Huge pancakes at the Viking Grill, the first Casey's general store and a top-secret WWII base: It was all about author Tom Cotter and photographer Michael Alan Ross' trip to the coast on the Ford Coast in T-shape. This book chronicles their off-road adventure: drive a 1926 Ford ModelT through the heart of the United States, nearly 4000 miles, called "Something Special".
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Ford Model T From coast to coast, it's really about the people and the connections they share with their communities. Cotter and Ross ask what happens when cars are completely self-driving? This is the very premise of the book. Are we going to lose not only the pleasure of driving, but also the ability to relate to our fellow human beings?
“Of course, the built-in GPS system will get us to our destinations efficiently, but in the process it also bypasses the little treasures we may discover in remote places,” Cotter writes before setting off through 13 states on the famous Lincoln Highway. . "Fast roads bypass everything unique about America."
Photo: Michael Alan Ross.
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In Ford Model T Coast to Coast, those unique people and places include Bob and Debbie Altizer, owners of the Lincoln Motor Court which takes visitors back in time; Kyle Bond who, after following in his father's footsteps, keeps a small Nebraska town on the map; and Jimmy Jaynes who makes the huge pancakes at the Viking Grill.
We meet them and many other "keepers of the flame".
Maintaining the old Model T for the 4000-mile journey was not without its challenges, but for Cotter and Ross – and for those who enjoy a Sunday ride any day of the week – it it's worth it. As technology continues to advance, we may not have many more opportunities like this.
Ford Model T Coast to Coast: A Slow Drive through a Fast Country is available through Amazon and Motorbooks.
Photo: Michael Alan Ross.
Cotter is the founder of The Cotter Group, an automotive PR and marketing agency representing some of the biggest names in NASCAR, IndyCar, drag racing and road racing. In his early years he was an auto mechanic and salesman, later heading the public relations department at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Cotter's work has previously been featured in our Book Garage series, with 50 Shades of Rust and Cuba's Car Culture being among our favorites.
Michael Alan Ross is a photographer who sees what turns car enthusiasts. His work has been featured in advertising campaigns, automotive magazines and corporate photography collections in the United States and Europe.
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