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My 1925 Ford Model T at ‘Craftathon’ 2014, Taree, NSW

Members of the Taree Historic Motor Club were invited to show their cars at Craftathon 2014.

We had a modest turnout of cars, in spite of the threatening weather, but all turned out good in the end.

Cars included Mitch Taylor’s 1925 Ford Model T, Ian Dyball’s Peugeot 203, Gregory Lee’s 1913 Rover Torpedo 12HP and Allan Walters’ 1929 Chrysler 75; and a number of others too.

Thankyou Shae for your great work taking some of the pictures. A number of other members’ cars from the club were also present.

Taree Craft Centre presents Craftathon 2014, with around 40 quality exhibitors displaying, demonstrating and selling their exquisite crafts. They also conduct workshops throughout the show and this all takes place under one roof in the Taree PCYC auditorium, 95 Commerce Street, Taree.

After 14 annual shows, Craftathon has become a major event for the Mid North Coast attracting quality exhibitors, some from Capital cities, and patrons from up and down the coast.

The event is supported by some generous sponsors, especially the local newspaper the Manning River Times, who provide excellent publicity and promotion, and “Just Patchwork” of Tuncurry, who provide a sewing machine package prize valued at around $1000, which is drawn at the end of the show.

Ian Dyball, Greg Lee and Mitch Taylor at Craftathon 2014

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

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Taree Craftathon 2014 – with Taree Historic Motor Club

Taree Craft Centre presents Craftathon 2014, with around 40 quality exhibitors displaying, demonstrating and selling their exquisite crafts. They also conduct workshops throughout the show and this all takes place under one roof in the Taree PCYC auditorium, 95 Commerce Street, Taree.

After 14 annual shows, Craftathon has become a major event for the Mid North Coast attracting quality exhibitors, some from Capital cities, and patrons from up and down the coast.

  • Come along and see the Veteran & Vintage Car Display by Taree Historic Motor Club on Sunday 3rd August.
  • My 1925 Ford Model T will be on display.

CRAFTATHON is supported by some generous sponsors, especially the local newspaper The Manning River Times, who provide excellent publicity and promotion, and “Just Patchwork” of Tuncurry, who provide a sewing machine package prize valued at around $1000, which is drawn at the end of the show.

My 1925 Ford Model T

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

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Taree Historic Motor Club, Midcoast Ford Motorfest and Dundaloo

Myself and my partner in crime Shae went to Mid Coast Ford Motor Fest recently in Tuncurry NSW. Here’s the write up and photos from the Taree Historic Motor Club magazine – My 1925 Ford Model T appears a couple of times…

I also took my Model T, along with other members of Taree Historic Motor Club Inc. to visit Dundaloo Support Services in Taree, a good opportunity to help out in the community… 

Taree Historic Motor Club

Taree Historic Motor Club

Taree Historic Motor Club

Taree Historic Motor Club

Taree Historic Motor Club

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

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Mid Coast Ford Motor Fest – Tuncurry NSW – Sunday 8th June 2014

Incorporating the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Truck Show

Very popular event last year, especially with the addition of the Truck Show – this year will be an even bigger Event

This event is staged by the Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club Inc.

In 2014 Motorfest will amalgamate with a huge truck show with proceeds of the truck show going to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Some 120 vehicles were on show in 2013. The motorfest is open to all motorised forms of transport; vintage, veteran and classic cars, rods, street machines, motorcycles.

To encourage young people to attend with their wheels there will be a special award for the vehicle with the best sound system.

Open to all Makes & Models

Car Show Entrants – Gold Coin Donation

Trucks – $10 with proceeds of the Truck Show going to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Spectators – Free Entry

Great Family Day Out

John Wright Park, Manning St, Tuncurry NSW

Sunday, 8th June, 2014 – 8:30am – 2:00pm

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

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Henry Ford’s Wife Wouldn’t Drive Ford Model T – She Kept Her Electric Car!

To many, electric cars are a completely new thing. However, they actually have a long history in the United States. For some time, they were the top dog. However, due to battery limitations many decades ago, they got replaced with gasmobiles.

With recent advancements, electric cars are back. But it’s important to note that many of their key benefits are the same today as they were back in the early 20th century.

For example, they are much simpler, cleaner, safer, and nicer to drive. Henry Ford’s wife knew this, as did many women of the early 20th century. Clara Ford apparently wouldn’t drive the Model T. She stuck to her electric car instead, a 1914 Detroit Electric.

Girls dig electric cars. At least that was the marketing message back in 1915, when petrol-powered autos were beginning to decisively pull away from electric ones. Battery-powered vehicles retained popularity among female drivers in cities, who valued them for their reliability — they wouldn’t blow up, as gas cars were known to do on occasion — and ease of use. 

