EXCERPT OF STORY FROM WOODYBOATER.COM
This September 1926 photo was taken at the Harmsworth Race on the Detroit River. In the foreground are Gar Wood’s Miss America’s III, IV, and V. On the right is the Excelsior-France challenger.
On the left is the Evangeline, with Ray Dahlinger on the deck, Henry Ford behind the wheel in the light suit with his foot partially covering the name EVANGELINE on the side, and Evangeline Dahlinger over his right shoulder.
Also in this photo far left is Horace Dodge, and standing center-right on the dock in white coveralls is Garfield Wood. The tall, narrow white-sided yacht in the background is Gar Wood’s 70-foot Gar Sr.
Guest Post by Henry Dominguez
Just when we thought we had come across everything about Evangeline Dahlinger, something new arises. Check out this story for some amazing material on Henry Ford’s speedboat, which he named—believe it or not—Evangeline.
I was reading the Reminiscences of Al Esper, one of Henry Ford’s employees who was a mechanic and worked on his and Edsel’s boats, and he mentions in his interview that Henry had a speedboat named Evangeline. (Later, Esper became manager of the Ford test track.)