October 2009
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: October 14th 2009 7:30 at Jack Putnam's shop 1215 Hancock Rd 28; Bluffton (fourth house east of Anderson Tractor Supply), Phone (419) 358-6313
The September meeting was held at Jack Putnam's. There were 13 members in attendance.  Jack Putnam gave the treasurer's report. 

In Jamboree news, everything is lined up and ready to go for the Jamboree.  We are up to 130 cars.  Many of the members have said that they are coming early to help with the parking and registration.  Others will be placing signs.  Bob Torbet is working on donations and public relations.

The balance of the meeting was used to stuff goodie bags. 

This newsletter contains pictures from the Jamboree's Saturday tour .

Remember that this club is dependent on its membership to make it work.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to input your thoughts and ideas to make this the best Model T club in Ohio.
                                                                                              Respectfully submitted,   
                                                                                             Jim Cook
Jamboree happenings
This is the picture that was on the T-shirts for this year's tour.  It is a simple set of three Model T sedans standing in a field of dandelions.  It was chosen to remind us of simpler times when our automobiles spent much of their time off road.
A documentery crew recorded much of the event.  They set up at locations along the way and interview individuals about their experiences as they pertain to certain aspects of the Model T.  The crew said that a finished product will be ready around Thanksgiving. 

This is an addition to pictures taken as a normal part of the Jamboree.  Jeremy Colvin took a lot of pictures during the Jamboree.  I mentioned the fact that we did not have an official photographer when I saw him during the summer and he just kind of went with it.  Below are some of the pictures that he took of the festivities.
Dad gets the car ready for the Saturday tour while Junior tries out some of the needed tools
The Bumble Bee
Paul Griesse's car had a leaky head gasket; but, he just tightened it up and ran the tour anyway. 

That's Rick Lindner taking pictures of the cars.
Scott Hiler was happy to take on a few passengers for the tour.

He informed me that even though he had lived in the area for a long time, he saw things that he had never seen before. 
Getting Ready for the Day
Bob Rutherford brought his 1913 touring for everyone to enjoy.

The 1913 has the distinction of being the car that could easily be torn apart.

Most have very saggy back seats.
Bob Torbet drives up in his 26 touring to pick up Ann as others get ready for a day of fun.
On the Road at Last
Finally on the road for the day, we see Jack Putnam in his 1914 touring passing one of the many farms that we would see all weekend.

This farm happens to belong to Franky Bugner.  His collection was on display as part of a Friday warm up tour.
Although this was not meant to be a follow-the-leader tour, many of the group just like to stick together for safety reasons.  Here we see the Model T caravan paralleling Honey Creek, headed for Bloomville
The Small Engine Farm
Sometimes it's just important to look the part.  This couple was always dressed for the day.  The dress and hat really go with the sunny day.
This is the inside of the small engine shop that we visited.  The walls were lined with small engines of every make and kind.  There were helpers posted everywhere to answer questions and start up any engine that you wanted.
There were engines everywhere you looked on this farm.

This is one of the attractions in the area that Scott H had only heard about.
The stop also doubled as a coffee break.

The Rowland's provided everything that we needed and more.  They really put out a spread
On to Bucyrus and the Copper Kettle
One of the major attractions in Bucyrus was the Copper Kettle factory where they still pound copper out by hand and stitch the seams as they have for hundreds of years.

Ted Klepinger shows just how big some of the kettles are.
One of the workers was on hand to demonstrate the art of kettle making and answer questions.  The Model T folks kept him busy.




Notice the old brick floor.  The factory itself was as interesting as the kettles that were made there. The family that owns the business opened the doors to us and let us roam where ever we pleased



The only stipulation was that we kept our fingers out of the acid.  Many were tempted !!!
Relaxing in Bucyrus
You try to provide interesting things for everyone to do.

In the end, they all migrate back to what they do best.


Here we see a group of the more ambitious individuals enjoying a small park in downtown Bucyrus.
Another one of the stops in Bucyrus was an apple butter business on the north edge of town.

For those that braved the construction routes through town, the reward was great.

There are some tasty treats at this small stop.
Other Bucyrus Attractions
The murals in Bucyrus are the main reason that we took the tour through this town.  As you look at them, you get the feeling that they are three dimensional.  Even when you get close to them, they pop out at you.

This picture shows off the beautiful day that we had for touring.  There are not many days during the year that could compare to this one.  The trick was getting the touring in and then eating dinner in time to get back to the auction in the evening.

Ben Nolting did a great job of calling the auction, while the rest of the club kept it all going in the background.  All in all a good experience.
These are some of the booths that were in the speakeasy under an old hotel in downtown Bucyrus. It is claimed that Al Capone frequented this town on his way from New York and Chicago.  The booth walls were thick to protect the patrons from flying bullets