Last Friday I took one of our T's to my son's second grade class and gave a little talk about Henry and T's. Here is a picture and a link to an article that one of the teachers wrote. I am not starting this thread to toot my own horn but rather to encourage you all to do the same at your local schools. Sadly they would not let me give the kids rides due to liability issues but I was able to explain how the car worked. If we don't share this history with kids all of our cars will end up with big engines and bad paint jobs when we are gone. Ha Ha. The kids really enjoyed this and I did too!
Good for you Matt! Well done. Nice article.
You are right, more of us must do this sort of thing.
I aim to do that too, now that I'm getting my roadster reliable enough to get me to the school and back.
Our club goes to several schools each year and have a great reception by the teachers and students. It can also stir up interest for future hobbiests to keep our cars running for another 100 or more years.
Nice! I hope to get my car back together soon to do the same thing.
My grandson is taking a small engine repair class. I scheduled a day with his teacher a little later in the semester to drive the TT over for his classes to look over. Should be fun. After all, it's on topic. Even though it has 4 cylinders, there's no starter, no oil pump, no fuel pump, no water pump and no distributor just like most other small engines.
Fortunately, I have a little time to think over what I'm gonna say that day.
We had this thing called "pioneer day" when I was in school. The HS principle and the assistant superintendent both have Model A's and they would bring them. Of course, a pioneer would have had it made going west in a Model A instead of a covered wagon.
That is a great thing to promote the hobby. Exposing young minds to old cars is wonderful. Some will enjoy it more than we will ever know. It is well worth the effort.
Thanks for the reminder.
While I cannot remember the exact event that destroyed my life and destined me to
be a starry-eyed dreamer of days long ago, it is said that victims are something like
90% likely to victimize others in the same way.
Poison those young minds every chance you get ! (insert evil laugh here) LOL
Kudos to you Matt! Very nice.
We live in an urban area and a friend used to bring 1/2 dozen of his cars each year to his school (he was a teacher). I understand that the volunteer drivers were required to submit to background checks and I believe fingerprinting, to get on school grounds. Hang onto your small-town America as long as you can!
Again, Kudos to you and all others for being great ambassadors for the hobby!
I agree with this and think it is great! How about aiming some T education at the high school level too?
Several years ago I was requested to show our '19 Centerdoor as part of my friend's son's senior class project on the "industrial age" and mass production. All the kids got to sit in it, blow the horn, etc. The biggest kick was showing them it started by hand cranking it ! I received the nicest thank you card signed by the teacher & whole class ! Perhaps one of those young folk might pursue the hobby ?
Not finding any fault with Matt, mind you, as what you done was very good for the hobby. My thought or suggestion is that each kid should have been provided with a copy of the T with just themselves standing at the side. a real reminder that they are connected to past history.
Thanks Matt for sharing this AWESOME thread.