Utah Val­ley Model A Club

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Ever won­dered what it was like to travel by car dur­ing the roar­ing 20’s or cross­ing the coun­try dur­ing the de­pres­sion? Do you have an in­ter­est in old cars? Do you en­joy the thought of tak­ing a leisurely drive in an an­tique car along coun­try roads? The Utah Val­ley Model A Club does this all sum­mer long. It is a chap­ter of the largest car club in Amer­ica de­voted to one model of car - The Model A Ford.

The “New Ford” as Henry Ford called it was brain-child of Ed­sel Ford, son of Henry Ford. Model T’s were dwin­dling in sales in the mid twen­ties, and be­cause of this, Ed­sel tired to per­suade his fa­ther the leave the Model T be­hind and start de­vel­op­ing a new car. Henry was re­luc­tant to be­gin with, but fi­nally re­lented. The plants were down for five months while they re­tooled. Ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns were so suc­cess­ful, and Fords cars so pop­u­lar that 10.5 mil­lion Amer­i­cans (10% of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion) vis­ited deal­er­ships across the coun­try to see the car on the first few days af­ter its re­lease. The Model A was so sought af­ter that Ford couldn’t keep up with or­ders and by Oc­to­ber of 1928 the com­pany had a back-log of 800,000 or­ders. Over a four year pe­riod, more than five mil­lion cars were man­u­fac­tured. Eighty years later Model A Fords are the most com­mon auto pre­dat­ing 1935.

The Utah Val­ley Model A Club was formed in 2012 to pro­mote the preser­va­tion of this his­toric car and year by year it keeps grow­ing. The mis­sion of the club is to serve as a medium of ex­change of ideas, in­for­ma­tion, and parts for ad­mir­ers of Model A Ford cars and trucks (1929-1931) and to help them in their ef­forts to re­store and pre­serve these ve­hi­cles in their orig­i­nal form.

The club draws mem­bers from all over Utah County as well as out­ly­ing ar­eas, even as far away as Manti. Most mem­bers are car buffs who en­joy all types of cars. In fact the to­tal num­ber of col­lec­tor cars owned by the club mem­bers to­tal ninety, twenty-four of which are Model A Fords in var­i­ous stages of restora­tion.

The group meets ev­ery month on the third Thurs­day at the Larry H Miller Ford Deal­er­ship on Univer­sity Park­way in Provo. Meet­ings start at 7:00 p.m. It isn’t nec­es­sary to have a Model A to join the group — only an in­ter­est in the 1929-1931 Fords.

In ad­di­tion to monthly meet­ings where mem­bers learn about the tech­ni­cal as­pects of the car there is a monthly ac­tiv­ity as well. Dur­ing the warm weather months drives to lo­cal at­trac­tions take place.

If you would like to par­tic­i­pate or learn more, you can join the group at any monthly meet­ing or find in­for­ma­tion at UtahVal­leyModelAClub.org or find us on Face­book and In­sta­gram. You can also send an e-mail to ModelAClub@ya­hoo.com. Come and join us, you’ll be glad you did.

Pro­vided by Greg Mack

Model A Club take a scenic shot on their Utah Lake Trip in May 2014.

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