Seventy years in the past, this month, Henry Ford retired from his place as head of the Ford Motor Firm. I am certain he was drained after so a few years of innovation and battle as he constructed his private empire.It appears to me that Ford vehicles are both liked or hated by customers. I’ve owned a number of with good outcomes, so I’ve nothing unhealthy to say about them. However then, I do not get very enthusiastic about vehicles. I am a type of who take a look at vehicles as a obligatory evil. I’ve to personal one, however it may be extra purposeful than luxurious.At present a buddy and I’ll drive a few hours to go to a automotive public sale. It isn’t only a automotive public sale, however restricted to traditional and collector vehicles. You realize, vehicles like a 1928 Duesenberg, or a 1932 Ford truck in mint situation. Or perhaps a 1972 Ford Mustang or another muscle automotive from that period.I used to suppose proudly owning an previous automotive can be enjoyable till I watched a driver park one on the public sale flooring. He was sporting leather-based gloves, and with out energy steering he labored onerous turning the steering wheel, gripping with all his energy, pulling and pulling to maneuver these massive wheels hooked up to that iron body supporting a heavy 12 cylinder engine.Whereas strolling to his desk at a restaurant in New York Metropolis, Glen Curtiss was as soon as stopped by an previous man who mentioned, “If you need any help with your lawsuit, please let me know.”Curtiss was along with his legal professional, and later requested, “Who was that guy?”The legal professional replied, “Oh, that’s Henry Ford.”This was when Curtiss was being sued by the Wright brothers over the invention of airplane flaps vs. utilizing wires to warp the wings to manage flight.In his early years Henry Ford was sued by a doctor in Rochester, New York over the design of the engine. The physician had a patent on valves or one thing and sued Ford for violating it, and after a authorized battle between the 2 sides Ford received, and continued along with his manufacturing. He, thereafter, was delicate to the difficulty of progress despite prior claims.The Ford Motor Firm did introduce many new options and had some flops. Most would agree that the Mustang was amongst its finest, and the Edsel the worst.The late 20th century was essentially the most difficult as Japanese engineering, led by an American engineer, set a brand new customary that needed to be met, and at the moment the American car trade improves every year as an increasing number of innovation is launched into the method of design and manufacturing.Outdated Henry can be happy with at the moment’s autos. He’d in all probability not waste time with the current historical past, however eagerly look to the longer term and methods to additional advance the expertise of contemporary vehicles.So we salute Henry Ford for his contribution to such an vital a part of our tradition.