Ford Freedom Unsung Program Launches Nationwide

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The Ford Freedom Unsung program, an annual program honoring outstanding achievements by black people in a different community across the country each year, is launching nationwide this year with the help of the Tom Joyner Foundation.

The Tom Joyner Foundation, founded in 1998, is dedicated to raising scholarship funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Ford officials have expressed excitement at working with the Foundation because of their mutual history of supporting the black community financially and otherwise.

Individuals are asked to nominate a member of the black community whom they consider an “unsung hero.” From these nominations, judges will pick 10 finalists for the public to vote on online. Nominations are due no later than February 14, so if you have someone to enter, do it soon!

The grand prize winner will be chosen March 15 and will receive a trip for two on the 2016 Fantastic Voyage, a cruise organized by the Tom Joyner Foundation for Black men and women with proceeds going to HBCUs.

We’re proud to be a Ford dealership and support the company in this venture!

A Few Of The Many Great Springfield Theaters

Springfield is a remarkable place, for so many reasons. It’s got about as rich a history as any town and it’s a veritable playground for outdoorsy-types. Springfield also happens to feature a number of fantastic theaters. Here are a few of our favorites…

Gillioz Theatre

 This historic theater is almost a century old. If that wasn’t cool enough, the Gillioz is actually located on Route 66! The building itself is a work of art. Built in the Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style, it also features an Egyptian/Art Deco interior. You can catch films here as well as concerts and Broadway productions.

Springfield Contemporary Theater

 Focusing on modern theatrical works, the Springfield Contemporary Theater offers an extraordinarily intimate experience for the audience. The theater only seats 87 people. Front row is only 16 feet from the stage. Located in downtown Springfield, you can catch modern productions like “Hair” and “Xanadu” at this theater.

Springfield Little Theater

 Largely run by volunteers, the Springfield Little Theater is over 100 years old. By far the most popular of all Springfield theaters, the venue entertains up to 60,000 patrons every year. You can enjoy plays and musicals here as well as performances by the Springfield Ballet and Springfield Regional Opera.

Corning Gorilla Glass Helps New Ford GT Lose Weight

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The Ford GT Supercar is getting even lighter due to a partnership with Corning Gorilla Glass on a thinner windshield.

Improving both power-to-weight ratio and weight distribution is a major concern with any performance vehicle. We’ve already seen lots of great innovations that help the new Ford GT stay light on its feet. The use of carbon fiber and aluminum as well as engine placement has already helped the balance and weight of the GT.

The latest innovation to be added to the list has to do with the windshield, of all things. Ford has just announced that the GT will feature a Corning Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield, an industry-first.

A press release from Ford explains how Henry Ford introduced the traditional automotive laminated windshield nearly a century ago. The fact that it is still in use is testament to its genius. This windshield is composed of “two layers of annealed glass sandwiched around a clear, thermoplastic interlayer binding agent.”

The Corning Gorilla Glass hybrid is very different. A hybrid sheet forms the inner layer. The center layer is thermoplastic and designed to absorb noise and annealed glass forms the outer layer. The new windshield is 12 pounds lighter that the traditional windshield.

Check out our Mustang GTs in stock now!

2017 F-Series Super Duty Brings 2,000 New Jobs to Kentucky Truck Plant

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To produce the 2017 Ford Super Duty vehicles, Ford is creating 2,000 new jobs at its Kentucky truck plant.

Ford is investing $1.3 billion into its Kentucky Truck Plant to support the manufacture of the new, aluminum-bodied 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup.

The expansion will include a new body shop, retool machinery to make the truck, and various other upgrades to the facilities—in total, this will bring 2,000 new jobs to the plant.

The plant already builds the company’s F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty models as well as the Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. Demand has been so high that the factory was only able to take a one-week break this summer, even after an initial $80 million investment in 2014.

The 2017 Ford Super Duty follows in the footsteps of the 2016 F-150 by moving to an aluminum body, allowing it to save 350 lbs. of weight. Ford used this to fortify the frame with 95% high-strength steel and to make it 24 times stiffer.

With these changes, we expect the new Super Duty truck to be even more popular than the outgoing model at Jimmy Michel Motors.

Holiday Travel Tips For the Season

Family Traveling

Planning instead of procrastinating is key to our holiday travel tips.

Thanksgiving has come and gone which means Christmas is right around the corner. After that is New Year’s Eve. That means many people will be traveling. Traveling during the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful, not if you take these holiday travel tips from us here at Jimmy Michel Motors, anyway!

  1. Don’t Procrastinate. Procrastination will only lead to stress. If you put off booking a flight until the week before you need to leave, you may not get a flight at all. Avoid putting off packing as well or you’re more likely to forget something. Lastly, make housing arrangements before arriving at your destination. Dropping in on your in-laws isn’t the best way to gain their favor.
  2. Travel Early or Late. When booking a flight, schedule for either early in the morning or late at night. Most people tend to fly during the middle of the day so by booking at either of those times, you’ll face less crowds. That means a smoother time going through security and making it to your gate on time.
  3. Plan Ahead. If you’re only bringing clothes in your bags, consider mailing them to your destination. Many airlines charge extra fees for every bag checked. That number can run into the hundreds if you aren’t careful.

Where are you headed for the holidays?

Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Wins Coveted Performance Car of the Year Award

Road & Track recently put eight of the greatest new sports cars from all over the world to the test to determine which one was the best. The result? The Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang was named the Performance Car of the Year.

Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang

The Shelby GT350R, the Performance Car of the Year according to Road & Track!

The eight powerhouse cars were a lineup car enthusiasts could only dream about. It included the 2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R, 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB, 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S, and 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4.

To be considered for this award, cars had to be street-legal while at the same time pushing their performance to the max with competitive lap times.

Road & Track writes, “GT350R is the Mustang that all Mustangs have been waiting to become.”

It is also worth noting that the Mustang is also the least expensive car on this list. It walked away with the award after a runaway vote.

The Shelby GT350R is powered by a high-revving, flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-liter V8 engine. This powerhouse is rated at 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque and is the most track-capable Mustang ever produced.

If you’re interested in a Mustang, take a look at our inventory!

Alternatives to a Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! For families all across the country this means there will be a picture-picture roast turkey as the dinner centerpiece. But, what can you do if you don’t like turkey? Here are some great and delicious alternatives to a Thanksgiving turkey.

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The bird doesn’t have to be the word with these alternatives to a Thanksgiving turkey

  • Pork. If your family prefers pork, there are numerous ways to cook it that will not only be delicious and crowd pleasing.
    • Crown Roast of Pork. For a dish that is truly the centerpiece and more than picture-worthy, try a pork crown roast. With just a little bit of preparation, you can enjoy this majestic dish.
    • Slowroasted pork. With this method, you’ll have meat that is so tender it is falling off the bone. Add some fruit, like cranberries or kumquats for a delightful fall feast.
  • Poultry. Even if you don’t like turkey, you can still have other poultry for Thanksgiving.
    • Perfect Roast Chicken. You can still get that traditional look of a roast turkey, but on a smaller scale with a chicken. And, since it’s smaller, it won’t take as long to cook.
    • Cornish Game Hens. These tiny birds have a delicious rich flavor. These would be ideal for a small group Thanksgiving and you could cook one bird for every one to two people.
  • Non-meat. If your family is vegetarian, try these meat-free options for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.
    • Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna. This delightful pasta dish uses fall flavors for a wonderful combination.
    • Wild Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna. Another great fall dish that will surely wow your guests is this lasagna packed with flavor.

What is your preferred main dish for Thanksgiving?

Tips for Off-Roading: What to Do Before Hitting the Trails

2016 Ford Expedition

Take your Expedition or other Ford vehicle off-roading with these tips to make the best of the experience.

 

Off-roading can be fun, especially if you know how to do it right. We’ve put together a list of tips for off-roading, ensuring you’re always safe and able to have fun. No one wants to end up stranded, so keeping these in mind could just define your driving experience.

According to Popular Mechanics, the best thing to do is to scope out the area first. Know where there might be unexpected terrain, drop-offs, and pedestrians. Look out for things like deer crossings, hills, and gorges. Remember, you can always stop and walk around if you can’t see what’s ahead.

Next, shift into four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive as soon as you hit the trail. Though you might think it sounds like common sense, many off-roaders forget to shift – before you know it you could end up stuck. Carry a reminder like a sticky-note so you don’t forget.

Always bring recovery gear. A sturdy rug can help you out of a rut and a spade can help you fill in holes. Serious gear should include a two-inch-wide tow strap (with fabric ends, not hooks), a pair of strong clevises, and an electric winch. Most importantly, bring a friend to help out.

New Ford Super Duty Lineup Adds 16 Segment-First Upgrades

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Ford is reinventing the Super Duty. Adding some unique capabilities, the Ford Super Duty lineup is increasing capabilities, safety, and even some entertainment options. No matter what you’re looking for, you can find it in a Super Duty pickup.

Some improvements to the 2017 lineup include options like using more military-grade aluminum alloys, cutting weight by more than 350 lbs, according to Ford. The Super Duty is also getting new chassis cab features like a high-strength frame with an open C-channel design to enable easy aftermarket up-fit modifications.

“While Super Duty is America’s best-selling heavy-duty truck, we never take our leadership for granted,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer. “Our team is using relentless innovation in materials, technology and Built Ford Tough engineering to deliver customers our best Super Duty yet.”

There are 16 segment-first options on the new lineup models, including advanced camera technologies, fifth-wheel capabilities, LED lighting, adaptive cruise control, and more. In-cab trailer tire pressure is also a first for these trucks, just one of many new options that make the Ford Super Duty pickups among the best in their class.

Need your own powerful pickup? Check out our truck inventory!

Four Signs You Are A Bad Driver

The first step to handling a problem is admitting that you have one in the first place. Do you suspect you might be a bad driver? To help you determine if you have a problem, here are a four signs you are a bad driver.

 

Front Bumper Accident

If you’re a bad driver, it’s better to find out from our list than it is to find out on — or veering off — the road.

1. Where do people often pass you?

Everyone knows the rule, keep on the right unless you intend to pass. If people are passing you on the right, that means you are camping out in the left lane. Not only will this not make you any friends, it interrupts the flow of traffic.

2. You get into a lot of accidents.

As Jalopnik says, if your “bumpers have more than three colors on them,” you might be a bad driver.

3. Your tires and brakes are wearing out too quickly.

Wearing out your brakes could indicate that you are a “tailgater.” If your tire specialist tells you that you visit him or her far more often than others, it might mean you are taking corners too quickly.

4. Your friends always make excuses to drive when you go out.

But all of your friends get carsick if they ride shotgun, you say? All of them? Really?

If bad driving has already gotten the best of you, check out our service department to book an appointment.

How many of these sins do you or those dearest to you commit?