WEST ALEXANDRIA — On Sunday, Oct. 9, the 1923 Ford Model T Fire Engine No. 1 will participate in the Oktoberfest Antique Car Covered Bridge Run as part of the festival in West Alexandria this weekend.
Engine No.1 was driven in the first event back in 1966, by owner Shelton Thompson Jr., and has taken part in every Covered Bridge Run since. The fire engine has been owned by the Thompson family for 76 years.
This run will mark the event’s 50th anniversary.
The fire engine was originally the first in service for the Manchester Fire Department in Adams County, which is also the birthplace for Thompson Jr. The engine will be driven by Shelton’s son, Thomas Thompson, who has driven the truck in all 50 events over the years.
The Antique Car Covered Bridge Run was created in conjunction with a street carnival in 1966. Thompson Jr., Joe Marks, and George Washington coordinated the early event for prewar cars.
Registration for those who wish to participate in the run begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday. The vehicles will begin their run at noon, spaced out in two minute intervals. For more information, contact Joe Schiml at 937 456-2587.
Reach Oliver Sanders at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @osanders_RH