Model Ts and alpacas

Posted on Jul 3, 2014
It was Model Ts as far as the eye could see at Serano Alpaca and Yarn Farm in Springfield. More than 40 cars from nine states filled with Model T owners and enthusiasts chose Serano as the first stop on their Bluegrass Backroads Model T Ford Club Tour. The farm is a participant in KFB’s Roadside Farm Markets program.

Model Ts arrive at the alpalca farm in Washington County
Model Ts arrive at the alpalca farm in Washington County

Linda Moorehead and husband Tom, out of Louisville, took over their local chapter’s Model T enthusiast group eight years ago.

Linda didn’t know a thing about the cars before, but now is fascinated with them. “It’s just such a great way to see America. I learn more about history today, doing this, then I ever did in school. It’s like show-and-tell every day, everywhere we go,” Linda said. She said it’s exciting to learn something new, meet new people and see the cities‘ downtowns and the country’s backroads.

As Tom took a drive down the road in his Model T, it was obvious what Linda said goes both ways. Two farmers flag him, asking questions from the cost of the car, what it gets per gallon and what the horsepower is. Tom said that’s normal -- he and Linda stop and talk to a lot of folk about the car when they’re on the road. “I’ve seen a lot of land at 30 miles and hour. If you would have told me that when I was younger, that I’d like these? Shew. I used to race hopped-up Volkswagons.”

The group mostly agreed -- Amish and cyclists ask them the most questions. “But that’s because they’re about the only ones we can pass,” Tom said.

The group took a tour of the farm, hosted by owners Judi and Ron Allread. Judi told the crowd, “We are fortunate enough to be owned by 21 beautiful alpacas …”

Many stood by the fence courting the fuzzy sheared beasts to come closer, taking pictures. A white one curiously snuck up to nuzzle some through the fence, surprising them. Judi tells a group that working with the alpacas is addictive.

The Model T groups say the same about their cars. And the same about the company they travel with. Members have bonded over different tours, some more organized and group related while other tours allow for more freedom. They’ve toured distilleries and plants together, eaten at some fantastic restaraunts and enjoyed the solace of the backgrounds together.

“We just have a great experience, with our group and with whatever town we’re visiting, everywhere we go.”

For more information on the Bluegrass Backroad Model Ts, email Linda Moorehead at tom Linda@twc.com or call (502) 727-3887.

For more on Serana Alpaca and Yarn Farm, visit www.seranoalpacas.com or call (208) 699-8570.

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