From Chicago to Dearborn PFG Finishes off a Cold Two Weeks in the Midwest
From the site of the old Comiskey Park to Lincoln’s hometown, to the site that represents the heart of Ford Motor Company, the PFG team of professional drivers, instructors, program managers and speakers finished off a highly successful tour of the Midwest with the Ford Driving Skills for Life program.
Many people don’t know this, but the Chicago White Sox U.S. Cellular Field is built just a few feet from the site of the fabled, legendary and now torn down Comiskey Park. What’s left of the old pitchers’ mound is a large parking lot. That lot has proven for several years to be a great place to hold driving events, and indeed the PFG team set out again to build courses and set up tents for the program. Despite the wind and cold, the free driving program was filled for both days. NBC’s Today show even made a visit out to the program, and showed the nation how Ford and PFG are bringing safe driver training to teens across the country.
After two program days in Chicago, the PFG crew tore down the courses, packed up the DSFL big rig, and headed down to Springfield, Illinois. Although most noted as being the birthplace of President Abraham Lincoln, Springfield is also home to some really great people and to the Illinois Air National Guard base at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. The commander at the base was kind enough to temporarily let us use the flight line for event. The primary mission of the Guard base is to rebuild and maintain the power plants for F-16 fighter jets across the U.S. As it turns out, many of the PFG drivers that work on the Ford Driving Skills for Life program are big fans of aviation. Add to that fat that the personnel on base were simply terrific people to work with, and the result was that our stay there was very enjoyable.
With roughly 48 hours of rest, the PFG team was back at it, this time in the heart of Ford country – Dearborn, Michigan. The program was held at the Dearborn Proving grounds, literally within direct line of sight of Ford Corporate World Headquarters. Over the course of four days, the PFG team of instructors and logistics personnel worked with the Ford Fund team and the Dearborn proving grounds staff to teach 800 newly licensed or permitted teens how to be safer drivers.
The Dearborn Proving Grounds has been a yearly stop since 2011, and houses one of the largest and most comprehensive proving grounds areas in the world. The site of the current facility was actually originally an airport, and during World War II served as a manufacturing and testing area for the B-24 Liberator.
So, after a strong two week stint, the PFG team will take a bit of a break to work on other part of the business, before packing up again and heading out to New York City for another Ford Driving Skills for Life event in early June.
Road going shows – its what we do – and we love it!