Many early Fords arrived yesterday and we spent the day tuning, fixing and polishing. All is good at "Camp Ford" in New London MN.
If anyone on the tour would like to add pics please do. I'll place a few more photos through the pre-tour portion (Wed-Fri). So far the weather is great. Met forum contributor Gil F. last evening along with many early Ford friends. So far, the most exotic car is a 1906 Darracq.
The 1904 Model A (below) should receive the "travel the longest distance" award. It belongs to John Biggs who had it shipped from his home in England:
A nice REO pulled through "Camp Ford:"
Jeff F. helped clean our Model K:
I like to think he started cleaning because I put out the "housekeeping" sign (Jeff didn't know it was on the car when I took the pic ):
They may not have sold well when new, but boy; Model Ks are superb looking brass cars. In a completely different league to Ts.
That's Mike Maloney in his 1906 REO in the second photo.
He's no stranger to Fords - he has a very nice 1914 roadster in his antique car collection.
I should have said "third photo."
Rob tell Jeff hello from John Danuser, I met him yrs ago at Dunlavys in Nebraska
The Model N looks pretty small all alone in your trailer Rob. Wish I could be there. Have a great time.
Pics from the first tour day:
1905 Ford Model F
1904 Ford 10 hp Model A
1907 Ford Model N
1908 Ford Model S Roadster
Two 1907 Ford Model K
1911 Ford Model T
The oldest car, 1898
Gil with his one cylinder Cadillac
At one of the stops
These cars are gorgeous, thanks for the report.
Funny what in another era was a smelly, slow and noisy machine today has become a means of meeting beautiful, the essence of what they should be traveling by car.
Nothing to envy the race from London to Brighton.
Eduardo, your welcome..
A few more:
One of he two areas where everyone congregates. The Ford's have their place marked, both with a sign and oil spots.
This pic was just taken (7:30 am central). Evidently the old car guys slept in today.
Breakfast at one of the local Hotels where many of us stay. It looks as though the Ford guys have taken over the breakfast room......
What's the little green car with no steering wheel?
I wonder about that 1898 car. I've always read that the 1899 Packard was the first car with a steering wheel. Is that wrong?
The little green car is an early Autocar. Does anyone know who is the owner of that car?
OK, I looked it up. The 1899 Packard was the first American car with a steering wheel. Some of the European cars used them as early as 1894.
I dunno, Rob -- That Model F looks pretty spiffy! You're gonna have to get you one of those.
Thanks Rob for posting those great photos. Regards to all.
Yes! Thank you so much for the photos!
Drive carefully, and do enjoy, W2
Here's a few more:
My late father's '12 with Tim Kelly's K
Jean Perrin next to K
The Jean Perrin was built by a watchmaking company. The gears show their heritage.
Cars at lunch on Thursday.