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Summer to Fall Rod Runs: Millcreek, Sanpete & Labor Day….Oakley-Dokie.



  I finally can pen words to paper, or in reality to type, but the message is still the same. Busy times both personally and professionally in my realm. Car shows, personal responsibilities and the daily grind of putting food on the table and a roof over my head has delayed this installment somewhat. But lots have happened during that time as good things comes to those who wait.

  A couple of weeks ago the '66 and I took an hour and a half ride south of home base for the annual Sanpete County Fair Car Show held in Manti, Utah. The Sanpete valley is always beautiful this time of year with towns like Manti being some of the tidiest in the state. Manti is legendary in rodding folklore as well as the city's cemetery host one of our own: the late, great Ed "Big Daddy" Roth who is buried there.

  But that day residents and folks traveling from afar were there to enjoy a small town fair and car show, as was I, after a four year absence. Tractors sat alongside street rods, pickup trucks sat alongside customs, muscle cars sat alongside all original Model A's. In fact the largest collection of entirely original Model A Fords I have ever seen at a local car show in quite some time was there that Saturday. A fun day was had by all and I would like to thank the folks that host the show for giving me the opportunity to pick a specialty award. It was a great feeling to see the joy on the faces of the owners of that car as they were not expecting it. They were quite deserving of the recognition as many home built street rods and machines have been eclipsed in recent times by pro-built and late model vehicles in this regard.

  Labor Day Weekend here in the Salt Lake Valley was a host of several shows and cruises over the long weekend and I had the opportunity to attend two of them. That Saturday a group of veteran Salt Lake rodders and builders hosted the American Graffiti Car Show in Millcreek that Saturday. Taking on the theme of the 1973 film that is a cult classic among the rodding community there were cars in attendance that were close in comparison to the main "star cars" in the film: Falfa's '55 Chevy and John Milner's '32 Ford Deuce.  About one hundred cars were on display in a nice part on the valley's east side with lots of shade and good times and great rides.

From east to west I headed over to Magna for their annual Labor Day Car Show and Picnic. This show has been a staple of the holiday celebrating the American worker for the last decade and a half or so and averages about 350 to 400 cars annually. It's a good time to check out some good eats and some cool cars and spend the day with friends. That's what I did anyway. However the '66 didn't……Thanks to an ignition issue it sat out the Labor Day run for the first time in several years. So the 'Bu took the mustard and went for a spin and got more love from the spectators than I thought my forever project would under the circumstances.

Finally after some love and help from an old friend the '66 was back in action after burning the midnight oil so I could make the Oakley Fall Classic Car Show in Oakley. The journey each year is as good as the destination for me; A nice drive along the Wasatch Back through the small farming towns east of Park City and the resorts there. One hundred and change vehicles made the trip under partly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures showing that fall is nearly here.

A country breakfast for two, a poker run and awards that are large enough center pieces for anyone's rock garden (as they are actually big rocks themselves) were all a part of the day's events. Not to mention some of the nicest vehicles on display of any car show I have attended this year. That's why I like to attend a variety of shows because you see all kinds of different vehicles from different places and see different creations from different people….how different!

The season is winding down but not out just yet! There are still things happening out and about through the end of October. Hopefully Mother Nature is polite to let us enjoy them, and the fall season, before the forthcoming chill.

Until next time……
See you out and about and keep the rubber side down.

Car like the Vintage Model A's (above) and this Chevy Nova were on display at the Sanpete County Fair Car Show in Manti, Utah back on August 26th,
A portion of vehicles on display at the Magna Labor Day Car Show in Magna, Utah (above) and the Oakley Fall Festival Car Show (below) in Oakley, Utah. 


© All texts and photos © 2017 Jay Horrocks Jr.

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