As the vintage roadster navigated through back roads at an unhurried pace, bystanders paused in seeming respect to the Fourth of July-esque spectacle. That’s what Dr. Mike and Terry Neeley have come to expect when they leave their “modern car” at home and take any one of their four Model T Fords for a spin. This particular one is a 1921 beauty, a rare body style with doors in the center of the car’s frame — a vehicle Mike Neeley etimates cost the original buyer $700. As a 14-year- old, Neeley drove a ’53 Chevy and worked his first garage job at Lakewood Automotive, which ignited his fascination with older cars. All grown up with a collection any car enthusiast would envy, the Neeleys are towing one of their Model Ts to Richmond, Ind., this month to celebrate the centennial of Ford Motors — a convention where it’s perfectly acceptable to arrive in transportation that is nearly as old as the company. A dentist by day, Neeley says learning to maintain these vehicles has improved his dentistry skills, but it seems to work both ways; Mike once used a dentist pick to repair a portion of his 1915 model after a screw had fallen loose.
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