Boise, ID (February 22, 2007) Recently, HotRodHotLine.com (HRHL), the world’s largest online rodding magazine, and Ford Motor Company, met in Pomona. CA to launch the yearlong celebration of the Year of The Deuce – the 75th anniversary of the 1932 Ford.
The dinner and exhibition event, hosted by Ford, acknowledged the “Ultimate Hot Rod,” and kicked off the start of the annual Grand National Roadster Show. An exhibit hall showcased “The 75 Most Significant ’32 Ford Hot Rods.” Last year, Dave Boule, a California Publicist, along with Larry Erickson, chief designer at Ford Motor Company came up with the idea for the 75th celebration. At that time, a blue ribbon panel of experts voted on the now infamous, 75 out of 474 originally nominated cars.
Ford honored Jack and Mary Ann Lawford, owners of HRHL, by featuring a stunning HRHL booth, the only commercial exhibit allowed in the 43,000 square foot hall. HRHL was instrumental in locating 6 of the 75 Hot Rods, thought to be lost forever, including the Jackman Brothers Sport Coupe with chromed “everything,” that had eluded organizers.
Boule, complimenting Jack Lawford, exclaimed, “Jack, I want to look you square in the eye and tell you that without Hotrodhotline this whole thing would not have happened. Others jumped on the bandwagon once the momentum had started, but it was Hotrodhotline that generated the enthusiasm needed to get this thing off the ground.”
“We were thrilled by the honor that Ford bestowed on us,” said Mary Ann Lawford, “Just to be in the same room with so many of those who were there at the beginning of the Hot Rod days is something we will never forget. They have given us a great trip back in time!”
Speaking at the dinner was Edsel Ford, who proudly accepted a special edition “Deuce” Letterman’s Jacket made especially for the occasion. Ironically, Jack Lawford grew up on the same small island in Maine where Ford spent his summers and they reminisced about their “Seal Harbor” days. Also attending the dinner were Alex Xydias, Jim Clark, Wally Parks and Dick Scritchfield, one of the founders of the “L.A. Roadsters.” Richard N. Parks, Wally Parks’s son, now writes articles and shares stories on Hotrodhotline.com.
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