How about Sudbury Ma for the 2016 MTFCI Tour?
Itís probably appropriateÖ
Used to live up there, and the Wayside Inn would be a great staging area for tour...just a thought.....
yes,a great place..
My wife and I were married in the Henry Ford bedroom at the Wayside Inn.
Ron the Coilman
Yes, please come to Ma! Would love to tour, but not a member yet, but it seems i still have some time.
My good friends and I spent three nights at the Wayside Inn in November 2010. It was a great experience, wandering the grounds and drinking in all that atmosphere of that wonderful old establishment.
Regards, John Page, Australia
To all of our US mates, you really haven't experienced the full Ford thing until you have stayed at the Wayside Inn. My wife Elizabeth and JP above found the Inn was something special, wonderful atmosphere and the outside attractions were really major pluses on our round the world Ford excursion. To stand upon the Boston Post road in the shadow of George Washington, Paul Revere and Co then sit in the bar once frequented by Longfellow brought history alive, how lucky we are that HF preserved these sights for us. Those of you who only see HF's faults obviously are oblivious to the legacy he left our world not just your world then perhaps we appreciate his passions more. Despite my heritage my favourite poem from my schooldays was Longfellows Village Blacksmith, now I have seen the Chestnut Tree, once again thank you HF. How many of you have been to Balliniscarthy and seen the Stainless steel Model T memorial to the Ford family in Ireland? HF's Model T brought a richness to our world because as he said originally"I will build a car for the great multitude" etce, It did just that and it still is doing same, how do you think that I would have got to meet so many wonderful American friends if it hadn't been for Henry's wonderful Model T? Make sure you see the Wayside Inn before you fall off the perch John Page and I did.
A tour based there could visit Plimouth Plantation, Old Sturbridge Village, the rude bridge that arched the flood, and a lot of other great historical sites.
And for the gear heads in the group, J&M Machine is one town over, Southborough.
Yes, by all means let's go to Mass! Such a great place with oodles of great History and places to visit.
I contacted J and M Machine and they said they are willing to give a shop tour to those interested if the meet does infact come to Mass.
Lang's is in Baldwinville, MA and the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA would be a great places to visit. www.hancockshakervillage.org/ The round stone barn is a must see if your in the area. Hope it works out because I'm right next door.
It's fine to suggest a place to have a tour, but getting a chairperson and others to put it on is a substantial undertaking. It takes lots of time and work.
Second consideration, is the Wayside Inn large enough for a MTFCI Tour as suggested? On the Boone Tour held last week, there were about 240 Model T's. Past experience shows that approx. 2.5 people will come for each Model T on the tour. How many rooms does the Wayside Inn have, and are there other motels nearby?
Even if some of those on the tour stay at other motels in the area, you have to consider where to have the closing banquet. In this case 240 Model T's x 2.5 people per Model T = approx. 600 people. Of course, not everyone stays for the banquet, but 500 would be a good number to start with. The banquet location can be a significant obstacle in itself.
Now that I've said all that, let me say that I would certainly be eager to be on a tour in that area. There's simply so much to see, and with Ford history to boot.
Is anyone or any chapter willing to take this on?
Ya, it sure would be fun!
I just checked the Wayside Inn website and they have just 9 guest rooms.
Yes, it would be a nice place to visit and stay at, but it just isn't large enough for a substantial tour.
That said, it could be one part of a tour in that area.....
I don't think that anyone suggested that the Wayside Inn would be a place for members to room. But there are a lot of hotels in the immediate area, Southboro, Marlboro, Westboro, Framingham, etc.
There are major routes nearby, the mass pike, route 495, route 128, route 30, route 20, and route 9...The last three of which would be most suitable for a model t.
I think if MTFCI, asked or approached a club or is willing to listen to the idea, that it could certainly be done. I assume it has to be done under their auspices as opposed to some chapters deciding on their own that they would like the international tour in Massachusetts.
But itís true, there is a lot of history in the area including the Wayside Inn. There is also the Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline about 25-30 miles from the Wayside. There is room there on their grounds for hundreds of cars. I personally know the director of the museum and know he would welcome the club to the museum.
So I agree, itís a good idea. What has to happen to make it a reality, Iím not certain.
I am a member of the Lionel Collector Club and they do not rely on volunteers to assemble the tours. The LCCA contracts with an agency who puts together the entire meet, including registrations, tours, site visits and banquet. They collect the registrations and schedule the entire week. They do a fantastic job and negotiate some good rates and pleasant facilities relying on volunteers only to man the registration desk at he hotel.
Something to think about.
It's already been done.
The 2006 MTFCA National Tour was based out of what was then the Best Western Hotel on Rt. 2 in Fitchburg Ma. Going from memory here - the first day tour was to the Wayside Inn, then to the Collins Museum in Stow Ma. to see the collection of antique cars, race cars and aircraft. The second tour day was downtown Concord and Lexington. Third day was a day off with a visit to Lang's Old Car Parts. Fourth day was a tour to Old Sturbridge Village. Final day was a tour around the Quabbin Reservoir. Someplace around here I probably still have the tour routes etc.
That said - I wouldn't mind having another tour around here. I might actually be able to attend it.
Good to see your thoughts on this subject. Another nice thing we did when we were there in 2010. Dave and his family met with us and had lunch while we were staying at the Wayside Inn.
Best regards, John Page, Australia