Clara Ford, wife of Henry Ford, whose Model T all but decimated the electric car, drove a 1914 Detroit Electric. (What her husband made of the fact that she wasn’t driving a Ford is lost to history.) The Detroit models could run 80 miles on a single charge, with a top speed of about 20 mph.

electric car

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

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First Fords at Le Mans

First Fords at Le Mans

Most of us tend to think that Fords did not play much of a part at Le Mans until the early 1960s. But that is not quite the case. Charles Montier, a French Ford dealer, (called “Le Sorcier” by the locals long before Gordini) entered the famous endurance race in 1923, 1924 and 1925. Few people even realize that a Model T Ford not only raced in that grueling event (won by a Chenard Walcker) but finished in 14th place in the first ever 24 hours of Le Mans. But the Montier-Fords were just getting a start; amazingly, by the 1930s Montier-Fords would participate in a number of Grand Prix events, racing against Alfa Romeo, Mercedes Benz and Bugatti.

Charles Montier was the son of a blacksmith in rural France. While still in his teens, he helped his father build a steam powered wagon that scared the locals. From there he moved to Paris and on to a varied career in the burgeoning French motor car world including a spell building racers for Darracq, ultimately setting up his own business based around selling, modifying and racing Fords.

The Grand Prix Montier-Fords

Encouraged by his efforts at Le Mans, Montier kept up the development of his Ford based racers and appeared at many events throughout France and Belgium and even made occasional forays to Grands Prix as far away as Spain and Morocco. Joined later by his son Ferdinand, the Montier team often fielded two cars and even sold a few to amateur racer customers. 

Montier’s career had many ups and downs and side projects that all serve to show the combination of determination and engineering skill that possibly deserve more recognition than he currently enjoys. He raced against some of the greats of the day, often gaining class victories, and such names as Tazio Nuvolari, and Albert Divo, Giovanni Agnelli, and the King of Spain all are part of the Montier’s story.

The car that ran at the first Le Mans 24 has been restored in France and has made appearances in recent years at the Le Mans Classic event surprising all who had thought that Ford’s participation in the famous ‘Vingt-Quatre Heures du Mans’ had started with the legendary GT40!

Parts of this story have been told in French publications over the years but little was ever written about his exploits in English. In addition, this VeloceToday Select Folio includes period photos and a complete listing of all races, hillclimbs, and Grands Prix entered by the Montier-Fords from 1921-1934.

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

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Henry Ford, The Dearborn Independent – Antisemitism

Ford’s philosophy was one of economic independence for the United States. His River Rouge Plant became the world’s largest industrial complex, pursuing vertical integration to such an extent that it could produce its own steel. Ford’s goal was to produce a vehicle from scratch without reliance on foreign trade. He believed in the global expansion of his company. He believed that international trade and cooperation led to international peace, and he used the assembly line process and production of the Model T to demonstrate it.

Henry Ford (Second from Left)

He opened Ford assembly plants in Britain and Canada in 1911, and soon became the biggest automotive producer in those countries. In 1912, Ford cooperated with Giovanni Agnelli of Fiat to launch the first Italian automotive assembly plants. The first plants in Germany were built in the 1920s with the encouragement of Herbert Hoover and the Commerce Department, which agreed with Ford’s theory that international trade was essential to world peace. In the 1920s, Ford also opened plants in Australia, India, and France, and by 1929, he had successful dealerships on six continents. Ford experimented with a commercial rubber plantation in the Amazon jungle called Fordlândia; it was one of his few failures. In 1929, Ford accepted Joseph Stalin’s invitation to build a model plant (NNAZ, today GAZ) at Gorky, a city now known under its historical name Nizhny Novgorod. He sent American engineers and technicians to the Soviet Union to help set it up, including future labor leader Walter Reuther.
By 1932, Ford was manufacturing one third of all the world’s automobiles. Ford’s image transfixed Europeans, especially the Germans, arousing the “fear of some, the infatuation of others, and the fascination among all”. Germans who discussed “Fordism” often believed that it represented something quintessentially American. They saw the size, tempo, standardization, and philosophy of production demonstrated at the Ford Works as a national service—an “American thing” that represented the culture of United States. Both supporters and critics insisted that Fordism epitomized American capitalist development, and that the auto industry was the key to understanding economic and social relations in the United States. As one German explained, “Automobiles have so completely changed the American’s mode of life that today one can hardly imagine being without a car. It is difficult to remember what life was like before Mr. Ford began preaching his doctrine of salvation”. For many Germans, Ford embodied the essence of successful Americanism.
In My Life and Work, Ford predicted that if greed, racism, and short-sightedness could be overcome, then economic and technological development throughout the world would progress to the point that international trade would no longer be based on (what today would be called) colonial or neocolonial models and would truly benefit all peoples. His ideas in this passage were vague, but they were idealistic.

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

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