Long Shots: Hows About A "T" Party

So a couple of weeks back, this olelongrooffan was out and about just checking out what there was to be seen around that mountainous city I’m calling home these days. Well, as I was cruising down the main drag that is Highway 76 there, I spotted these two ancient machines parked in front of a local ice cream shoppe. Needless to say, I am sure my fellow Hoons know exactly what this olelongrooffan did.

If my fellow Hoons guessed that I whipped a Ueee and headed on in to see what was up with these Model T’s, you can give yourself a hearty pat on the back as that is just what this olelongrooffan did. Anyone surprised?
As it turns out, the Missouri Ozarks Chapter of the Model T Club International was hosting their annual meet here in the self proclaimed Music Capital of the World. And yes, over the next week or so, Model Ts were buzzing around town like so many black flies and sounding almost the same.
A little later I got to chatting it up with some visitors at that place where I schlep cars for a living and this olelongrooffan was able to ascertain which hotel most of the visitors were staying and decided to drop on by.
Yeah, much like my GMC Motorhome Experience and my DeLorean Experience, this day I spotted more Model Ts in one location than I had ever seen previously. They were everywhere.
And there were all varieties of body styles and, yes, black was the color of the day.
Hell, a later Model A even managed to sneak into the party. Something about acting as if you are supposed to be there and noone will question you. Actually, a bit later I spotted the trailer which totes this A around the countryside. Apparently, there is a T transported in that trailer as well. I guess the owner got a bye on this one.
After a depot hack, this drop top Phaeton (I think?) is my favorite body style of these one hundred year old beauties. This one appears to be in green and what is up with no front doors on this model?
This one had front doors and plenty of spare tires to go around. Unlike the one in the lede image, the canvas sign was attached to the fender mounted tires as opposed to the tires on the ass end of it.
This one was one of the few “closed coupes” that I spotted over the week long sightings of these sweet old rides.
Yeah, arguably the first mass produced automobile manufactured a hundred years ago by a company that is still headed up by the founders family. Quite an achievement if this olelongrooffan may say so myself.
And while I was chatting it up with those visitors who disclosed the hotel’s location, one of the dudes mentioned he had broken an axle while out touring the hilly countryside. I guess this old truck may have gotten a workout this year.
And it reminds me of the time we Broke One, Stuck The Other, at that time thejeepjunkie’s significant other said, “If you didn’t take them out, you wouldn’t break them.
And after I mentioned this event to that broken down Model T owner, he said the same thing as thejeepjunkie, and probably every other Hoon I know, “Why the hell would I have it if I didn’t take it out?
And that dude driving a hundred year old car in the foothills of the Ozarks is someone this olelongrooffan wants to emulate every day of my life. Hope you do too.
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  1. Tanshanomi Avatar

    I agree with your assessment of the Phaeton body. Something like this is on my bucket list:

  2. 0A5599 Avatar

    So what is this club’s attitude toward T-buckets?

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      The guys I talked to….Booo…Hisss…

  3. Batshitbox Avatar

    A little Model T Touring just completed a Detroit – San Francisco trek to commemorate a trip Young Edsel made about 100 years ago.

  4. marmer Avatar

    Takes practice to drive one smoothly, as every control except the steering wheel is different from “modern” cars.

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