So my Grandpa remembers this, he didn’t live in city limits but was a bus driver at the time for Flora, so he got a truck for the week. He also has a big flag that had their logo on it saying “Fordtown USA” on it with a giant heart on the US. Everything you mentioned he recalls, he said it was amazing very few cars came back damaged. So happy you found this and shared! Very proud of my little hometown Flora, IL. Do you know how I might find the LIFE magazine that covered this? Do you have the edition? My name is Kendal Sacchieri, would love to get in contact if you have any more information.