2003 Ford Model T Tour - Tin Lizzies Arrive at Dearborn
MODEL T'S HELP KICK OFF CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
The historic and anxiously awaited Centennial Model T Tour arrives at Greenfield Village.
Nineteen days and 3,000 miles later, the Centennial Model T Tour has arrived in Dearborn, Mich., at Ford Motor Company World Headquarters.
In celebration of Ford's 100th anniversary, Model T owners from across the United States, Australia and Germany came together May 25 and set off on a cross-country journey along the back roads of America. Through rainstorms, deserts and snow-capped mountain passes, the Model T Tour has withstood breakdowns, missing parts and all-night repairs.
Yesterday, the original Model T's crossed the "finish line" one by one at the Model T Experience tent on the grounds of Ford's THE ROAD IS OURS 100th Anniversary Celebration. Tailing the caravan were several additional classic cars and enthusiast owners they had picked up along the way.
Henry Ford's great-grandson, Edsel Ford II, greeted the tour at Greenfield Village and rode with organizers Joss and Susan Sanderson of Tucson, Ariz., as Grand Marshall into Ford headquarters.
"I want to say to Joss and all of the Model T owners, thank you for doing an absolutely sensational job in proving to the world finally that the Model T was the car that I know my great-grandfather knew it was," Ford said. "Thank you for doing what you did. We are just so proud of you."
"I had a dream about two years ago to make a car tour that was the biggest, most newsworthy car tour that ever happened," said Joss Sanderson. "Well, we certainly did that!"
"I give thanks to the Ford dealers, including a special one in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, that completely rebuilt my engine in 17 hours," he added.
"Fords do last forever."
The Model T's will remain on display throughout the duration of Ford's centennial celebration. For scheduling and ticket information, visit THE ROAD IS OURS 100th Anniversary Celebration Registration Center Web site.
The "Postcards from the Road" below compile travel tales and photographs of the Model T Tour's "adventure of a lifetime."
Ford Centennial Model T Tour Schedule and Postcards
May 24: Lancaster, Calif. - Model T Tour members will spend today preparing for their cross-country journey to Dearborn.
May 25: Lancaster, Calif. to Lone Pine, Calif. (167 miles) - After a 10 a.m. PDT send-off in Lancaster with more than 50 classic Fords, the caravan will drive across the Mojave Desert. A noon lunch stop is planned in Ridgecrest.
May 26: Lone Pine to Tonopah, Nev. (188 miles) - The caravan is set to climb three mountain passes of more than 7,000 feet each and then stop for a "cowboy lunch" in the (mostly) ghost town of Goldfield, Nev. (population: 200). As there are no gas stations for 140 miles, fuel trucks will meet the caravan for lunch.
May 27: Tonopah to Ely, Nev. (169 miles) - The caravan will gas up halfway at the only station of any kind on this leg of the trip.
May 28: Ely to Delta, Utah (154 miles) - The caravan will travel through three mountain passes just west of Ely. The last 60 miles of this leg is a Salt Flat.
May 29: Delta to Price, Utah (157 miles) - The Model T caravan will travel through a 10,400-foot mountain pass with a 20 percent chance of snow. A success celebration is scheduled in Price from 2-6 p.m. MDT.
May 30: Price to Vernal, Utah (116 miles) - This will be the real roller-coaster leg of the trip - big climbs and equally big drops. The elevation will range from 5,500 feet to 9,500 feet.
May 31: Vernal to Steamboat Springs, Colo. (167 miles) - Today will be an easy day - hilly terrain, but no significant grades.
June 1: Steamboat Springs to Fort Collins, Colo. (186 miles) - One hundred classic Fords will escort the Model T caravan to Fort Collins. They'll cross the Continental Divide just 18 miles from Steamboat Springs (elevation: 9,450 feet).
June 2: Fort Collins - Spradley-Barr Ford will display Model T's at its dealership, while hundreds of other Ford enthusiasts converge with their classic cars. The caravan also will enjoy 10 a.m. "T" and sweet rolls during a scheduled mayoral proclamation.
June 3: Fort Collins to Ogallala, Neb. (193 miles) - Topography no longer will be an issue today - flat to slightly hilly terrain. Better still, a lunch stop will be hosted by Larson Ford in Sterling, Colo.
June 4: Ogallala to Grand Island, Neb. (180 miles) - A dozen car clubs will meet up with the Model T Tour in North Platte, Neb., for the ride into Grand Island. The caravan will lunch in Gothenburg and enjoy supper with Anderson Ford in Grand Island.
June 5: Grand Island to Sioux City, Iowa (182 miles) - One hundred classic Fords are expected to join the caravan for this leg of the trip, with a quick lunch break in Norfolk, Neb. At 6 p.m. CDT, a "Show and Shine" Model T ride event is scheduled to raise funds for STARS at the Lewis & Clark Park in Sioux City.
June 6: Sioux City to Algona, Iowa (160 miles) - The caravan will stop in Pocahontas, Iowa, today for a picnic at the town square park in their honor, prepared by the townspeople and sponsored by Pocahontas Ford, the Iowa Beef Producers and Iowa Pork Council.
June 7: Algona to Caledonia, Minn. (185 miles) - The picturesque town of Mason City, Iowa - the prototype of "River City" in "The Music Man" - will turn out en masse to honor the Model T caravan. An early dinner is scheduled at 2 p.m. CDT in Decorah, Iowa, with a visit to the Vesterheim Museum.
June 8: Caledonia - At 4 p.m. CDT, one hundred classic cars will converge to stage a recreation of a June 20, 1912 photo in which the newest car in the fleet was a 1912 Model T.
June 9: Caledonia to Fond du Lac, Wisc. (195 miles) - The caravan will stop at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisc.
June 10: Fond du Lac to Ludington, Mich. (165 miles) - Today, the caravan will drive 85 road miles and then will be ferried 80 miles across Lake Michigan. They'll enjoy dinner at Sutton's Landing Park when the ferry arrives in Ludington; several hundred cars are expected to meet the Model T Tour there.
June 11: Ludington to Grand Blanc, Mich. (218 miles) - They'll be in the home stretch! This will make today the caravan's longest day. A morning coffee stop is scheduled in Reed City; lunch at Maxfields in Wyman; and more coffee at St. Johns Ford in St. Johns.
June 12: Grand Blanc to Dearborn, Mich. (75 miles) - They're here, they're here! The caravan will parade from Greenfield Village and arrive at the Model T Experience tent on the grounds of Ford World Headquarters at 3 p.m.
June 12-16: The caravan will be on display at Ford World Headquarters throughout the duration of Ford's Centennial celebration.
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From WikipediaThe Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie, T‑Model Ford, or T) is an automobile that was produced by Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from September 1908 to October 1927. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that opened travel to the common middle-class American; some of this was because of Ford's innovations, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting.
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