Tomorrow, my son, John, and I will be competing in the Santa Clara Valley club's 47th annual Endurance.
John turned 16 in April and will be the driver in this year's event. By dong so, John will be the third generation in my family to drive our speedster in the Endurance Run .
My grandfather built #42 in '71/'72. He and I entered the endurance run in '73 when I was 10 and competed regularly for the remainder of '70s.
After a few runs in the early '80s, the car sat until 2010. My son, John, turned 10 that year so I dusted off the years and got the speedster ready roll. We ran in 2010 and 2011.
Now we are back with the Third Generation in the Magee family behind the wheel. I think that is pretty cool and wish "Pa" was still around to see it!
If any Forum members are attending the Run, stop by and say "Hi". We are #142 for the event.
That is very special. Hope he keeps the interest in old cars.
Good luck tomorrow (today) and have a safe and wonderful time! I will be thinking about all of you all day.
Do drive carefully, and enjoy! W2
That's great! Have a great time and good luck.
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Hi All and thanks for the kind words.
We did the Run and John won the youngest driver award. That is the first trophy my family has ever brought home for the event!
The run was really nice. Not as challenging as previous years but that worked our advantage. John gained a ton of experience driving through hills and city traffic. He is now totally hooked on Model Ts which was the goal.
Hats off to the Santa Clara club for another great event.
Fantastic ! Have fun and be safe.
Safety is key. The great thing about teaching a kid to drive a T is the major emphasis on paying attention to what is going on around you and what is going on with the car. With a T, you actually have to operate a piece of equipment that requires constant attention if you want to drive safely. I keep telling my son that if you can learn to operate and drive a Model T with confidence and safety, you will be an excellent driver in any car.
By mastering driving a T, you will have learned to not tailgate, watch what other drivers are doing, anticipate red lights, allow for plenty of braking space, don't drive to fast, etc. In other words you will have learned how to DRIVE a car as opposed to what ever the hell it is the vast majority of people do.
It was indeed fun!
My son told me he wants to come over and learn how to drive the speedster. We're looking for the right opportunity. Will he become an enthusiast? Probably not, but he's gonna end up with my T's when I'm gone. It'll be nice if he's familiar with them. And who knows, just maybe he'll become infected with the bug.
Fantastic to have a third generation involved. I drove my Dad's Model T in high gear for the first time on a National Tour in 1983. I was 14 years old. This year my son will drive my Model T in high gear for the first time. I have been saving the occasion as he will be 14 years old and it will also be a National Tour.