I'm looking for any advice on what & where to see it.
I'm flying from New Zealand to Vegas for a week on Tuesday, New York until the end of the month then about 3 weeks touring south to Kentucky, up to Detroit and back to New York with any detours that look interesting.
I would also love to meet any members, view any club runs etc.
All suggestions (Both model t and first time to the USA advice) will be appreciated.
My travelling email address for any PM is "firstname.lastname@example.org"
It would help if people knew the dates
I have not been in decades but I would NOT miss Greenfield Village & the Henry Ford museum if I had the chance.
Glad to hear the 'time has arrived!' Have an enjoyable trip and visit. Did you discover anything about the car rental? Do have a great time!! PM, if you wish....
The Las Vegas T club meets every Saturday morning and drives to some location for breakfast. Look at the club roster at the home page of the forum and call to find out where they will be while you are in Vegas. They are a very friendly bunch. At this time of year it is very hot there and they have their breakfast very early.
In KY you need to try to meet the NOKIN T club members. Start with a visit to Ron's Machine shop and museum in Shandon Ohio just west of Cincinnati.
Kentucky to Detroit: I would go by way of Richmond, IN, for a visit to the Model T Museum.
And then , if you are going anywhere near Kansas, you need to stop and get a "Jelfie"
Fred cant give any exact dates after NY as it will depend, Vega this Tues for a week. Leave NY 31st driving down, around and up to Detroit, hopefully catch up with a guy in Buffalo NY who restored my 27 Coupe and document some history and get some pics to file with the car for the next 100 yrs. After that, Niagara Falls then back to NY by Aug 23rd.
Howard I sure will be doing those, that's the reason Detroit is on the agenda.
Norman that sounds perfect, I hope I can track a contact number.
Royce that sounds ideal, I should be able to fit that in on the way to Richmond.
Steve, yes that was also on the agenda, thanks.
George, I agree that would be a great stop over, I feel like I kinda know Steve in some way from reading all his posts.
Marv - I haven't confirmed a rental yet, I can't get my NZ Ins company to cover me if I decide to rent a RV or buy a cheap car.
Thanks so much Guys, some great ideas.
Kevin - I'll be back in Vegas but not until the 27th. I'll send you a PM/email with Las Vegas club members Gary Cooper & Harold Mann's phone #'s for contact and the breakfast meeting place 8:00 am Saturdays. Great guys with great shops to visit and they go to the Saturday breakfasts. Someone will likely have room for you to ride with them in a T. The breakfast meeting place also happens to be right across the street from the "Counting Cars" shop and they have tours. When you return from breakfast look for the kid sitting on a folding chair in a driveway to a warehouse across from the alley.
There's also several car shows around town in various days of the week. One I sometimes go to is on Sunday mornings 7am to about 10am at the corner of Cheyenne & Jones
Hi Kevin! Be sure to add a stop at the Model T Museum in Richmond, Indiana! If you are in Kentucky headed to Michigan we are right on the way. I'm sure you will enjoy the visit! We have had many New Zealand Model T enthusiasts who love to see the MTFCAs museum. Let me know if you need any information, directions, etc. Hope to see you!
In Detroit, Be sure to Visit the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant (461 Piquette Avenue, Detroit. Hours Wednesday thru Sunday, 10:00 to 4:00).
Nearby is the Detroit Historical Museum on Woodward at Kirby.
Not far away in Dearborn is The Henry Ford (Museum and Greenfield Village. There is a terrific presentation on Laura Ingalls Wilder at the Scotch Settlement School many days.
If you are going to be in Buffalo I hope you are
going to come to Detroit through Canada and not
down and around and up to Detroit. Much shorter.
If you have a rental car. Make sure you can take
it through Canada. And, they are serious about
their speed limits (in Kilometers/hr.) If you take
this route, I would suggest seeing Niagara falls, at
least from the Canadian side. Easier to park and a
better view overall.
Andria that sound perfect, thanks.
Susan I sure will stop in, look forward to it.
Joe - That's a must, Ta
Thomas - The Piquette Ave and Henry Ford plants were top of my list and will look into the Historical museum at Kirby, Ta.
Norman - good info thanks.
Here's another interesting one. At the of the "trail" they have a Model T stuck in the "mud" (actually concrete).
If you will be in the Midwest states of southeastern Iowa or northwestern Illinois, you simply MUST see Craig Beek's brass Model T museum in Moline, Illinois (the Quad Cities). To get a sneak peek at what's in his museum, open this link:
Craig has added a couple nice cars since this thread. You'll need to contact him ahead of time and set up an appointment to see the cars. He's very amenable and always willing to open up for visits. It is NOT a regular hours museum open to the public! Private appointment only.
Hal & Marshall - Thanks guys, brilliant I'll check these out.
Well I've been in Vegas for a few days know and its great. American people are terrific!
What a great morning, picked up on the strip near my hotel by the Vegas T club and went for a drive across town for breakfast then dropped off back near the hotel...perfect!
I always use this guide for seeing Ford related sights in the Detroit area. It was complied by David Lewis the preeminent Ford historian.
That's great Ron, thanks. Any chance of a bit clearer blow up of the index wording?
I'll use this when there.
Didn't expect this when we went out for a meal the other night...and its a permanent fixture been there for years outside under the entrance! They also had a model A on the other wall.
Royce I took your advice we are staying in a bed and breakfast in Shandon and off to Ron's tomorrow morning (thanks for the tip).
Then Richmond in the afternoon, thanks guys.
Since you are going to Buffalo and and Niagara Falls area you are welcome to visit here in Rochester New York. I work at the largest museum specific to photography and would love to give you the behind the scenes tour. ....I do drive my 1919 speedster to work nearly every day. :-)
Google George Eastman Museum for more information
Check out Luke Dahlinger's Google Map overlay. There are many Dearborn area Ford sites listed including the hole in my backyard that Thomas Edison advised Mr. Ford to drill.
Las Vegas is a waste of time, in my opinion. I played there four weeks when I was on the road: three at Sam's Town and once at the Bellagio. There are a lot of interesting life forms that show up after 11:00 PM. Once you've seen one casino, you've seen them all. If I was vacationing in the Southwest comma I would skip Vegas and see the Mojave Desert, as well as the Grand Canyon. There is a house made out of beer bottles in the Mojave Desert that is well worth seeing. And as long as you're in Nevada, you can see the car museum in Reno.
The only time I've ever been to Las Vegas was for the purpose of driving through it. (With the exception of visiting the Imperial Palace car collection, which no longer exists sadly)
Per Hal Schedler, I "second" Pioneer Village. Easily spend the day there.
Speedy Bill's Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. Not open daily, so check for hours.
Kevin, You and everyone else are always welcome to stop by our store, shop and museum. Nothing but Model T here. But let me know if your coming so I will be here to meet you.
I third Pioneer Village. Well worth a day. If you happen to pass this way, do drop in for a Model T drive in the country.
If I remember correctly, there's more than one bottle house.
This is the one in Calico.
George n in Los Angeles
Wouldn't that be a Geezie?
Gary n KC. That would work also.
Mark I've had a look at that and will see how time allows, it looks interesting.
Tom that overlay is great, it show the same as Ron posted on here but a bit clearer, Thanks.
Steve I would love to call in but I'm running out of time....But I might come back another day and you'll be on the list.
Royce you were right that was a really interesting stop. Ron showed me through his museum then BJ through the workshop, I saw and learnt a lot...fantastic!
How about some more pics of your trip? Sound like you're having a great time! Glad your Vegas stop didn't sour you on us Yanks!
Just the Opposite Dave, the Vegas T club were brilliant but so was everybody else. In fact we haven't met a single person since we have been here that wasn't polite, friendly and helpful. That's Vegas, New York etc. It's been a fantastic trip.
Found a car museum in Kentucky had a couple of T's, this one was modified a bit
And found an old garage set up on Highway 66, had a nice Model T fire engine. A smaller unit that could be used as a driver as it wasn't real bulky or heavy.
Everyone knows "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!" But it does look like you had a great time!
I was tongue in cheek, just in case it wasn't obvious! Glad you have time to "chase around a bit" while you're here!
Kevin, It was wonderful that you guys went to breakfast with us here in Las Vegas, Nevada. We all enjoyed sharing stories with you. Hope you continue to have a great vacation. The Southern Nevada Model T Club was honored to have you come along.
Andria, it was probably because of you that Kevin made the run with us Thanks
Thanks Warren, it was the highlight of our Vegas stop.
Yes it was due to Andria that we made it.
Thanks to all and say Hi to everybody next Sat morning.
Today was a stunner guys. This morning we went to the Henry Ford museum, great place wow!
This afternoon a forum member picked us up and gave us a personal tour of Detroit and showed us everything model T related, Henry Fords history really, what a fantastic afternoon. looked at several locations, got the history and even stopped at some and had a walk around. Old relic sites of where it started and each step as Henry moved on and up.....Brilliant.
Thanks again Tony
That Tony guy is a total nerd!
Hope ya guys enjoy the rest of your trip and have safe travels back home!
Anybody guess what caused this?
That looks like the place in Greenfield Village where the passengers get in the Model T's to go for their ride around the village.
Correct, I guess the ridges are to shake the drips off before pulling out again.
That total nerd guy just gave us a personal tour around the Piquette plant this morning, great! The world needs more nerds like you Tony lol.
And I got "The Brick" back.
glad ya had fun and the brick back, be safe going home!
Hi Kevin! Sounds like you are having a fabulous trip! We hope the Model T Museum is still on your agenda.
Please know that we can adjust our schedule to be here outside our normal hours of 10am to 5pm. We are glad to be here earlier or later just let us know.
Address is 309 N 8th Street, Richmond, IN. 47374
Hope to see you soon!
Too late Susan we have already been through your museum about a week ago I guess, signed the book & took some pics. I've seen more model T examples, enthusiasts, workshops, locations and history etc than anybody could wish for. This trip has been an amazing experience mainly due to forum members and their guidance.
What a great bunch..
We need more photos of your adventures good sir!
Well yesterday I found the perfect ice cream cart in Canada.....
Hi Kevin! As Tony said, we would all love to see more photos of your trip. I feel so badly that I missed you when you were in Richmond. Looks like you were here on the 11th and I had some meetings that day. I hope that Brenda gave you a good tour and that she showed you the Ts in the Annex and the vintage garage project.
We've so enjoyed hearing about your travels. Best wishes for safe travels home and we hope you will be back again some time!
Thanks Susan, not sure if or when but I can't wait to get back, what a great country!
This morning was stopped off at Macs in Lockport, met a lovely couple considering buying one of the model T's on display there. Took a cruise on the Erie canal boat through a lock etc, that was great.
Then this afternoon we called in to see a previous owner of my 27 Coupe near Buffalo NY who completed the body restoration in the 90's. Was great to catch up and get some history of the car and see the barn it was restored in etc. When I get home I'll make up a folder with the known history including photos that can live with the car for the next 100 yrs maybe.