Henry J. Ford watched as the 15 millionth and last Model T rolled off the assembly line at the Highland Park Ford Plant on March 26, 1927.
On Saturday, seven members of the Nitro Antique Car Club will attempt to top that at the Eighth Annual Rod Run and Doo Wop on Kanawha Boulevard.
"We're going to take a pile of rusty parts, and in under five minutes, we're going to build a running, driving Model T Ford," Jim Winter, vice president of the Rod Run, told the Gazette's Bill Lynch.
Their effort is part of the future of Charleston.
The annual show attracts 1,000 cars a year. Owners from 12 states and Canada registered ahead of the event this year. The event attracts thousands of people, not just the gearheads.
The car show gives the city a chance to show itself off to thousands of visitors as a possible place to work and live in. Haddad Riverfront Park and Magic Island are beautiful venues, but it is the hospitality of the people of the city that will close any deal.
Often discussions on the future of West Virginia
focus on keeping young people here.