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Museum in Michigan brings Model T driving to the masses


A different kind of driving lesson is gaining traction in Michigan. More than 500 people have learned to drive a Model T at the Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo this year. The four-hour classes cost $105. They include three student drives and three ride-and-observe sessions inside Henry Ford's motorcar for the masses. 

Instructors are there every step of the way, including to hand-crank the Model T if the novice drivers stall it, as they sometimes do. One of the two dozen students in a recent class was a true novice driver. Twelve-year-old Alan Bennett from suburban Detroit became the youngest person ever to finish the class.

He says his only other experience of driving has been behind the wheel of a go-cart.

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