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Thomas Edison’s 1916 Ford Model T

Did you know Thomas Edison owned a Model T? 

In March 1916, “with Mr. Ford’s compliments,” local Ford agent Hill & Company presented a Model T touring car to Thomas Edison, long time personal friend of Henry Ford. The value of the vehicle was $482.75.

In 1922, Ford and Edison traveled to downtown Fort Myers in the car, stopping, at Hill & Company to talk with Hill and shake hands with his employees. Edison  referred to such jaunts as “motor rides.”

This “Southern Trade” Model T has a 60-inch wide tread, rather than the standard 56-inch tread. The wider tread was designed so the cars’ wheels would fit into existing wagon ruts on the rough roads that often existed in small southern towns like Fort Myers. Edison’s friend Harvey Firestone updated the original wooden wheels with balloon tires in 1924.

Thomas Edison’s 1916 Ford Model T

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

My 1925 Ford Model T – at Shannons Show n Shine, Forster NSW

I attended the 4th annual Shannons Show n Shine today. This annual event is hosted by The Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club and is held at Stockland Shopping Centre, Forster, on the Mid North Coast of NSW.

Members of the Taree Historic Motor Club also attended, including myself.

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

250,000 Visitors to the “How to Start & How to Drive” video on YouTube!

Well I’m thrilled to announce that my very first Model T video on YouTube; “My 1925 Ford Model T – How to Start & How to Drive” has achieved 250,000 views – yes – a quarter of a million views!

Who would have thought the Model T could be so popular! 🙂 All I can say is a big THANKYOU to all my subscribers and fellow Model T enthusiats!

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

The Ballad Of Henry Ford – Music Video

The Ballad Of Henry Ford, music video created by Mitch Taylor.

The song was performed by Thomas Maguire and is included on the album “Promised To John” available from http://www.thomasmaguire.com or via iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/promised-to-john/id388494804?uo=4

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

My Trip to Guangzhou, China, 2013 – 114th Canton Fair

My first ever trip to China, and I find myself in the midst of the Canton Fair!

This video shows a few of the exhibits, as well as a look around downtown Guangzhou before and after the fair each day…

The Canton Fair (Chinese: 广交会) is a trade fair held in the spring and autumn seasons each year since the spring of 1957 in Canton (Guangzhou), China.

The Fair is co-hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of China and People’s Government of Guangdong Province, and organized by China Foreign Trade Centre.

Its full name since 2007 has been China Import and Export Fair (中国进出口商品交易会), renamed from Chinese Export Commodities Fair (中国出口商品交易会), also known as Canton Fair (广州交易会), which abbreviation is 广交会.

The Fair is the largest trade fair in China . Among China’s largest trade fairs, it has the largest assortment of products, the largest attendance, and the largest number of business deals made at the fair. Like many trade fairs it has several traditions and functions as a comprehensive event of international importance.

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net