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Chas Parker book cover illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

A Timeless Legacy

Ford Model T
An Enthusiast’s Guide
1908 to 1927 (all models and variants)

“I will build a car for the great multitude” stated Henry Ford, and so he did. The Ford Model T, or the ‘Tin Lizzie’ and the ‘Flivver’ as it was also known, transformed American society, bringing mobility through car ownership to millions of middle-class Americans at a time when the horse and the railroad were the only real viable means of transport.

Using moving assembly lines and the best possible materials, between 1 October 1908 and 26 May 1927, Ford built around 16.5 million examples of this extraordinary car. By 1918, half of all cars built in America were Model Ts and by 1925 around 8,000 a day were being produced, making Henry Ford one of the world’s best-known manufacturers of automobiles.

The selection of body styles varied from two- and four-seat open and closed models – tourers, town cars, runabouts, landaulets, and cabriolets – to vans and pick-up trucks, and customers could also have colors other than black!

This guide provides an insight into the design and construction of the Model T and many of its numerous variants, and the uses to which they were put, along with details of the background to Henry Ford himself and the car.

Highlights of the book include:

  • The Ford Model T story – the background of Henry Ford and his Ford Motor Company and the development of the Model T
  • Anatomy of a Ford Model T – detailed insight with photographs and diagrams
  • The engineer’s view – an insight from two leading experts, Chris Barker and Neil Tuckett
  • The driver’s view – description of the controls and driving technique for the Model T
  • The owner’s view – first-hand accounts from five Model T owners about why the car appeals to them
  • Competition history – including Indianapolis 500, Le Mans 24-hours and ‘Pig ‘n Ford’ races in America
  • Endless varieties – including trucks, ambulances, fire engines, army patrol cars and even rail cars
  • Restoration – Three UK-based specialists talk about their projects
  • Adventures – a trip across the North Island of New Zealand and a drive to the top of Ben Nevis in Scotland

The Author


Chas Parker is a long-time motor racing enthusiast who has written many books about motor sport and historic racing cars, including comprehensive histories of Brand Hatch and Silverstone and Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manuals for the D-type Jaguar, Bugatti Type 35 and Lola T70. He has also written a number of books for Porter Press International, including The Michael Turner Collection and was shortlisted, together with co-author Philip Porter, for the 2017 RAC Motoring Book of the Year Award for his work on the 1953 Le Mans-winning C-type Jaguar, XKC 051. He lives in East Sussex with his partner, Diane.

Cem Bölükbaşı Headshot

Cem Bölükbaşı To Race at Formula 3

Racing driver Cem Bölükbaşı, who started competing on real tracks after winning championships on virtual tracks, will participate in Formula 3 Asia championship for a full season for the first time in his career, supported by the Turkey Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA).

Cem Bölükbaşı continues his success on real tracks, where he has been a professional racing driver for the past two seasons after winning several world championships in e-sports. Bölükbaşı will participate in Formula Racing Series for a full season and race in the 2021 Formula 3 Asia Championship. He will be the driver of the BlackArts Racing Team at the F3 Series which will include a total of 15 races. Supported by TGA, Cem Bölükbaşı will represent Turkey in F3 Asia 2021 season with his gotürkiye logo branded car as part of the sponsorship.

The F3 Asia Series will kick off on January 29-30 in Dubai. In the first weekend, there will be a total of three races. On February 4-5 and February 6-7 in Abu Dhabi Yas Marina, there will be a total of six races.  Bölükbaşı will race in the same team with successful drivers such as Lorenzo Fluxa, Zdenek Chovanec, and Rafael Villagomez. He will race in a total of six races, three on February 12-14 and three on February 19-20 at the last two legs, and in total, he will race in 15 single-seater races.

As one of the most successful and rare examples of the transition from e-sport to real racing, Bölükbaşı is closely followed by the authorities and he had his first F3 experience in 2019, at Formula Renault Eurocup’s 9th leg, in Hockenheim Circuit. In the 2019 and 2020 seasons, at GT4 European Championships, Bölükbaşı was in BAM team. He completed the 2020 season as one of the drivers in the BAM team, in second place in the Pro-AM category.

During Formula 3 Asia championship, viewers can follow goturkiye Instagram account where live posts will be shared to keep up with the race.

About Cem Bölükbaşı

Cem Bölükbaşı, a young driver who serves as an example in the world as an athlete who has demonstrated significant success in both e-sports and real motorsports at the same time, is closely followed by local and international authorities due to his proven track record. In 2017, Cem Bölükbaşıcompeted in the Formula Esports World Championship, finishing in fifth place in the world and becoming the first driver to be selected for Formula 1 Champion Fernando Alonso’s Simracing team.  As one of the top 20 players among 70,000 players who participated in F1 Esports in 2018, he became the world’s number one in the ProDraft selections. He later joined Redbull Toro Rosso Formula 1 team and became the world-runner up with his team.

Bölükbaşı made his first appearance on real tracks in the GT4 European Series 2019 championship. Competing in two legs of the tournament as the driver selected by Borusan Automotive Motorsport (BAM) under the young talents project, Bölükbaşı experienced his first podium excitement by finishing second in the PRO-AM category in only the second real track race of his career at the Misano circuit.

Bölükbaşı completed the first Formula race of his career in October 2019, in Formula Renault Eurocup’s Hockenheim circuit as a member of M2 Competition team and sparked the authorities and motorsports enthusiasts’ attention with his performance in his first single-seater car race. He became the first SIM driver in the world to make it to the real track in Formula Renault Championship.

