I walked into Brick Street Market looking for the always-smiling Steve Pinkley. I sat up at the bar, and Megan Kula pulled out a laminated newspaper article while she paged him. Pinkley had written an article about his purchase of a 1929 Ford Model A that I learned was a gift to his mother in 2006.
Pinkley’s mother was born in October 1929, and her father wanted something new to take his wife and new daughter home from the hospital. He had purchased a brand-new 1929 Ford Model A. Pinkley says people would give models of the 1929 Ford to his mother over the years because they knew car held a special place inside of her heart.
In 2006, Pinkley set out on a mission to find his mother, who was fighting breast cancer at the time, the beloved car. The cancer had spread to her bones and Pinkley had always wanted to buy his mom “her” car. He became educated about this type of car and met some great people along the way. He found a Model A in Muskegon, Michigan, but it was out of his price range.
“Through some prayer and God’s hand on the situation, I was able to buy the car,” he says.
After the car was purchased, Pinkley had to arrange a way to surprise his mother with this sentimental gift. He made plans to attend her next doctor’s appointment and had his siblings in attendance as well. He had the car trucked down to meet him in Cordova, Tennessee.
“When I came down the street in the 1929 Ford Model A, what a joy it was to see the look on my parents’ faces,” he says.
Pinkley brought the car home three years ago after his mom passed away. Since then, the car has been used for many events. His family rode in it for his mother’s funeral, his son and daughter-in-law used if for their wedding, and they take it to the Iowa State Fair for the Pioneer exhibit.
One of Pinkley’s favorite memories was when they held the Central Iowa Model A club 1930s picnic in their 1898 barn last year.
“Everyone came in their Model As, brought food that was served in the 1930s, and everyone was dressed in clothes from that time period,” he says.
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