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Model T Driving Experience

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Occurring July 21, 2020 - November 3, 2020
Gilmore Car Museum
6865 Hickory Road
Hickory Corners, MI 49060
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Phone: (269) 671-5089

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!

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 3 miles on 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:

  • Historian-guided tour in portions of the  Museum Collection with lessons on Henry Ford and how the Model T changed the world
  • Souvenir Model T booklet – 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!