Great weather in Buffalo MN. Last stop before New Brighton.
We were in Kingston. That looks like a really well organized tour and a lot of fun.
I don't know much about those very early cars, but it's interesting to note some features which were part of the evolutionary process in the history of the early automobiles. For instance, the cars which appear to be carriages with the engine added under the seat, and the pre-T Fords, don't have windshields. Apparently they weren't expected to go fast enough to need one.
Ya, Robs K.
Mike, when I rode in Rob's K on Thursday afternoon, I was pretty glad to have sunglasses on. The wind gets pretty strong when he brings it up to speed. Even though I expected it to have plenty of torque, I was really impressed with how strongly and smoothly it pulled from 5 mph to 45 mph in high gear. Only a fool whose never experienced that power, could believe that a two-speed planetary is inadequate for the car.
I didn't know you were at the station when we changed the tire. I wish we had met.....
What fool would say such a thing (the planetary is inadequate)
Thank you for helping with the tire changing seminar. We're about to begin the drive back to reality (in my case, Nebraska),
This one minute youtube video shows Dean and his passengers passing me with the Model K. I was going 32 mph and my guess is they were running close to 50. You can see that they are a little windblown.
I ran our Model N faster than normal (30 to 35 mph) most of the way (120 miles) to try to stay with the two Model Ks.
I think driving without a windshield is similar to riding a motorcycle, except no helmet is required and there are four tires on the road instead of two.
Really Eric? This is what John Wandersee (Ford Motor Company employee, 1902 - 1945) said about the Model K and its planetary transmission.
John observed (not opined) that the Model K transmissions failed. It was John's opinion that the weak transmission was the worst part of the Model K design.
Please note that these are John Wandersee's exact words transcribed from audio, not any opinion of mine.
Link to John Wandersee's complete testimony:
You are too negative and you decrease my enjoyment of this forum. You are dismissed.
History is not negative. It is what it is. I didn't write what John Wandersee said - he said what he wanted us to know.
Please try and see that what I find and post about the Model K is not negative at all, but informative, and ultimately, the truth.
Wow! someone mentions the word fool and they answer! I guess if the shoe fits wear it!
P.S. Thanks for the nice photos Daniel.
It looks like you guys are having a great time there! Someday, I would love to bring my 2 cylinder 1905 Queen down and run with this tour!
Be careful, one time is all it takes to get addicted. My friend Walter just finished his 17th run. Rob Heyen has done the last six or so. I've been doing the pre tours with my Model T for the last five years while I've been saving money to buy an eligible car. My sincere hope is that I'll be able to make a deal on a car this fall and have it ready for the run next year.
It's too bad that Minnesota is so far from Arkansas. Otherwise, I'd be at those tours. Maybe one of these days.
I think your Queen would fit right in. There are many little known makes of cars, and it's always interesting to see the early types of cars and technology each used. I would guess the average speed on the big run is 20 to 25 mph, with some high wheelers averaging less than 15 mph.
Hope to see you on a run in the future.
I hope you find the Saturday eligible car and make the run next year. If not, it's always a pleasure to see you and .your family on the short tours and during the Saturday run.
A few more pics:
Buick Model F, Stanley and Maxwell
1906 Ford Model N (with aftermarket fenders and running boards)
1907 Ford Model R
1905 Ford Model F
1903 & 1904 Ford Model A
Model A finishing
1907 Model K at the finish
Cars lined up for the beginning of the run Saturday morning
And one last pic. This little girl was enjoying the cars and crowd. Maybe someday she'll own a Model T, or A or F or N or........
Most of the Fords together Friday afternoon: