The Hairy Canary Rally Team was formed in 1973 by a Ford Motor Company engineer and two of his friends. A 1969 Ford Mustang was beefed up to be their first rally car.
They took turns driving and navigating, gaining more experience as family and friends joined the crew — even kids had jobs at each service area; e.g. washing the windshield and headlights. The car began rusting out so Hairy Canary II was built out of a 1979 Ford Mustang, which was totaled in a Minnesota rally in 1994.
Hairy Canary III (pictured above) was built next, and displayed at his funeral two weeks ago in Livonia, Michigan. Many team members wore their Hairy Canary t-shirts and sweatshirts to the visitation. The car is still driven today by son and grandsons.
Thought for the Day: Auto racing began five minutes after the second car was built.