6427 Miles: A Tour of America
By Gerard Forgnone
Monday, September 16, 2013
My sister, Nita, took me to the
Ford Factory Tour at the River Rouge Plant, but they don't allow
photography, so no pics!
After that, we went to the Henry Ford Museum, and they DO allow
pics. There was so much to see and photograph, that we ran
out of time and battery power!
That's a BIG train, Nita!
What's amazing to me is that this whole machine operates without
electricity of any kind...steel, coal, and water.
This is Mustang I, the first prototype Mustang, from 1962.
How many were made?
Yes, a single prototype, and this is IT!
This is the very FIRST Japanese car made in the United States.
After visiting the Bonneville Salt Flats just a few days
earlier, this car had relevance! It was the fastest wheel
driven car for over 25 YEARS!
A couple of wild rides.
This is the famous "999" car built by Henry Ford and raced by
Barney Oldfield. Amazing, NOT a re-creation, but THE real
Oh my goodness! A Chrysler Turbine Car! Only NINE of
these still exist in the world. Jay Leno owns one too.
Read more here: Chrysler
This is THE bus that Rosa Parks rode to protest segregation in
the deep South.
Nita is channeling Rosa.
The Dynamicron House. A pre-fabricated aluminum, stainless
steel, and plastic house. Very expensive materials...never
This museum is HUGE, and some of the things inside it are huge,
too! This was one of the smaller stationary engines that I
was able to get a photo of. There were larger ones beyond
This is my sister Nita and her daughter Sarah, along with
Sarah's husband Peter, and children Mattea and Beatrice.
One of the greatest things about modern photography is that film
is cheap! So cheap, that you just keep clicking the
shutter, and your subjects keep playing! What a motley
More of Detroit tomorrow. It is not the city it once was!
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