I agree that Henry Ford wasn't a car guy. That's why he stayed with the Model T until it was a laughable anachronism. He kept Ford products saddled with transverse buggy springs, solid front axles and mechanical brakes long after other marques had moved on. He had bursts of brilliance, like the original Ford V8, but, like a "business man," he seldom advanced from them.
Edsel Ford & Henry the 2nd (HF2) were car guys. They gave us the original Lincoln Continental & Continental Mk II. HF2 also gave the world Ford's "Total Performance" philosophy of the 60's. If there was a major race series just about anywhere, Ford was there in full force. F1, Indy, NASCAR, drag racing, rally, British Touring Cars, off road, you name it.