Proctor Family Takes Cross Country Road Trip In Model A Ford

By KBJR News 1

September 3, 2014 Updated Sep 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM CDT

Proctor, MN (NNCNOW.com)

When you see a Model A Ford turn up in a parade, it's a wonder such an old machine can even move under its own power.
Tim Lambert is going to drive his from Proctor to Flatwillow, Montana.

"It's recreating what grandpa did with his children and he, uh, had seven kids in a 1926 Model T." said Tim.

The Model A is one generation ahead of the Model T but still, the 900 mile trip will be done at a maximum speed of only 45 miles per hour.
In 1930, Grandpa Leonard Lambert did the trip to visit his family homestead.
Today, it's his four grandkids making the run.

"We're going to take the same route and we're going to camp on the homestead for a number of days and just enjoy ourselves." said Art Lambert.

All four Lambert grandchildren are looking forward to reliving family history 84 years later.

"To be able to follow in their footsteps, I guess." said Wendy Carlberg.
"Tire tracks." interjected Art.
Tire tracks!" said Wendy.

Four people and a trailer load of camping gear to haul sounds like a big job for a Model A Ford but no one is worried.

"You know, it'll all come together.
I know it in my mind and it's going to work and it's going to be a great adventure." said Sandy Tigue.

The trip to Montana should take four days.
The return trip?
No one knows.

"We don't have a schedule.
We're all retired.
We're going to take as long as it takes and hopefully us and the car will stay in one piece." said Tim.

In Proctor, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

The Lambert grandkids' route will follow what was once U.S. Highway 10 through Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana.