I'm looking at the NY chapters and they are all way up around Rochester or the same distance away the opposite direction. I'm not seeing any T clubs more south around Ithaca (preferably) or Binghamton. Are there any members on the forum here from this area? Curious if anyone had thought about starting another club for this area?
Rick, I am in Binghamton.
Hello Rick, I am in Corning. There is an inactive club in the Elmira area. With enough interest I think we may be able to revive it. I would be willing to help.
I would be willing to contribute to a revival...
I'd be interested in contributing. It seems there could certainly be a club catering to the Ithaca/Elmira/Binghamton triangle since all of the other clubs in upstate NY are north of Rt. 90 and quite a ways East and West. I'd also love to meet up with both of you guys (Ernie and Tim) to see your cars if you'd be up for a visit at some point down the road.
I am in Rochester, NY. Elmira is pretty far from here. You are welcome here any time and I could give you a behind scenes tour of the George Eastman Museum if you are interested in photographs or cameras.
How about Finger Lakes Flivvers. Or is that club name taken already?
I think that was on the list I sent you
It was these two:
Flivver Drivers, Inc.
The Fabulous Flivvers
You guys are killing me.
My first job after college was at Corning's process research center in Painted Stick, I met my wife at a gas station in Corning, we were active in SCCA at Watkins Glen, our two kids were born in Corning, later my office was on the 6th floor of the building overlooking the Glass Center, and I now visit SUNY Binghamton a few times a year for conferences on electronic assembly.
Although I am from New England the Southern Tier is in my blood and when I read about it I get nostalgic.
Interesting Fred, I worked at Corning for 30 years. It is a fine company. Back to the subject, the inactive Model T club is actually a MTFCI chapter (Twin Tiers). Still I think it could be revived if we had as little as 6 or 7 interested people. If you are willing to stretch your interest a bit, the Twin Tiers Vintage Car Club is a pretty active club, covering all vintage cars from high wheelers to muscle cars. It has a few T people, including me. The events calendar the club publishes is alone worth the membership dues. They meet monthly in Big Flats, NY.
The Southern Tier needs a prewar club to help keep the interest alive. Everything around the Binghamton area is geared towards tuners and muscle cars. There is a lot of prewar cars in storage because the folks who inherited these cars have no knowledge or believe that these cars are not useable because there is nowhere to plug in a smart phone.
I'm in Big Flats. The T club address in the magazine is mine. I would love to see a more active group of early cars in the area.
There is a local Model A club that grew out of the previous one that has been quite successful and active. I'd LOVE to see some similar group for T's.
It looks to me there are few folks within 50 miles of Big Flats, Please come out of the closet and prove me wrong.
I'd love to see a local day tour a year even. Have several that we did 20 years ago I could dust off.
So is it easier to rekindle an inactive Chapter, or start up a new club? What are the pros vs cons of a MTFCA Chapter vs a MTFCI Chapter??
The T clubs locally are chapters in name only. TTVCC holds charters to both T clubs. It would be a matter of starting over in any case.
Rather that a formal group I'd rather see an email list, (Facebook Group?) where something could be posted like "the T bunch is touring from miniers parking lot Sunday at 9, If you're interested be there!"
Thanks for responding Jim, I did not want to toss your name out until we talked. I agree with Jim on all points, and the Model A group is doing great.
Okay, I will step up. If you are interested in a group in the "sorta southern NY" and "sorta northern PA" central areas send me your contact information and I will try to get us organized to talk about it. I would say a least 4 people would be a quorum.
I'm with you Jim. Facebook would be a great place start. We have enough time before Spring to get something going.
There is some great T roads in the Binghamton area. Even some covered bridges East of me.
Rick: I'm in Dryden, 13053. When/if I get my T on the road I may have more to contribute to a 'club' if one is formed. jb
I guess we were typing at the same time Jim, your idea could work really well. It would also be a good way to gage the interest level. Most importantly, we have much of the administrative framework in place and a communication mechanism in place via the TTVCC mailing list (which I newly manage).
I would be happy to set up a facebook group for it as well.
How 'local' are these groups typically? Are folks trailering their T's to group rides? If a club is formed in Elmira/Horseheads it seems like quite a distance for folks from the Binghamton/Ithaca area to drive their T's to meet up, unless folks are always hauling to a meeting site. I don't even own a car so I'm just curious how these groups typically work out? I appreciate the patience with the 'newbie'.
I would be willing to haul to the Horseheads or Ithaca area.
What is that you are using to haul your trailer? Unfortunately I don't thing my Honda CR-V can haul a T. That may be another consideration I'll have to make for a future purchase...something with a towing capacity.
1/2 ton Chevy with a twin axle car trailer. You can get these trailers cheap but I think a landscape trailer would do just fine for a T.
Is it P.C. to be towing your Ford with a Chevy?
Have a Ram pickup now...
Hope to have this roadster ready for this Spring.
When was that photo taken? If that was just taken and you plan to have it ready for Spring then I must bow down to you for you must be an artist...or magician. I hope to see both your T's at some point down the road.