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2018 Winter Tour Photo Links:

  • Larry Oskin Clermont Pictures only, by Larry Oskin, Art Beautique, Clermont.


2017 Winter Tour links:


2016 Winter Tour links​:

  • Ocala Star Banner:
  • The Villages Daily Sun:







If you wish to submit photos I'd be happy to include them. I'd appreciate receiving them in JPEG format. 

Thank you! 

John Farr
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 January Update

We have had only 7 cancellations to date, well under our norm of 10-15%. We continue planning for 120+ cars and have been in discussion with the Renaissance about obtaining additional trailer parking to accommodate those on the waiting list. IF we get this parking, then we'll increase over 15 cars, making this another large tour.

The weather averages for St Augustine during our tour period should be: Low: 50 degrees (F) and High: 70 degrees (F) and dry, though we've been running 5-10 degrees warmer than average up to this point. We remain cautious due to the risk of a cold front and or rain.

Our final arrival instructions and update will be published approx Feb 1st both by email to participants and posting on line.

Happy New Year. We are looking forward to seeing you very soon in St Augustine!

Steve, Adam and Karen and the rest of the Tin Lizzie of NC FL team

In preparation for the 2019 Winter Tour you should read a review of "Florida's Gilded Age," a magazine article by Kelli Fuqua Hart. The link will take you to pages 24-29 for an interesting summary of the History of the area. 
Click on any page below to print that page. With Windows 10 click on 3 bars, top right, click "print."
February 24-28, 2019, 
St. Augustine, FL 
Model T Ford Winter Tour

Special Youth Auction Raffle: $25 per ticket, or $100 for five tickets

1922 Engine/Transmission complete with Starter, Generator, Water Pump and even the oil in the crankcase. Includes new Stainless Valves, Aluminum Pistons, Rods, etc. 

Listen to it run at the Winter Tour. 

 The winning ticket will be drawn during the Auction. The engine will be removed from the run stand and placed on an engine stand so it can be wheeled into your trailer and taken home. If you can't pick it up in St Augustine, arrange for someone to haul it for you. Shipping is not included.

Email: [email protected] for further information and to purchase tickets.​



Model T Ford Winter Tour

Personal Identity Protection Notice

Due to recent issues regarding personal identity protection, we (the organizers of the Model T Ford Winter Tour, a club and non-profit entity) are assuming by your registration and attendance, as well as over ten years of past practice, your permission to use your likeness and those of your guests in photos of the event, potentially published in various channels such as the Model T Club magazines, local media, our www: Tin Lizziefl.com website and/or the Model T Ford Winter Tour Facebook page.

This media coverage is intended to provide enjoyment and encourage participation in our Model T hobby, without any commercial or financial value.

If you do not want to be in such photos it will be your responsibility to either move out of such photographic fields, or notify the specific photographer not to use your likeness or your guests .

Steve Ellis, Planner
Adam and Karen Krawchuk Co-Planners
John Farr, President
Tin Lizzie Club of North Central Florida

2019 Engine Raffle Details

  • The raffle will be held in conjunction with the Youth Auction, February 26, 2019. Raffle tickets will be sold until the beginning of the auction, approximately 6:00 pm.

  • Ticket purchasers will be recorded on a spreadsheet by ticket number. This spreadsheet will be available for public viewing before and after the drawing. Half of the two part ticket will be retained in a sealed container (for the drawing) and half will go to the purchaser.

  • As in past years we will recommend 1/3 ea. of auction proceeds to the following to be used for youth activities only: Piquette Ave Plant, MTFCA Museum, and the MTFCI Schlorship Fund.

  • Transportation is not included. We will provide a wheeled engine cart to the buyer. We may not have a way to raise it high enough to place it into a truck body, therefore we suggest that it be rolled into a trailer.

  • Non-monetary donations for this project have come from Lang's Old Car Parts, Ron's Machine Shop, George Akin, Chuck Ufkes & Ben Wasman.

​ As we approach the end of the year, we'll provide an update on the Engine Raffle and the Winter Tour in general...

December 17, 2018 update: Much interest has been expressed and many people have asked for raffle tickets. To date, we have collected $1,200 on the raffle and have about "broken even" on the club's investment. We remain hopeful that this will raise a special bit of money for the charities supported by the Model T Ford Winter Tour: MTFCA Museum youth activities, MTFCI youth scholarships, and Piquette Avenue Plant youth activities. It's highly unlikely we'll have another raffle like this in the future.
​~Steve
​October, 2018

Hi everyone...

Our chapter has had an opportunity to assist with a local estate disbursal and in the process ended up with a really nice 1922 engine/transmission. The bottom line is that it is a very low hour engine, torn down due to a broken transmission drum. We've gone through it, have it running on a engine stand and it's now ready for this special charity raffle. Proceeds will go to the three youth charities that we have supported in the past: MTFCI Youth Scholarships, MTFCA Museum Youth Activities and Piquette Avenue Plan Youth Activities.  

It will come complete with an NH Carburetor, new Exhaust Manifold, Starter, Generator, even the oil in the crankcase! If you are able to attend the Winter Tour, you can hear it run on our run stand! Additional information about it can be found on our local website:   http://www.tinlizziefl.com/Winter-Tour.html   

You might not need it right now, but maybe you know someone that does? I also wonder if some of the chapters out there might be interested in "sharing" a spare engine? Please pass along this information to anyone you feel might be interested. Delivery must occur at the Winter Tour so you may need to arrange for someone to pick it up for you.

We are accepting money and sending back ticket stubs right now! $25 each or 5 for $100. This could be a cheap engine for someone, and the proceeds will go to a good cause.

