August 2004
FRONT SEAT NEWS
MODEL T FORD CLUB  NORTHWEST OHIO, INC.
Bob Torbet, Pres.; Bob Hollister, V-Pres.; Jack Putnam, Treas; Jim Cook, Sec/Ed
NEXT MEETING: August 21st 2004 4:00 pm at Jack Putnam's Shop 1215 Hancock Rd 28; Bluffton (4th house east of Anderson Tractor Supply), Phone (419) 358-6313
Bob Torbet led the July meeting  with 13 in attendance.  The minutes from the previous meeting were read and accepted along with the treasurers report.

Jack updated the plans for the August picnic to be held at his home on August 21st.  Please bring a covered dish.  Meat and beverages will be provided by the club. You may want to bring a lawn chair and some insect protection (spray, swatters, hand grenades). Hope to see everyone there.

Jim mentioned the tour with the Tickin' T's to the Ohio Caverns. Everyone was to get to the caverns via their best route.  The tour would proceed from there. 

Melvin told about his plans for an August 14th tour in the Piatt Castles.  Final plans are to be included in this newsletter. 

Another upcoming event was the steam show near Charm, Ohio.  Other events to plan for are the All Ohio Jamboree at Logan, the Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village (now "The Ford"), a possible one day fall tour, and the annual Hershey swap meet. 
Upcoming events:

August 14 - Tour to the Piott Castles, Sidney

August 21 - August picnic meeting at Jack's

September 3,4,5 - 16th Annual All Ohio Model T Jamboree

September 11,12 - Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village, Michigan
Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village
September 11th and 12th
Plan to attend the Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village. You will see 500 pre-1932 cars that represent the best representation of America in the beginning of the 20th century. The cars are not just sitting there to look at. Participants are encouraged to drive the cars around the Village and
participate in events such as pass and review (shown in these pictures), parades, field events, and class judging.  You will not see more early cars in one place. They're not even all Fords! 

You will see cars that you may have not heard of before, like an Anderson, Glide, Pullman, Columbia, or Marion.  There are also the familiar Buick, REO, Maxwell, Packard, Rambler, and Hudson.
16th All Ohio Model T Jamboree
This year's tour is centered in Logan, Ohio. The tours will run through the beautiful Old Man's Cave area in the Wayne National Forest. This area is home to the most varied plant life in the state of Ohio.  Please make sure that your T has good braking, because this tour will have a lot of ups and downs.
     Some of the previous Model T Jamboree pictures are posted here.  To the right is the stop at Findlay Ford on the 14th. Below is the Sunday lunch stop on the 15th annual tour.  Most non-touring activities are within walking
distance of the host hotel. An ice cream social on friday night will be in the adjoining park; and, the closing banquet will be in the neighboring restaurant.
Saturday - August 14th Sidney Tour
Melvin has sent me the setup for the August Tour. He also sent some great maps. Unfortunately our scanner is not working with our new computer; so, I am unable to reproduce them on the website.  Those receiving the newsletter by US Postage will get copies of the maps. It is the responsibility of the participant to get to the Sidney, Ohio starting spot.

I-75 to Sidney, exit 94, go south across overpass, the VFW parking lot is just on your right.  Note army tank and camaflaged truck. Park and unload on the north perimeter of parking lot.

We will leave there at 10 a.m. to gas up and tour Sidney's Tawawa Civic Park.  We will then stop to look at the big ralroad bridge called the gateway to Sidney.

Then south to the Piqua shopping mall to eat at Stacy's Buffet.

Will leave Stacy's to go east on Route 36 to West Liberty and the Piatt Castle. Tour there will last about 45 minutes.

Leaving there we will go north from West Liberty on Route 68 and wind our way back to Sidney to just in front of the Tawawa Park entrance to snack at the B&W Rootbeer stand.

If desired, we have a family restaurant called Abbys on the way back to the VFW parking area.  Thanks for joining us on this tour.     Tour Guide, Melvin Gierhart (937) 497-0457