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Stamps to mark 50th anniversary and visit

A group of vintage car enthusiasts have decided the Isle of Man fits their needs to a 'T'.

Thirty-six Model T Fords will be on the Island from tomorrow (Friday) for the 2010 Isle of Man Tour, the Golden Anniversary event of the Model T Ford Register of Great Britain.

Members last travelled over seven years ago, and local organiser Ray Pinnock says it's a real coup for the Island to be chosen for the 2010 event.

Around 80 people are booked to take part in the tour, and many will stay on to explore the Island.

A number of static displays will be held during the five day event to give the public a chance to view the famous vintage cars, the oldest of which date back to 1911.

They can be seen at Ramsey Golf Club at lunchtime on Saturday and the recently opened transport museum in Jurby on Saturday afternoon.

They will also be on display at the Creg Malin in Peel early on Monday afternoon, Laxey Promenade at around 11am on Tuesday and in the Villa Marina Gardens from around 2.30pm, also on Tuesday.

The first production Model T Ford was assembled in Detroit in 1908 and up to 1927 the Ford Motor Company built more than 15 million of the cars.

The use of vanadium steel in their construction means they don't rust away, which is the reason why so many have survived for so long.

Isle of Man Post Office is marking the 50th anniversary of the Model T Ford Register of Great Britain with an issue of six stamps, designed by local motorsport artist Peter Hearsey.

They are available from tomorrow.

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