Friends share Ford fun
The 22nd George Old Car Show, proudly driven by Oakhurst Insurance Company, takes place on 10 – 11 February 2018.
More than 40 Ford models that were manufactured before 1930, taking part in the 2018 Veteran and Vintage Tour just prior to the show, will be on display during the 2018 George Old Car Show and among these will be two Ford Model T-cars that belong to friends and namesakes Philip Kuschke and Phillip Rosser.
1915 Ford Model T
Philip Kuschke has been interested in veteran Fords from an early age. “My father played aroud with Model T Fords, and he taught me to drive his 1915 Ford Model T when I was nine years old.”
Philip’s own 1915 is his favourite Ford. He received a brass radiator from Ignus Bucher in Alexandria in 2006 and started collecting the rest of the parts. “If one can get hold of a brass radiator, the rest of the parts will follow. Phillip Rosser and I travelled many kilometers countrywide to collect parts.”
Philip was able to do most of the restoration, except the upholstery. “Kevin Casey, my friend and mentor, contributed a great deal to my knowlege of the restoration prosess. I started working on the chassis and engine because I had many parts.”
The bodywork was more of a challenge, as a lot of parts were missing. Some of them had to be imported from the USA. “The body of the early Ford Model T contains a lot of wood. I used to own a furniture factory, and as I am quite handy with woodwork, I was able to manufacture the wooden frame of the bodywork and spokes and do the steambending of the roof trusses myself.” Eventually it took four years to restore the vehicle to its former glory.
“I am very emotional and I admire people of the previous generation. I experience a delightful nostalgia of a century whenever I get into a Model T.”
Philip’s wife Rosita shares his enthusiasm. She especially enjoys driving Philip’s 1923 Model T. “This vehicle has a selfstarter , so she does not have to crank the engine. She loves driving it and will be the designated driver during the 2018 Veteran Tour.” Philip’s brother Emil and his wife Hannetjie also share the couples’ enthusiasm.
The 2008 Ford Model T Centenary was a major highlight for Philip. “This tour kindled a new enthusiasm for antique vehicles.”
The 2018 Veteran and Vintage Tour Philip is planning, is a direct result of the 2008 tour. “We are always looking for an opportunity to enjoy the company of likeminded people.”
In 2018, ten years after the 2008 tour, the Ford Veteran and Vintage Tour will celebrate a double centenery, as the Model T will be 110 years old, while the Model A will be 90 years old – 200 years in total.
1926 Ford Model T
Phillip Rosser fell in love with the Ford Model T when he acted as navigator for Philip Kuschke during a veteran rally. “Philip thought it was a good idea to teach me how to drive the car. I was so impressed that I immediately decided I also wanted to own one.”
In 2006, he bought a bakkie load of 1926 Ford Model T parts. These badly corroded parts represented about 60% of the vehicle, and he and his namesake scoured the country for more parts.
It took a lot of effort to repair and build the parts. Some of the tasks, such as cylinder boring, were done by an engineering workshop, but Phillip was able to manufacture the spokes for the wheels and parts of the body himself. Philip Kuschke often helped, and the car could be reassembled. Four years later the 1926 Ford Model T was restored to pristine condition.
Phillip loves driving his Model T. “Fortunately my wife Amanda shares my passion for old cars, and we are always looking for opportunities to take the Model T for a weekend drive.”
The couple love taking part in the Southern Cape Old Car Club’s annual Heritage Tour in September, and they are looking forward to the 2018 Veteran Tour.
The 2018 George Old Car Show takes place at PW Botha College. Special weekend and day entrance tickets can be bought online at www.scocc.co.za.
Only vehilcles manufactured prior to 1975 and which have been registered in advance, will be exhibited at the show. Contact Klaus Oellrich at 076 764 0897 for more information, or registered on the website at www.scocc.co.za