Check Out the Ford Social Fans We’re Bringing to Detroit!
DEC
19

We’re excited. We have some high-profile VIPs coming to visit us in Detroit, and we want to make sure we impress them. They’re not movie stars. They’re not CEOs. They’re something far more important: Ford Social members like you.

Over the course of the year, we’ve encountered a lot of great people in the Ford Social community, but some of them really stood out. Whether it was because they regularly commented on our articles, submitted an idea (or 20) that really got the folks at HQ talking, or shared an inspiring story that stuck with us for weeks, we knew that these were people we just had to meet in person.

So we’re flying them to Detroit.

They’ll be joining us this January for a trip to the North American International Auto Show. And we’re giving them superstar treatment, too: They’ll get behind-the-scenes access to exclusive events, have a chance chat with some of the top thinkers at Ford and tour the design labs and factory floor to see where the magic happens. We’ve also got a few surprises up our sleeve.

So check out our VIPs, and show them some love!

Brad Barefoot

Where he’s from: Dunn, NC

What he drives: Escape and Fusion

What he does: Retired outdoor power equipment dealer

What he loves: Brad loves getting connected to Ford online. “I’m a person who likes to see things happen, and if possible become a part of that project or job getting in on the ground floor,” he says. “The Ford Social site has given myself and a host of others a lace to share ideas, answer questions, and post a idea that will make Ford a few bucks along the way.”

Cool Ford Social idea: Brad weighed in on how Ford can fit its drivers — literally! “Just a thought: as we move towards more platforms like the Focus, lets remember the world’s population isn’t 5′8″ and weighs just 150 to 170 pounds,” he says. “The 39″ headroom is OK unless you want a moonroof. And you’ve done well with great legroom front to back, but side-to-side hurts. Let’s have more legroom from left to right please.” See the full post here!

Alan Campbell

Where he’s from: Douglasville, GA

What he drives: Proud former owner of a 1989 Thunderbird, and looking to get a new Focus or Focus EV

What he does: Agent for Division of Child Support Services

What he loves: Alan gets pumped about innovative and efficient tech. “I like automobiles that are designed well. Cohesive designs where it’s obvious that every detail was taken into account,” he says. “This is what I see coming from this new crop of Ford card, trucks, crossovers and SUVs. I like technology. Not for just the sake of technology, but innovative technology that is well thought out and useful like the MyFord Touch® system and the many safety technologies in the new Ford vehicles.  With the resurgence of the American auto industry, this is an exciting time to be an auto enthusiast.”

Cool Ford Social idea: “Offer several models of the 2013 Fusion Hybrid instead of the one top of the line model. Offer an entry, mid and top of the line model. Buyers who want better mpg, don’t necessarily want to pay for or want all the accessories.” See the full post here!

Everette Douglas

Where he’s from: Albany, GA

What he drives: Explorer

What he does: Studies engineering and hopes to work on automotive design.

What he loves: His Explorer. He’s managed to rack up 500,000 — that’s right, 500,000 — miles on his sweet machine. That works out to about 50,000 miles for every year he’s owned it. “I’ve had some moments with my truck,” he says. “It has been a marvelous vehicle. And it’s still going.”

Cool Ford Social story: Since he bought his Explorer in 2002, he and his ride have been to Virginia, Florida, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and even as far as Seattle. “The big thing is listening,” he says. “Me and that car have a history together — when it tells me something, I’m going to know.”

Tom Fong

Where he’s from: Los Angeles, CA

What he drives: Taurus

What he does: Writer and blogger

What he loves: Tom is a web fanatic. He’s constantly looking for ways to get involved in online car communities like SHOForum.com, CoolFords.com and Taurus Car Club of America. Now he’s a Ford Super User and frequent guest blogger. “I was highly stunned when a huge global company took an interest in me, just a common guy,” he says. “I still can’t believe Ford has given me the opportunity to share my pictures and experiences.”

Cool Ford Social story: Tom got to report on an awesome auto show at an unusual location earlier this year: “The parking lot at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, is Ford heaven for one weekend every April when 1,700-plus cars of all years and models assemble,” he wrote. “These are daily drivers, collector cars and vintage cars in nearly 50 different classes, representing the longevity of Ford production since 1903… It was a perfect day to meet Ford special guests, friends and other Ford enthusiasts and to enjoy other people’s cars.” See the full post here!

Wish you were on the list? Well, we can’t fly all our fans out to Detroit (wish we could), but we’ve got some more big surprises on the way. It’s all part of our mission to celebrate all the folks out there who like, want, own or care about Ford — whether they’re wearing the badge, or telling us what they really think about our cars. The online badges are just the beginning.

64 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
jim bersani I love the idea that Ford is bringing Ford fanatics to their factories, corporate offices, auto shows and hopefully The Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. I am curently in China and it is disapointing not to see more Ford's being advertised or sold here. I see allot of Focus's, Fiesta's and a few Mondeo's but I still see way too many Buick's , Hyndai's, Kia's , VW's and of all things Citroen's. It seems like Citroen has the taxi market sewed up and I see so many of the Japanese cars and all the above mentioned vehicles but never see Ford commercials. The only time I see any kind of advertising for Ford's are small stickers on flower pots lining the streets. This is a market that Ford has to swing our way since people here are buying cars at a brisk rate. One positive thing I do see is many of the police vans and all of the armored trucks are Ford Transit's so that is showing that the Chinese do trust in Ford Trucks, now let's get them all in the Ford family in a big way, the potential is unlimited.
2 year(s) ago via
hal heber we are a ford family , if its not a ford we're bored ! we have a navi , shelby gt500 , 99 cobra , 95 gt , fusion , explorer , & we are about to add another shelby gt500 to our family fleet .
2 year(s) ago via
Fiesta! A REALLY big deal. 40 mpg AND style. Such a cool car. Only thing possibly wrong with it is that there is so little of it. However, if it was any bigger, then it would be a Focus. Nothing wrong with that however...
2 year(s) ago via
You've already got me! And just a few days ago, I saw a NYC police car that was a Fusion Hybrid! Talk about great advertising!
2 year(s) ago via
Charlie Burns Let's see a Raptor and then see what you think of the Lightning...:)
2 year(s) ago via
If I had the time off work it would fantastic1
2 year(s) ago via
Randy Davidson Hey Ford, why not put a power back window in full sized pickups like the one in SporTrac. While youré at it, put it on a momentary switch so that it can be wide-open or any part of closed (completely controlled by the driver). What a concept!!!
2 year(s) ago via
Ford seems to have forgotten the Lightning customer, we are proud owners of still the world's best & fastest pickup, and most of us have ideas of how a Gen 3 could be even far better. We are still waiting for a ear and open mind at Ford. Until that day we will build our own. Not that we don't love the Mustangs, Boss & Shelby's, we just love trucks, a sturdy frame is a great place to start pushing the power to the outer limits! Greg Reinarts
2 year(s) ago via
Kathleen Adams How cool for these guys to get the wonderful Ford experience? Go Brad, Everett, Alan and Tom.
2 year(s) ago via
Nona Fortune Lightner amazing stories! I've had an Escort (plum wore it out!); a Sable (made me feel like a million bucks to drive it!) and a '69 Galaxie which took my new husband and me to Great Falls, MT from Illinois--and towing a '73 Dodge Charger. That trip was 38 years ago--much has happened since then.....
2 year(s) ago via
Alan Camp Thank You Ford!!!!! I am so excited about the opportunity attend the 2012 NAIAS for the first time, to meet with the creative people at Ford, and see the manufacturing facility where it all comes together. And a BIG shout out to the other Ford Social members for your support! GO FORD!!!!
2 year(s) ago via
I would love to get involved and visit but my health with cancer is still being chemo treated, praying for healthy life again. I still enjoy reading ford literature & letters. Merry Holidays!!! HANK JOHNSON.
2 year(s) ago via
