North American Touring Ts come to town

Published 3:56 pm Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A 20 car caravan of North American Touring Ts visited Picayune on Monday as part of their “Seeing the South Slowly” Tour.  Picayune kicked off the last quarter of their 1,701 mile journey, which began in Vicksburg and brought them through Tenn., Ala. and Fla. before returning home through Miss. The group ranges in age from 15 to 90.

The group was met by City Manager Jim Luke, Chief of Police Bryan Dawsey, city councilmen and employees and surprised by a reception complete with King Cakes.

Club member, Carla Hart, of Nev. said, “This was very nice. Most places do not do anything so we were pleasantly surprised by both the hospitality and charm of this town. We love Picayune! A lot of towns are very quiet because most of the stores have closed; but you can feel that this town is alive and thriving. It’s also very charming. We can’t wait to come back.”

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Club tour organizer Joss Sanderson said, “The club does a tour each year. Normally we do it in the fall but since we were doing the South we decided to move our date up and beat the heat.

Club member Bob Sterner, of Hemet, Ca. arrived at the  Picayune Intermodal Transportation and Tourism Center in his 1926 Ford Model T Station Wagon. The vehicle has a 1926 Martin Perry body made of ash and oak.

Sterner said the group is part of the Model T Club of the State of Ca.