Competing in his first full season with the BAM team at the GT4 European Series 2020 championship, Bölükbaşı managed to finish the season in second place in the Pro-Am category.

Bölükbaşı became the World Champion in the Formula Renault Esport Series, which was held for the first time in 2020, by demonstrating his strength in simulation in a total of eight races.

Keep up with Cem Bölükbaşı on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Twitch

About TGA:

The Turkey Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) is dedicated to delivering Turkey as a brand and a popular destination in both domestic and international tourism markets; discovering, developing and promoting tangible and intangible natural, cultural, biological and manmade heritage assets; boosting Turkey’s tourism capacity and the ratio of tourism investments in the national economy and improving the quality of service with short, medium and long-term communication and marketing activities. In line with tourism strategies and policies set by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Agency carries out all promotion, marketing and communication activities to help Turkey achieve its tourism goals, promote and market current tourism opportunities across the globe, and discover, improve and develop potential areas of tourism.

Kaelen Felix illustrates motorcycle article for 360 magazine

Motorcycles, Mates × Memories

Author Bill Snelling is set to release a telling autobiography about his life in the world of motorcycle sports. Set to release on January 19, 2021, this is a book to add to your New Year’s reading list.

The book tells of motorcycling social history, as seen from the saddle. Snelling creates an entertaining autobiography, recounting a lifetime spent at the heart of British motorcycle sport, and living on the Isle of Man.

Throughout the book, Snelling reflects on his lifetime passion for two-wheeling in an entertaining, motorcycle-themed memoir. He recalls the decades of motorcycling mayhem, mud and madness that have characterized his 70-odd years living the dream. From his early days at Arthur Lavington’s Velo shop to pounding the long-distance trials and the many race circuits he has ridden, his new book covers it all. 

Bill admits he was better off-road than on tarmac, but he did win one race! He went on to work for Motorcycle Sport magazine, and as a dispatch rider, before moving permanently to the Isle of Man.

His book includes memories from a lifetime spent in the world of motorcycles and racing as well as a personal account of the golden years of the Tourist Trophy races. Also included are original photos from the TT archives that capture the thrill of the races. 

Author Bill Snelling is set to release a telling autobiography about his life in the world of motorcycle sports. Set to release on January 19, 2021, this is a book to add to your New Year’s reading list.

The book tells of motorcycling social history, as seen from the saddle. Snelling creates an entertaining autobiography, recounting a lifetime spent at the heart of British motorcycle sport, and living on the Isle of Man.

Throughout the book, Snelling reflects on his lifetime passion for two-wheeling in an entertaining, motorcycle-themed memoir. He recalls the decades of motorcycling mayhem, mud and madness that have characterized his 70-odd years living the dream. From his early days at Arthur Lavington’s Velo shop to pounding the long-distance trials and the many race circuits he has ridden, his new book covers it all. 

Bill admits he was better off-road than on tarmac, but he did win one race! He went on to work for Motorcycle Sport magazine, and as a dispatch rider, before moving permanently to the Isle of Man.

His book includes memories from a lifetime spent in the world of motorcycles and racing as well as a personal account of the golden years of the Tourist Trophy races. Also included are original photos from the TT archives that capture the thrill of the races. 

Read along as Snelling shares his passion and experiences as a rider and Manx Grand Prix competitor. This book is perfect for anyone interested in British motorcycle racing. 

Snelling’s book can be preordered here as well as on Amazon. The book runs for £16.99 UK, $29.95 USA and $32.95 CAN.

TRACK DAY WITH LIFERUSH ADVENTURES

By Anthony Sovinsky + Vaughn Lowery

Humans are unique in their ability to overcome the unimaginable. We are forced to explore the unknown –  to push our physical and mental limits. Brave people have taken chances and it has shaped our universe for the better. Whether we are attempting to climb the highest mountain or land our dream job, the thrill of doing something we haven’t done before creates a spark and meaning in our lives. For some of us this becomes a constant journey of discovering the next big thrill or adventure to add to the list of successes. Whether it be a bucket list item or just a childhood aspiration.

LifeRush Adventures is a society striving to deliver outdoor adventures that appeal to the adrenal glands. Recently, we received the pleasure of accompanying them on a trip to the world renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This course has been in operation for over 40+ years and has hosted some of the greatest races of all time. In 2008, Mazda Raceway was home to the Redbull U.S. Grand Prix where Valentino Rossi (multiple MotoGP World Champion) overtakes Casey Stoner in The Corkscrew (one of the hardest turns in motor racing in which you hit a blind cress into a three-story drop with a unique left-right combination) to win the race. It was Rossi’s first win in America; and he kisses The Corkscrew in front of 150,000 spectators. 

LifeRush Adventures in collaboration with Fast Toys Club makes these spectacular track events possible. Every month they take a different track and list an exotic car to commission (Lamborghini Huracan, Porsche 911, Audi R8, etc.) for your driving pleasure. Or, if you own a sports car, you can track it at $359/day.  Moreover, they possess excellent team building/corporate packages, beginning at $3,000 (includes one supercar plus six laps around the track per person). 

At Mazda Raceway, we were offered a 2017 Corvette Z06. In the morning, we started out with an instructional meeting on how to navigate the track: how and when to pass vehicles; the distinction of flags used; additional safety measures and the proper way to ‘hit the apex.’

Moments after, we paired up with a coach (or ride along instructor), we strapped on our helmets and fastened our passenger seat belts. If you’re a confident driver just hop in the driver’s seat.

LifeRush Adventures also offers an array of spontaneous activities: helicopter tours, costal exotic car drives, paddle boarding and flyboarding.

For additional information on packages and services visit: LifeRushAdventures.com