... Well sort of. There was nobody around to hear my pretend engine noises and tyre squeals as I took the Ford Model T for a spin. I pass this fantastic sculpture several times a week; often there are tourists sitting in and on it having their pictures taken and so I thought that I would stop (when things were quiet) and have a go...
This wonderful piece of work was the Millennium project of Ballinascarthy Community Council. The plaque reads:
"You can have it any colour as long as its black"
These were the immortal words uttered by one of the greatest minds of the 20th Century, HENRY FORD.
Henry's family were residents in this very village prior to having emmigrated to the United States. The Ford legacy can still be seen around us today having never hesitated since revolutionising the motor industry in 1908 through the development of the worlds first mass produced automobile - The "Model T". This car became a car for the people and by 1927 over 15 million had been built. Truly this car and its inventor were catalysts of the modern motor industry and by the time of his death in 1947 Henry had
"Put the World on Wheels"
So if you are ever heading into West Cork along the N71, don't forget to stop in Ballinascarthy and take the Model T for a test drive :~)