Following the wrath of Storm Ali yesterday, we decided to stay indoors and visit some racing history via the incredible 1911 Model T ‘Golden Ford’ Racer in Newcastle.
Built more than a century previously, a very proud 1911 Model T Ford Racer has taken temporary residence at the Crown Plaza on Tyneside.
Fondly known as the ‘Golden Ford‘, this bullet shaped beauty has a body made of polished brass and is one the select few ‘genuine’ racing cars to be thrashed around the legendary track of Brooklands before the first World War.
The Model T Racer has been repatriated with its Geordie roots after being given complete restoration by farmer and agricultural engineer, Neil Tuckett.
Costing around £130 from new and produced by Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford’s Model T was an instant success, with approximately 15 million vehicles being built.
This particular car was raced by Arthur Edward George, who himself was an accomplished sportsman, aviation pioneer, racing driver, and engineer. Gaining victory at the All-Ford Brooklands challenge.
Transformation of this humble racer was completed the following year by George & Jobling, with a single seat arrangement and much narrower body implemented to assist the aerodynamics of the vehicle when racing.
The signature polished brass finish gave the impression the car moving much faster than anticipated, but fans of this iconic classic nowadays are more concerned about its incredible looks rather than its clutch-burning speed.
A fascinating visit and many thanks to Crown Plaza for allowing us the time to capture some shots of this interesting car.
The fascinating rebuild and restoration on Channel 4’s Salvage Squad programme in 2004
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