“Life in the Slow Lane”

Model A Ford National Tour 2015 coming to the Maine Coast 

In June, 200 iconic classic cars will tour the coast of Maine, from Kennebunkport to Bar Harbor, to take in the lighthouses and lobster. Along the ride, the Model A Ford Club of Maine sightseers will likely become a sight of their own. Locals and tourists may spot the Model A Fords, built between 1928-31, at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, or the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum in Portland, or the Owls Head Transportation Museum near Rockland. Visitors may also spot the Model A’s in Portsmouth, NH on a day trip excursion to Strawbery Banke Museum.

Classic cars at Wedding Cake House, Kennebunk, Maine
Model A Fords at the Wedding Cake House, Kennebunk, Maine

David White, Chairman of the club, resident of Kennebunk, and Board member of the Seal Cove Auto Museum in Bar Harbor (another stop on the tour), is organizing the route for 400 friends and fellow vintage auto enthusiasts. “We have people driving from as far away as Colorado and Texas,” he said. “We even have a couple flying in from Australia to buy a Model A here, drive it on the tour, then bring it back with them.”

The week-long national tour is sponsored by the Model A Ford Club of America (MAFCA), a historical society dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the vehicles. “Model A’s are one of the most restored cars in America,” White says.

White started the Model A Ford Club of Maine in 2005 with just 13 couples. The club has since grown to a membership of 120 families.

In this fast-paced era, club members take the time to appreciate the simplicity of their vintage automobiles. “I call it life in the slow lane,” White said with a chuckle.

The tour will process up coastal Route 1, from Kennebunkport to Portland, Freeport, Camden, Rockland, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park. Whether the cars will make it up the summit of Cadillac Mountain remains to be seen. Likely, though, the tour is just as much about the journey as it is the destination.

~Nicki Noble Bean

The Nonantum Resort and The Colony Hotel look forward to hosting the club in Kennebunkport, June 7-8, and anticipate some great photo opportunities! 

Model A Ford
Model A Ford (photo from Car and Driver)
Motorland classic car visit, summer 2014
Motorland classic car visit, summer 2014

This is not the first time The Nonantum has played host to a classic car club. Our friends at Motorland brought some of their vintage vehicles to our scenic back lawn last summer. The Mount Washington Valley Old Car Club has also made Kennebunkport a prime destination for their group event.

Interested in hosting your classic car club at the waterfront Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport? Contact our Director of Sales, Tim Ames, at timothy@nonantumresort.com or 207-967-4050.

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