Ford has planned a series of events during 2008 to mark the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the iconic Model T.
For better or for worse, Ford's Model T put America (and arguably the world) on wheels. The iconic Tin Lizzie celebrates its 100th birthday in 2008, and Ford has planned a series of events to honor the car. The multi-purposeful Model T was the vehicle that could do anything, and in 1913 Ford's moving assembly line raised production and lowered costs to the point that almost anyone could afford one. The tough, versatile vehicle was named the Car of the Century by a panel of journalists and experts in 1999, and could be considered the precursor of the modern SUV--though it actually got better fuel economy than the average Hummer.
The flivver's birthday party kicks off at the Amelia Island Concours, where a special collection of Model Ts will be displayed on the "Field of Dreams." The Model T will be the automotive guest of honor at the 2008 Amelia Island event.
Ford has also worked with the Model T Club of America to host the "T Party 2008" in Richmond, Indiana. This event, scheduled for July 21-26, is expected to bring together the largest gathering of Model Ts since the car's initial production run. Over seven hundred vehicles are already signed up, with Model Ts coming from Europe and Australia. Considering that over fifteen million Model Ts were produced, the number will probably rise. Over ten thousand owners and enthusiasts are expected to attend.