A few photos and reflections as we begin the drive home. Another great time with great friends, cars and events. On Saturday, we began at dawn from New London. There were about seventy entered, and I believe I heard 64 started. There are often a few cars that fall out on the pre-tours and are unable to make the 120 mile run on Saturday.
We were almost on of the early casualties, as I elected to load our trailer and hook up to the pickup the night before, driving the K to the hotel with now working headlamps.
When Dean and I went to start it at 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning, the motor immediately raced at almost full speed, and the throttle would not slow it down.
After immediate surgery on the carburetor, in the dark, we learned the small screw holding a butterfly was gone, and the butterfly was sucked open allowing full gas to the engine.
Fortunately, Dave Dunlavy and Jeff Fries were just leaving the hotel, and Dave had a stash of small bolts and screws, including one that fit (what were the odds?).
We made it to New London from Spicer (5 miles) in plenty of time, and I took a few pics before the 7:00 am start.
Rick Lindner, 1904 Ford Model A:
Ed Walhof (spelling) with his REO:
Wade and Jeannie Smith with their 1905 Columbia:
Tim and Joan and his newly finished Ford Model A :
Greg driving Bruce Van Sloan's Ford Model S:
Carl and Ann Pate, 1905 Ford Model F:
Floyd Jaehnert with his 1908 Ford S Roadster:
In all, 17 Fords began the race, with 15 finishing, including our Model K. Later I'll post a few pics at the finish.
For some reason the pics didn't post. I'll post the photos in order later, as we're about to begin the long drive home,
K with lights lit:
Lindner Model A:
1908 S Runabout:
1905 Model F:
1908 S Roadster:
" Dave had a stash of small bolts and screws, including one that fit (what were the odds?"
I have never known Dave Dunlavy personally. But what I hear of him by reputation? I would say those odds were pretty good.
Thank you Rob H and thank you Dave D and also Eric H for posting so many wonderful photos for those of us too far away to easily make it there. Distance or not, I need to spend a couple weeks back there some year very soon! (It will probably have to be a camping trip!)
Again, thank you all for sharing what has got to be some of the most incredible antique (veteran) automobile events anywhere this side of the pond.
Now, drive home safely to enjoy another day! W2
What Wayne said.....