Sunday drive with antique car lovers and a Model T reunion

Posted June 11, 2013, at 5:38 a.m.
Lester Noyes travels down Route 88 in his 1929 Model A Ford station wagon, commonly known as a Woody, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Falmouth, Maine. Noyes is part of a group of antique car enthusiasts who assemble for outings most Sundays, leaving Skillins Nursery in Falmouth, at 8 a.m.
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Lester Noyes travels down Route 88 in his 1929 Model A Ford station wagon, commonly known as a Woody, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Falmouth, Maine. Noyes is part of a group of antique car enthusiasts who assemble for outings most Sundays, leaving Skillins Nursery in Falmouth, at 8 a.m. Buy Photo
Nathan and Helen Brackett of Gorham, Maine, arrive at Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in their 1920 Model T Ford, Sunday, June 2, 2013.
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Nathan and Helen Brackett of Gorham, Maine, arrive at Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in their 1920 Model T Ford, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Buy Photo
Nathan Brackett with two of the loves of his life: his wife, Helen, and his 1920 Model T Ford, at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
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Nathan Brackett with two of the loves of his life: his wife, Helen, and his 1920 Model T Ford, at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Buy Photo
The wooden instrument panel of David Glaser's 1928 Rolls Royce, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Falmouth, Maine.
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The wooden instrument panel of David Glaser's 1928 Rolls Royce, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Falmouth, Maine. Buy Photo
A Mobil pegasus decorates the back end of Cyde Ricker's 1931 Model A Ford panel truck, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Falmouth, Maine.
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A Mobil pegasus decorates the back end of Cyde Ricker's 1931 Model A Ford panel truck, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Falmouth, Maine. Buy Photo
John and Sandy Hodgdon of Gorham acknowledge passing motorists on Interstate 295 in their 1931 Model A Ford pickup truck, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Portland, Maine.
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John and Sandy Hodgdon of Gorham acknowledge passing motorists on Interstate 295 in their 1931 Model A Ford pickup truck, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Portland, Maine. Buy Photo
Phil and Betty Brown's 1931 Model A Ford Deluxe Roadster, equipped with a stylish trunk with leather straps, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Falmouth, Maine.
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Phil and Betty Brown's 1931 Model A Ford Deluxe Roadster, equipped with a stylish trunk with leather straps, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Falmouth, Maine. Buy Photo
Lester Noyes, driving a 1929 Model A Ford, is passed by David Glaser in his 1928 Rolls Royce on the Casco Bay Bridge, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Portland, Maine.
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Lester Noyes, driving a 1929 Model A Ford, is passed by David Glaser in his 1928 Rolls Royce on the Casco Bay Bridge, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Portland, Maine. Buy Photo
Visitors snap pictures of Lester Noyes' car at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
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Visitors snap pictures of Lester Noyes' car at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Buy Photo
A greyhound hood ornament adorns Bill Grivisis's 1936 Ford Cabriolet, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Falmouth, Maine. These types of accessories were often put on the car aftermarket.
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A greyhound hood ornament adorns Bill Grivisis's 1936 Ford Cabriolet, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Falmouth, Maine. These types of accessories were often put on the car aftermarket. Buy Photo
A group of antique automobiles travels south on Route 1 in Falmouth, Sunday, June 2, 2013.
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A group of antique automobiles travels south on Route 1 in Falmouth, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Buy Photo

FALMOUTH, Maine — Back in 1952, when Nathan Brackett was just a sophomore in high school, he bought a run-down 1920 Ford Model T. He paid $60.

Then he set about restoring the automobile with his father. Most of the work was done to keep the car looking like its original state, with one obvious exception: Brackett decided to paint the wheel’s wooden spokes bright yellow instead of black.

“I was young,” he said, “I didn’t really care [about keeping with tradition].”

He was telling the story last Sunday during a weekly outing with more than a dozen southern Maine antique car enthusiasts. The informal group sets out for a ride most Sunday mornings from Skillins Nursery in Falmouth.

Over the years Brackett became more interested in boats than cars, so in 1984 he sold the Ford.

Two decades later, he got nostalgic for the old car and started to look for it. He tracked it down in Old Town, not a moment too soon. The car, which by now had five different owners, was just about to be sold to someone in Germany.

Brackett didn’t expect the reunion to be emotional but admitted he had to fight back tears when he laid eyes on his old car. To his amazement, nobody had repainted the yellow spokes.

It cost him $10,000 to buy it back — but judging by the joy he gets on his Sunday drives, it was worth every cent.

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