Places: Weird Fun at the Old Car Festival in Greenfield Village

We were thrilled to be able to once again get an annual membership at The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village! Next to Disney these two attractions are by far the best the States has to offer.

One of the highlights of this year was the Old Car Festival held on September 10th and 11th. We attended on the Saturday as the Village is open until 9pm for extra fun. So just what goes on at an old car festival? Weird and fun stuff:

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To misquote Muppets star Sam the Eagle – “It’s called ‘A Salute to All Cars’, But Mostly Fords.” After all, it is ‘The Universal Car’!

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Did you know that in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s you could buy a car from the Sears Catalogue? It came in a crate and you put it together yourself! It was called the Model K and apparently the one I saw at the show was number 3,138 in the production run.

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You can always take a ride in a Model T Ford when visiting the Village but on this special occasion the crowds were too large to allow pictures to be taken as you sat in the cars. So this Model T Hack was set up off to the side for photo ops. Here we are with our friends.

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And while you’re in the mood for posing check out the millenary shop and try on some hand-made hats. They also have some men’s selections for those who haven’t quite got in touch with their feminine sides.

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Would you ride this? It is perhaps the first motorcycle ever made with a commercial intention. It was never mass-produced and maybe you can figure out why? At least it had training wheels!

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Even cars can have a mini-me! Usually you marvel over how well a restoration was done on a full-size model but this guy went above and beyond. And if you look really close you can see that each size of car has an identical monkey driver!

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This Model T conversion was just so durn cute! But. A commentator pointed out that if the tank was filled with any liquid it would overload the chassis of this 1/2 ton vehicle and basically break it in half! So… fun idea, but a weird application.

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Not since Hitler’s grey Triple Axle Staff Car have we seen a six-wheeler like this! This was a one-off conversion based on a Model T and designed to carry passengers from a hotel to different points of interest. It was actually a four-wheel drive before Ford had offered that! But it was the rear four wheels that turned. Weird? Weird.

And one last weird thing you might see during the Old Car Festival:

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I’m sorry you had to see this. I’m sorry I had to see this. But I saw it and so now you’ve seen it and it can’t be unseen! Actually, she’s kind of cute! Maybe I’ll ask her to marry me…

And there you have it. Some of the weird and fun things you could have seen if you had attended the Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village. Now go out and buy a membership and join us there next year!

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