Fabulous Neil and Mary Tuckett and their wonderful family are so kind, welcoming and hugely knowledgeable. You seldom go somewhere that you could spend days looking around, talking to them. This is an exceptional place with exceptional people! Recommend.
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Very welcoming. I've been over 3 times with my partner and we have always had a very warm welcome (and a cupper) Neil sure knows his stuff and will help you if he can. People may say it's muddy but come on its a farm yard.
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Review: “Ford Model T An Enthusiast’s Guide”
Over the years many books have been written about the Model T Ford, but few have successfully combined a solid account of the design, development, technical and manufacturing aspects with the practical side of owning and driving one, at the same time bringing in the car’s wider economic and social consequences. This book does that, whilst also providing an entertaining read.
The Enthusiast’s Guide addresses the full range of Model Ts, from 1908 to 1927, and much more besides. It starts by telling the life-story of Henry Ford, and describing his vision, and his early work on automobiles leading to the formation of the Ford Motor Company. The book touches on the alphabet Models which came before the T, and explains how the Model T came about: it covers the development of its famous assembly process (with a selection of very good assembly line photographs). The book then goes on to give a detailed, well-illustrated description of the Model T, its various components and sub-systems, and how they operate. The wide range of body styles, and the seemingly limitless range of aftermarket accessories that could be purchased are explored. The engineering of the Model T, many aspects of which left a lasting legacy, is examined.
The book follows on by discussing the ownership and driving of a Model T, before widening the scope in later chapters to talk about the Model T and variants in competition (as well as going into Henry Ford’s personal involvement with racers, starting from 1901). It details the wide range of uses to which the Model T has been put, not least its deployment as a clown car, a railcar, and as an aircraft engine starter. The Enthusiast’s Guide concludes with chapters on restoration and “adventures”, featuring an explanation of how to get a Model T up Ben Nevis.
The Enthusiast’s Guide has been written by an experienced motoring author, with extensive contributions from well-known, UK-based Model T experts who have many years of hands-on experience between them. It is nicely produced, in hardback, using good quality paper and printing. It is liberally illustrated with some excellent photographs and drawings.
The book is well organised, with self-contained chapters, and a useful index. As a result, it can be dipped into, skimmed through, or simply read from beginning to end. If desired, much can be gained by just working through all the pictures and graphics.
The Enthusiast’s Guide gives a rounded picture of the Model T, its place in history and its impact. It places the car into its wider context. It also helps to explain the enduring attraction of the Model T, and why it is still looked on so fondly by so many, even today, nearly 100 years after production ended. The Guide should have broad appeal: to existing Model T owners, anyone thinking about getting into Model Ts, as well as to those with a more casual interest. If you only wanted one book about Model Ts, this would be it.
Geoff King, MTFRGB 1468, 30/3/21