THE 2014 NATIONAL TOUR
“Say yah to da U.P., eh”
Want to learn exactly what that means? Come to the 2014 National Tour and find out! The tour will be held in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan. This area is definitely Ford country, with a strong Company presence almost everywhere. Think the Iron Mountain Station Wagon body plant (which also built WWII combat gliders), Ford lumber plants and sawmills, Ford company towns, and Ford area history provided by local experts. Want more? All of this will be in addition to great V-8 driving and scenery, including visiting the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore, a copper mine (now a National Historic Landmark District), Marquette, Munising Bay (in a glass bottom boat) ship wrecks, and much more. The much more includes the Big Lake ---Lake Superior---and all of its scenic beauty and history, as well as a visit to the Keweenaw Peninsula. There will certainly be lots to see and do for all interests.
The tour will begin in Marquette, the largest town in the U.P. Arrival day will be for picking up the detailed tour information and relaxing. That evening will start with a light supper welcome-in gathering featuring a local delicacy, the Pastie, a traditional Cornish miners self contained meal, as well as a sampling of local beverages. The U.P. adventure will finish in Iron Mountain with a lakeside farewell party that you will not want to miss. The tour will be held during the first full week of September, with the possibility of catching some great late summer weather as well as the beginning of early fall color. So save the week of September 7th. The tour will be a five-day affair, traveling approximately 650 miles. It will involve some of the best and most interesting V-8 driving time you will ever experience along with a large amount of Ford history.
Want more information? You can get what you need by contacting V-8 Club member Keith Johnson at 350 Old Kiln Rd., Marquette, MI., 49855 – 9394. Or call him at 906-249-3262. If you call, please remember that all of Michigan is in the Eastern Time Zone. The e-mail address to use is firstname.lastname@example.org, but information will also be available on the Early Ford V-8 Club website, www.earlyfordv8.org