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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Model A's are coming: June 1 in Sharon

By Donna Lenz Wright/The Week

What makes those people who come to Sharon each year with their perfectly perfect Model A's love them so much?

Terry Mayer/The Week
Model A's will take over the village of Sharon on Sunday, June 1.
All kinds of reasons, according to Bill Paxson, Waterloo, Model A Restorers Club-Wisconsin Region MARC member. He's here every year with his 1928 Niagara blue Special Coupe Model A.

It's much more than just a hobby--it shapes what they do with their time, where they go and who they call friends, Paxson says.

"We joined the club in '64 after we bought a Model A Ford and didn't have any idea what to do with it," he said of himself and wife, Maxine.

"The people in our club are just like a big family," he continued. "They're special close-knit people, and I'm sure the other clubs are same way."

But why the Model A and not something else?

"They're faster and safer than some of the other collector cars," he said. "And it helps that their parts are easier to find than some of the other.

"I used to have a '32 Chevy and it was so hard to get parts for it, it was unbelievable. It takes the fun out.

"You can almost buy enough parts locally to build one from the ground up."

Presently his is home to a second Model A, a '56 Ford and a '27 Rolls Royce Towncar that he shows between his regular life and ham radio and piloting hobbies.

Getting together to admire each other's masterpieces is also a great way to see how other people make their cars even better.

"We've gotten a lot of great ideas from these meets. People have all kinds of good ideas for where to put a turn signal, radio, cup holder--they didn't come with those, you know."

And for those of us who love to see hundreds of Model A's in one place but don't have one of our own, ask an owner a question and you'll be in for a treat, Paxson says.

"Just start asking questions; people love talking about their cars. We've picked up a lot of neat friends like that."

Sharon's Model A Day is a favorite Model A meet for the Paxons and their likeminded friends, he says. They especially appreciate that the only vehicles allowed into the downtown areas are Model A's and how the town's stores and restaurants go full throttle into the 1920s for the occasion.

"It gives it a great feel--it's definitely one of our favorites," he said.

"They really have a lot to be proud of."

Join the flappers dancing in the street, trying not to get in the way of passing gangsters with the Keystone Cops straight on their tails, for the 11th Annual Model A Day is Sunday, June 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Sharon. Admission is free, as is the invitation to dress for the era and enjoy a pig roast with all the trimmings, running board lunches, an old-fashioned ice cream social, Charleston dancers, gangster-era skits, a roaring '20s magician, Dixieland band, strolling ragtime musicians, the Singing Savino Sisters, swaps, vendors and hundreds and hundreds of Model A's.

For more information, call the Sharon Main Street Association at 736-6246.

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