Utah Val­ley Model A Club is on the go

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Howard Eck­stein

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.

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