Bakersfield Pre – War Swap Meet is a joint venture of the Horseless Carriage Club of America and the Kern County Model T Ford Club. The majority of the parts offered for sale by vendors are Model T Ford, but that is understandable considering that the Model T Ford was the most prolific car in the era prior to WWII. Without a doubt Studebaker was the second best represented make at this meet.
We had a great time at the Bakersfield swap meet. It’s worth a visit for those planning for next year.
When we wrote about the Highland Park Plant in a previous issue of Model T Ford Fix we got the attention of Paul Rentz who has researched the subject to a greater extent than we have. The building existed until after WWII, but the smoke stacks were silent from the day that power became available from the River Rouge plant’s generating station.
WWII era photo showing the Executive Offices in the foreground and the silent smoke stacks of the Power Plant Building. The clouds in the sky make it appear that the smokestacks are operating, when in fact there are no engines in the plant to produce smoke!
Below is Paul’s story of what actually happened to the huge DC generators inside, and why they went silent in the 1926 time frame.
The Model T Ford upon its introduction in 1908 as a 1909 model was destined to be the world’s most popular and best selling car. It was replacing Ford’s Models N – R and S, already the world’s best selling and most popular cars.
Back cover of a 1911 Ford Times sows racing events in England. Of course a Ford won!
Ford advertising took many forms. There were advertisements placed in trade journals such as The Automobile, and advertisements in popular magazines such as Life and Harper’s Weekly. There were newspaper advertisements, post cards, and of course the in – house publication known as Ford Times.
When the Model T was being sold and driven as a new car most Americans lived outside of cities on farms. There would seldom be any other car on the road. Meeting another car would be at a minimum an occasion to wave and honk. Perhaps you might even stop to exchange pleasantries, and to view the other driver’s machine.
Today most of us are faced with the challenge of operating our Model T on the same road as other modern cars with their not – so – attentive drivers. You and your Model T need to be on your game to stay safe out there.
Hats off to Jim and Sandra Ruhman, the Space City T’s, the Neunhopfers, and the folks who helped them put on this wonderful, unforgettable tour. It was obvious from the first day how organized they were, how well planned the event was, how they had fun planning our fun week. Thanks to all!
Today started a little earlier than normal due to the planned long day of touring. We departed the hotel about 8:30 headed down state highway 16 towards Medina, TX. It was lovely road, unbelievable scenery and lots of steep hills.