Well, a few of us T'ers met at Petit Jean State Park for a few days of swap meeting, steak eating, and lie telling. JD Foster, from Springdale, AR, and forum members Paul Mikeska and Mike Black and I all got together at the annual MOTAA swap meet, held every Father's Day week. Mike Black and his wife stayed in their motor home, and the others of us shared a rustic cabin in the woods. Here are some pics:
T's at the cabin. JD's original '21 Pickup on the left, Paul's '14 Touring, and my '21 Huckster, in front of the cabin.
Here we are parked at our swap meet spaces, with Mike Black's '15 Touring at the left.
We decided to enter our cars in the car show and judging. Here's mine,
Paul and I won First Place awards in our respective classes, Brass T and Steel T. I'm pretty sure it had nothing to do with the fact that there were no other cars in our classes. Mike Black won a Senior award last year, and another this year.
The unmistakable star of the show was this '29 Cord.
I expect its hood ornament was worth more than all of our T's put together. It's a cut crystal eagle, and it glows when the lights are turned on.
Paul trailered from Denver to Fayetteville, and we drove our T's to the meet on Thursday. It's a bit over 150 miles each way, and a beautiful drive on great Model T roads. We drove back to Fayetteville on Sunday. There are very few Model T parts at this meet anymore, but it's a many-year tradition for us and we wouldn't miss it for anything. All in all, a great way to spend a few days leading up to Father's Day!
Looks like another successful get together on Petit Jean. Did you stop by the museum?
If I see that hood ornament on your T I'll know where it came from.......
Thanks for the pics,
What type of car is that green one? That 3rd headlight is that one that follows the steering?
It's an L29 Cord.
Petit Jean was my first antique car swap meet. My uncle took me and I was about 12 years old. We have made many lifetime friends there. I have to drive 820 miles each way with a trailer to get to Arkansas in order to drive a T the 150 miles to Petit Jean. Mike is right that there are not a lot of T parts for sale any more but I would not miss this swap meet due to the fellowship we share with our friends. I had to drive through a couple of rain storms on the way back and the brass on the T looks like hell. If I knew that was going to happen I still would have gone.
Now we need to get you to New London/New Brighton! This year is the Early Ford Tour too, just before, also in MN. And Mike could come up (with his brass T or as a guest/member). We have many friends who return every year, and have a great time.
I have wanted to make the New London/New Brighton tour for a while as it is on my bucket list and I have made a lot of friends in the EFR. I think that I may need to drive a little more than 800 miles to make that tour. LOL. I hope that I can work it out!
You won't be disappointed.
Hope to see you there,
The green car is a 1931, L-29 Cord. Yes, the front center light is attached to the steering arm to point in the direction you are turning--the Tucker was well known for this feature 18 years later! This is a beautiful car that has belonged to the same MO farmer for 30 years. The car had a professional restoration that took over 3 years. The guy that owns it also has a T-torpedo roadster.
I saw an L-29 Cord at an AACA meet in Moline, IL, a few years back.
Unless I'm mistaken, the owner lived in or near Corinth, MS
That center light was, most likely, made by the Trippe Lamp Company and was an after-market accessory that was very popular on high-priced cars like Cords, Pierces, Dusenbergs, etc.
The odd looking head lights are also an accessory. They are Woodlites and were standard equipment (with the exception of the very first) Ruxton. Ruxtons also came with matching cowl lamps.
Woodlites are extremely sought after today and when they turn up, they usually go for cubic dollars.
Guys -- Thanks for the clarification of the car's identity as being a 1931, L-29. I called it a '29 Cord above, because that's what someone told me it was. I thought it looked too "swoopy" to be a '29 car but didn't argue. It really looks too swoopy to be a '31; more like mid-thirties. I guess Cord was a bit ahead of their time.
BTW, spell check doesn't like the word swoopy.