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Model A Day Draws Crowd To Nokomis

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Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012 12:01 am

Model A owners celebrated the heritage of their cars Saturday during the fifth annual Model A Day at Fred B. Johnson Park in Nokomis.

"This is a great opportunity for Model A owners to come together to share ideas, show off their latest restoration, talk history, share troubleshooting techniques and speak with those who drove the vehicles long ago," according to event organizer Nate Ruppert.  "Model A Day in Nokomis celebrates the 1928, 1929, 1930 and 1931 Ford Model A vehicles built prior to and following the Depression and the Great Stock Market crash of 1929."

Jack Michael of Ohlman has had a Model A sedan since 1956.  

"I gave $50 for it," he said, leaning on the front head lamp of his second Model A, a 1930 coupe that he got from Kansas through Matthews Auction three years ago.  "I always wanted to do a coupe."

So he did.  Just a few weeks from his 88th birthday, he has reason to be proud of the amount of work he did himself.

He made some changes–like the tires, 16-inch tubeless he got from South Carolina–but the motor "is regular stock, just like Henry throwed it out."

Unique to Model A Day that makes it more than just a car show is that all of the vehicles are driven to the event, not just trailered.

Model A Day ended with a short parade that circled Nokomis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

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