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My 1925 Ford Model T – at Hawks Nest Motorfest

Had a great day out at Hawks Nest Motorfest yesterday with my amazing wife Shae, in my 1925 Ford Model T, thank you so much darling for supporting me in my petrol driven hobby!

Here’s the video of the day…

And a couple of photos of my display…

1925 Ford Model T, Hawks Nest Motorfest

1925 Ford Model T, Hawks Nest Motorfest

…and as an added surprise, my Model T won a trophy 🙂


Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

Tea Gardens / Hawks Nest Motorfest 2016

The Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Motor Club Inc. is now ready to stage their Annual and in this year their fourteenth Motorfest Community Aid Event Day on Saturday 12 March 2016 at the Myall Sports Oval at Hawks Nest.

Various motor clubs from Newcastle, The Hunter Region, Sydney Basin, Central Coast, Taree, Tuncurry/Foster, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Nelson Bay and the Port Macquarie area are expected to attend. This wonderful and interesting day, where car enthusiasts display their treasured veteran, vintage, classic and unique vehicles and motorcycles, which are all in pristine condition, has become a popular event for the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest locality.

Vehicles are expected to start arriving from 8.30am with the official program commencing at 10am with the opening of the event by Mr Len Roberts, Deputy Mayor, Great Lakes Council.

In past years over 300 vehicles and motorcycles have attended the Motorfest Event and again this year committee organisers are already indicating that responses to Motorfest 2016 will see similar numbers of vehicles attending.

Again in 2016 we will have in attendance Sydney Sports Ground Speedway Cars and Dirt Track Bikes.

The Local Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service and the local Surf Life Saving Club will display their latest vehicles and equipment with the Police Area Command at Raymond Terrace also displaying their vehicles..

The Red Cross Ladies will be present to ensure that cups of tea, coffee and home made cakes, biscuits and scones are available and the Rural Bush Fire Brigade will cater for hungry visitors with their sausage sizzle and BBQ. The Local Surf Club will again provide and serve cold drinks. Under cover seating will also be available for those visitors who wish to rest and enjoy the day.

Entertainment will be provide by well known local band “Driftwood” who have entertained us at Motorfest in the past and who make a very positive contribution to the days event.

The Motor Club wishes to thank the generous support of the local business and sponsors and the NRMA who will again sponsor the trophies for the various Vehicle Categories Awards prizes. The winners of the major raffle prizes will be announced at 1pm and the various Vehicle Category Awards will be announced at 2pm. The Club would also like to thank the MC for the event, Mr Terry Munright, who has supported the club in this role for many years.

See you there!

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

The Insiders Guide to the Ford Model T

The Insiders Guide to the Ford Model T – DVD

The much anticipated DVD, containing all the most asked-for material is finally here…

In The Insiders Guide to the Ford Model T, you’ll discover what you need to know about starting your Model T safely, basic maintenance and how to drive your Ford Model T.


You’ll Discover…

  1. How to Drive the Model T

  2. Model T Ford Revisited

  3. Starting From Cold

  4. A Closer Look: Transmission

  5. A Closer Look: Handbrake

  6. A Closer Look: Coil Boxes

  7. A Closer Look: Tyre & Rim Safety

  8. Replacing Transmission Band Linings

*You will receive the DVD encoded to the correct format for your country.

Format: DVD

Duration: 145 Minutes

Language: English

Aspect Ratio: 16:9


The DVD may be purchased from the website for just $29.97 — Click Here



Watch the trailer here…


Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

90th Birthday Celebration in a Model T Ford

On Sunday, 6th December, I had the privilege of taking 90 year old Robert Grimley of Chatham, for a ride in my Ford Model T. Robert was born in 1925; the same year my Model T was built.

We went on a leisurely drive from his residence in Chatham, out around Cundletown, back through Taree, out to Andrews Reserve, and back to Taree again; where a party was organized with Robert’s family and friends at the Taree Tennis Centre on Commerce St.

His daughter Sheryl explained to me that her father is a Ford fanatic, and I was delighted to see a collection of Model T models on his mantelpiece. She also explained to me that her father had also called the undertakers to confirm if they had a Ford hearse and how he said “If you don’t have a Ford hearse, I ain’t going!” 

Sheryl explains a little about her family…

“My Dad is still talking about Saturday, Thank you so much again. I wanted to fill you in on another little tid bit about Dad. Mum and Dad started Roblorn Transport back in 1973, Rob for my Dad and Lorn for my Mum Lorna. My brother Robert then ran it for quite a while then sold it to Donna and Michael Brett who were at the function on Saturday and told us that they deliver for you I suppose now it is through TNT Dad found this quite interesting also. My eldest son Troy work for them for some time and he now owns Old Bar Couriers.”

Robert also had a birthday cake with an edible picture of my Model T on top!

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

Optima Redtop Battery in my 1925 Ford Model T

So I’ve read raving reviews of the Optima Red Top battery… My 1925 Ford Model T needed a new battery so I thought I’d try one out 6 volt, 800 CCA and 1000 CA – and apparently they’re vibration resistant and will tolerate sitting idle for extended periods without losing charge…. we shall see… 

Here’s the video… 

…Don’t forget to check out the website if you haven’t already 🙂 

…And join us on Facebook, you’re more than welcome 🙂 

– Mitch.

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

My 1925 Ford Model T – Driving on the Open Road

This video was requested by 11 year old Ian, who seems to have a keen interest in vintage cars; which is great to see…

So this video is for you Ian, thank-you for your interest!

Check out Ian’s channel here:

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

Ford Model T – Motoring Over Ben Nevis (1911) Rare, Lost Footage

Top Gear before there was telly: Incredible 104-year-old footage shows intrepid motorists taking a Model T Ford to the top of Ben Nevis – and just like Jeremy Clarkson, they weren’t afraid to mangle a bit of precious peat-land!


  • 104-year-old footage showing intrepid motorists scaling Ben Nevis in a Ford Model T
  • The 1911 movie shows team driving across some of the most rugged terrain in the UK to the top of the 4,409ft peak
  • It even draws parallels to Top Gear-like antics, as men blow up a patch of precious peatland blocking their progress
  • In 2004, former host Jeremy Clarkson was criticised for churning up fragile peat bogs while scaling Ben Tongue


As publicity stunts go, this 1911 ascent up all 1,344 meters of Britain’s highest peak in a Ford Model T takes some beating – fancy taking a Prius for a spin on the moon? The idea was to show that this ‘affordable’ assembly line American car could more than match the hand-crafted British models (note the American flag at the end of the film). Interestingly, the film starts at the snowy summit and seems to capture the tricky descent rather than the climb. A peat bank is shown in the film being dynamited to make the journey a bit smoother for the Model T.

Behind the wheel was Henry Alexander Jr, the son of Scotland’s first Ford dealer, and between the 9th and the 13th of May, with much planning, the steady ascent was made. Looking at the churning tyres and the odd spot of dynamite along the way the prevailing thought is perhaps “You did it!… But please don’t do it again.”

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

My 1925 Ford Model T at St Josephs Primary School Spring Fair, Taree NSW

Took my beloved Shae in my Model T to St Josephs Primary School Spring Fair yesterday… Here’s the video I made of the event…

My 1925 Ford Model T at St Josephs Primary School Spring Fair, Taree NSW

Click Here to view the photo gallery from the day.

1925 Ford Model T

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

St Josephs Primary School Spring Fair 2015

St Joseph’s Primary School Taree – Spring Fair

1 St Josephs Drive (off Kanagra Dr) Taree NSW

Saturday, 6th September, 2014 – 10:00am – 2:00pm

With special visit by Taree Historic Motor Club Inc.

JAKE DAVEY will perform until 2pm, the SKYDIVE DISPLAY will take place during a break in his set, approximately 1pm

CAR DISPLAY AWARDS – People’s Choice & Children’s Choice

The Spring Fair aims to capture the school spirit and embrace the wider community – all are welcome!

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

My 1925 Ford Model T & Taree Historic Motor Club Inc. visit to the Manning River Aero Club

I took my beloved Shae with other Taree Historic Motor Club cars, including my 1925 Ford Model T; and visited Manning River Aero Club, warbird display at Taree Airport.

The star attraction was a TBM Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber, built in 1942.

TBM Grumman Avenger

1925 Ford Model T

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia