Works Progress Administration Tour

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What started as a whim, the idea of a tour to historic WPA projects in Utah County generated a gratifying response. The weather was perfect after a chilly spring filled with rain. For the first time, we had a total of 20 old cars attend the event. Among the Model A’s assembled, two drove down from Salt Lake County and three cars came up from Sanpete County. Of the Sanpete crowd, two of the vehicles were Model T’s.

We started by meeting at the Springville Museum of Art which thankfully had a parking lot large enough for us to assemble in one long line. Imagine our excitement as Model A after Model A came chugging down the road and turned into the lot. It sort of reminded me of clowns coming out of a Volkswagen at the circus.

The idea of the tour was to visit eight WPA pr...

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Tour for Tonkatsu

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Anyone who is familiar with the propensity of the members of the Utah Valley Model A Club to want to eat will not be surprised by our February activity.

February is a cold month in Utah and on a 30-odd degree damp evening, twenty hungry Model A
enthusiasts came to an indoor event at Chao’s Asian Market in Orem, UT. Here we were hosted by Chao’s owner, Ernie Silva who conducted a cooking class where we all made as much tonkatsu as we could eat.
Tonkatsu is a dish made of pork loin coated in flour, egg and panko bread crumbs which is then fried in deep oil. The result is a nice crispy lean pork Japanese comfort food drizzled with sweet spicy fruit sauce. With tasty brown rice, Korean noodles and Ernie’s aunt’s Asian coleslaw, our plates were full of the flavors of the Orient.

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2016 Christmas Light Tour

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This year’s Christmas Lights Tour turned out to be a great success. We had eight Model A’s drive the course. Most were decked out in colorful lights, attracting the curiosity of passers-by who pulled into our staging area to snap some photos. You might call this an after-dark, impromptu, frozen, illuminated car show.

Folks from the north part of the valley met at the Provo Allen’s. In the mean time, the parking lot of the Springville Allen’s was filling up with five Model A’s. A new driver joined us on this adventure: Stevan Davis who was driving his dad’s Coupe. This was likely Stevan’s first outing of any considerable distance with the car. Our hats go off to him for choosing a frozen December night for a maiden cruise in a Model A he was unfamiliar with...

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The Model Ace Squadron

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Much like the flyboy’s of days past we embarked on an adventure, a mission that many wondered whether we would make it back in one piece or not. A reconnaissance mission, if you will, of the Hill Aerospace Museum. We would have to exert a lot of faith in our machines and confidence in ourselves that we would survive. A mission of this grandeur to the ‘Northern Territory’ having never been attempted by UVMAC before, only the few and the brave dared to volunteer for this mission.

At 0900 hours we converged at Hart’s. After a short briefing from our CO Clyde, we took flight. Our squadron of four (Eckstein’s, Furr’s, Clyde & the Mack’s) escorting our support vessel made its way up Redwood Rd and into uncharted territory...

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Wonderstone Tour

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The morning carried with it a bright and sunny countenance as our caravan left American Fork and headed west for our Rock Hound Adventure.  As our caravan drove further west, the dark bank of clouds hovering over Flat Top Mountain began to move eastward. We passed Eagle Mountain and Cedar Fort before gradually turning south on our way to our rock- hounding location.

The scenery was quite beautiful, even verdant green with the sun coming and going depending upon the cloud action above us. Our windshields were splattered with drops of rain now and again as we continued to drive another 30 miles to Vernon.

At Vernon we enjoyed a quick stop at the Silver Sage before reloading into cars and heading for the rock site...

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Tatton Baird Hatters

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This month’s activity was a visit to Tatton Baird Hatters in Springville. Of course we couldn’t start at the hatters; we had to build up our strength before the visit. After all, what do we do best (besides concocting large fish tales)? Eat! We met at Joe Bandido’s for a king-sized lunch of Mexican food, then we corralled our Model A’s and paraded down Springville’s main street to Tatton Baird.

Once we arrived and staged our cars in front of the shop, we all took a photo or two… or three or four before heading inside. As usual we created quite a stir and caused a traffic jam of people and cars wanting to look at, and take pictures of the Model A’s.

Once inside, the shop was just as the pictures portray. It fit our era of history perfectly...

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2015 Christmas light tour

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I cannot think of a better way to wrap up the year and enjoy the Christmas spirit than by using our Model A’s to make things cheery and bright!

We met in Spanish Fork for our second annual Christmas light tour. Despite the frigid weather and light falling snow we had three Model A’s all decked out in lights. We started the night with a quick repair of one of Nicholas’ burned out headlights. After buttoning it back up Howard checked with everyone to make sure that we all had gas. Nicholas confirmed that between he and the car, there was plenty of gas.

We lined up the convoy and hit the road. With Nicholas in the lead we made our way through town, however as we took the first turn out of Spanish Fork Nicholas’ car started acting up. It lost power, sputtered and died...

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Salty A’s Fall Tour 2015 Part 3

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   Saturday we wasted no time pulling out of Ely. It wasn’t that we were not enjoying our time in Ely, we just had a time slot at Lehman Caves that we needed to make it to. Shortly out of Ely we came across the best scenery of the trip, but also the most grueling section for the cars. There were two mountain passes standing between us and Utah, we would have to cross Connors Pass that rose to an elevation of 7,729 ft with 8% grades and also Sacramento pass that was 6,720 ft. Henry (Clyde’s car) reminded us of how much he hated climbing hills at speed. The best part though was the view through the back window seeing a line of Model A’s winding through the ‘S’ curves...

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Salty A’s Fall Tour 2015 Part 2

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    Friday morning we pulled out of Wendover and headed south to Ely. After learning that Ely was Clyde’s old stomping grounds, he was nominated to lead this leg of the trip. Shortly out of Wendover the scenery brought a welcome change. What I normally would have considered boring desert scenery of sage and rabbit brush, now seemed so lush compared to the salt flats. The winding road and mountainous terrain also added some relief from the long straight road we traveled yesterday. We made our way down the Lincoln Highway and made a pit stop at Lages Junction to stretch our legs and also take another opportunity to work on Rich’s carburetor.  It had been giving Rich problems since he arrived in Tooele, some kind of white plasticky material kept clogging the jets...

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Salty A’s Fall Tour 2015 Part 1

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   Earlier this year Salty A members visited our meeting to officially invite us to join them during their activities and tours in the upcoming months. There were a couple of tours that really caught my interest and I started day dreaming of what it would be like to travel to those ‘exotic’ places with a more experienced touring club. Unfortunately my day dream came to a screeching halt when Bill recited the club’s rule, “if you do not think your car can make it, do not bring it.” My visions of grandeur quickly became those of upset club members standing around my car, hands on hips, tapping their feet in disgust on the side of the road...

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