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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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