Christmas Light Tour 2017

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There is no doubt that the holidays provide for some of the best times of the year. For many of us however, all of the hustle and bustle can prevent us from enjoying those joyous moments. It isn’t until after the holidays when things start slowing down that we are actually able to relax and enjoy what is left of the festivities. Our Christmas Light tour is a perfect way that we can extend the season while at a much more calm and relaxed pace. After all, what better way to enjoy Christmas lights than through the fogged up windows of your Model A? This year visibility through the windshield was actually not a problem thanks to the beautiful weather that we have had.

We met up in Springville; Munson’s, Mack’s, Davis’, Eckstein’s and Thompson’s all attended...

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Grand Excursion on the Heber Valley Railroad

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For over 60 years the Rio Grande Western traveled through the impressive Provo Canyon as it hauled freight and passengers between Heber and Provo. The trains snaked their way through the canyon along the banks of the Provo River at a whopping 20 miles per hour. During the 1920’s and ’30’s the railroads most common passenger/commodity being hauled to market was sheep. Manifests show that during that time more sheep passed through the Heber depot than any where else in the country.

Fast forward 50 years and a lot has changed. What was originally a three day wagon trip on a toll road through the canyon transformed to an hour and a half train ride, and today has become a short 45 minute drive on the highway. The railroad has since been isolated from Provo...

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Spring City Heritage Day Tour

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Seven thirty in the morning and the sun is already up and working hard. Fumes from rich or lean carburetors permeate the morning air. Nine beautiful Model A’s are lined up in the Shopko parking lot, all gassed up, water fed, and oil a drippin’. As on lookers pass by with smiles, waves, and honks, the crew saddles up for the awaiting adventure ahead. The Model A’s come alive as the engines are revved fiercely as if they were lions, but only the sound of a little lamb is produced…putter-putter.

After leaving at our assigned time, we hit the open road. There’s nothing more exciting to me than being in a caravan of classic Model A’s...

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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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Photo Scavenger Hunt ’17

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A cold, rainy morning dawned on the day designated for our annual Model A Photo Scavenger Hunt, and yet, as if divinely mandated, the rain stopped as the Utah Valley Model A Club saddled up and headed for its first surprise stop, AAA Lakeside Storage. And what a surprise it was. There among the storage units was a vast and varied collection of vintage signs, gas pumps, model A’s, airplanes and even a Superman phone booth!

 It seems that over the last five years, Sparky Sparks made it his mission to collect as many old signs and gas pumps as he could (his goal is 100). He searched the Internet, attended swap meets and created an incomparable collection of every sign and gas pump imaginable...

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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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