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Pool-in-Wharfedale family has Ford to a T
9:00am Monday 26th May 2014 in Local news
A father-and-son mechanical team from Pool-in-Wharfedale are preparing to unveil an eight year labour of love.
Robert Midgley and his son, Tim, have restored an original Ford Model T in memory of Robert’s great grandfather, Robert Midgeley senior.
The pair, who run a local vintage vehicle restoration business, bought the Model T – dubbed the ‘universal car’ by its creator, Henry Ford – in 2005.
Dating back to 1916, the vehicle was purchased as a rolling chassis and Tim and Robert, with help from Robert’s father, Peter, converted the Model T into a pickup and restored it to its former glory.
Explaining the inspiration for the restoration, Robert, 54, said: “My great grandfather, who was also called Robert Midgley, managed a haulage and coal business at the turn of the last century.
“He used a Ford Model T for his coal run in the 1920s, and this inspired us to restore an original in his memory.
“Our whole family have a passion for vintage vehicles, including my wife who manages the accounts and marketing for the business.”
Robert and Tim plan to drive the Model T to Tractor Fest, at Newby Hall and Gardens – near Ripon – so it can be admired by thousands of visitors over the weekend of June 7.
Tractor Fest organisers the Yorkshire Vintage Association is anticipating more exhibitors, enthusiasts and collectors than ever this year.
Chairman Richard Sturdy said: “We are expecting this year’s event to be our biggest yet with a great variety of unique exhibits and other activities.”