Francisco, and Steve Kubitz, managing partner of Big Valley Ford in Stockton, California. Earlier this month, Sego and Kubitz—along with some friends—decided to take the Ford Mustang to outer space, documenting the pony car leaving earth’s atmosphere for the first time in history.

 

“We wanted to celebrate 50 years of Mustang and the impending arrival of the all-new 2015 Mustang by doing something really special,” said Sego. “Mustang has always been about getting behind the wheel and hitting the open road, but we decided to make it the open sky.”

 

For those of you wondering how they managed to get such a big car up so high, wonder no more—it was actually just a Mustang model car. After mounting the model to a high-altitude weather balloon, which happened to have a video camera attached (watch the adventure here!), the Mustang was released and reached a height of 110,000 feet in just over an hour. When it reached this height, both the car and the instrumentation box, which has a GPS location transmitter, touched back down on earth.

 

While our Mustangs might not be able to take you to outer space, Mountain View Ford can ensure you that they are still out of this world. Make sure you stop by and give one a test drive today!