Day 2 was a much longer drive. We logged 139 miles round trip.
It started out with a stop at Fort Concho near downtown San Angelo, right near the banks of the Rio Concho river. We had our picture taken in front of the restored GHQ building. The Fort was operational from about 1868 - 1888, and was preserved mainly because it was built from native limestone. Here are some pictures from when it was new, and today.
Fort Concho is also home to an elementary school. We answered questions and honked horns for a couple hours to show the kids from grades 1 - 7 what a Model T was.
After that we had a 30 mile drive out to the Goodyear proving ground across the West Texas Desert.
Goodyear makes tires for just about everything except Model T's.
Unfortunately we did not get to drive the tire test Corvettes around the 2 mile banked oval.
After a talk by the facility director at the Goodyear site we headed off across the Edwards Plateau towards Robert Lee, Texas. Robert Lee is named after confederate general Robert E Lee, and is the county seat of Coke county.
At Robert Lee we had a fabulous catered barbecue dinner complete with Texas Brisket, pork sausage, and vegetables. Lots of Model T's went on the tour so as usual we had to take pictures of them.
There are perhaps 10 1914 T's on the tour, one a runabout owned by Sonny House. Here are a couple of the others resting before the drive home:
Several TT trucks went on the tour. They filled up with gas in Robert Lee because there were a couple of fairly step hills.
After lunch we drove across town to see the restored 1907 jail in Robert Lee. The jail was a model of efficiency for 1907, with a built in gallows / trap door on the second floor to provide entertainment for the prisoners. Each cell had a built in indoor toilet to avoid escape attempts while taking prisoners to the out house (think Billy the Kid).
And the BBQ was great in Robert Lee.
Many Thanks to Marshall and Diana Huling and the volunteers for all their hard work. The parking assistance was especially appreciated.
After our visit to the jail we started back south towards San Angelo. There were a few faily long uphill pulls, one of which caused me to use Ruckstell high ad I drove around several Model T's struggling to make the summit. Beautiful views of the desert, and nice deserted two lane blacktop roads made for a fine day of T driving.
Back in town we all went to the San Angelo Art Museum for an Ice Cream Social. Seems like we never get enough to eat!
Back at the hotel we found there was one car that had to be towed home due to rear axle problems. I was unable to get close enough to get a shot of the actual problem as there were already 11 supervisors and two workers on the project. Reportedly the yellow #14 speedster had a sheared pinion keyway on the drive shaft. Efforts were centered on trying to get the shaft out so that a new keyway could be cut. Fortunately there were plenty of frosty cold beverages on hand!
There was a great little home made speedster in the parking lot that has not participated in any of the driving.
That blue speedster looks like Larry Young's ABC car. (It's not homemade, it's a restored original car.)
5th photo down
Love the Color combination of the Car on the right
If you get a chance can you get some nice photos of the Complete car--Thank you
more truck pictures at Fort Concho in San Angelo
There are 11 roadster pickups at the T Party this year. Another photo at the Goodyear test grounds.
Don were you looking for this 1918 Ames bodied touring color?
No --I was looking at the 5th photo down -the Car to the Right (CLOSED CAR) don't know if its a 2 door or what?
Don, The car you have spotted is a 26 Tudor Sedan. The tow tone grey and black paint is very nice. You can see a picture of the cars in MTFCA gallery in the 1926 cars. It says the owners are from Texas so I think it would be the same car. Some larger pictures would be nice.
Warwick -- You're supposed to be able to click on those small pics and get big ones, but that particular one doesn't work for some reason. The others do.
Every year in September, I am part of a small group who entertain a fourth grade class,
at a local museum. I was asked this past August if I would being down my speedster as a static display and I declined. After seeing your 1st photo on this post, I will next year take "Hank"
to the museum. Looks like all had a good time.
Thanks for the great photos.
The blue speedster did drive some on day three. It was running on three cylinders and Larry had a heck of a time getting it to start. It had a finned aluminum valve cover, Rajo head maybe?
Yes, it did have a period OHV and is owned by the brother-in-law of the Ames Cloverleaf owner. I think it also had a modern transmission. And, yes, John we DO need to entertain/inform the elementary school crowd about our Model T s so there'll be a market for our cars in 20 years.
It was wonderful driving a 100 year old Ford a few hundred miles. My only malfunction -temporarily - was sparkplug terminals coming loose causing misfires.
Thanks for posting the pictures Royce and your fellowship on the tour!!
I drove my original bodied ABC Speedster on the first and third day. 95 degrees with no top is not fun and the car was not running well. I had just finished the very demanding Talimena Drive Tour where is ran like a top. Back to the drawing board. More information on the car and company is at:
I should also mention the Ames Cloverleaf owned by my brother-in-law, Rob Trippet, has an extensive documented history covered in an older issue of Vintage Ford. It is one of only 2 on the road.