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About 239 Model Ts from throughout the U.S. and from Canada are rolling into Boone this weekend for a special gathering. Sunday will feature the cars displayed in the downtown area, as well as a fashion show featuring vintage attire. Photo by Jeff Eason

Originally published: 2014-07-12 17:47:35
Last modified: 2014-07-14 09:54:10

Model Ts rolling in

About 239 Model T Fords rolled into the High Country area on Sunday, July 13.

John Ragen, past president of the Model T Club International, said that the cars began rolling into Boone on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning from all over the U.S. and Canada.

Ragen said that his club, started in 1952, is the oldest Model T club, even though the Model T Club of America has more members.

The group meets in a different location for a week each July, he said.

The entourage not only wheeled into local hotels and campgrounds during the weekend, but throughout the week they will also be driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway, visiting Grandfather Mountain, shopping at the Mast General Store, enjoying meals at local eateries, touring Fort Defiance in Lenoir, exploring Linville Caverns, Linville Falls, the Blowing Rock attraction, Mystery Hill, enjoying a relaxing drive along Railroad Grade Road, shopping and dining in West Jefferson, Wilkesboro and more. 

It's all part of the 2014 annual Tour of the Model T Ford Club International, in which 553 vintage auto enthusiasts are planning to enjoy the High Country and surrounding areas, July 13-18.

The club will kicked off the week with a car show from noon until 3 p.m. on  Sunday, July 13, on King Street in downtown Boone; a 1 p.m. fashion show at the Jones House featured  20-plus club members dressed in period attire.

King Street, between Appalachian and Depot streets in Boone, was closed to through traffic for those three hours, during which the public was invited to stroll through and enjoy the festivities.

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