CROSSING CANADA IN A MODEL-T FORD WITH NO MOTOR COULD BE A CRAZY DREAM OR A NIGHTMARE

Two men from Amherst, Nova Scotia did it in 1927. The trip in a battered Model-T Ford was a brainchild of George Scott and Frank Elliott, whose descendants were named later for a famous carnival in Northern Nova Scotia.  With a bet of $1,000 they left Halifax on July 18, arriving in Vancouver on October 15,1927.  Their first tow took them to Truro, and from there to their hometown of Amherst. Crowds gathered as they crossed the land. The adventurers raised money by selling postcards, and hitched rides with passing vehicles, often along unpaved roads.Altogether their free lifts numbered 168; four were by teams of horses, and two by mule teams. Along the way people sheltered and fed them. They made the Guinness Book of Records after traveling 4,759 miles, and returning home via a coal boat through the Panama Canal.

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