Published by the Texas Transportation Museum, San Antonio

Texas T Party 2021
Wednesday September 29 - Sunday October 2
Temple, Texas

Hosted by the San Antonio Ford Model T Club

Page last updated on September 8, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Texas T Party web page. You will find information about the tour, a tour application, the mechanical reliability statement and a link to the base hotel to facilitate reserving your room. An outline of the tour is also provided and also some FAQs (frequently asked questions). You may ask questions or request that the application and safety inspection form be e-mailed to you by using the "Contact Us" button in Section A on the right had side column on this page.


First and foremost, this tour is defiitely happening !!!!

2021 Texas T Party Tour Application

Click the "2021 Texas T Party Registration Form" link below for the tour application. Please, please, please fill it out on your computer, then print it out to mail it to the dress supplied at the bottom of the form along with your payment :

CLICK : 2021 Texas T Party Registration Form

To ask a question by e-mail, click : 2021 Texas T Party Questions


Please note that some computer systems may not open the "pdf" form directly. It may show up as a download link on the bottom of your screen that you then click to open. If you cannot open the form, please send a message using the "Contact Us" tab in the column on the right to request that the application form be e-mailed to you.


Please click the "MTFCA Model T Safety Inspection Form" linked below for the mandatory inspection form you must submit in order to participate on this tour in your Model T.

DO NOT MAIL THIS FORM with your tour application and payment. Please print it out and complete it and then bring it with you when you register in person at the tour

CLICK : MTFCA Model T Safety Inspection & Reease Form

Please note that some computer systems may not open the "pdf" form directly. It may show up as a download link on the bottom of your screen that you then click to open. If you cannot open the form, please send a message using the "Contact Us" tab in the column on the right to request that the "Model T Safety Inspection Form" be e-mailed to you.


The 2021 Texas T party will be based at the Hilton Garden Inn, located in the medical center area of the Temple Medical Center area. A special "T Party Tour Rate" of $110 per night has been negotiated for tour participants. The hotel is committed to providing 80 of their 130 rooms at this rate. It may go over this quota depending on demand from other customers, so act quickly. The hotel is pet friendly but does require a $50 non-refundable deposit.

Hilton Garden Inn
1749 Scott Blvd
Temple, TX 76504

PH. (254) 773 0200


No secondary hotel has been reserved at this time. Information on this subject may be added at a later date, depending on the need.


Due to space limitations at the hotel, all tour participants are cordially requested to park their trailers at the "Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center." This is located five miles from the hotel. Information about the best route for Model Ts between the two locations will be provided in due course. The address is provided below. Parking for trailers is free and the convention center will provide a more secure location than the other options we looked at in the area.

People planning to attend the tour in an RV may also use the convention center, or find another location themselves. Parking at the convention center for RVs is $15 a night. There are electrical hook-ups alleviate, and fresh, clean water. Please note the convention center does not have facilities for the disposal of "gray water" and septic tank material. There are other RV sites in the area that do.

3303 N. 3rd Street, Temple TX 76501

2021 Texas T Party - TOUR OUTLINE

Tuessday September 29, 2021

Tour registrations in the evening for early arrivals

Wednesday September 29, 2021

Tour registrations in the morning and in the evning after the afternoon tour. Driver meeting at 2:30 PM. Tour starts from hotel at 3:00 PM. The tour will be around the significant houses in the older parts of the city of Temple. Then back to the Hilton Garden Inn hotel for an ice cream social and light snacks.

Thursday September 30, 2021

Driver's meeting at 7:30 AM. Tour departs at 8:00 AM. This is the Official Tour Picture day. First a 64 mile drive to the Homestead Heritage Farms> in Waco, Texas. We will be served coffee and donuts upon arrival. Cars to line up near old time water mill building for the official tour picture. After that, tour participants can wander the facility where there are all kinds of craft activities, such as a blacksmith, a pottery complete with kilns, wood-working, fiber-crafts - knitting, weaving, sewing, a full wood working shop where they make everything from canoes to fine furniture. Lunch (included in the tour package) to be served at tables in the open air. Just about all the activities at the Heritage Farm use materials found, grown or raised on the own property, including the wood, the wool and the food that they will be serving. After lunch, people have three choices. 1. Stay stay on at the farm - there is a lot more to see including a magnificent scenic overlook - then return directly to the hotel. 2. Drive into Waco to visit the Magnolia Silos shopping facility made famous by the "Fixer-Upper" HGTV show hosted by Chip and Joanna Gaines. The Dr. Pepper museum is also nearby. 3. You can also visit the "3 Texans Winery" near Moody, Texas. The route back to the hotel from both the Heritage Farms and "The Silos" go through Moody.

