Pinjarra Murray Times - - DRIVEWAY -

IT wasn’t only Amer­i­cans who bought the Ford Model T in great num­bers.

West Aussies pur­chased thou­sands of the sim­ple and cheap mo­tor cars, with sales far sur­pass­ing any other type of car.

For ex­am­ple, in March 1924, lo­cal agents Grave & Dwyer sold 85 Ford cars, 41 Ford one-ton trucks and 18 trac­tors.

The Ford Model T Sec­tion of the Veteran Car Club of WA is on a mis­sion to un­earth ev­ery Model T in WA and en­cour­age the own­ers to get them out of their shed and use them.

Sec­tion con­venor Alan Long said the club had planned for the big­gest gath­er­ing of Ford Model Ts ever seen in the state. It will be held at Mus­sel Pool in White­man Park on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22, from 10am to 3pm and ad­mis­sion is free.

“Our regis­ter shows there are more than 100 Ford Model Ts sur­viv­ing in WA but they are mostly hid­den away in sheds and never see the light of day,” Alan said.

“We’ve had feed­back that some peo­ple are re­luc­tant to drive their Ts be­cause they don’t un­der­stand how to drive and look after the car.

“We want to change that as they re­ally are sim­ple and fun ma­chines.

“If you have a Ford Model T bring it along and learn how to drive the car and how to do ba­sic main­te­nance. We’ll have Model T ex­perts to give you ad­vice.

“Bring along your T any way you can to be in the photo shoot. Drive, tow or push it if you have to.”

Con­tact Alan on 0407 773 358 or email julie­an­

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