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Museum in Michigan brings Model T driving to the masses

Museum in Michigan brings Model T driving to the masses
Posted at 8:53 AM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 08:57:05-04

A different kind of driving lesson is gaining traction in Michigan.

More than 500 people have learned to drive a Model T at the Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo this year.

The four-hour classes cost $105. They include three student drives and three ride-and-observe sessions inside Henry Ford's motorcar for the masses.

Instructors are there every step of the way, including to hand-crank the Model T if the novice drivers stall it, as they sometimes do.

One of the two dozen students in a recent class was a true novice driver. Twelve-year-old Alan Bennett from suburban Detroit became the youngest person ever to finish the class.

He says his only other experience of driving has been behind the wheel of a go-cart.