My vehicles have been adopted by the Tea Ladies. They meet once a month at the Stillwater Mansion for High Tea. In some ways it is a little like the guys getting together at the swap meet. Only completely different. The White Bus wouldn't start at 35 degrees so I used the '09 T to take the Ladies on excursion to the antique store. It took several trips. Later it was warm enough and I brought the Bus to take them back to the Mansion. They get a little wild in the cool air and without supervision. Or maybe it is the ride in old cars. Waving and calling out to folks along the way is good fun. 3 hats blew off and had to be retrieved. It's a great change of pace from scrubbing parts in the Garage.
Looks like a long Model T
I hope the driver remembered to be a gentleman at all times!
Is the lady in the wheelchair smoking a cigar?
My first thought when I saw these pics was the Monty Python sketch on the outlaw biker grannies...
The driver tried to be a gentleman. No cigar for the Lady in the chair. Funny shadows from the hat feathers I suppose. That Bus load of Ladies would have given Monty Python a lot to think about believe me.
Very nice and civilized too!
Rich, Some guys have all the fun!
I had to look that up since I'm not a Brit.
High tea (also known as meat tea) usually refers to the evening meal of the working class, typically eaten between 5 pm and 7 pm. "Dinner" refers to the main meal, which they would take in the middle of the day.
High tea typically consists of a hot dish, followed by cakes and bread, butter and jam. Occasionally there would be cold cuts of meat, such as ham salad. The term was first used around 1825, and "high" is used in the sense of well-advanced (like high noon, for example) to signify that it was taken later in the day than afternoon tea; it was used predominantly by the working class and in certain British dialects of the north of England and Scotland.
In Australia any short break for tea in the afternoon is referred to as "afternoon tea". As a result, the term "high tea" is used to describe the more formal affair that the English would call "afternoon tea".
Looks like you were having a lot of fun and being a great help.
For those of us that don't recognize you "bus" would you please post a link to a previous discussion or perhaps a few more details such as year, make, factory body, factory chassis etc.
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I think there may of been a fox in the hen house but then I had to correct myself and say there is an Eagle in the hen house!
Thanks Hap. Here are some Bus links:
I must admit that I felt a little out of place with being the only guy there. It was a unique opportunity.
Thanks Ken for the explanation. I wasn't aware. This may have been better stated as Morning Tea than the High Tea that they usually do.
All I can say is wow! _Great photos of elegant ladies!
If you have taken new folks in your Touring I think you will agree that there is a contagious sense of adventure and camaraderie generated in the riders. Put them in costumes and with a little bit of cool breeze for exhilaration, even better. Then make it 3 back seats instead of 1 and you really have something. There were even shouts that might have come from a hundred year old Bordello. Having to drive and watch the traffic I could only hear and feel it from behind but is was very enjoyable. That and the looks and attention from onlookers and other drivers makes it a truly worth while thing to do.
A couple of years ago we did a Sweet 16 Tour for a friend's Daughter's Birthday. The energy level was a bit higher but the enthusiasm and inhibitions were very similar to the older ladies. A group of guys show a little more reserve but the sense of fun and adventure is still there.
Crossing the Twin Falls bridge near the Evil Knievel jump an Eighty+ year old was leaning forward braving the wind and blurted out "I Feel Like A WildMan!!!" Another magical moment.
It has been a great honor to treat so many people to the old car fun in the Bus. Those of you who have shared these experiences will agree I'm sure.
At the Annual Meeting in Boise one of the newer members described the increase in Model T traffic past his Farm around the time of the Centennial Celebration in Richmond. He was struck by the fact that you could hear the voices and laughter before you could see and hear the sound of the motors. "I knew my wife and I had to become part of that." He joined the club and now has 2 Model T's. The Fun we have and the visibility may be our greatest recruiting tool for the Old Car Hobby.
Rich, I just realized the year of your mountain wagon... it has an internal combustion engine! I have lusted after a 1913 White Mountain Wagon; thinking that is what you have made you my hero. Fortunately that 1909 T has kept you secure in that elevated position.
Regardless of the car you use, or the age of the group you're entertaining, I seem to recognize a trend.
You're a good ambassador for our hobby, enjoy.
Terry, the Bus was an affordable pacifier for a Big Brass Monster. I could never afford a Legitimate pre '15 Packard, Pierce-Arrow, etc. A $200 chassis that ran seemed like a good solution. The 18 years to build it was a bit much but the yearly cash outlay for materials was affordable. Neither the Bus or the 1909 T can claim the value they look to have. The trade off is they can be driven and maintained and provide a lot of pleasure to a lot of people. That is enough for me.
Thanks Rob. I was writing when you posted. It is a treat for me to see the wonderful cars that I can't afford or have room for. We all do what we can and hope for the best. I think the forum members have done well at that.
Thank you for the links showing more of your 1923 White. You did a great job with bringing it back to a beautiful life.
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Doesn't get any better than that! Well done Richard.
I do think our T's should be shared with as many people as possible...get in and take pictures, the kids love to squeeze the horn bulb, anyone for a ride!!
I can't believe how many turn down a ride in a 100 year old car in my area. when will you ever get another chance to ride in history