Just bought my first T 1918 centerdoor,these two plates were on the radiator,Oklahoma Trail of Tears Tour 1964 presented by ktul tv,the other was 10th Annual Midwestern Tour 1966 presented by Fred Jones Ford,I think the T was owned and driven by the late Gerald Meek of Fort Smith Arkansas,Trying to find out the history of the car.Thanks for your time this forum has helped me a lot.http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/jack_hedges1/library/
Might I suggest first start checking to see if these two organizations are still in business, then I'd check to see who registered this car, finally check to see if the owner at that point in time is still alive or family remembers anything about the car.
I can't help you with your car's history, but, I'd like to welcome you to the Forum and the Model T hobby. Read a lot, and learn to use the search function. Join a local club, and get to know Mike Walker--he's near you. Is this your first old car? First T? The Arkansas Tin Lizzies are near you and Mike can tell you more than you want to know, and you're invited to Petit Jean the week before Father's day in June, and on and on and on.....More folks will chime in. Again; welcome.
Jack -"Ditto" what those guys above said,....welcome! And let me be the first to say,.....WOW! Nice centerdoor!
Hello, Jack -- Welcome to the Model T family. You have a nice-looking Sedan. You are in Greenwood, and I'm in Fayetteville, which might not be as close as Mike Black thinks it is. But our Arkansas Tin Lizzies club has members from all over the state and several other states as well. You can find Club info here: www.ArkansasTinLizzies.com. We have 4 tours per year, and lots of other activities along the way. As Mike B. mentioned, several of us make it a point to attend the Petit Jean swap meet in June.
Both Fred Jones Ford and KTUL-TV are (or were?) in Tulsa. Chances are that someone in the Tulsa Model T Club will remember your car. The former owner from Ft. Smith might have bought it from someone in Tulsa. Mike Bender is the current president of the Tulsa club, and his email is: Tman1913@sbcglobal.net. Fred Houston is a longtime member in Tulsa, and Mike Bender can put you in touch with him.
I was a member of the Ft. Smith antique auto club in the 70's, but I don't remember Gerald Meek. I do know some folks who still are members though, and I'll get in contact with them when I return home after Christmas to see whether they knew him and the car.
Feel free to call me at 479-790-4229 anytime you want to talk about Model T's, and whenever you're in Fayetteville, stop by my shop and we'll kick some tires.
Trail of Tears tour was an annual event put on by the Horseless Carriage club here in Tulsa. I was a member years back an attended several of their tours. The club is still active.
Fred Jones Ford had dealerships around the state along with a transmission reconditioning plant in Oklahoma city Fred Jones has history back to the Model T.
Ktul was owned by James Leake (Leake Auctions) who was very involved with early autos of every kind.
I was on both of those tours. My dad, mom, & I attended most all of the Trail of Tears and Midwest Tours during that time. I can't say that I remember the car or the person. I might if I saw a picture. The Midwest Tour (still going) was passed from one HCCA Regional Group to another starting in 1957. The Trail of Tears usually took place over the 4th of July time period. At that time, it was held each year at Western Hills Lodge in Sequoyah State Park. I looked forward to that tour every year. There was a route that was just right for Model T's around the lake. Lots of up and down, twists and turns. A skillful driver could make it without down-shifting. I have lots of fond memories of that tour! Now that I think about it, I think dad made an 8mm movie of the 1966 Midwest/Trail of Tears. Some of these movies I've had converted to DVD but I don't think that one is. The 1966 tour was the one that James Leake (of Leake Auction fame) had just set a record for the most $$$ spent for a car. It was a 1909 Rolls-Royce that had been built for the Maharaja of Mysore India. Dad & I got to ride in it. (It rode like a truck!) Mr. Leake bought it for $27,500. It was hard to imagine anyone would pay that much for a car!!! It could be that the 1914 T Touring shown in my profile photo was on that tour too. It belonged to some friends of ours at that time. We would have had our 1915 T Runabout on the tour.
Thanks for the replies,Mr Meeks passed away in 1967 the T went to a family member but I have not been able to get them to talk about the car seems no one knows about it.Mr Meeks was a charter member of the Fort Smith Auto Club.I talked to a DR Brown who is also a charter member and he rembers the car but doent know where Mr Meeks gotit.The gentleman I bought it from has had it for over 25 years and it is just like he bought it.Thanks again for the help.