Daniel Velarde very cool idea! I pride in myself that along with my family, we only drive Ford. When Ford gave me a Mustang as part of the 2010 Mustang Unleashed program, it forever changed my life. Is there a way to pay for a trip of the plant? i would love to see that!
2 year(s) ago via
Douglas Kelley nice to see a Company listening to the user
2 year(s) ago via
Edwin L. Miles Edwin L. Miles- I am sad to hear that the Ranger will be discontinued. I have a 2001 Ranger, Edge, with a 4.0 and a 5 speed tranmission and I have 242,000 miles on it. I am the second owner and I have never had a vehicle of this caliber. I have replaced valve cover gaskets, idler pulley and plastic thermostat housing. It has plenty of power, never uses oil, and still gets 18 mpg. It may 'kick the bucket' tomorrow, but thank God it has lasted this long. Keep up the great work Ford and make us proud.
2 year(s) ago via
Jack Goebel Jack Goebel, I have owned a lot of Fords in the past 41 years many of them Mustangs and I bought another this year a 2012 Shelby GT500. This is by far the best one yet. Our Family still has three, a 71 Mach 1, a 35th anniv. Special 5L Blk Conv. and mine. I also have an 2002 Expedition for our canadian winters bought new and will be replaced with another one when it's time but it shows no signs of being time and my wife just loves it. Thank You Ford. Jack
2 year(s) ago via
Walt Pierce Wally Pierce, Just brain storming with the patriotic mainstream the Thunderbird is a home run. Retroe Thunderbird 1963-66 Think about it. :-)
2 year(s) ago via
JOE LONG Its nice to read how ford owners like there cars. My first ford was a 1935 ford that I bought in 1947. I paid 35,00 for.It had cable brakes. It only had one cable left on the right front wheel. Sure did like that car.
2 year(s) ago via
Brent Henry Congrats to all! it will be a Fun experience! I know I had a blast last year!
2 year(s) ago via
Doug Hammond Both are good ideas but please make sure wider seats also include side bolstering adjustment for those of us who enjoy spirited driving and don't need the extra width.
2 year(s) ago via
Arie VanProyen Brad Barefoot hit the mark. I recently was considering purchase of a new fuel efficient Ford but ended up looking at only SUVs and Taurus becuase the more fuel efficient models had such poor headroom. I was so disappointed, I deferred a new car purchase and chose to spend a couple grand to repair my existing Ford as its been relaible and roomy.
2 year(s) ago via
Brenda James Love it, however you need to appreciate your older generations too..they may not have much technical advice to offer ...but they are the generations that KNOW just from yrs of experience what brand they like and why!! My pops is 74 and has been a Ford driver all his life..so therefore, I too, am a Ford driver..I have a Muh Tang..as my future Ford drivers : g'son and great nephews say! Luv my Ford!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
2 year(s) ago via
All I csn say is well done.
2 year(s) ago via
I see the youth and enthusiasm crowd is well represented, how about those with experience and the money to purchase the products???
2 year(s) ago via
Wade Campbell Cool idea. Really glad Ford is doing this.
2 year(s) ago via
Joshua Hunter Niiiice. One day ill make the trip to detroit with the mustang to see ford then over to livonia to see roush. Right now its a pipe dream lol
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
José Luis Cardós Berna Wow! A big trip to THE cars city. Congrat.
2 year(s) ago via
Valarie Thomas Well, alright now that's how you show appreciation. CONGRATULATIONS to you lucky & blessed V.I.P's....Thanks, Ford...QueenVal
2 year(s) ago via
Brad Barefoot Hey Ford, thanks for the opportunity to both have a voice in the Ford Social site, and the Detroit experience to come.
2 year(s) ago via
Tom Fong I will be attending the 2012 NAIAS on behalf of Ford as a Digital Influencer. I'm excited about this opportunity and looking forward to meeting their Social Media people.
2 year(s) ago via
Mario Lira Im the first to comment..koooollll!!!!!!! Can i go to detroit
2 year(s) ago via
Laura Sabo i would be honered i own a 1990 mustang 5.0 25th anniversary 7 up edition she a beauty i lov her thanxxxxxxxx for making such a grand machine ,sinecerely laura sabo
2 year(s) ago via
DECLAN \"SEAN\" FORDE This is an incredible idea to bring everyday people in to see the inner working's of this American Icon. It lead's me to believe that FOMOCO acknowledges and apprieciates , it's huge and loyal customer base, it's( bread and butter). There are so many life long FORD owner's, like myself that would love to have the opportunity to experience the people and facilities of the legendary FORD MOTOR CO.