There is no activity scheduled for this evening.

Friday October 1, 2021

The goal of this day's touring is to spend time in Salado, Texas, to the south of Temple. Of course, we won't be taking the direct road, but rather more attractive and T suitable back roads. This charming small town has something for everyone, including shopping, dining, arts, antiques and even a combined brewery and winery, all in close proximity. Lunch will be provided as part of the tour package. In the afternoon we will take a different rout back to Temple, past Silhouette Hollow Lake near Belton.

In the evening, we have been invited to participate in the city of Temple's monthly "First Friday" activities. Tour participants may take part at no cost. Secure parking for Model Ts has been arranged in the downtown area near the focus of the evening's activities. Most stores a restaurants will stay open later than usual to accommodate the many visitors who take part. There will be all kinds of additional activities such as craft booths, history walking tours, music and food trucks.

Saturday October 2, 2021

This day will be especially good for visiting family members. Our first port of call will be a two hour visit to the Temple Railroad Museum, which is having a day of family oriented events. A select few of our Ts will be allowed to park immediately in front of the historic station. The rest will be in parking areas near the museum. We will then go over to the well known annual "Texas Early Day Tractor and Engine Show." A burger style lunch at the Ratibor Country Grille, between the museum and the tractor show grounds is part of the tour. There will also be food trucks at the tractor show, at your own expense.

In the evening the end-of-tour banquet will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn

Sunday October 3, 2021

A light breakfast will be provided as part of the tour, then everyone should head on home. There are no formal tour related activities on this day.


Does the discount rate apply on Tuesday September 28?

The hotel will honor the discount rate on this date. Please note that tour activities do not start until after lunch on Wednesday September 29.

Does the Hilton Garden Inn allow pets?

Yes, it is pet friendly. They do ask for a non-refundable deposit of $50

Is there a day rate for the tour?

No, there is no day rate for this tour. The tour hosts will be paying for most activities months in advance using the funds received.

Can my tour fee be refunded if I have to cancel?

Yes. Your tour fee will be refunded in full if you decide to withdraw before July 31, 2021. After that, any rebates will be allocated on a prorated basis from any funds remaining after the tour is over.

Do I need to be a member of any club or live in Texas to participate?

No. You don't have to be a member of any club, local or national, to participate in this tour. You also don't have to live in Texas. This tour attracts people from all over the country and even from outside the USA.

Can I participate in the tour without bringing a Model T?

Yes. While bringing a T to the tour is kind of the point, people tagging along in modern cars are quite welcome. There are many good reasons, such as health issues, or your T is not yet completely restored or safe to drive long distances. People who do not yet own a T but are seriously interested are also most welcome.

How many miles will we drive each day?

In this tour, we do not expect to exceed 100 miles on any given day. The drives will be much shorter on both the Wednesday and on Saturday. We are looking to provide a good experience for people to see this part of Texas but also get a chance to fully experience the places we will visit.

What if my T breaks down during the tour?

This will happen quite a bit on a tour that lasts several days with many, many miles of driving. In almost all instances, tour participants will stop to help for an "unscheduled roadside repair seminar." And most of the time they will succeed in getting you going again. That's the beauty of the T. If you run out of gas, there will be "trouble trucks" driven by tour volunteers who will provide you with fuel or oil or radiator fluid or whatever else you might need - up to a point. If necessary they can load your T on their trailer and haul y'all back to the hotel. Some people prefer to be taken back to get their own truck and trailer and that can be accommodated also.

Can my need for a special diet be a consideration?

Sadly, it's just about impossible on a tour of this size and scope to accommodate the special diet requirements of some participants. The best advice that we can give is to bring your own food with you during the day if you cannot eat what is provided and eat your main meal in the evenings after we return to the hotel.

Do I have to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn?

No. You may use any hotel or other form of accommodation that best suits your needs. Some people will be staying in RVs, for example, or with relatives who live in the area. All daily activities, including the drivers meeting will start at th base hotel.

Are children welcome on this tour?

Yes. Absolutely. Most years there any number of youngsters taking part. We do not have any activities planned for them as such, and they are, of course, the responsibility of the people who bring them.


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