El Cajon Ford is happy to announce that we are participating in this years Toys for Tots event!
Come on down this weekend! Hours are Friday 12pm-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-8pm. Unbeatable financing from USE Credit Union for all credit situations. Also, the first TEN test drivers will receive a $20 WalMart gift card! We can’t wait to see you this weekend!!
Gail Wise walked into a Ford dealership looking for a convertible to drive around Chicago, where she lived and worked after having just graduated from college. They didn’t have any such models, save for one car tucked quietly away in back. She bought it on the spot.
It wasn’t until the moment she drove it off the lot that she had an inkling she might be behind the wheel of something special. Two days later that was confirmed: Almost 50 years ago, and two days before it officially went on the market, Gail took ownership of the very first Ford Mustang sold in the U.S.
She still owns it today, and it wears only 68,000 original miles. “I didn’t go shopping for a Mustang,” she told Ford Social. “I don’t recall any hype” surrounding the much- anticipated all-new sports car. Hers was a top-of-the-line model, with bucket seats and V-8. But what truly appealed to her was it was a convertible, since that was the style of car she was used to driving since her family had already been both convertible and Blue Oval fans forever, having a ’49 Ford and a ’57 Ford Fairlane.
Back in the day, Gail used the Mustang as a commuter car for work and to visit friends, and once she was married, her husband Tom also put it through regular driving in the mid to late ‘70s. But then some minor mechanical problems forced him to push it into the garage, where it sat for 27 years. “I was always a car guy, so I told my wife that this could be a good retirement project for me,” Tom recalled. And so, he handled some of the work himself, while a restoration shop did the major part of the overhaul; the restoration was completed in 2007. Not long after, while researching Mustangs,Tom stumbled across someone claiming to own the first one sold in the U.S. That person’s paperwork showed the sale of April 16. Gail’s paperwork showed hers as April 15.
This special Mustang has lived quite the life since being pulled out of the garage and having its true history revealed. It is seeing road time once again, taking Gail and Tom to local car shows where they and the car are a hit with the crowd. They even took it to the Ford Dearborn campus in August 2013, where the couple and car mingled with executives from Ford.
With the Mustang’s 50th anniversary coming up in April 2014, we asked Gail and Tom why they thought the Mustang was so timeless. “People today relate to a car from the ‘60s. It’s not real old and people say, ‘My dad had one’ or ‘I drove one in college.’” Added Gail, “Everybody has somebody who has that car, and so many people have them in their garage that they’re going to fix up one day, too!”
It takes a warrior’s courage to fight breast cancer. It takes a warrior’s dedication to deal with the everyday triumphs and stumbling blocks. It takes a warrior’s strength to fight, day in and day out, 365 days a year. It takes a warrior to face the adversity that is cancer.
The Warriors in Pink “Models of Courage” program is just one of the ways that the organization brings to light the real life stories of breast cancer survivors. The nine women and two men selected to serve as Models of Courage come from different cities, different cultures, and different generations. They are married, single, working moms and retired grandparents. In their roles as Warriors in Pink Models of Courage, they serve as ambassadors for Ford and the fight against breast cancer, sharing their very personal stories of hope and survival, reaching out to others in need of support and encouragement.
One of the many ways the Warrior in Pink Models of Courage help spread their message is through “Courage Talks,” a series of short, of insightful and inspirational videos. Take for example, the prospect of telling your young children you have cancer. Tina, a seven year cancer survivor shares her experience explaining mommy’s bad bump to her then three and five year old girls in the “Talking to Kids” segment; Nicole, a four year survivor talks about being single and returning to the dating world after her treatment in the “Relationships” piece. Then there is coping with the fear, the fear that every little pain means something more. Three year survivor Darrell talks about being afraid and his constant calls to his doctor in “Handling Fear.” Watch these honest conversations on tough subjects at warriorsinpink.ford.com/courage-talks.
“The Ford Warriors in Pink campaign, with $120 million dedicated to the cause, is nowhere near done. As long as breast cancer affects our moms, sisters, daughters, fathers and sons we will continue to fight,” said Tracy Magee, Ford Primary Brand Experiential Manager. “The personal stories and experiences of the Models of Courage will help raise awareness, as well as inspire those battling breast cancers to continue the fight. Their stories inspire me every day.”
This year, Ford Warriors in Pink is giving breast cancer supporters the chance to win a new 2013 Warriors in Pink Fusion Hybrid. Supporters can view rules for the contest and enter to win at fordvehicles.emipowered.net/2013wipsweeps.
What makes a particular design great? OK, that’s sort of a trick question, because design is very subjective. Take art: Two people can look at a painting and have a very different reaction to it. Two people can look at architecture, and one may have an emotional connection while the other feels nothing. Styles of clothing either appeal or don’t.
Now think about the challenges with car design. It’s got all of that — it has to look “right” to the eyes, cause an emotional connection and be appealing. Then it’s about making that “look” speak to the masses, and often on a global scale. Your vehicle needs to not only stand out in the crowd, but also make that crowd think about buying the same vehicle for themselves. It’s also about creating an iconic design, recognizable worldwide, easily identified even by those who don’t own one.
“Great design is defined by purposed, simplicity, emotion and, above all, honesty,” explained Freeman Thomas, Ford Director of Strategic Design. “Great design must have a soul and a philosophy. Ford is about great design.”
The One Ford philosophy about design has to do with vehicles sharing characteristics that will appeal to consumers on all continents. “I consider the Stahl House, the 1965 Ford GT40 and the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi to be three significant representations of these values,” explained Freeman. Stahl House, which is considered an iconic example of modern architecture, has much in common with Ford. “Its design transcends social class. It was a case study about creating affordable housing with aspiration. Its simplicity is humbling,” Freeman said. Ford vehicles have simplicity in design, yet also push boundaries.
The concept of Ford design is to create that appeal, no matter how the vehicle will be used. Whether consumer-oriented or for motorsports, mpg or mph — the vehicle needs to have a design that strikes a chord and gets attention. Freeman also said, “It’s about looking at something and feeling as though it’s so much more. The Fusion Energi is a car that visually looks so premium and so expensive. It is a plug-in hybrid so it is explicit in its conscience and purpose, yet it has that irrational desire – it’s a gorgeous car.”
What Ford cars have a design that really appeals to you, and why? Tell us in the comments section below!
You can do some pretty amazing things with smartphones these days. In a world where your phone can be – among other things – an encyclopedia, GPS and a personal assistant, Ford is entering a new frontier of mobile technology with the Remote Access application for select Ford and Lincoln vehicles.
This aftermarket add-on from Ford Custom Accesories turns your iPhone or Android device into a virtual keyfob. With the Remote Access app, you can lock, unlock and even remote start your vehicle from across the parking lot, or across the country. You can even use the Find feature to flash the lights and honk the horn if, perhaps, you don’t remember exactly where you left it at the mall.
Did you leave your car in one of those big airport parking decks or in a sketchy-looking lot downtown? The Remote Access app also helps you rest a little easier with optional email/text security alerts. That’s right, your car can text or email you to check in and let you know if there’s a security breach.
The Ford Remote Access app can be easily added to several Ford and Lincoln models at the dealership, even if your vehicle is a couple of years old!
“This Genuine Ford Accessory is a plug-and-play kit that is easy to install and does not require any vehicle wire cutting, hence maintaining the quality of the vehicle’s electrical system,” boasts Mouhanad Dahabra, a Ford Electrical Engineering Supervisor who worked on the program.
Right now, the Remote Access system is available on the F-150, Super Duty®, Edge, Explorer and Lincoln MKX if your vehicle is a 2011 Model Year, or newer. You can also purchase it if you drive a 2013 model year or newer Taurus, Flex, Lincoln MKS or Lincoln MKT. Contact you local dealer for more information on pricing and availability. More vehicles will be added in the future, so stay tuned!
Cars that draw pictures based on your drive, an LED display to automatically communicate with cars behind you, a musical composition based on how you drive. Pipe dreams? Hardly! These are just some of the innovations that were dreamed up and developed during the Boing Boing Ingenuity hack day held August 17, 2013, at the TechShop in San Francisco.
Boing Boing is an online magazine devoted to technology and the culture that surrounds technology. What a perfect match for the Ford Open XC Platform, and the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid! Boing Boing invited some of the top hackers in its community and Ford brought a C-MAX as well as its expertise. The goal was for the participants in this hack day – dubbed Data Driven – to create some new, innovative features or functions using the data available through the Ford OpenXC platform. And innovate they did! We already mentioned some of the really cool projects that were built throughout the day, and there were many more!
There was the real-cost driving meter. Want to know the true cost of a trip? The goal of this project was to factor in wear-and-tear as well as depreciation of the vehicle.
How about a driving replicator? This hack pulls the data from your drive – your turns, your acceleration, your braking – and then replicates it through a toy RC car.
And how is this for the ultimate password: Driving a certain pattern unlocks a locked box inside the vehicle!
Want more? The Boing Boing team has posted quite a few stories at www.boingboing.net and will continue to add more in the coming weeks.
Floyd Pullin bought his first Ford when Henry Ford was running the company. The year was 1926, and the car was a Model T. Immediately, Floyd was hooked, and he made Ford his go-to brand for the next 87 years!
Now 102 years old, Floyd has taken delivery of his 16th Ford vehicle, a 2013 F-150!
As a thank you for his decades upon decades of loyalty, Ford made Lloyd honorary Ford Trucks president for a day! A special party was held for him at Thurby Riverside Ford in Confluence, Pennsylvania, where he was surrounded by friends and family. The guest of honor was able to enjoy a video made especially for him by the Ford Trucks team. And one more honor came his way: Pennsylvania state senator Rich Klasunic was at that party too, with an official Birthday Celebration Proclamation from the Pennsylvania Senate.
Happy birthday, Floyd!
Everyone here at El Cajon Ford would like to wish the wonderful Mr. Henry Ford a very Happy 150th Birthday!!!
It’s hard to imagine what today’s world would be like without this innovative and ground breaking man.
Come into our Quick Lane department to enter a raffle to win 4 FREE Bridgestone Tires!
Entries are valid through July 31, 2013. The winner will be notified by phone, so stop on by and enter the raffle in the Quick Lane department!