Betty Youngblood runs quickly out through the fresh snow to her car in the driveway.
“You’d think with a four-car garage we’d have room for everything, but not when (my husband) has cars you don’t,” she says.
Among the cars are two that stand out no matter where they are. The 1972 Chevelle brings speed and American muscle into Mike Youngblood’s garage. Arguably more impressive — and considered a classic by even a ’72 automobile — is his 1930 Ford Model A. With a just-off-the-lot look, this classic turns heads and sparks curiosity in the next generation.
Youngblood has had the Model A for almost nine years now. He has been a member, director of publications and webmaster for Central Iowa Model A Club for nearly as long. His reason for finally picking up his antique ride is pretty simple. He always thought they were really nice and enjoyed the thought of having a parade car and one he could drive as well.
“Every year our club is in the Urbandale parade, State Fair parade, the Ankeny Fest parade and the West Des Moines parade also,” Mike says. “You know, being in these parades is just a tremendous opportunity to show off our cars and our club and get people interested in antique automobiles. That is a lot of fun.”
But it seems more than any thing else, the Youngbloods have loved working on the car together and getting to know new friends at the CIMAC.
“I’d never even started one or really driven one but I got it,” Mike says. “It was already all painted. I found out later there were an awful lot of mechanical things that needed to be done, so Betty and I started working on it. We put a higher compression head on and rebuilt the carburetor. We put a new timing gear in it. new water pump, new radiator and rebuilt the brakes.
“There are so many people in that club that know so much about these cars that it’s just amazing,” says Mike. “And if you’re not sure where to start? They’ll tell you what to work on and how to fix it. These folks are more than willing to help you with anything. They’re just great people.”
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