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Model T Driving Experience

2021 Model T Classes are SOLDOUT
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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!

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.

ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY – Registration is $125.00 per student + booking fee

Our expert instructors will teach:

  • 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.
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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!

FAQs:

  • How long is each class?

Each session is 3 hours long.

  • Will we still drive in the rain?

Yes, just like they did in the early 1900s!

  • How long will each student drive?

Classes are done in a round robin style alternating between a half hour of driving and a half hour of non-driving engaging history segments.

  • What type of shoes should I wear?

Please wear practical comfortable shoes for walking and driving. We cannot allow anyone to drive that is wearing flip flops, sandals, high heels, or large boots.

  • What is the instructor to student ratio?

Each Model T seats four. One instructor per three students.

Cancellation and Refund policy:

Because of the high demand for our Model T Driving School, student registration is non-refundable.

If necessary, you may however, make a one-time request to change to a different class date and/or session time. This request must be received at least 14 days prior to the original class date purchased by calling the Museum at (269) 671-5089 or sending an email to Info@Gilmorecarmuseum.org. These changes are based solely upon class space availability and, pending approval, will require an additional $25.00 administration fee.

* Please note that classes are NOT cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.