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100 Years of the Ford Model T

100 years of Ford Model T Model T Celebrates 100 Years in Edinburgh 

A fleet of the famous Ford Model T motor cars will be arriving in town on Monday, May 19 May as part of the British celebrations for the centenary of the iconic vehicle.

Eighty-nine of the cars, which were first produced in 1908, will be parading through the city starting at Bute House on Charlotte Square. This will be the largest ever gathering of the Model T ever seen in Britain. When the One o'clock gun sounds the cars will set off along Princes Street and up the mound where they will make their way to the City Chambers and park up along the High Street. The Ford Model T drivers will be treated to a civic reception hosted by the Lord Provost George Grubb.

Although production of the Model T was in Motor City, Detroit, there are strong links with Scotland. The general manager of Ford was Scottish and a number of Scottish companies provided components.

Members of the Scottish Parliament will be joining the Lord Provost at the reception along with members of the Alexander family. Henry Alexander famously drove a Model T to the top of Ben Nevis in 1911.

This event is the start of a week long rally of the Model T which is primarily taking place in the Scottish Borders. The rally has attracted entries from Sweden, France, Holland, Poland, Ireland and, of course, the USA. After the civic reception the cars will make their way down the Royal Mile and through Holyrood Park before heading south to the Scottish Borders. The rally will take in Kelso, Selkirk, Melrose, St Boswells, Peebles and Jedburgh throughout the week and will culminate in a display of the cars in the Square at Kelso at noon on Friday 23 May.

Lord Provost George Grubb said: "I am delighted that this celebration of 100 years of the Model T is happening in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders. The Model T is an iconic motorcar and having so many of them in one place is bound to be an amazing spectacle. I welcome to Edinburgh all of the people who are part of this celebration, and those who come to watch."

There will be photo-opportunities and a chance to see the Model T's close up on the High Street and in the quadrangle at City Chambers at approximately 1:30pm

Programme of Events

13:00 All cars depart Charlotte Square when One O'clock gun goes off. VIP cars in front

Route: Along Princes Street - up the mound - into High Street - lead cars park up in Quadrangle - following cars park up in High St & Parliament Square.

13.30 Arrival at City Chambers (Photocall in Quadrangle)

13.35 Proceed to Main Council Chambers

13.40 Welcome speech by Lord Provost

Reply by Austen Bromley, Model T Register of GB Chairman

13.45 Civic Buffet Lunch in the City Chambers

15:00 All Cars Depart down Royal Mile and through Holyrood Park.

History to the Cars

The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie and also the Flivver) was an automobile produced by Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from 1908 through 1927. The Model T set 1908 as the historic year that the automobile came into popular usage. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that "put America on wheels"; some of this was because of Ford's innovations, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting, as well as the concept of paying the workers a wage proportionate to the cost of the car, so that they would provide a ready made market. The first production Model T was built on September 27, 1908, at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.

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