Bancroft Road, Modesto, Ca 

Ron Thorne Garage Tour - 2016-10-22

By Pat Hansen:  On October 22nd the Salty A’s [had] a tour of Ron Thorne’s car collection.  … For those that came it was a great treat.  Ron’s collections were fabulous.  He specializes in Ford and Mercury Woodies and old V8s. He had several buildings with dozens of beautifully restored and original cars in each building.  He even had a couple of A’s in the mix.  The walls were adorned with grand collections of license plates, hubcaps, signage, and even old bicycles.  Ron was very cordial and introduced each section of his collection and let us roam around.  A special thanks to Ron Thorne… This trip was a real pleasure and treat to see so many wonderfully maintained automotive treasures.

Southern Utah Tour 2016-08-25

By Clyde Munson:  In the waning days of August, members of the Salty A’s, Beehive A’s and the Utah Valley Model A Clubs took a tour of Southern Utah. Our tour was carefully and expertly planned by Denny Sprecher. We were given a booklet of maps on how to reach out first destination which was Richfield and all subsequent stops along the way.

Members of the two northern clubs met in Salt Lake and travelled south together, picking up other cars along the way. The first stop was in Goshen. This occurred after several members of the club had joined the convoy. However, the best laid plans went a bit awry,  as an aerial view would have given the impression of the car club doing a dramatic rending of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, rather than our usually organized line of Model A’s heading down the highway, one after another.

Different members of our touring group stopped at different small towns in Sanpete Country for lunch, refreshments and gas. Eventually, however, we all made our way to our final destination for the day, the city of Richfield.

The next morning, the tour was greeted by what appeared to be an absolutely beautiful day. Those that did not drive their Model As to Richfield unloaded their cars from trailers and the group readied to leave Richfield, with a total of 19 cars ready for adventuring.

The first part of the drive took us around the scenic Fish Lake Loop. Along the way, we stopped at a lodge that was obviously built prior to modern building codes or levels. Standing in a large hall in the lodge and looking out the large windows that faced the lake we decided  that if the rest of the tour had similar scenery we would definitely see some amazing sights .With breaks taken, snacks eaten and condensers replaced we moved on through the small towns in the area. Eventually, we reached Bicknell for lunch, after a local pizza proprietor had asked us to stop by and take a picture in front of his establishment.

After lunch, we made our way to the Anasazi State Park and Museum in Boulder, Utah.  There, we looked through the exhibits detailing the lives of a long lost Native American Tribe. As a group, we went out to look at the actual ruins, which was exciting. Unfortunately, the lovely weather turned on us, and made the picturesque ruins a little more exciting than we were originally planning for. A deluge of near biblical proportions came down, sending everyone scrambling for any available covered areas.

When the weather let up to the point we were no longer worrying about floating away, we moved on to the destination of the day, Escalante, Utah.  Whilst on road, some members of our party decided to take a side tour along the Burr Trail, while the remainder of the tour travelled Grand Staircase road. Depending on how much you like feeling peril this road was both terribly exciting and breathtaking or, since you could look over the side of our car, and see a 2,000 foot vertical drop, capable of inducing no small measure of vehicular consternation.  The beauty of the area was offset a challenging road, which now was slick with rain. It was at times a white knuckle experience.

In Escalante, we were treated to a dinner provided by the Wild West Retreat. The dinner was hosted in an old Theater andwas very delicious. While enjoying being dry and having a great meal, the tour discussed the next day’s plans.  Meanwhile, all of the Model A’s parked along the street attracted a local who happened to have a Model T. The lady asked what our group’s plans were for the next day and the tour told her that our itinerary included going to Kodachrome Basin and Bryce Canyon. The lady informed us that due to the local storms the roads in Kodachrome were rendered quite messy to drive on. She then let the tour know that there was a vintage airplane and car show at the Bryce Canyon airport.  The tour decided to head directly to Bryce Canyon the next morning.

With a chill in the air, we departed Escalante and make our way to Bryce Canyon. Upon reaching the Bryce Canyon airport, we were directed around the humble terminal to the car show.  The organizers of the show were thrilled to have us join the fun, as our numbers nearly doubled the total count of cars being shown. While the members of our clubs walked around the cars from the area, the treat of the Bryce Canyon car show experience was watching two vintage planes take off and perform daring maneuvers in air.

After some time, the clubs headed over to Bryce Canyon to continue the tour, after agreeing to return to the show to do a second display with the planes. We later discovered that the second fly by never actually happened, because soon after we left the airport a downpour effectively ended all flying attempts and also made driving rather….interesting.

Our clubs were not halted by the rain however, as we continued through Bryce Canyon. We had discussed going through to the top of the canyon first and then driving through to look at the different sites and vistas that the park offered, but much like the first day of tour, staying together was easier said than done.  At our stops along the way, we were greeted with some amazing scenery as the low fog hung like silvery smoke along the beautiful formations in the canyons.  We also saw and were seen by many tourists who wanted to take pictures with our cars and ask questions about them.

Day four of our tour had us traveling from Richfield back home.  Keeping up with our pattern, various members of our tour group found many different ways back towards Utah and Salt Lake County, taking all sorts of little side roads.

 All in all, it was a great time with some amazing scenery. True, it would have been nice to experience this part of Southern Utah without all the rain showers, but that is part and parcel with car tours and we still had a wonderful time.  We were grateful to travel in safety and genuinely enjoyed each other’s company.  As touring season ends, we are looking forward to next summer and to more adventures (but hopefully a bit less rain) with our Model A Fords and Friends. 

Kearns Parade - 2016-08-06
There were 10 cars from the Salty A’s that came out early on August 6 to be in the Kearns Parade.  We all got lined up in our space and waited for the parade to start. In the meanwhile, Rich Townsend’s grandchildren spent their energy “dusting off” all the old cars. We all appreciated their efforts.  The cars came from far and wide: Mel and his friend brought two vehicles from Tooele and the Peterson’s brought their car from Park City. The rest were from the Salt Lake Valley. Two trucks: Bill Poel and Lance Andrewsen, Tim and Lisa’s Phaeton, Mike Branan’s sedan, the Garrett’s sedan, and Rod Hutching’s sedan.  This was an excellent display of the Salty A’s cars and we appreciate all those who came out to support the club. Afterward, those of us who wanted breakfast met at IHOP in Jordan Landing and enjoyed the morning. Thanks again to everyone who came out.

Parade leaders for the Salty A's