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Learn how to drive a Model T at the Model T Driving School

Go way back to the basics with Model T Driving School. Have you ever wanted to learn how to drive a Model T? Here’s your chance! The Marshall Steam Museum is now offering lessons with experienced drivers using their 1914 Ford Model T.

YORKLYN, DE - Go way back to the basics with Model T Driving School. Have you ever wanted to learn how to drive a Model T? Here’s your chance! The Marshall Steam Museum is now offering lessons with experienced drivers using their 1914 Ford Model T.

“If you are an antique car enthusiast, interested in Model T’s or just looking for a unique experience, this program is for you!” proclaims Alli Schell, Director of Public Programs. “People who visit are always drawn to our Model T. We decided to offer a unique experience you can’t get in the area,” states Susan Randolph, Executive Director. 

Over the course of four hours, program participants will learn the history of the Model T and early automobiles, get behind the wheel to learn the components of driving and then take the “T” for a ride. Participants can even flex their muscles by trying to crank start the car! 

Student Brian Schell learning how to crank start the 1914 Ford Model T.

Student Brian Schell learning how to crank start the 1914 Ford Model T.

Instructors for the program are volunteers with the Marshall Steam Museum, who are also Model T enthusiasts and owners. The Model T became the first mass-produce commodity in the world with the introduction of the assembly line in 1913. The museum’s 1914 Ford Model T was gifted by Gloria Riggleman in memory of James D. Riggleman of Wilmington. Riggleman purchased the car in 2008 from a family who had owned the vehicle since the 1960s. 

Marshall Steam Museum instructor John Trout with student Sharon Schell.

Marshall Steam Museum instructor John Trout with student Sharon Schell.

They passed! Students Sharon and Brian Schell with Marshall Steam Museum instructor John Trout, showing off their certificate of completion.

They passed! Students Sharon and Brian Schell with Marshall Steam Museum instructor John Trout, showing off their certificate of completion.

Those interested in going “back to school” can visit http://bit.ly/ModelTSchool or call the office Monday – Friday at 302-239-2385. Lesson date will be mutually agreed upon by the instructor and the participant. Don’t let this opportunity drive on by, register today! 

Marshall Steam Museum

About the Marshall Steam Museum Operated by the Friends of Auburn Heights in partnership with Delaware State Parks, the Marshall Steam Museum is located at 3000 Creek Rd. (Rte 82) in Yorklyn, Delaware. Established as a nonprofit organization in 2004, the Friends of Auburn Heights (FAH) operates the Marshall Steam Museum and owns/operates the Marshall family’s extraordinary collection of antique automobiles as well as the Auburn Valley Railroad. Dedicated to educating the public about Delaware’s industrial history and the impact of steam technology, FAH offers programs for all ages, from lively Steamin’ Days, during which the public enjoys rides in antique autos from the dawn of the automotive age, to children’s field trips and outreach programs.

Operated by the Friends of Auburn Heights, Inc.
P.O. Box 61,
3000 Creek Road,
Yorklyn, DE 19736
(302) 239-2385
AuburnHeights.org

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