The MTFCA 2014 National Tour is to be held between July 13-18 in San Diego. The event promises to be quite spectacular as the first day touring will be a run up the Pacific Coast with some of the finest beaches in the world, including Torry Pines and Swamis beaches, visits to a working model exhibition and to some of the original 1860 homes built in the coastal area.
The second day will include visits to Mt Soledad and Point Loma lighthouse.
The third day will include a visit to the Aircraft Carrier Midway and to Old Town San Diego. The final two days will include a run inland to visit an Indian Casino and run around San Diego bay and a visit to the quaint town of Coronado, including a trip across the Bay Bridge..
Altogether the event should be a great week. We still have openings available for the tour, so if you have ever thought of visiting San Diego, then NOW is the time.
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Taking the Coronado ferry?
Don't forget to take photos of the T's in front of the Hotel Del.
What year is that photo, Steve?
I like VW in the foreground.
OH! Nearly forgot! What was the name of the tour that went from, I think, New York to San Francisco?
And where does this tour go?
They stopped the ferries from San Diego to Coronado Island and back in about 1969-70 when they opened the Coronado Bay Bridge between the two. A lot of us still wish the ferries were running!
The bridge is now just to the right of Steve's photo.
Peter-- the VW is about a 1966-67(?). Had the newer large back window, but still the small tail-lights and old style bumpers, and no vents on the engine lid. Photo had to have been taken not too long before they closed the ferry.
That well may have been my 1964 Tbird in the other ferry. I often visited a customer on Coronado.
Tony's last picture above is taken from the first part of the bridge of the last part of the bridge. It curves quite a bit south before curving back north to San Diego.
They did that to allow it to be high enough for Navy ships to go under without making it so steep that cars couldn't drive up it.
Peter-- This tour travels a different part of San Diego each day, always returning to the hotel that night. Like Tony said, west one day to Mt Soledad, Pt Cabrillo Nat'l Monument at the entrance of San Diego Bay, and the original Pt Cabrillo lighthouse;north another day to North County and the gorgeous beaches along Torrey Pines and Swamis and some of the old original homes; another day a visit to the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum on San Diego Bay and Old Towne San Diego; another day south to almost the Mexican border and back up the Golden Strand along the ocean on one side and San Diego Bay on the other to Coronado Island, the Hotel del Coronado, and back across the Coronado Bay Bridge to the hotel; and one day to east county's desert scenery and the Indian Casinos.
It should be great fun, great people, great weather, and beautiful scenery. Hope to see you here!
64 or 65 VW. Still has the moon hubcaps. 66-67 went to a slotted rim and a flatter hubcap.
That's about what era I was thinking. The beetles and the Model T are my favorite cars. Around February 2011 we bought a cute 1971 Elm Green VW beetle. Fun car. Then a few months later, we sold it and bought a 1968 Beetle, I loved that car. Had many an adventure in it! Then last year, I found my beloved 1926 Fordor on Craigslist in Indiana. With a few phone conversations, the owner, Mr. Jim Walker (I think he is a MTFCA Member but I'm not sure if he is on the forums), was kind enough to let us trade Jimmy, the 1968 Beetle, for his 1926 Fordor. I was sad to see that car go, but I was ecstatic about finally getting my dream car, Katie my 1926 Model T Fordor Sedan.
On Thursday, we will go by Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers, San Diego Mission de Alcala which was founded by father Serra as the first Catholic mission in California. We will also visit Padre dam which was built by the Kumeyaay people as the water supply for the mission. We will take a break at Lindo Lake Park. One hundered years ago there was an auto racetrack around the lake where Barney Oldfield made a record. Then for lunch we will visit Viejas where there is a casino and an outlet center. You can choose for yourselves where you would rather spend your money. Then the return trip will be through Dehesa Valley and El Cajon to San Diego.
My reference to the "Golden" Strand in my 2:45 posting about the MTFCA 1914 Model T National Tour should have said "Silver" Strand. (at my age, the metallic years,I'm thinking of the gold in my teeth and the silver in my hair turning to lead in my a**!)
It'll be a great time. Hope to see you there.
I hope the tour goes up to Point Loma for the grand look out of the harbor from there and past the national cemetery and submarine base.
I hope people don't choose to miss it because of the "city" cause there's lots of fun places to tour a T there.
Yes we will go to Point Loma and also to Mt. Soledad. Both of which give a panoramic view from the mountains to the ocean and from the Mexican border to (sometimes) Catalina Island on a clear day.
I hate to be a wet noodle on a tour that because of distance (West coast vs East coast) I will not be able to enjoy but I learned a lesson about touring near salt water. I took my beautiful 13' on one of our club tours to Ocean Isle North Carolina several years ago. I like to never got the brass back again. If I did it again, I certainly would take the 24 and relax a bit. Just saying.
R. S. Cruickshank
I live in Vancouver on the Pacific Ocean. I've never had an issue with the brass on my 11 T and my other brass cars over the last 40 years.
Here I am at Jericho Beach enjoying the sea view.
We've had dozens of tours along the coast. I wouldn't let the sea air deter me from taking a brass car on tour. It's a non issue, at least on the Pacific side!
Steve/ Peter The newest car I see on one of the ferry's is a 1966 T-Bird (ferry coming toward the camera) I don't believe the ferry is still in operation, The nickel snatcher was too much competition for the bridge!
Same thing here on the beach in Surf City, Ken. A good polish like Mothers Billet or others that have a protectant helps to keep the brass looking nice for months.
That's a poor excuse for not driving your T and seeing some really col sights.
Gene, if you look closely I said I would drive my T but not the brass one. I had to remove the radiator and with the help of a good friend used a buffing wheel to remove the result of salt air. By the way, as far as polish, I always kept the brass in impeccable condition. It may be that the salt breeze on the beach was more than some other areas. I can't believe others have not had this problem and my only desire in noting this was to warn others of the possible damage. I will keep my comments along this line to myself in the future so others (experts from 40 to 100 years) will not have to spend the time to negate my comments.
Gene lives a mile from an ocean of some size, and his Torpedo takes first at every car show he enters, in between national and regional tours. Maybe you saw it on the cover of VF last year.
Besides, this ocean is colder, so not so much salt air. And our roads aren't salted.
If you look at the picture of the Midway above, you'll see my 1914, the brass gets polished once a year, when I remember. Today I am off to AZ for the speedster run with the 1915 and the radiator has just had it's once a year polish, hope to have pictures soon