Utah Valley Model A Club is on the go
Driving a Model A Ford is a pleasure, especially when fun activities are involved. During the past year, the Utah Valley Model A Club has driven from Spanish Fork to Manti with an overnight stay. We had a driver training day where owners shared pointers that helped each other operate their cars more safely. A car rally tested everyone’s instruction-following abilities. We had an obstacle course to test drivers’ skills such as a fishing game where the car could not stop and the passenger had to pick up fish with a magnet on a string and take them into a barrel. Another car game involved placing a penny between the throttle linkage and the idle stop to create a fast idle, then racing in two-car heats to a line without losing the pennies.
Car shows and parades have also filled our docket. On Pioneer Day we had 12 cars in a group entry in the Mapleton Parade where we seated veterans in our rumble seats and in our other cars.
Besides the fun and games, we’ve seen more of our cars become roadworthy this year as owners worked hard to get their cars running. Members have helped each other with labor, parts and advice to get more owners participating in the activities. During our club meetings, we cover technical subjects to help round out our collective knowledge of what makes our cars tick and how to keep them running in top form.
Our upcoming events include a progressive dinner on Aug. 29 and our Fall Colors Tour up to Tibble Fork Reservoir on Sept. 12 where we will cook lunches on the manifolds of our cars and then have a Vintage-Iron Chef competition where our culinary creations will be judged under the trees by real chefs. In December, we’ll attach colored lights to our cars and drive around to view the Christmas lighting displays in the south part of the county.
If you have a Model A or know about someone who does, come join us. We take all comers who are willing to travel at 40 MPH. We meet every third Thursday at 7 p.m. at Larry H. Miller Ford in Provo. Contact us at utahvalleymodelaclub.org.