Pigs & Fords

Here is the setup:

Take a stripped down Model T Ford**, the newest of which is at least 83 years old. Get some pigs, and a few guys who were born before metrosexuals were invented – and have a race!

Grab a pig, crank up the T, hold the pig with one hand and drive like hell with the other; one lap around the track. Stop, shut the T off, return the pig and grab a different one. Crank up the T and go another lap. The winner is the one who returns pig number 3 first. The PETA folks would self ignite over this, but the pigs appear to be enjoying themselves.

The Pig-N-Ford races take place at the Tillamook County Fair on the Oregon Coast each year.

If you had fun with that one and crave more action, here is a complete race, start to finish; a little under four minutes:

** The Ford Model T was introduced in 1908 and the basic car with only minor cosmetic changes remained in production until 1927. Over 15 Million were produced, a record that stood until 1972 when the Volkswagen Beetle topped that number. Here was Henry Ford’s promise for his most successful vehicle:

“I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one—and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God’s great open spaces.”

Now for a different twist, here is Jerry Reed with his point of view of what the Model T led to:


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by CM Mowbray on April 13, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    What lucky pigs!!


  2. Hi Jeannine:

    Up until about 1912 or so, all cars had to be cranked by hand to start them. I think Ford began putting starters on Model Ts in maybe 1918 as an option. My grandpa used to make my mom get out and crank the family T when he occasionally stalled it. I think she is still mad at him for that.

    Old Iron Jarhead


  3. I don’t know where you find these things. The pigs are sure cute. Amazing to see a Model T that you need to crank….
    Thanks for sharing!


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