Topping out at around 45 mph, the Ford Model T is not for the impatient T driver. “The slow pace reminds us to take time to enjoy the fruits of our labor and life,” said Dean Pettit, a Moundsville, W.Va., resident who took part in a Model T tour of Medina County on Sunday.
There was plenty of time to enjoy the scenery during the 80-mile tour, called the All Ohio Model T Jamboree and hosted by the Akron chapter of the Model T Club.
About 130 Model T car enthusiasts took part in the trip around the county, featuring stops at the Medina County Fairgrounds, the A.I. Root Company candle factory, the Little Whiz Fire and Historical Medina Museum and Strickland’s in Medina for ice cream.
The annual event is in its 22nd year, with each year featuring a different route and area of Ohio.
Joan Bilek, a member of the Akron Model T Club chapter and the organizer of the day’s events, said the same group toured the Akron and Canton areas on Saturday.
“Everybody’s enjoying themselves,” Bilek said of Sunday’s events.
She said turnout was smaller on Saturday because of cool temperatures and rain.
For Bilek and her husband Art, restoring and traveling in their 1921 Model T Ford Touring provided a hobby for the whole family.
“I’m always glad (Art) had a hobby we could always enjoy as a family,” Bilek said. “Our three kids enjoyed it with us, too.”
Bilek said people came from all over the country, including Maine and Kentucky, to drive their Model T cars through Medina County, and many older people brought their families.
“Some of the older clubs are dying,” Bilek said. “They’re trying to get younger people involved.”
The love of cars has taken Pettit to 19 different states with his five Model T cars. For him, the hobby is a way to meet people who share his obsession, he said. “When I was a little kid, I played with toy cars in the dirt,” Pettit said. “I’m a car nut.”
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