Jan. 25, 2007 Pomona, California  Hotrodhotline.com and Ford Motor Company launched the Year long celebration of the “ 75th Anniversary of the 32 Ford”,  "Year of the Deuce" at a Dinner honoring the "Most Significant 75 '32 Ford Hot Rods".  This "kickoff" to a year of events celebrating the car which is acknowledged as the "Ultimate Hot Rod", began before the start of the Grand National Roadster Show with a dinner on Thursday, Jan 25th.  Ford Motor Company hosted the dinner in the exhibit hall where the "Most Significant 75  '32 Ford Hotrods were on display.

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Edsel Ford II spoke at the dinner, where the original owners of the "Significant 75" as well as present owners and many of our industries most well known people were invited for a great dinner and social gathering.

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HotRodHotline.com had the only commercial booth in the exhibit hall with the "Significant 75". Ford Motor Company provided the booth to us in appreciation for our help in finding so many of the missing '32's.

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Most of you don't know that Hotrodhotline owner, Jack Lawford, grew up on the same small island in Maine where Edsel Ford spent his summers. At the dinner, Jack and Edsel had a chance to reminisce about their "Seal Harbor" days and reflect on the recent sale of the Ford home to Martha Stewart.

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Also attending the dinner were Alex Xydias, Jim Clark, and Wally Parks, shown here with Jack.  These are some of the guys who made our industry what it is today ….   Wally's son, Richard N. Parks, is now writing for Hotrodhotline.com and he has some really wonderful articles and stories to share. 

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We had a great time at the dinner, talking to so many of those who were "there at the beginning" of Rodding like Dick Scritchfield who was one of the founders of the L.A. Roadsters.

On Friday the 26th, the Deuce Anniversary Exhibit opened to the public… and What a "Hit" it was ! Jack Lawford and son "Jack" manned the booth in the exhibit area and witnessed the excitement of those who came to the hall to see these wonderful Hot Rods....

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It became apparent, after only a short time at our booth, that this was one of the biggest events in our industries history. People came from across the country and around the world to celebrate the Deuce and we are very proud to have been a part of this event

In addition to the Significant 75, the Hot Rod Heroes Pedal Cars were on exhibit for the first time.  These are the pedal cars built by some of our industries finest builders as a charity event. These pedal cars will tour the country and then be auctioned off in San Francisco to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation .  You can see our exclusive article on the pedal cars HERE

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   After the dinner Edsel Ford II proudly accepted a special edition “Deuce” Lettermans jacket !

   We have much more on the Anniversary of the Deuce celebration and lots of coverage of ALL of the Grand National Roadster show.  You can see our coverage of the show  HERE. This will be a hard show to top next year !  We thank our friends at Ford Motor Company and  Dave Boule of PCG Communications and Larry Erickson, chief designer at Ford, who came up with the idea for this celebration of the '32 Ford…. They have given us all a great trip back in time and some wonderful memories that will always be with us.

   We will be keeping up to speed on all of the years upcoming events and bring you many more “Deuce Stories” and info at www.YearoftheDeuce.com   So check back often.


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