I've had this Ford Model K photo awhile, and just compared it with an article and photo published in "The Automobile", November 21, 1907. Turns out it's the same car, with the driver, A. T. Purcell at the wheel. The building behind the car was the headquarters for the tour. Twenty two cars entered, with fourteen finishers. Seven cars, including the Model K ("Six" Ford) finished with perfect scores, winning a silver cup:
Pic of the same car, from the article:
Other cars finishing with perfect scores included this 1908 model Thomas Flyer driven by "Monty" Roberts. Montague Roberts will be one of the Thomas Flyer drivers on the New York to Paris Race six months after this run:
To read the entire article, click on the link below:
The cars entered and their scores:
If anyone is thinking of planning a wintertime tour, this might be one to pattern it from, or not.....
Is that a nail-puller by the rear wheel of the K roadster? And if it is, why don't I see one on any other wheels?
Great photo! Now, THAT is a car I would love to have.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Thanks Wayne. I'm not sure what is in front of the left rear tire. And I agree,mother K Roadster is a great looking car.
This Scranton PA newspaper articles mentions the "six-cylinder Ford" making a perfect score, and that this was "the longest and fastest road test ever promoted in the United States."
Somehow my iPad auto corrected what was intended to be "Model K Roadster" to "mother K Roadster". Oh well, could have been worse.....
Maybe spell-check thinks the model K is the "mother of all roadsters." I expect Dan Treace would agree.
Is that Royce sheepishly riding in the passenger seat?
July 1907 article about the "Big Six" Ford Runabout: