On Saturday, September 9th, the Model A’s travelled down the “Golden Chain Highway” to Placerville, CA via Auburn. Along the way they had a chance to see sites as the Bernhard Museum Complex. Built in 1851 as the Traveler’s Rest Hotel, the Bernhard House has been welcoming visitors for over 150 years. Filled with artifacts … Continue reading TAKING OUR TIME VISITING THE GOLD COUNTRY
I have some leftover photos from the 7th: The Hulstroms, Bennetts & McBrides at the Historic Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley were on their way to dinner – having WAY too much fun! And, here's another shot of the Bourne Fountain: The stone used was from the mine after the gold was extracted. I usually … Continue reading DOWN INTO THE MINES…
This day, Sept. 7th, included a tour of the Empire Gold Mine, in Nevada County, California. The Empire Mine is on the National Register of Historic Places, a federal Historic District, and a California Historical Landmark. It is one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest-running and richest gold mines in California. More mine images: The … Continue reading GOLD, ANTIQUES…AND ERA FOOD!
Wow! The first full day of the tour was amazing! Below is a shot from the Nugget in Sparks, NV – just before the power outage! The Sisson’s car is outfitted with the official tour license plate for the tour, and you can see that the Model A's have marked their territory in Sparks, NV: The … Continue reading Immersing the Model A’s in the Mother Lode Country
The answer is... Almost anything! Model A people are persistent… They’ll drive through 115 degree heat in smoky California…Then they’ll drive over mountain passes… (That's Donner Pass and Spooner Summit) They’ll make new friends in a gas station… This man (didn’t get his name) was a professional musician who wrote a song about a '29 … Continue reading What Will a Model A’er Do to Get to the Start of a Tour?
The MATC Gold Rush Tour of Nevada and California officially starts tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 5th, with a welcome dinner at the Nugget Hotel in Sparks, Nevada. Some participants are trailering their Model A Fords to this starting point, but those of you who know Jay realize that he’s driving… through record heat! I opted to … Continue reading GOING FOR THE GOLD!
The adventure begins at Hallelujah Junction. At least that is what I have been told my whole life by my dad who worked this area after the war and ends at Oakhurst. Our first and last day will be at the Nugget Casino in Sparks Nevada. Any tow vehicles can be parked there. Day 1 … Continue reading Gold Rush Tour Overview Sept 5 – 30 2017
On May 22nd, our first task in Barcelona was to deliver our trusty Model A’s to the warehouse for preparation to ship home. Now, all of a sudden, we became just ordinary tourists. We coped by taking a 6-hour city tour: The next day, some of us had to leave for home (or for extended … Continue reading Hasta Luego, Amigos
All good things eventually come to an end… Our Spanish car enthusiast friends picked us up at our hotel in Zaragoza and led us out of town to Villafranca de Ebro, very close to the Ebro River. We stopped in a small square and the police closed the entrance road once we were all parked … Continue reading Fond Goodbyes to Zaragoza
Model A Touring club's visit to Spain as documented on Spanish National TV.