Karen and I are heading out to join the Florida Flywheeler Flivvers on a drive to a place called Solomon's Castle. Should be about eighty to eighty five miles, round trip. Please wish us all luck. More later. Bob
I wish you luck and also wish you take lots of pictures and show them to us tomorrow!
Been there. Solomon was a very different sort of castle builder.
First, the weather. A typical late summer day in Florida, hot and humid. Not to be confused with a mid-summer Florida day, which is hotter and humider. We drove a round-a-bout route from Flywheeler Park on rural roads with almost no traffic through open Florida back woods, pasture lands, phosphate mines (really huge draglines), and some orange groves. I think there were five T's, five A's and one Shay. All the cars performed great, no problems at all. We made one gas and bathroom break at Wauchula and arrived at Solomons Castle about 11 a.m. Lunch was the first order of business, which we had in the outdoor dining area under some old oak trees. After a fine meal several of us who hadn't been there before went on a tour of the castle. All kinds of weird stuff in there, most of it created by Howard Solomon. Mrs. Solomon told us that most of his friends call him Howeird. Mr. Solomon then showed us his private collection of old cars, which he wants to sell. He said the fun for him is in the hunt and he's out of space. Thinking back, I believe it was maybe fourteen cars, mostly 20's and a few 30's. I think it was four T's, a nice coupe, a speedster, an all wood cabless pick-up and a roadster pick-up. About three A's, a nice coupe and a victoria and I forget. Couple of Chevrolets, including a very nice 32 rumble seat coupe. A big old Willis Knight, a Dodge Brothers sedan. Several others. I over heard him quote some one four hundred grand for the whole works. We fired up and headed on back to Flywheeler Park about 3 p.m. with a gas and bathroom break at Fort Meade. Guys, it was the kind of day I've dreamed about since I first got involved with T models. Our 27 touring is still kind of grabby and chattery in the bands since the water in the oil adventure but seems to be getting better. This was my first trip in this car more than just one or two miles at a time and it was just great. Ran beautifully the whole trip. Sorry I can't post pics but it just doesn't seem possible with this antique p.c. Happy T'ing. Bob
Hoping to bump this to the top.