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Model A enthusiasts meet in Lexington

A Ford Model A made its down Ironworks Pike near Lexington on Thursday. The Model A Restorer's Club held its national meet  in Lexington.
A Ford Model A made its down Ironworks Pike near Lexington on Thursday. The Model A Restorer's Club held its national meet in Lexington. Herald-Leader

One man polished his brown Model A that he'd equipped with lime-green hubcaps. Between rain showers, several owners tried to get their cars to start.

That was the scene Thursday afternoon at the Rupp Arena parking lot, where more than 500 Model A Ford owners gathered to drive to the Kentucky Horse Park.

The enthusiasts had come to Lexington this week for the Model A Restorers Club convention, traveling from as far away as California and Maine to show off their cars at the Grand Tour.

The weeklong event featured seminars and tours for owners of the Model A, which was built from 1928 to 1931. Owners say the appeal of the cars is that they continue to function well, and owners don't have to change the original parts.

On Thursday, the Model A enthusiasts enjoyed conversation, worked on their own cars and admired others before hopping behind the wheel and heading to the Horse Park for a festive dinner, a tour of the museum, and live entertainment.

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