I have had 1, or more, Model A Fords most of my life. When I was 13 years old, I worked for my father during the summer, who was a landscape gardener, doing gardening work. We were a very poor family but I saved money all summer and accumulated $75 dollars. With that $75 dollars I wanted to buy a go-cart. My dad said “Why don’t you buy an old car instead”? My eyes probably got really big as owning a car at 13 was the furthest from my mind.
With that $75 I bought a 1929 Model A Ford Pickup, and learned to drive it on our farm. The body was in poor shape but I didn’t let that keep me from driving it. When I was old enough to get a driver’s license, I drove it to high school, and to summer jobs.
At some point I took it all apart to restore it but could not justify spending money on the restoration. For many years I moved the pieces from place to place. In 2000 I retired and moved to Mexico. Our kids were grown, and out of college so I decided that it was time to restore that pickup.
In 2010 I wondered how much my restored pickup might be worth and looked on eBay to find out. (This is not something I would recommend!) While searching eBay I saw a 1928 Model A Ford with a 1928 Martin-Parry Station Wagon (Depot Hack) body. I had never heard of a Martin-Parry vehicle, but I thought that this vehicle would be PERFECT for the climate that we have in Mexico, (warm and dry).
One of my hobbies is woodworking so I bought the vehicle and started the restoration. It was finished in about 2 years and has since won many awards. Here in Mexico a Model A Ford is quite a novel vehicle. Many Mexicans think that people really don’t own such a vehicle, and that they are something only seen in movies.
Since that purchase I have had an interest in gaining knowledge about the Martin-Parry Corporation and the vehicles they produced. When I looked on the internet for information about the Martin-Parry Corporation and/or their vehicles, I discovered that there was not much available and what was available was scattered all over. Over a period of time I have been contacted by others that also had Martin-Parry vehicles, or had an interest in those vehicles. I decided that a website was needed where this information could be stored and shared with others. My desire is that this website will be that collection point where all the known Martin-Parry information can be collected and shared.