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Model T Fords Coming to Bryan

The 104th anniversary of the first Model T was celebrated earlier this week, and there’s a special local chance to experience one first hand.

The 35th Annual Texas T Party is coming to Bryan, and that means you might see Model T’s at the George Bush Library, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park, and even in Anderson.

Tour organizer and Space City T’s club member Jennifer Lilleker says that about one hundred Model T’s will be arriving in Bryan today.

She says this particular tour is only in Texas, and you’ll be able to see the cars and talk with their owners as part of First Friday.

Lilleker says Friday night, they’ll be at the parking lot of St. Andrew’s Church in Bryan, but if you can’t wait, you can always see the cars tomorrow evening at the parking lot of Bryan’s Best Western Atrea.

 

 

 

 

More information, courtesy of Jennifer Lilleker:

PRESS RELEASE

In keeping with their tradition for the past thirty-five years, Space City T’s, the Houston Chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America, is hosting their 35th Annual Texas T Party in Bryan, Texas from October 4 through October 6, 2012.

Over one hundred Model T Fords and participants from all over Texas, from out of state, and from other countries will be celebrating their rich history with that of Bryan and its surrounding areas.

For those of you who remember the days of the Model T’s and for those of you who would like to see and appreciate an important part of automotive history, there will be plenty of opportunity to observe these wonderful antique cars cruising through your area.

This is your chance to see a variety of T’s all in one place, from the 1910 “brass” cars to the 1927 “black and silver,” from depot hacks to speedsters.

 

Who- Model T Ford Enthusiasts and anyone who loves history

What- This is a great opportunity to see and appreciate these delightful antique cars up close.  Come either night to view the cars in the parking lot of the Best Western Premier Atria in Bryan.

Feel free to go up and ask questions of the owners.

They are a friendly group and are always happy, willing, and able to discuss their passion for Model T’s and to share their stories.

This is a unique photo opportunity featuring Model T’s and interviews with their owners and tour participants, a great family activity!

When and Where – Thursday, October 4th in the evening, in the parking lot at the Best Western Atria in Bryan

– Friday morning from 8-9am in front of the Queen Theater in Downtown Bryan (we will be taking pictures)

– Friday, October 5th in the evening,  in the parking lot of St. Andrew’s Church in Bryan (during first Friday)

History on the Texas T Party Tour and the Model T Club:

The Space City T’s was founded in 1974, with the first Texas T Party being held in 1978 as a one-day tour in Fredericksburg.

This event provided owner-drivers of Model T’s a chance to come together to drive and enjoy their beautiful antique cars.

Over the years, the event has grown to about one hundred cars and turned into a three-day event, culminating with an evening banquet on the last day.

Each year a different Texas locale is selected for the tour.

This is the second time the Texas T Party will be held in the Bryan/College Station Area.

The Model T Ford Club of America was organized in late 1965.

It brought together a diverse group of people who shared one common fascination, that of the Model T Ford, its history, its evolution, and its place in the American scene.

Since then, nearly 20,000 people from around the globe have joined, making the Model T Ford Club of America the largest Model T club in the world.
Quick Ford Model T Facts:

·         October 1, 1908 marks the anniversary of the first Model T built for sale

·         The Modelt T ws the first low-priced, mass-produced automobile with standard, interchangeable parts

·         The Model T was equipped with a 20-horsepower, 4 cylinder engine with a top speed of approx. 40 miles an hour, weighed 1,600 pounds and achieved about 21 miles per gallon.

·         The moving assembly line for the Model T revolutionized manufacturing in 1914.

·         More than a 15 million Model T’s had been sold by May 26, 1927, when a ceremony marked the formal end of Model T production.

·         Henry Ford called the Model T the “universal car”, a low cost, reliable vehicle that could be maintained easily and could successfully travel the poor roads of that era.

 

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