Best regards,

Steve Ellis, Adam and Karen Krawchuck & The Tin Lizzie Club of NC Florida






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Announcing the 2019 Model T Ford Winter Tour

The Model T Ford Winter Tour is headquartered at the Renaissance World Golf Village, St Augustine, Florida and will be touring in the area from February 24 thru February 28. We welcome the public to view the automobiles during our tour. Suggested viewing locations are listed below.

The Model T Ford began production in late 1908 and ended in late 1927. It is recognized as the first mass (assembly line) produced automobile. Over 15,000,000 were produced world wide. It held the distinction for highest production vehicle for many years, until the Volkswagen Beetle eventually surpassed this record. Amazingly, the sale price continued to be REDUCED as the production increased, beginning over $600 per car and ending at less than $300 dollars per car.

There are approximately 130 Model T Fords registered for this year's tour, coming from 28 states, Canada and Ireland for this event.

Public viewing opportunities (all times are approximate). Certainly take photos, however please refrain from touching!

Sunday, Feb 24St. Augustine, in the vicinity of Int'l Golf Parkway and RT 16, around noon

Monday, Feb 25 St. Augustine, old town, 10 am-3 pm

Tuesday, Feb 26 Green Cove Springs: 9-10 am, passing thru on RT 16 (W) to RT 17 (S)
Palatka, Ravine Gardens State Park: 11 am-1 pm
Hastings, Spud: 1-3 pm

Wednesday, Feb 27 North FL Military MuseumGreen Cove Springs, 9:30-11 am
Middleburg: at various restaurants for lunch, 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Thursday, Feb 28 Anastasia State Park: 9:30-10:30 am
St. Augustine Light house: 10:30 am-1:00 pm
Alligator Farm: 10:30 am-1:00 pm
St. Augustine: old town, 1:00-3:00 pm
(or) Fort Matamzas, Marineland, Palm Coast: 1:00-3:00 pm

Come out and view automotive history! Our routes utilize secondary roads where available. Please realize that these cars seldom drive more than 35 mph. We’d appreciate some extra distance, should you encounter us on the road. Thank you!

Proudly hosted by: The Tin Lizzies of North Central Florida

Affiliated with: Model T Ford Club of America & Model T Ford Club International

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No trailer?

If you are not bringing a trailer with you, please let Steve know. Click ([email protected]). This may give us space for one more participant.
First Winter Tour?  No Worries!

We want you to be completely comfortable and confident while on our Tour. We have lots of information to share with you. 

Adam and Karen Krawchuk, Ben and Ann Wasman and John Farr, all Tour Planners, will be putting on a special meeting for first time Winter Tour participants.


We'll meet Saturday evening at 8:00 PM. Ann will notify all Newbies by placing a note on their packets with all the details. 


 Final Tour Arrival and Registration Instructions

​It's finally here! Time for the Model T Ford Winter Tour and warmer FLORIDA! A series of winter storms have swept the northern states and we suspect many people are ready to take their chances on St Augustine. 

With extraordinary flexibility and support from the staff of the Renaissance, we have found space to accommodate additional trailers, allowing those on our waiting list a chance to participate. Though some people are only coming for a few days, some miss a banquet etc., our total numbers are still near record: 146 total cars and 304 people. With this size crowd, your patience and flexibility will also be required.  

Arrival:  Whether traveling from the north or south, you should exit I-95 in the St Augustine area onto International Golf Parkway. Turn WEST onto Int'l Golf Parkway and then turn right (north) into World Golf Village. Drive about 1.5 miles into this beautiful complex and bear right at a tee intersection onto Legacy Trail. 

Legacy Trail will narrow down from a divided roadway into a standard two lane road and you will meet a volunteer with more instructions. IF everything is working as planned, we'll allow you drive up to the hotel's circular drive and park briefly to unload luggage. You must park to the far RIGHT, allowing others to pass on the left, to keep the flow of vehicles moving. The critical word here is BRIEFLY, since the area will only be able to accommodate a small number of rigs. We suggest that one in your party be responsible for the luggage transfer and the other party immediately move the rig, following directions to the parking area. Your luggage may be moved into a holding area, until your room is ready. 

Signs will direct you to our tour registration room, adjacent to the conference center's lobby. The Renaissance front desk(s) are kiosk-style and located in the opposite direction from the registration room.

Parking:  We will ask longer rigs (including motor home rigs) (50 ft and larger) to turn off before the lobby area. We will have volunteers to direct you to the lot we are filling at that time. We will fill the closest lots first. Please follow our directions so that we can get everyone parked quickly and efficiently. We will park everyone so that they can park their T in the trailer throughout the week, if they want. We will be "double parking" trailers this year, side by side on both sides of the lot's center lane. Due to the curved shape of the lots, we will direct the driver to get the outside rig very close to the curb. The inside rig will be parked 3-4 ft away from the outside rig. We will ask each rig to put a CAR NUMBER sign on your dashboard. By looking at the participant list in the rear of your tour booklet, you will be able to contact the person next to you, should you need anything. 

Please be respectful of others. Our group is at most 50% of the resorts capacity. Due to the number of our trailers and their impact on available parking, we ask that you park a maximum of one vehicle in open parking areas. IF you detach your tow vehicle for evening excursions, please re-park it back at your trailer. 

Weather:  We expect it will be cool in the early morning and probably dewy. Bring warm clothes and layer. Bring your own towels for morning wipe offs. We'll be walking, more than some years, so make sure shoes are comfortable.  

Misc:  You won't need manifold cookers or lawn chairs this year!  

See you soon! 

Steve, the Tin Lizzies of North Central Florida and all the volunteers! 

Waiting List

We have Great News! We have had sufficient cancellations to clear the entire waiting list! It also helped that some participants will not need on-site trailer storage.