Well it is a great deal of fun explaining to folks the history of the Model T. I have a large sign explaining how simple they were with no needed water pump, distributor, oil pump, or even a battery ! hey are astounded at how easy they are to repair. As the years go on though I can barely keep in the top 20 trophies at shows as NEW cars right off the show room start winning ! Factory 1990's era corvettes stock beat me out of a higher place ! There is no justice. As years past, the organizers seem to put my car further and further back away from the crowds also.
I know exactly what you mean...so I keep my car show focus on just showing the car for what it's worth... plain ol' simple beauty. If I come home with some "hardware" that's fine. If not, I've had a good time answering the myriad of questions.
Do you really need another piece of plastic to sit on a shelf collecting dust? Not to mention these trophies are real cheap looking too! Enjoy the car, the show, and answering people's questions. I will not pay to go to a show. Those are the ones that usually do the trophies anyway. Why should I pay to show my car to have little kids put finger prints all over it? Along with showing your car you also have to be mindful of kids/teens to treat the cars with respect for something they do not own.
If the only reason I had a T was to show, I believe I would get rid of it in a hurry. I make one parade a year with show parking after the parade. I park in the show area but I do not enter the judging. That useless trophy I do not need.
I do get involved in weekend tours and at least one national tour a year. I guess in a way we are showing on tours, but the driving and sight seeing is what I enjoy.
I go to the shows not to win trophies, but to interact with folks. They seem to recognize the Model T as an old car, but are astounded and interested when you explain the history and mechanics - especially to the gear heads who appreciate Fords genius. I take lots of kids for rides.. You are right trophies are meaningless but do show how people value your car... This will be this cars last show at the Veterans Post (charity) My Son needs financial help and I just listed it for sale. I have two non running Model T's that I can work on getting them ready for Spring I do let kids sit in the car stand on the running boards and let folks start it with the crank
That's an honorable thing you're doing for your son. It is for that that you deserve the "trophy".
Yes Jerry I can always get another Model T but at age 64 can not get another Navy Son.. He was injured aboard the Tortuga and will be getting a medical discharge I am afraid
David, Very sorry to hear about your son. Hope for the best for you and him.
Gary, USN 1957-1961
I am with David on taking the T to shows to interact with people.
What I find amazing is that the T was awarded a trophy at the three shows that gave out trophies.
The T is not a "pretty boy" as it was restored in the 50's and sat in a barn from 1964 to 2011, but it is a fun vehicle.
I think much of it's winning was that I was willing to talk with people and even crank it to start every so often.
It is a fun way to share our hobby with others.
BTW - I can't believe how aloof some antique auto owners are.
I met a guy with a neat Model A pickup at the tire store a few weeks ago and although he was not busy he was not willing to talk.
I also find that some of the guys at car shows act as if you are interrupting their navel contemplations if you try to talk with them.
It's true; there's no justice. -I remember a time when, if it didnít have diamond-tufted upholstery, wooden wagon wheels, brass acetylene headlamps and a flat radiator with a hand-crank sticking out, it wasnít an antique car. -It took a while for me to mentally accept Chopped Mercs, Fifties Fins and Muscle Cars as being in the antique category. -I meanóhey, I grew up with cars like those, so how could they have aged enough to be antiques? -The answer, when pointed out to me, was most depressing.
But in the last couple of years, itís gotten way, way worse. -At shows, I now see cars that have electronic tire-inflation monitoring, built-in GPS and all manner of digital doo-dads which, to my way of thinking, positively disqualify them from being considered collector-cars, let alone antiques. -And yet the hat-backwards owners of these computerized, coughdrop-shaped abominations are always walking away with the silverware at the end of the show. -Man, that just ain't right. -
But I notice something else, too. -It wouldnít matter if the guy parked next to me brought a numbers-matching, split-windshield, í63 Corvette or a million-dollar Ferrari, cause the car getting all the attention from spectators will be my humble, common-as-dirt Tin Lizzie. -Thatís not a bad consolation prize.
This is the sign I put up on a stiff white board to get people to start asking questions
THE MODEL T FORD
THE CAR THAT PUT AMERICA ON THE ROAD.
OVER 15 MILLION BUILT FROM 1908 TO 1927 !
AMAZING ENGINEERING SIMPLE AND RELIABLE. THESE CARS HAVE NO FUEL PUMP, WATER PUMP, OR OIL PUMP. THEY NEED NO CAR BATTERY! 26 FLY WHEEL MAGNETS MAKES ELECTRICITY (although many cars do have a 6 volt battery for AN optional electric starter). ANY PART FROM ANY YEAR WILL FIT ANY CAR!
4 SEPARATE WOOD BOX COILS. IF ONE FAILS, YOU CAN GET HOME ON THE REMAINING 3 CYLINDERS!
EASY FOR THE DRIVER TO REPAIR WITH 7 TOOLS I CAN CHANGE A PISTON AND ROD IN 40 MINUTES, OR PULL A HEAD IN 5 MINUTES
HIGH GROUND CLEARANCE FOR MUDDY RUTTED ROADS THESE CARS CAN CLIMB HIGH GRADES, FORD SMALL RIVERS, GET THROUGH REAL MUDDY ROADS AND HIGH SNOW
ONLY 20 HORSEPOWER 4 CYLINDER ENGINE WAY OVER BUILT SOLID AND GETS 20-25 MPG WITH A TOP SPEED OF 35-40 MPH DEPENDING ON WEIGHT CARRIED
ALL CARS HAVE THE SAME CONTROLS FROM 1909 TO 1927. THEY HAVE THREE FOOT PEDALS - FORWARD, REVERSE AND BRAKE. SPEED IS CONTROLLED BY A LEVER ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE STEERING WHEEL
THE CAR COST WENT DOWN EVERY YEAR AND ONLY COST ABOUT 250 DOLLARS IN 1927 FOLLOWED BY EQUALLY AMAZING MODEL A FORD
THESE CARS WERE VERY RELIABLE, CHEAP TO BUY AND OWN. FORD PAID HIS FACTORY WORKERS $ 5 A DAY ABOUT 4 TIMES THE DAILY WAGE IN 1909! THEY COULD AFFORD A CAR! NO LONGER JUST CARS FOR THE RICH
MODEL TíS WERE CONVERTED TO DO MANY CHORES, SUCH AS SCHOOL BUSES, AMBULANCES IN WORLD WAR 1, TRACTORS, DELIVERY TRUCKS, TOUR BUSSES! THE SAME UNCHANGED ENGINES POWERED TRACTORS, GENERATORS, SMALL SHOPS AND AIRPLANES.
FORD MADE 6 BASIC CAR BODIES ON THE SAME FRAME FROM 2 PLACE TO 5 PLACE OPEN AND ENCLOSED BODIES CARS. 100íS OF ACCESSORIES WERE MADE FOR THIS CAR. PARTS ARE AVAILABLE TODAY FROM OVER 17 COMPANIES. I CAN GET PARTS FOR ANY REPAIR IN 1-2 DAYS - THOUSANDS ARE STILL RUNNING WORLD WIDE
PLEASE VOTE FOR MY CAR IT IS PROBABLY THE OLDEST CAR HERE!
Ask if kids can get their picture taken in the car but do not touch without my permission please
Owner David Kriegel VFW Post 360 (574 315 6742)