Did ya know?
- On September 8, 1925, Ford's chief photographer, Edward Flickenger and
Dr. Perry Doolittle, founder of the CAA and the father of the Trans-Canada
Highway, leave Halifax in a brand new 1926 Ford. They will drive the 4,794
miles across Canada and arrive in Vancouver on October 17. It is the first
time that an automobile has travelled completely across the country. For
500 miles they had to fit the Model T with railroad wheels because there
was no road!
Gord Hazlett (L), Canada's best known automotive story teller, and
James Mays swap stories at the Historical Automobile Society of Canada's York Regional Meeting in November 2003
- Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker officially opened the Trans-Canada
Highway at Rogers Pass, British Columbia, on September 3, 1962. For the
first time Canadians could drive the 7,700 kilometres from St. John's, Newfoundland,
to Victoria, British Columbia, without having to drive through the USA.
- Automobile manufacturer Henry Ford and wagon maker Gordon McGregor signed
a deal on August 17, 1904 that changed McGregor¹s Walkerville Wagon
Works Limited into The Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. The new company
would build and sell cars in Canada and throughout the British Empire. The
new company had 17 employees. Ford built a total of 117 cars in its first