1927 Model 'T' Camper
Another unique pre-WWII vehicle that will be on static display for our Show on 20th March, 2016 in Cronulla will be this unique, and one-off Model 'T' Camper.
|Gary Amesbury's 1927 Model 'T' Camper|
Circumnavigated Australia in 2008
This especially fitted out 1927 Model T Camper circumnavigated Australia in the Centenary Model 'T' Tour in 2008.
Along with 7 other Model Ts, the group raised money for the Royal Flying Doctors. The year 2008 was chosen because it marked the 100th Anniversary of the launch of the first Model T Ford in Australia in 1908.
Clocking up an impressive total of 20,000km, the journey took 180 days to complete. From April 20th to October 9th in 2008.
Because Model 'T' Fords can only travel on the open road at around 60km/h, Gary worked out that with the total distance he intended to travel, the journey would take approximately 6 months to complete.
TRIVIA QUESTION: WHERE WAS THE MODEL T's ACCELERATOR?
ANSWER: NO ... NOT ON THE FLOOR - IT WAS ON THE STEERING COLUMN.
Gary planned for clocking up around 300km per day. His calculations would have to allow for travelling time and to build plenty of time for sightseeing. To keep costs within a reasonable budget, Gary figured that there have to be some camping included.
|Gary's self designed camper conversion featured a|
workable kitchen on the right-hand side.
There were eight other Model 'T's that started the trip, one towed a teardrop caravan and one towed a camper trailer. Three of the other owners carried tents or stayed in cabins.
"In it's day - the Model T Ford was particularly valued for its high road clearance & its ability to ride over bumps... "
Gary based the body for the camper on a 1920s style commercial van and featured a fold-out bed on the driver's side, a kitchen on the opposite side. Curtains separate the kitchen from the central storage area. The central space was used for general storage.
The need for remote power on the road and at camping sites was addressed by using an onboard Canverter from Engel. That gave the Amesbury's 12V or 240V power, to run all appliances, including a small fridge and lights.
The Canverter plugged into the cigarette lighter and also enabled charging of modern day luxuries like mobile phones, digital camera batteries and laptop computers.
|The Camper's fold out bed and extendable awning |
provided shelter and a dry, snug place for
social events with fellow campers.
Gary and Marilyn enjoyed the slow nature of the trip and felt they got to see a lot more of the sights due to the steady pace of daily travel of a non-conventional vehicle.
Throughout the entire journey they received plenty of support from strangers. Mechanics, spare parts and offers of a work shop quickly materialsed whenever the group had the inevitable mechanical problems.
TRIVIA QUESTION: HOW MANY MODEL T FORDS WERE SOLD IN AUSTRALIA BETWEEN 1908 and 1928?
ANSWER: A QUARTER OF A MILLION.
Show Date: Sunday 20th March, 2016
Location: Cronulla Mall, Cronulla
Free entry for all events