Learn to drive the way Great-Great Grandpa did at the Gilmore Museum – (Washington Post)

The Gimore Museum

Model T Driving Lesson

The excellent Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners Michigan is offering Model T driving lessons and one of the instructors is in his 90’s!

Read the article from the Washington Post here, great way to introduce younger people to the hobby. Model T starting and driving are acquired skills. I say this with some experience as I assisted in the restoration of a T back in my apprentice days. This will ensure that the knowledge lives on.

The Gimore

If you don’t about the Gilmore, take a look here, it’s on my bucket list to visit, nearly made it a few years back!

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

 

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

If you are ever in Detroit you can now visit the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant the birthplace of the Model T.

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is recognized as one of the most significant automotive heritage sites in the world.

The building is undergoing a restoration and was saved by volunteers.

The website is here

A great historic place to visit!

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Clara Ford

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Clara Ford

Today, you can vi

sit the birthplace of the Model T. Avenue Plant is again open and evolving into a symbol of Detroit’s ability to invent, innovate, and rebound. Walk the plank floors worn smooth by hundreds of workers and thousands of cars. See Henry Ford’s competition, his early successes and false starts. Learn how volunteers saved one of the world’s most significant industrial building

 

Englefield Steam Up

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Took the A to the local Englefield Steam Up.

Let someone have a sit in for some photos, can’t stand it when people take cars to shows and get too precious, if that’s the way you feel don’t take it…

A couple of nice Model T’s, one a Speedster, nice few hours out!

 

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1926 Ford Model T lakes modified

Love this Model T lakes modified for sale on Hemmings

1926 Model T Lakes Modified

1926 Model T Lakes Modified

“all hand built 6 years ago. Starting with a flawless steel body that was narrowed by 8 ½ inches, the car was modeled to resemble Bo Jones famous modified-style T, although this car is unique and not intended to be a clone. Painted in a brilliant Polyurethane Orange with bright red accents, this car gets noticed anywhere it goes. In addition to the laser-straight body, the exterior features custom aluminum hood and false side panels, Bell-style dropped front axle, Posi rear spring, cut-down windshield, and 1935 Ford wire wheels (rears widened by 2”) wrapped in Coker Firestone Deluxe Champion tires. The interior features a custom-built Swedish Brown Leather Seat, floor shifter, Classic Instruments, removable steering wheel and tan carpet. The unique power train consists of a 4-cylinder Mazda Miata 1.8 liter / 133 HP that is fully chromed and polished and features a custom cut-down manifold. All of this is backed by a close ratio five-speed manual transmission and 1940 Ford Quick Change rear axle”

Read more here

The Hot Rod: Resurrection of a Legend – Brock Yates

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Currently reading the book “The Hot Rod: Resurrection of a Legend by Brock Yates” which tracks the story of the famed Eliminator Hot Rod from build to rediscovery and restoration, plus a good background history of Hot Rodding into the bargain.

You can find an article written by the author on the Hot Rod website here

A slideshow of the car can be seen on the link below

http://www.hotrod.com/features/history/articles/0402sr-eliminator/

This should give you a taste for what is a remarkable story very well told by the author, you can find the book on Amazon

A sad footnote is that Brock Yates is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and the attempted sale of his beloved Eliminator was subject of an episode of the TV show “Chasing Classic Cars” Season 6 Episode 18

Brock’s Wikipedia entry is here, you’ll also see that Brock was responsible for initiating the famous “Canonball Run” amongst his many achievements.

If you have any interest in Hot Rods and the time period, this is a great read.

There is an article here at Hemmings regarding the Brock Yates Tribute Fund

Brock Yates’s Eliminator and Novi Special Replica Fail to Sell in Monterey

See more here