Going Back to Driver’s Training …Old School!

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


 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 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
  • 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 to a maximum of three (3) students per instructor.
  • 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, 8 am – 5 pm) 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.

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