Did not plan to post this but the lady pissed me off, and new T drivers should know how bad it will get.
I am very careful and fairly, slow driver in the T. 25-30. Always cautious to keep my distance, I love having stopping room.
Driving behind this lady today on a 4lane road, she suddenly slams on brakes, and gets out of her car.In the middle of the road! 4 in in afternoon one a busy road. Just to take a picture of the T.
And I am in panic mode trying to stop as quickly and safely not to kill us both. I was livid!
Please drive safely, know there are some stupid stupid drivers out there. Who don't care about anything.
I have had something similar happen before. Luckily, my instinct to be a good ambassador for the hobby overcame my initial indignation and I pulled over (and urged her to do the same) so that she could get her pictures without any further risk to us or other motorists.
The problem with operators of an automobile do not just affect the owners of the Model T.
It appears to be a curse to even Trekkies, too.
The conclusion is the drivers today -- although they do not know what Cracker Jacks may be...they got their drivers license from the box...
A long time ago I was driving my TT on a two lane one way road. This lady with a car full of kids came up along side of me and was just staring at the old truck as I'm going down the road. Up ahead there was a red light with traffic stopped and I kept pointing forward trying to get her to look forward but nothing was helping. I finely just stopped the TT so she did not run into the stopped traffic.
I have driven with you - face it - you are a Chick Magnet - doesn't matter what you drive .....
I usually pull over when there is a slow moving vehicle lane or a strip long enough to be able to move slowly while the faster traffic passes me. I like to keep moving so that when I pull back into traffic I don't need to start out from a complete stop. However, some drivers of moderns will slow down and go the same speed while someone in the car takes my picture which leaves me no room to get a running start back into the traffic.
You just can't get a one cylinder brain to run at the same speed as a multi cylinder car.
Stopped at a red light. 4 lane street. light changes and I begin to move out to make a left turn. In a turning lane with my turn signal on. The dumb SOB behind me pulls out on my left crosses over the double line roars past me and me and makes the left turn. That was my last street drive with the T. Drove only in our development after that and got sick of that too then sold the car.
Some people over medicate on "Stupid Pills", I am sure of it, a few years back I was traveling thru a green lite stoplight when this dumb butted female dog in a rice fueled imported piece waste in front of me thinks it is time to made a dead stop-right turn, no turn signal maneuver. In half a split second I made an evasive move toward the lane to the left of me that yielded an immediate single finger salute from the operator of the pickup now right next to me. I wished I had the chance to find the pre brain dead operator of the stopping car and shake the crap out of her fat cell ridden body, thank God my Open Express is narrower than modern cars and no paint was traded or diapers were used that day!!!
I think old car drivers are some of the best on the road. We pay attention to everything. even in my more modern cars (64 Imperial) you have to plan your stops, turns, etc. There are so many things to distract drivers in a new car that they forget to drive. Don't forget that phone! They think that if they can stop with antilock breaks everyone can. Sorry for the rant but sometimes it makes a fun trip a bit nerve racking.
I was coming up to a stop light on a cold day (for Florida at least) which means I was wearing a ski mask. This lady pulls up beside me and starts screaming at me that I shouldn't be driving that slow on Beach Blvd I could get myself killed and didn't my family care about me? I removed my ski mask to reveal my gray beard and said you are not old enough to be my mother... or lover! Wish I was using a camera the look on her face was priceless!
On one of the Canyonlands tours we had about 60, maybe more Model T's headed from Kanab to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We try to space the cars so that the faster vehicles can pass us.
We pulled into a gas station to gas up and there was a curio store next to it so many T's were stopped there. And we were going to turn at that intersection.
A man in a pickup came up to me complaining about all those, "old cars" were blocking the highway. I said," If you leave right now, you will be ahead of them." He left!
My TT did get its license out of a box of Wheaties in 1954. I was staying with my grandparents for a few days. One August morning my grandfather and I had Wheaties for breakfast, then fished the miniature license plate out of the box. We went to the barn for nails and a hammer, then nailed the plate to the front of the truck cab, where it remains to this day.
I would love to see a photo of that plate on your truck. What a great story and memory.
Like Norm, I often pull over to let others pass, and then they won't. They want to ride right beside you with a line of cars backed up behind THEM.
Once, I was driving my TT into town. A car was so close on my rear that I was afraid to slow down as I crossed a particularly bumpy intersection with a green light, for fear she would rear end me. My truck is a stake bed and the "Tailgate" bounced out of the stake holes as I hit the bump. I pulled over to go retrieve my tailgate and the car behind me pulled over too. I just KNEW the tailgate had hit their hood when it fell off. I was actually hoping it had! The guy in the passenger side rolls down the window and says "You need any help?" I was NOT in the mood for it after what had just happened, so I told him "NO! I need you to get off my ASS!" He quickly rolled the window up and they left. I swear I was disappointed that the tailgate hadn't landed on their hood. I wanted to see them explain to the police how something falling off my truck had hit their hood before it could hit the ground.
I have it bungeed down now, so I guess I can hit that intersection at the breakneck speed of 20 mph now.
On two occasions I have had someone pass me on the freeway while transporting my ambulance on a trailer, then cut in front of me and slow down so I would pass them so they could get a photo from the other side. Both occasions almost caused a collision. I have since constructed a cover to hide the car and have not had any other problems.
I certainly have had my share of issues over the years, but some of these are a real doozers.
I live in the middle of St. Paul, and I have found College age girls in general are the worse, on their phones, distracted, and are not happy that I am going slow.
I quit going to one of my favorite parks (Huge city park) for a few years as I had a few people who where parked on the side of road (legal parking space) pull out and flip a u-turn right in front of me and barely was able to stop in time.
I drive extremely cautiously, never at night, I try to say off the main hiways, but sometimes you have to drive certain roads to get to certain places.
Which college girls are giving you grief?
- Mitchell William?
- St. Catherine?
- St. Thomas?
- Did I miss any?
This morning, I drove down Randolph from West Seventh to Cleveland but saw only one college girl outside St. Kate's. I think they're all indoors today because of all the snow/slop.
Eric, you missed a few;
U of M
McNalley Smith (deduct as of Christmas)
St. Paul Community College
I'm sure there are a few more if I think about it.
“ College Girls Are The BEST “
We live in a world with traffic jams and impatient, hat-backwards drivers who change lanes like pinballs and express themselves in a digital manner having nothing to do with computers. -Ninety percent of them wouldn't recognize the hand-signal for a right turn. -Some burgs are worse than others in this respect and I happen to live in that neck of the woods where the New York Minute was invented.
Here you go. Zoom in on the upper wood on the passenger side of the windshield. It's old, faded and hard to see but there it is.
That is so cool. I have seen this photo before but I didn't notice the plate. Thank you for posting this photo again and pointing the plate out for me.