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Model A National Tour Makes a Stop in Madison

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Hundreds of Model A Fords came putt-putting into Madison's Montpelier Wednesday as they wound their way through the Old Dominion. President Madison's home served as the third and final stop for the inaugural Model A Restorers Club National Tour.

250 Model A Fords lined the front lawn of the estate, revving up visitors.

"Well it was kind of breath-taking I guess to see this many of old cars like this in one place at one time. I grew up with a Model A Ford and I learned some things about it that I didn't know," said visitor Jack Thompson Jr.

Things like how the engine runs.  West Virginia driver James McCartney was pumped up to show how his works. He is just one of the many out-of-state visitors in for the inaugural tour.

"It's a late 1931 Model A coup and the reason it makes it a late coup is because the indented far wall has the gas valve on the outside in the compartment," said James McCartney.

McCartney said driving classic wheels has been a dream of his for a while, so two years ago he bought one.

"Well when I was just little I go into school and the first car I ever had was a Model A Ford. They're just neat to look at and not only that, they're fun to drive," said the Model A driver.

Montpelier's CEO Michael Quinn said the estate is the dream location for the new tour. "This probably is what Montpelier would have looked like around 1930 in one of those early running of the races and brings back an early era of Montpelier's exciting heritage," said Michael Quinn.

Quinn added that Montpelier has a strong appreciation for preserving history using authentic restoration.

Visitors to the estate paid the normal admission fee and that included a visit with those classic cars.

Reported by Kim Saltmarsh
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