Chevy Pays Mad Respect to Ford History

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GM donates $5 mil to Henry Ford Museum in a rare collaboration between bitter rivals.

In a world ripe with rivalries, it’s hard to find one more bitter than that of Ford and Chevy. For over a century, the two legendary American brands have battled it out in showrooms across the world. Oftentimes, in ugly fashion that includes constant jabbing. But it appears that the two can also find at least a little bit of common ground, after all.

That common ground is the iconic Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. One of the most important landmarks of automotive history, the Henry Ford pays tribute to not just Blue Oval classics, but every form of notable transportation. From trains to airplanes and even farm equipment. GM clearly recognizes the museum’s importance, as they have decided to further its efforts with a $5 million dollar donation.

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“The Henry Ford is a national treasure right here in metro Detroit, one that all of us who grew up around here feel a lifelong very personal connection with,” explained Mark Reuss, GM’s executive vice president of Global Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, during a presentation at the Henry Ford.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the Henry Ford had a profound impact on Reuss as a child. So it only makes sense that the two rival brands would come together to further the museum’s mission to help boost education.

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“Our country and our industry can really appreciate the collaboration of two fierce competitors coming together to celebrate and expand and grow the innovation part of what makes this country great, and I really think that it sort of punctuates how proud we should be and (that) we should never forget how special it is to be an American,” Reuss said.

“Our country and our industry can really appreciate the collaboration of two fierce competitors coming together to celebrate and expand and grow the innovation part of what makes this country great.”

Sure, we love to poke fun at the Chevy folks. But it’s nice to see the two bitter rivals working together on such an important cause. Heck, it’s almost enough to make us stop posting Chevy fail videos. Well, almost.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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