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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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Fall Colors Tour/ IMAD 2014

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To celebrate International Model A Day we took advantage of the changing weather and had our fall colors tour. We took the opportunity to try our hand at manifold cooking as we made our way up American Fork canyon. The weather was perfect and our manifold cooking was a success for all those who tried it. We had 8 cars and their owners in attendance to try this unique method of cooking. As usual there was no shortage of food, laughs and good times!

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Road Rally turned Hobble Creek Tour

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With only two participants in our second annual road rally, Brimley’s took first and the Macks took an extremely close second. Actually, we did not feel that just showing up was challenging enough, nor did it merit an award so we decided to reschedule the rally for another day. Instead we took to the road and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Hobble Creek Canyon’s right fork. After taking in the scenery and posing for a few pictures, we made our way to Sonic for some good food. We all had fun, but greatly missed the attendance of the rest of the club.

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2014 Salem Days Car Show

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Due to short notice, were only able to get a couple of cars to the Salem Days show. Butch Scott and the Mack’s brought their cars while the Thompson’s and Cope’s (sans Model A’s) also made it out to support the club. The Mack’s received sponsors choice from O’Reilly Auto Parts and are excited to join the ranks of award winning Model A’s for the 2014 summer. Show organizers expressed interest in the club and highly encourage us to attend next year.

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