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
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.