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Old 04-09-2009, 12:53 PM   #21
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being that you are so close, I hereby put it to vote that you be the "official" digger of dirt and report back to us with SOMETHING more on this awesome event. All those in favor AYE
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:54 PM   #22
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being that you are so close, I hereby put it to vote that you be the "official" digger of dirt and report back to us with SOMETHING more on this awesome event. All those in favor AYE
No problem. If you guys want more I'll see what I can dig up.




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Old 04-09-2009, 01:12 PM   #23
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Man..could you imagine the liablities of doing something like this today? even with the smallest of towns you know there would be one joker ready to sue for something..or wrecking the car..or...etc..
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:20 PM   #24
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Awesome story.
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:10 PM   #25
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Man..could you imagine the liablities of doing something like this today? even with the smallest of towns you know there would be one joker ready to sue for something..or wrecking the car..or...etc..
Actually this was done again (late 80's) in a town in New York where everbody was given YUGOs to use for a year for "test marketing".
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:26 PM   #26
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What do you do when the parking lot is full...of your own make and model and color to boot! Hell, I can't find my car now.

Good times....
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:48 PM   #27
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Today someone would get their undies in a bunch cuz the cars are all white or some
non PC reason.
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Old 04-09-2009, 05:48 PM   #28
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I always wondered about that picture...
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Old 04-10-2009, 01:22 AM   #29
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That's why I love (old) american cars!
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Old 04-10-2009, 05:04 AM   #30
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Actually this was done again (late 80's) in a town in New York where everbody was given YUGOs to use for a year for "test marketing".
YUP, actually happened. Unfortunatlly, the cars only lasted one week. Here was my car as I returned it, in a basket.-MIKE


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Old 04-13-2009, 08:59 AM   #31
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So did any of teh cars end up staying there??like did someone like it and say hey I wanna buy this ? or where did 1600 used cars go??
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:38 AM   #32
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Cool story.

Ford must have really been on top of marketing at the time. In January of '61 they sent a bunch of Tbird convertibles down for JFK's inauguration. Then of course the Ford Custom Car Caravan came around.

Sure seems a lot more effective than some of the crappy TV commercials they've run in the past few years.
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:00 AM   #33
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FYI, Flora was chosen, because the last census showed that it was the population "center" of the US.

I believe the center is now much further southwest.

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Old 04-13-2009, 10:13 AM   #34
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:18 AM   #35
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A few bits more of info and more photos:

http://www.courierpress.com/news/200...ford-town-usa/

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/ar...id=chix-sphere

http://www.madhauscreative.com/Compo..._town_scan.jpg

http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/pr...p?tid/1501742/
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:14 PM   #36
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There are a few more (and better quality) pics in the Life Archive
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:44 PM   #37
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Pretty cool!

here's a link to the Life archive:

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Old 04-15-2009, 01:19 PM   #38
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Ok guys...I just want to let you know that I spent the morning in Flora talking to people about the Ford Town event. I thought I would get a few stories and post them. Well, as it turns out, just about everyone I spoke to had a story, or had heard one about "the worlds largest test drive" as they call it in Flora.

I started off by talking to two buddies that have lived in Flora all their lives, Wes Young and Greg Hamilton. Both guys are going to be a great source of information. Greg is some what of a Flora historian, and has tons of pictures and memorabilia from the event. He's agreed to put a bunch of stuff on disc for me and I will post it in the up coming weeks. I want to separate the fact from the fiction so will put an account together as I get the facts.

For now, here's a couple of shots of the only know car still in the area. It's owned by Milt Smith the son of A.R. Smith. A.R. was the Ford dealer at the time of the Ford Town event. I've not talked to him as yet, but am working on setting up a meeting. The last picture is of a set of plates that came off of one of the cars. It seems that since they were going to be driven, they had to be registered in the state of Illinois. All the cars were plated with manufacturers plates as opposed to dealer plates because of the sheer number of cars. Since there were no automotive makers in the state at the time, the plates had to be made. They started with #1 and went to #1600. This set is #2 and I'm told that Milt Smith has set #1.

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Old 04-15-2009, 01:27 PM   #39
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Awesome. Looking forward to seeing the local's pictures.
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Old 04-15-2009, 01:51 PM   #40
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Very cool Glenn!

That one has a red interior. I wonder if all the interiors were the same or if they were different?
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