This year was the 63rd OCF making it the longest running old car show in the nation, if not the world. I have been lucky enough to attend for 50 consecutive years, this being my 50th (man! Can that be right? I know I'm not that old!)and narrate for 32 consecutive years and in all those years, I think this years' ranks among the top 10 I have attended.
The Ford letter cars driving through Pass In Review, the sheer number of cars participating in OCF, the variety and rarity of some of those cars, the amazing number of participants who came from many and distant states, being able to see and hear the cars running around Greenfield Village (not just statically parked as at most shows -- how often do you see not one, but TWO Model K Fords running around along side a Brush, or a Locomobile steamer or Detroit Electric?), the Saturday night Gaslight Parade and,the list goes on, all contributed to making a terrific event a spectacular one.
Special Events Manager, Jim Johnson, and his crew deserve a big thanks as do all the participants, particularly those who came from so far and those who shared their rare and beautiful cars.
Incredible! I hope to be able to make it some year soon. But 50 times! Congratulations.
As to the longest running antique car meet in the world, I believe that honor belongs to the London to Brighton Emancipation Reenactment in England. It has been running every year (except for during WWII) since about 1930. I forget the exact year.
Marty B, Thank you for the comments. I hope you make it there for many, many, more.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
I agree with Marty. This has been one of best shows that I have had the privilege to participate in and I've been doing that for over 20 years. The highlight for me was getting my picture taken in front of Rob's Model K and talking to him about this fantastic car.
Did you guys see the Fuller, and Brush parked side by side? If they were owned by the same guy, he would be the Fuller Brush Man.
Ed, did you spend a lot of time on that one ? Pretty good
No, it actually fell right out of my head, as I was looking at the two cars. I think I heard a groan from the owner. We had a Fuller Brush salesman that would stop at Dad's garage in Saginaw. A couple years later, he was the tax assessor. I will never forget overhearing Dad call the township office to protest the tax increase. "You sent the Fuller Brush Man out, to evaluate my place!"
I sold Fuller Brush one summer before continuing college in Ill, and again for a few months after graduation while waiting for the draft.
I was CIO, California Improved Oregonian, and I had followed an Illinois girl from Mexico City to Ill. Broke up with her, and enrolled at U of I to delay the draft. Broke up with that girl and married what is now wifey of 50 years.
What was the topic?
You didn't make Saginaw Township tax assessor?
Wayne, I'm not sure the London to Brighton would fall in the same "show" category as the OCF. And thanks for the kind comments.
We did not do the pass in reviue this year for the first time ever because -1 i did a demo at Walnut Grove at one O clock 2 i know time is short but here are a covey of 8 1914 T"s and it's the all black,5 dollar day,and on to the next! No mention of body makes or special peroid equipment.Not ment to harp or complain as i think the OCF is the best Old car event in the country!!This year was good but without hearing and seeing Old 16 few will ever be the same! Again i will shout Thank's For ALL You Do to Everyone!!! Bud.
Kenneth, as a long time narrator of the Pass In Review, it sometimes get difficult to mention everything and try and get all of the cars through. With the Model Ts, maybe you heard just one group going through and being talked about by us. With so many of them (and that is NOT a complaint) we try and reserve some Model T information for the next group. If we were to mention all there is to mention about Model Ts with the first (or any grouping), what's left to talk about with the next Model T and still give that owner his due in front of the grandstand?
Marty,It used to be we were given a form in advance to fill out about our/your car? Maby when the T's in that year turn 100 some special effort? Like i said,it was our first miss in 15 years.Bud.
This was my first time bringing a car to the event and it was a blast. The night drive with the lights on was especially fun. Got to see a 1909 T Runabout in it's correct gray colour. One of the K owners let me hand crank his car. It was heavier to crank than a T but oh so smooth. Sunday morning when traffic was light, I talked my wife into doing some driving. She completed the whole circuit and did OK. The organizers said they had about 200 new entries this year. I think I'll go back next year.
How many cars were there total? My daughter thought there were less cars this year than previous years.
One organizer told me over 1000. Another said around 800. Both agreed there were 200 new entries.
Kenneth, That was a LONG time ago! There was a time when each car/entrant had it's own sheet with owners name, car make, year, etc. For the oddball cars, I used to do my research and add it to the sheet. But, still, with so many cars (and there were a LOT this year) and so little time, it's hard to meet the time constraints.
Yup,and i rember after we passed the reviueing stand we did a nice parade rather than a traffic jam.I also rember some stayed home the first few years of the 25 buck charge,but even at that i think the OCF is a great value! The Wife wear's the long dress flowered hat,and high button shoes and likes to shop up front or in the Museume but a place to park is hard come by!Seem's like people getting modern crap out of the village is getting later and later but? On the good side we did not miss the mud in back of the merry go round. Not to complain it's just changes we have seen,and again i shout THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO to EVERYONE!!!!! Bud.
PS,And while im at it i do not enjoy wearing the arm band and favor the buttons.I used to pin those on my hats and us as a conversation starter.I do like the help parking and i think it prevents helter skelter!!I really did enjoy the new hot dog stand and wish they travled with old timey carts?? Bud.
Really, what is the purpose of the wrist band? Other than to exit the Village and regain entry to. What the OCF should supply both participants and visitors is a separate map showing the locations of all the years so people whom want to see specific years for either the vehicle or to visit old friends or new so they don't have to wander around the entire village looking for them. Something I have had to do for years. Also, anyone know why the Gas Light Tour route just keeps getting shorter year after year? 2 years ago we used to be able to drive through the corn fields and through the town center! No longer, and no employee has been able to give me an answer why. I assume because of all the oil leaked by the old cars at the Village entrance and through town. If anyone could shed any light that would be great or even their thoughts.
Willis,We were routed up front because some poor soul had a heart attack! Bud.