HOLDEN, Mass. — At this year's Holden Days celebration, residents will have the opportunity to see the evolution of the Ford automobile right before their eyes as the Worcester Model A Club and Sunnyside Ford of Holden parade their vehicles down Main Street.
As the annual celebration kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, the cavalcade of classic cars will travel through Holden center, a mobile history lesson that is once again being sponsored by Sunnyside Ford.
"It's the perfect sponsor," said Rhonda Hamer, Holden Days coordinator. "You get to see how it started and where they are now."
After the parade, residents will also have the opportunity to meet the drivers and see their carefully-kept historic vehicles in the Walgreen's parking lot.
The Ford Model A was mass produced from 1927 to 1931, and with just over a million surviving today, the cars have become highly sought after for classic car enthusiasts like the members of the Worcester County Model A Club.
Because of the Ford Model A's all steel body, the old cars outlasted many of the its sheet metal on wooden frame counterparts made by General Motors, Chevy and Plymouth — which eventually rotted out.
A labor of love for its members, their various cars have all been restored, brought to their original specifications and painted in authentic colors.
"We drive the history," said Keith Costello, a member of the club. "These cars are 80-plus years old, and they were made to be driven then, and we continue to drive and show them to educate the public. And also to enjoy what ‘Model A-ing’ is all about."
To learn more about the WMAC, click here to visit its website.