1914 Ford “T” Model Tourer owned by Mark Rand-
Gladys Emmanuel, the 1914 Model T – Tourer was built in Detroit in early 1914. She lived in Uruguay until 1979 when she was exported to the UK. Like all Model T’s she has a 2.8 litre engine, two forward speeds and a transmission brake. She lacks what would nowadays be considered essential items like front brakes, windscreen wipers, instruments and shock absorbers. Even so, the ride is not harsh, though stopping requires some anticipation. The three pedals are (left to right) clutch, reverse gear and foot brake (think about it). Ignition is by trembler coil, one for each cylinder. The headlights are acetylene and the sidelights are paraffin. Air conditioning comes as standard equipment. Top speed is 45-ish on a good day but 35-ish is less of a strain on man and beast.
The Dales Historic Vehicle Club
Welcome The Dales is a small, friendly car club, whose rules limit its membership to 100. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at Steeton Hall Typically, we have an outside speaker though quiz evenings run by our own members are popular too. We try to get speakers on a wider range of subjects than just cars and car related topics. Unusually for a car club, around half of our membership is female. We have been described as a social club with old cars thrown in. Throughout the season we attend many country shows and take part in the increasing number of old vehicle runs which take place in the glorious Yorkshire Dales countryside. If you would like to join us (ownership of an historic vehicle is not essential), get in touch with our secretary, whose details are on the committee page. You will be made most welcome.
Some Ford UK History
The first English Ford factory was opened in 1911. The Model T ford and a few years later when the new model was introduced the Ford Model A were built in Manchester at Trafford Park.
In 1932 Ford moved to Dagenham alongside the Thames River. It was from this factory that the first of the truly British Fords evolved. (continues page 6 ) Ford Y