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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.


My 1925 Ford Model T – at Great Eastland Hub Rally 2013, Taree NSW

Every 6 years, the Taree Historic Motor Club hosts the Hub Rally on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. This year, over 80 classic cars from 10 different car clubs in the region participated in the event over the long weekend in October 2013. 

The two cars I drove at the Great Eastland Hub Rally… my 1925 Ford Model T, and a 1948 MG TC; belonging to a fellow classic car club member…

 

 


My 1925 Ford Model T – at Old Bar Beach Festival 2013

This video is of one of the many car shows I have attended, the Old Bar Beach Festival, at Old Bar, NSW. October 5th, 2013. 

Watch just after 4:17 for my car’s appearance on the evening news bulletin on NBN News Australia.




Ford Model T: Putting the World on Wheels

Putting the World on Wheels

In simple terms, the Model T changed the world. It was a powerful car with a possible speed of 45 mph. It could run 25 miles on a gallon of gasoline. It carried a 20-horsepower, side-valve four-cylinder engine and two-speed planetary transmission on a 100-inch wheelbase. Important to the long-term success of the Model T was Childe Harold Wills’ experimentation with the properties of vanadium steel, which resulted in the lightness and durability that was an important trademark of the Model T.

Mass Production Begins

In October 1913, mass production of the Model T began at Ford’s Highland Park, Michigan, Assembly Plant. Henry Ford had previously organized men and components to enhance Model T production, but the moving assembly line quickly improved chassis assembly speed from 12 hours and eight minutes to one hour and 33 minutes.

In 1914, Ford produced 308,162 cars, more than all other automakers combined. It was also in 1914 that the Model T, in the interest of streamlining production, was no longer available in red, blue, green or grey; it was now available in “any color so long as it is black.” Mass production did, however, allow for flexibility in the price tag. Introduced at $825 (for the Runabout), the Model T’s price dipped as low as $260 in October 1924.

Changing Times

Few things other than the price tag ever changed on the Model T: Electric lights were introduced in 1915, the radiator shell went from brass to black in 1916, and in 1919 an electric starter became an option on the closed cars. These would be the only modifications until the mid-1920s, when Henry Ford gave in to pressures to modernize the car and began experimenting with a series of changes.

End of an Era

The changes, though, were not enough to keep the Model T competitive, and Henry Ford finally decided it was time to cease production. After producing more than 15 million Model T’s, the assembly line stopped in May 1927. Five months later, on October 27, Ford Motor Company entered a new era as the first Model A rolled off the line at the Rouge Assembly Plant in Dearborn, Michigan.

Global Recognition

As the 20th century drew to a close, the Model T’s global significance was formally recognized and honoured. An international jury of automotive journalists and other experts elected the Ford Model T as the winner of the coveted Car of the Century award. The Ford Model T was selected for the significant innovation it represented in its day, as well as its design and its impact on both the auto industry and society itself.

As of 2008, 100 years after Ford Motor Company’s Model T changed the world by making personal transportation affordable, the Tin Lizzie is still regarded as a major influence in human history.



Vintage Engines and Tractors at Toowoomba Ag Show

As well as having an interest in the Ford Model T, I also like old engines and tractors — in this video, I was at the Heritage Bank Ag Show in Toowoomba, QLD, where I encountered a collection of stationary hit and miss engines, a miniature ride-on gasoline powered traction engine, and a collection of vintage tractors.



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