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The Ford Good Drivers League

The Ford Good Drivers League was established in 1940 “for the purpose of promoting better driving habits among boys of high school age” so stated a pamphlet printed at the time. It was later expanded to include young women in 1941. The president of the league was Edsel Ford, who can be seen in a film which has survived, presenting awards.

In 1940 the national finals were held at the New York Worlds Fair. In this photo dated Aug. 23, 1941, we see Ledia Lymans a state finialist from Delaware, at the corner of Canfield West and Second Ave. in Detroit, where the contest was held in 1941. The Old Motor photo.

 

4 responses to “The Ford Good Drivers League

  1. I have been collecting Ford Good drivers league items for about 20 yrs now. I have talked to a few of the participants of the 1940 Good drivers League contest winners . Most if not all are gone now. I have many one of a kind Good Drivers League Items.
    Ken

    • Ken, My name is Robert B. Morris, being the lucky 1940 State of Ohio winner. Yes, I am still alive at the age of 93, being a WW II Navy Vet. With the winnings, I was able to Graduate from Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio in 1944.
      Several years ago I visited the Edsel Ford museum in Michigan hoping to see some evidence on display of Mr Ford’.s hard
      work and planning. To my surprise there was absolutely Nothing! Being the Ohio winner was a wonderful experience and will never be forgotten! I have no knowledge of other State winners but assume most have passed away.

      • Hello Robert, All I can say is Wow! ! I thought any chance of making contact with any more of the 1940 Winners were slim to none. Would love to talk.

  2. I collect items from the Good Drivers League as well and would like to talk about them. Between the war and death of Edsel ended the program which was never picked up again. I also like anything to do with Ford Motor Co. and legion baseball.

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