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Vintage cars make historic journey to Clay County

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

BIG CREEK, Ky. (WYMT) - Dozens of vintage cars - many of them Ford Model Ts and Model As - hit the road for a historic ride through Eastern Kentucky Saturday.

More than 30 drivers traveled from London on Old Highway 80 to the Redbird Purchase Unit of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Clay County. The land used to be owned by the Ford Motor Company and some of the wood from there was used to make the Model T and Model A.

"This place here has played a small part in the automobile, but it's got a mountain of automobile history," said Gil Russell, who organized the ride. "So I thought I'd bring these people back here and see where it all began."

Ward Harvey drove his 1921 Model T more than eight hours from his home in northern Ohio just to be part of the historic ride.

"It's not as special for me because I've read a lot of history about Henry Ford," Harvey said. "But it's especially special because I have my great grandson with me."

Ford also operated a coal company in the Redbird area.

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