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Model Ts chug through town

Friday, September 29, 2006

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A 1911 Ford Model T prepares to finish the last leg of a 300-mile tour, hosted by the Indy 500 Chapter of the Model T Club of America.

By DIANE DIERKS

cddierks@yahoo.com

More than 60 Ford Model Ts crossed through the intersection of U.S. 40 and Murphy Ave. in Brazil on Tuesday afternoon. The Indy 500 Chapter of the Model T Club of America was hosting a tour that originated in Parke County. Members from 11 states drove in the 300-mile tour Sept. 23-27.

Car owners hauled their Model Ts to a base camp at the Parke County fairgrounds and then traveled together on a road rally for several days. Each car followed a map with check-off points. The group traveled with a tow truck in case of break-downs along the way.

According to Todd Johnson, Indy 500 Chapter member, his 1921 Model T, known as Blackjack, gets 20 miles per gallon and reaches a top speed of 40 miles per hour. The four cylinder engine generates 20 horsepower and uses unleaded gasoline. He said that in 1909, a new Model T cost approximately $500.

Members of the Indy 500 Model T Chapter will be showing off their cars at the Newport Hill Climb, which is scheduled Sept. 29 - Oct. 1.

For more information on the Indy 500 Chapter of the Model T Club of America call President Jim Walker at (765) 828-0760.



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