Our "1909" Model T was the only T registered on the VMCCA Western National Tour last week. There were 90-some cars in attendance including a half dozen Model A's and cars up into the 80's.
By starting an hour or so early we could make it to the coffee stops about the same time the later cars got there. Then we would either take a short-cut to the lunch stop or find our own way back to the motel. We were doing about a hundred miles a day while the others did 200 or more.
Our T ran very well at 35 mph but some of the later cars were plagued with air-conditioner problems, water pump and brake line troubles. All things we didn't have.
One stop was at the Bear Lake Ranch House where they let me park with 5 other Model T's.
This Coupe was for sale at the Ranch.
This touring was called the "Chicken Car" and led the group to an Ice Cream Social one evening.
This 1913 Hudson was the only other Brass era car on the tour.
This was a very nice 1934 Packard Super 8 which had seen a lot of miles and once was on the Podium at Pebble Beach.
Joy and I had a wonderful time and took our 3 year-old Grandson for 3 of the days and our 6-year-old Granddaughter for the other 3 days.
Many of the folks in the 50's thru 80's cars mentioned they had Model T's and wished they had brought them. I is a challenge to try to keep up with the faster cars but we also have that trouble on HCCA and MTFCA tours. Touring at 35 works for us.
The journey is the reason, not the destination.
Well said Andrew. By the way it was 103 degrees in Ogden Wednesday I believe.
P.S. I do need to apologize to the folks I referred to as "Nervous Nellies" that convinced me to add a lower wishbone to my early front axle. I had not realized how Squirrely my steering was previously. The new wishbone made it immensely more stable and ducking over to the shoulder or pull-overs to let traffic by was much safer because of it. Lesson learned: Don't knock it if you haven't tried it.
I may want to add upper wishbones to my later cars. (;0)%
Nice! Thank you for the tour report, Richard E!
Glad that you and the grandkids had a good time together.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Here's our '14 Hudson to go with the '13.
Love your calendar, Rich.
Those Hudsons are wonderful cars. The '13 was fast and ran well but it was plagued by problems with modifications the owner had made to the electrical system and cooling system to "improve things".
Bob, is that really a 1914? I'm guessing that's a typo.
Yes, it's a '14.
We researched it and it was built in Dec. of 1913.
They were ahead of their time...no brass and 6 cyl.