Almost 40 cars started the Dearborn-Lansing tour. We're at the first stop. A few pics:
Did Model K Fords only come in blue?
They were available in several colors, and listed as "color optional" in some auto review magazines.
One 1906 Model K sales brochure listed the color as Royal Blue. I've found news clips listing actual car colors of blue, dark blue, brown, black, red and gray. Henry Ford's personal K was maroon with blue wheels and gold striping, according to
An employee reminiscence.
1908 K roadster advertising said "any color combination desired."
Thanks for posting these nice pictures Rob.
[Henry Ford's personal K]?? How can this be? I know i should not pull the chain,but i can't help it!! Have a great tour and weekend!! Bud.
Thank you so much for posting these photos! (I hope there are a lot more to come)
Drive carefully, and do enjoy for all of us that cannot be there! W2
I thought the Lansing to Dearborn run was for 1 & 2 cylinder cars, or 4 cyl. under 20 hp, (read as: not Model T's).
Did you pull a few plug wires on your K, (or pull a few strings)?
Rob is legal, per the HCCA acceptance guidelines:
All pre-1909 vehicles are welcome. Any 1 & 2 cylinder car, steam car, electric car, cycle car, motorcycle and bicycle built up to 1915 are eligible. If you have a question about eligibility, please contact the run organizers."
I can see tomorrow's headline: MODEL K WINS ANOTHER RACE !
Both Ks made the tour last year too. As Mark pointed out, eligibility includes pre 1909 cars.
A few more pics. All but two cars made Lansing tonight. Per Dave's suggestion we put the top up and have the side curtains along if needed.
At Lansing, the local BMW dealer allows us to park inside:
Tim, Are you related to Grandpa Wesser? I hear the nut doesnt fall from the tree.
So many wonderful, beautiful, early cars! I love them all!
Thank you, again, for sharing the photos.
Drive carefully, and enjoy! W2
That Stanley Steamer looks very similar to one that was at Mount Pleasant Iowa this last weekend.
I guess the rules have changed over the years. Have fun. See you at OCF.
Wayne, always a pleasure to post pics of tour cars.
Herb, this makes the third Stanley I've seen on tours this summer. All three have had the same color scheme, and all three seem to be great tour cars.
Jerry, see you there. We will be with John Grace and the Dearborn to Lansing Tour cars (not sure of the area). Will you have your Model S at the festival? Area?
Uh,oh! Rob's starting to get that steamy look in his eye. Is there a new passion in the works?
I have a Stanley for sale!
This should be enough to dissuade anybody from steam:
Why would that dissuade, that guy just got all the wrinkles out of his suit!
Thanks for posting all the photos...Keep them coming Rob.
More OT Stanley Steamer adventure, from Jay Leno:
The Stanleys are really cool. Gene Grengs really puts on a show with his. Every time he stops, a crowd gathers around. But, I've noticed that the car always keeps him busy. There's no such thing as giving a flip of the crank and hitting the road with a steam car. It requires planning and vigilance to make one perform.
For details on mine, go to hcca.org, go to the classifieds, go to cars for sale. Then e-mail me me for a detailed and honest description. You, too, could go over to the dark side! I, on the other hand, have decided to let a bit of sanity back into my life, and just enjoy my '13 T runabout, my one-lung Cadillac, and my Buick touring car. I'm too old to mess with steam any more. But i have to say, when it's working well, it's just fantastic!
Eric, to answer your earlier question. there are two cars in the world that would get me excited, a Model B and Model K Roadster. However, I've been wrong before....
Now, for the Old Car Festival......
A B would be the holy grail.