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My 1925 Ford Model T touring at Forster Keys Family Fun Day

My 1925 Ford Model T touring at Forster Keys Family Fun Day. My wonderful wife Shae and myself braved the freezing cold early morning to drive to the event 🙂 Enjoy the video 🙂

Sunday 2nd July 2017 was Forster Keys Family Fun Day. The weather was absolutely fantastic throughout the day, with not a cloud in the sky. The morning started out absolutely freezing, although I have to say, my Model T started on the first crank, which was surprising! 

Our club had seven cars in attendance, including Ray Lapham’s VC Commodore, Al Bryson’s Triumph, my Ford Model T, Peter Eaton’s Mazda 929, A Jaguar belonging to one of our newer members, a BMW, and a stunning Studebaker of which the owner’s name eludes me.

There was the usual selection of market stalls, entertainment by the Great Lakes Band and a marching Scottish pipe band. The annual Forster Keys Family Fun Day Dog Show proved popular with dozens of dogs entering a number of categories. My sister’s kelpie Max won first prize in the Tricks category. The DONK club had their usual collection of beautifully restored stationary engines on display. The noisiest thing there was a sea-plane, which was taking off regularly from the river alongside, taking people for joy flights over the area – no power boats at the event this year, so our ears were spared!

The only mishap I report is on my Model T — the pack nut, which secures the exhaust pipe to the manifold, came undone, resulting in some unique sound effects! 

All in all, it was a great day out, with good support from numerous car clubs from up and down the coast, including from Port Stephens, Newcastle, Taree and the Great Lakes.

My 1925 Ford Model T touring at Forster Keys Family Fun Day

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

My Model T ar Great Lakes Motorfest 2017

The turnout was less than last year, mostly due to a nasty weather forecast for Tuncurry, with rainfall in the region of 20-40 millimetres predicted – and yet we didn’t see a single drop! It was hit and miss whether I was going to take the Model T along, making a last minute decision at 8 o’clock in the morning – glad I turned up!

Some more of our members present included Peter Jackson with his Chev, Don Phillips brought his Mini Cooper S, and Allan Walters with his Chrysler 75.

This years featured car was the Morgan, with a collection of nearly a dozen Morgan’s of various vintages, from early models right up to those built less than a decade ago.

An interesting mix of cars, the usual suspects and some not usually seen, including a Willy’s MB Jeep, which saw action in Papua New Guinea, a stunning and unmolested Ford Model A, a number of Jaguars, MG’s and the usual Valiants. Some congratulations for two of our members, who won awards for their cars, Don Phillips won Best British for his Mini Cooper S, and Allan Walters won an award for his Chrysler 75.

My 1925 Ford Model T with Allan Walters' 1929 Chrysler 75

1925 Ford Model T

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

Weekend on Wheels 2017 – Video

Shae and myself took my 1925 Ford Model T to Weekend on Wheels on Sunday.

Allan Walters won Best Vintage for his 1929 Chrysler 75 – congratulations Allan, well deserved, considering the 30+ years it took to get your car looking as fantastic as it does today

The weather was threatening in the morning, and drizzled a little, but cleared up to a somewhat warm and sunny afternoon.

I estimate almost 200 cars were present, with the usual hot rods, trucks, motorcycles. 

Not many original vintage cars there, aside from street rods, my 1925 Ford Model T and Allan’s 1929 Chrysler 75 were the oldest original classics there. 

Al Bryson’s Austin Healey Sprite quickly had the hood up when the rain started!

Enjoy the video! … 

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

Weekend on Wheels 2017

Weekend on Wheels is a family friendly event held each year in May. All proceeds go towards the Manning Volunteer rescue squad. Major stands and displays include both NSW Police and Fire Brigade. Children can look forward to a visit by Big Dog. Vintage cars and hot rods will be on display both days, as will a bike display, food stalls, markets, and entertainment for all ages. 

Event Location: Jack Neal Oval – Cowper Street – Taree 

Sunday 28th May: Motor Show 

Hosted by Taree Rescue Squad Presents Weekend On Wheels – their major Fund Raising Event 

Open to All Makes & Models, Hot Rods, Street Machines, Muscle Cars, Lowriders, Cruisers, Exotics, Utes, Vans, Classics, Euro, British, Asian, Vintage, Veteran, 4x4s, Drag Machines – Bikes of All Makes & Models 

Heaps of Activities for All Ages – Food & Drinks – Emergency Services Display – Live Bands & Much Much More!!! 

General Admission: $3 per Person – Family: $6

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Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

Ford Model T Enthusiasts now on DRIVETRIBE

DRIVETRIBE is a social media network directed at motoring enthusiasts. It’s the digital home for all the motoring tribes under the sun founded by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. 

You can join the official and original Ford Model T Enthusiasts Tribe by following this link…


Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

A Vintage Wedding in my Ford Model T

On Saturday, April 8th, I had the honour of my 1925 Ford Model T being a part of Jamie and Alistair’s vintage-themed Wedding Day. It was an honour to drive Jamie to her ceremony, and the both newlyweds to their photo locations and to their reception afterwards. The weather on the day was nothing short of perfect, having poured with rain almost every day of the week leading up to the wedding. Congratulations Jamie and Alistair…

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Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

Australia Day in the Model T

Australia Day in the Model T…

with my wonderful wife Shae…

Had fun “trying” to leave this event… During the morning, a father and his two children came up and had a look at the Model T. I turned the fuel on, and gave a demonstration of hand-crank starting the car.

Around lunchtime, we decided to leave as the rain had started to set in, so I “turned the fuel on” and got the car started, no problems. We got as far as the exit, and at precisely that moment, the engine stopped, and would not restart! I spent the next half an hour, going through all the usual checks, including cleaning (and can you believe it, replacing) the spark plugs, checking all the wiring between the coils and the spark plugs, removed and cleaned the timer. At one point, while a group of 6 or 7 males had accumulated around my engine bay, Al Bryson in his wisdom, asks if I had checked the spark plug leads, and he promptly reaches out and takes a hold of one… little did he know, the ignition was still switched on, and rather abruptly defies gravity and lets go of the lead!!

I also have a tinker with the carburetor, checking for fuel flow, opening the drain cock underneath too far and it drops clean off, so I have to hurriedly scramble underneath to recover it and screw it back in, meanwhile I lose about 2 or 3 litres of petrol! … Finally Shae asks me if I had checked the fuel tap, which I *thought* I had… I finally turn the tap the *other* way, and switch on the fuel! (Of course Shae in her wisdom, knew this was the problem all along!) The car then starts perfectly…. I’m sure I will never live this one down!!

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Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia