Go Back To Driver’s Training at the Gilmore Car Museum…Old School!

National Association of Automobile Museum’s 2017 Educational Programs Award Winner!

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Learn to Drive a Model T Ford…operated with 3 foot pedals (No Gas Pedal!), one hand lever, and two hand controls on the steering wheel!

The 2018 classes are officially SOLD OUT!

Please email info@gilmorecarmuseum.org if you would like to be added to our notification roster to receive an announcement containing the 2019 course dates. Announcement will be made in late-November 2018. Thank you!

Register now and you’ll secure a seat behind the wheel of an AUTHENTIC Model T Ford built between 1908 and 1927 — right out of the Museum’s fleet of vintage vehicles — and drive the 2.5 miles of paved roads within our historic campus with an experienced and enthusiastic instructor. This is truly a fun and memorable hands-on experience that’s perfect for multi-generational family groups, couples, corporate team building, or anyone who wants to take a step back in time and learn how to drive, or get a refresher, in one of the 15 million “Tin Lizzies” built by the Ford Motor Company over 100 years ago.

Our expert instructors will teach:Learning Events (4)

  • Use of spark and throttle control levers
  • Coordination of hand and foot controls
  • Proper shifting techniques
  • Stopping the vehicle
  • Correct use of the Neutral / Brake lever
  • Reversing the vehicle
  • Starting basics

PLUS all students will receive:Learning Events (3)

  • Historian-guided tour in portions of the  Museum Collection with lessons on Henry Ford and how the Model T changed the world
  • DVD of vintage Model T newsreel footage
  • Model T Driving book – produced exclusively for the Gilmore Car Museum
  • Admission to the entire Historic Campus of the Gilmore Car Museum for the day
  • Certificate of Completion suitable for framing

Some Important Notes:

  • Valid driver’s license or learner’s permit required
  • Class size is limited so each student enjoys some one-on-one time with the instructors.
  • YES, we still drive in the rain just like they did in 1908, so dress for the weather!
  • Wear comfortable / practical shoes for walking and for driving. The cars are controlled with foot pedals that are situated very close to each other: SORRY no flip flops, high heels, sandals or large work boots will be allowed.
  • If you have any requirements where you may need special assistance, please consider inviting a friend to register for the class with you.
  • Don’t worry, we’ll leave the crank starting of the cars to the instructors.
  • Prepare to have the experience of a lifetime!

To Register:
Registration is $105.00 per student, discounts are available for Gilmore Car Museum Members. Payment is required at the time of registration, Visa or MasterCard will be accepted for over-the-phone transactions. To register, please call the Museum’s Main Office at 269-671-5089 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm) or you may also click here to register online.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: 

Cancellations must be made by calling the Gilmore Car Museum at 269-671-5089.  Cancellation requests received a week or more prior to the class will be honored with a class fee refund, minus a $25 administrative fee.  Requests received less than one week prior to the class and any no-shows will result in the forfeiture of a class fee refund.