1911 Model T Ford will grace Cruise Nite

Running great at the century mark
By: Andrew DiLuccia, Journal motoring editor
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Weimar resident Dick Johnson plans to celebrate Collector Car Appreciation Day Friday as he takes his 1911 Ford Model T to the third installment of the Auburn Cruise Nite car show on Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn. “It’s been over 50 years ago since we restored it, and it still has the same paint,” said Johnson of his 100-year-old Model T. “It’s nowhere near as reliable as the Model A or a Mustang … but if you take the Model T out of town some place, people are glad to see you.” The 84-year-old’s Model T will be one of some 300 pre-1972 classic cars and trucks that will dot Lincoln Way from 5 to 9 p.m., and as always the show is free to the public and car owners. An added bonus to the evening is that Friday, July 8 has been designated Collector Car Appreciation Day by the United States Senate. The resolution was presented on April 14, “recognizing that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.” Auburn Cruise Nite Committee co-chairman Dick Kiger said that next month Auburn Cruise Nite will pay tribute to one of the founders of the show, Tom Potts, who passed away due to illness last week.