Experience History On 4 Wheels in Union Gap Sunday
A group of vintage automobiles will make a stop in Union Gap this weekend. Officials with the Model A Touring Club says they'll make a stop at the Central Washington Ag Museum Sunday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. They say the stop is part of the Model A Touring Club’s 18-day tour throughout the Pacific Northwest. The tour has so far taken the club from the Olympic Peninsula to the Oregon Coast, central Oregon and into central Washington State. Everyone is welcome to visit the Ag Museum and speak with owners and take pictures. You might even be able to get a ride for a donation.
One of the vehicles is covered with the signatures of US Veterans
A news release says "one of the highlights of the club is Jay Burbank’s Model A. In 2019, Jay drove this Model A on the same route used by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1919 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of that tour. More than 80 vehicles carried 24 officers and 258 enlisted men on the tour that left Washington D.C. on July 7, 1919. During Jay’s tour, when he’d stop, veterans started signing his car, and it is now covered with veteran’s signatures from across the county."
The Model A was the second big accomplishment by Ford
If you visit on Sunday you'll be seeing history on 4 wheels. The Ford Model A was produced from 1928-1931. It was the second huge success for the Ford Motor Company, the Ford Model T being its first. The news release says "The 1928 release of the Model A introduced all new models, colors and features as opposed to the black only Model T. These features included a three speed sliding gear transmission 40 HP engine, four wheel brake system and hydraulic shock absorbers. The original prices ran from around $500 to $1200 dollars. Sales were very strong but as with all companies, the Depression had a major impact. For the four years of production Ford produced over 4 million Model A's."
Today it is estimated that there are over 250,000 Model A's still in use today.