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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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Iron Chef / Fall Colors

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For the past few weeks Utah County residents have noticed something peculiar about the 80 year old cars driving around town. No it is not the cars or the drivers they are finding peculiar, but instead the smell. Some cars are leaving a pleasant aroma, and others well…. the burning does not smell like oil or exhaust, but more like burning food. Club members have been preparing and testing their manifold recipes for this years Iron Chef competition. We had such a great time last year that Howard decided to up the ante and invited a professional chef to judge our meals. With bragging rights on the line, everyone has been trying diligently to nail that winning recipe.

Iron Chef participants met at Hearts gas station in American Fork where they prepped their cooking platform and hyped up their...

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Manti / Rat Fink Trip – Part 2

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Saturday we started off early and awoke to a pancake breakfast prepared by the activities committee, aka Nicholas. After breakfast we made our way to the city park for the Rat Fink car show. Bill had secured us a spot in the shade and thankfully the weather held off and also provided a bit of overcast to help keep things cool. We found a couple other Model A’s at the show and even convinced some new members to join our crazy group. Clyde passed the time by fixing Carlson’s headlights and also adjusting Mack’s clutch. Karl recruited a pin striper to come and spruce up his roadster, unfortunately after leaving to get some supplies, the artist never returned...

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Manti / Rat Fink Trip – Part 1

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For many Model A clubs, long distant or overnight trips might not be that big of a deal. However for our young, small but growing club, who’s events usually do not last longer than a few hours, an overnight trip is a huge deal. We decided to try our members confidence with an 80 mile trip down to Manti to join our fellow members in Sanpete county as well as check out the Rat Fink reunion and visit the historic city of Spring City.

We met in Springville Friday morning and it is just our luck that we would pick a wet weekend to go down to Sanpete county. Looking at the forecast before leaving, it did not look too promising. Rain was predicted all the way down to Santaquin and a new storm arriving in Manti at the same time we would get there...

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Model A’s and the HVRR

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UVMAC members and their families had the opportunity to spend the day experiencing travel in the days before the conveniences of automobile travel; aboard the Heber Valley Railroad.

After rendezvousing at Harmons in Orem, we started our 5 car convoy up Provo canyon. The sky was overcast and dark with low lying clouds covering the mountain tops, but the canyon was still beautiful as ever! Enjoying the lush green foliage while following behind Richard with his Alaska plates, one would think that they were no longer in Utah, a nice break from our typically dry weather.

After winding through the canyon we crested the grade at Deer Creek dam and continued on following the shoreline of the reservoir...

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Garage Seminar – Headlights

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Our second garage seminar was held at Clyde’s garage. Since many member’s cars do not have working headlights, we decided to spend the day helping them get their lights wired up. Due to threatening rain clouds though, Tony was the only one who showed up to receive help with his headlights. Joe, Howard and Clyde wasted no time in digging into Tony’s car while the rest of us did an outstanding job of supervising, sharing stories and admiring each others cars.

While the experts did their thing, the rest of us spent time making a new accessory for our Model A’s — bumper seats! Clyde had spent the previous day putting together kits for our seats and after a demonstration on how to assemble them, we formed an assembly line and went to work...

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Drivers Education Day

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The roads of Mapleton were terrorized on Saturday, as Model A’s swarmed the roads of town. They were everywhere put-putting through town waving and honking at both pedestrians and motorists alike. We had eleven cars turn out for the event. It ranked third in participation behind the movie, and the July 24th parade.

The day started out with driver’s training. Colette reacquainted herself with the “A” she used to drive to work years ago. Elaine got behind the wheel for the first time in years, and Becky learned how to drive an “A” for the first time ever! Margaret, stretching her legs to reach the floor, learned how to operate a clutch and use a stick-shift...

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2nd Annual Road Rally

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The 2 ½nd annual road rally had a much better attendance than our previous attempt. We would have liked to have seen a better turn-out; but we still had fun with the five Model A’s, two modern irons and eleven people who were able to enjoy each others company; and for some—misfortune.

We met at the Rock Canyon trail head where last years rally ended. After receiving instructions and a refresher on some rules, we started the clock and the cars headed off in ten minute intervals. We had a couple false starts but within a half hour everyone was on their way.

It wasn’t long before we were passing each other, criss-crossing paths and making U-turns in the Indian Hills...

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Christmas Light Tour

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I cannot think of a better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by using our Model A to make things cheery and bright. 16 brave souls and three festively lit Model A’s faced the cold December air as we held our first annual(?) Christmas Light Tour.

We started at Shopko in Spanish Fork and took our 6 car convoy down to Salem to enjoy the lights setup on and around Salem Ponds. It was a beautiful site! Model A’s adorned in Christmas lights winding their way around the festive pond. After pausing for a few minutes for pictures, we made our way back up to Spanish Fork to enjoy the Festival of Lights...

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