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Boy, we’re into the true Model A Ford driving season. We’ve been battling some rainy weather this year but now the weather has smoothed out some and we’re into that great driving season. Drive them A’s!!
In mid-March we had a most spectacular Tour in our Model A’s. We ventured into the local foothills for a breathtaking ride through our wonderful wild-flowered hills. This year all the rains brought out a virtual pallet of color.

We did get rained out in February on our Tour to Hanford Auto……but, April 6th was a gorgeous day and we had the greatest make-up trip ever. About 11 cars (and some moderns) showed up. We left Caldwell Ave and Akers Rd. and drove straight to Tim and Kathy McMaster’s, Hanford Auto Supply in Hanford. We were also joined for this Tour by “The Tulare County Horseless Carriage Club”. The name, Hanford Auto Supply on the front of the building, is rather deceiving but then you step through the front door and enter a veritable museum of the past, particularly “Y Block Engines”. There are race cars, hot rods, custom cars, even custom tractors, but more, there is the most complete machine shop you’ve ever seen. Yes, Tim and Kathy sell auto parts, but that’s almost a sideline. Tim specializes in doing all of the machine work for building the most famously sound engines in the valley.Of course when our two Clubs get anywhere near Hanford we have to stop at Superior Dairy Restaurant for their special ice cream treats. We even had Dierk Seeley from the Merced Model A Club drive his Model A all the way down to join us. What a great day we had!!

April 10-14th brought the Annual “Calif. Antique Farm Equip. Show” in Tulare, CA. We had a good representation of 10 Model A’s in the Parade there, on Saturday the 13th. We enjoyed a day of visiting with spectators, answering questions and all of our Ladies doing their shopping.

Some of our members participated in the April 27th, Springville Rodeo Parade (which was a first in-a-long-time for our Clubs) and then the next weekend we had a Dutch Oven Dinner at Carson Blades home in Springville.

Another highlight for the Charter Oak Club in May was the presentation of a $500 scholarship to an outstanding College Of Sequoia student majoring in the Automotive Technology Field.

Our next outing was going to be a spectacular Tour from Visalia to Parkfield, CA, on May 18th. But, again we had to cancel because of “inclement weather”. There were flash floods forecast for that day. As this road from Coalinga to Parkfield fords some creeks we decided that, even though Model A’s are “go anywhere cars”, we would put this off for a future trip. We did end up going to Coalinga to the R.C. Baker Museum in Coalinga. If you’ve not seen this museum you have to make time to travel there and enjoy the history of Coalinga, CA. We did end this fun tour by having lunch at Hanford’s Superior Dairy though.

For any of you that want to enjoy your Model A (and join us in some spectacular trips) we invite you to join our Charter Oak Club in Visalia or if you’re in the Porterville area, the Happy Honkers Club there. You can’t believe how much fun you can have actually getting out and “Driving“ that Model A!!
(Shhh! Our next Tour will be into the Giant Redwoods in June. Don’t tell anybody!!!)

Happily edited by; Linda and Phil Kneeland, Pres. Charter Oak A,s
(for more info), Email: lindannphil@sbcglobal.net

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