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Today In History: January 12

Slide 1 of 10: (Original Caption) Henry Ford standing beside his famous racer 999 with Barney Oldfield at the tiller. Both Ford and Oldfield drove this four-cylinder, 80 horsepower racer to world speed records. On January 1, 1904 on the ice of Lake St. Clair, Ford set

1904: Henry Ford sets a record

Henry Ford sets a land-speed record of 91.37 mph on the frozen surface of Michigan’s Lake St. Clair. He was driving a four-wheel vehicle, dubbed the “999,” with a wooden chassis but no body or hood.

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