2 year(s) ago via
Crissy Herron I think this is truly a great idea! Giving back to the people who have supported ford for years. People who truly want to continue seeing Ford Motor Company succeed year after year.
2 year(s) ago via
Destiny Brown Ya'll are so nice. Ya'll always think about others.
2 year(s) ago via
Yvonne Simmons-Sims I have never owned a Ford, but my father and uncle did and that's what I place my choice because they chose the best cars that their money could buy.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Lowell Prewitt It is great hearing FORD spoken. We all bleed FORD BLUE!!!!!
2 year(s) ago via
Pete Gruich Working ten hr shifts on the Focus line in Wayne Michigan. We make the best cars around.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Harry William Menendez when i was 12 my father gave me my first car lessons on a ford station wagon 1965 ,ever sence i am a ford lover.today i own a f150 2001 (that i bouth in 2001) had an explore 1997,and have escape 2010 (that my wjfe says its her beby).
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Laurie Magree Previously owned XC Fairmont Ghia Coupe and an Ltd.Have current passport, will travel.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Laurie Magree Going Ford is the going thing.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Laurie Magree I own two here in Australia imported from America that must make me a fan. 1978 Thunderbird Coupe and 2001 Ford Explorer.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
José Ramón Varela Fernández So do I...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Lee Gilbert I am proud to sell Fords!1
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
George artical is nice but I am very very very unhapy about not being able to buy a ranger any more . Big mistak FORD .My First was 1950 F2. My next will be Toyota.
2 year(s) ago via
Slavisa Nikolic Well,that is my drem.Detroit is a dream,but my FORD is a my baby.That is not a dream and i feel the difference,i drive one!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Miguel Antonio Vizuete Fabuloso, bien por la sociedad.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ralph Riess I,d like to see the Ford Aussie Ute trucks sold here!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Raymond Keith Wratchford I would love to see the finest autos being made.And trucks the trucks yes the F150.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Enrico Hanisch Great idea...Social V.I.P.s
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Diana Bratton please make the comment sign in pop up window notebook friendly. I tried to make a comment, sign in but could not see the button to submit. TY.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sebastian Consolini Imposible
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Levent Okur ford laa,, :)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rytar Ryan-Tara Leith Please invite Stacey Arnold. She has been your #1 Canadian Explorer Fan (since pre launch) and has been a pillar for many other Explorer lovers on FB. P.S. Her hubby drives a 2012 Focus and her Mom drives a 2012 Escape...just saying!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Daniel Swint I was considering buying a new mustang... found out tranny made in china.... No way...
2 year(s) ago via
Dan Beulen nada..
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Wade Corliss Pick me! Pick me! :P Lol
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Randy Sumpter Don't listen to the BS this company is trying to shove down throats, they are in bed with BIG OIL, they have fuel delivery systems that can get you over 100mpg but refuse to do so, I know-my dad sold them a system back in 1962 which they placed in a File 13 mode. Ford, please respond, I've been calling you & the rest of the automakers out for years.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chris Chace Thats pretty darn cool!! Nice job Ford and congrats those going to Detroit.
2 year(s) ago via
Ruthie Richards If they can bring jobs back to the us i love them !
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Viza Varaza Powerful engine.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Shannon Conley Love.
2 year(s) ago via
Charles Blevins Jr I WOULD RATHER WALK DOWN THE ROAD WITH A FORD HUB CAP ON MY HEAD THAN DRIVE A CHEVY .....DIE HARD FORD MAN FOR LIFE.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Perry Littlejohn best vehicle in the world
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
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