Staff at Eastaff Buildbase, the builders merchants in Sandy, Bedfordshire, have been extensively restoring a 1921 Model T Ford truck.
The vehicle will be entered into the 21st Bit of a Do event at Whoop Hall in Cumbria on 25 July
“The meeting is purely for Model T Ford vehicles and this is the last one that will ever be held,” says Gordon Walker, manager at Sandy branch. “We’ve carried out a lot of refurbishment work to smarten up the truck and we’re confident it might scoop an award at the show.”
This 2.8-litre semi-automatic model has a top speed of 15 mph. It has been repainted in the Buildbase corporate and is used by Sandy and other branches at charity and promotional events.
Last year it was entered into the Truckfest Vintage contest at Peterborough and was on display at the Lord Mayor’s Parade in London. It has been used to raise funds for charity including £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support at the recent Bedford River Festival. Next year there are plans for the truck to take part in a London to Brighton run.
“Wherever we take it the truck is a real talking point,” says Walker. “It’s not the easiest thing to drive and nothing like today’s motors. We have become very fond of it and have great hopes for a prize at Cumbria. It’s the biggest collection of these Model T Ford vehicles and will be quite a spectacle.”