PHOENIX, Ariz. — Robin and Scott Evans grew up living across the street from each other. Both of their fathers owned auto garages and restored old cars. Robin owned a 1964 Ford Mustang — one built the second day of the pony’s car production — and Scott had a ’69.
“He and his dad would come over and watch me work on my car,” Robin said. After watching, “they’d tell me I’d done it wrong and then they’d go home.”
At some point, Scott didn’t just rush home. He asked Robin out on a date. They’ve been married for 18 years. She still has that ’64 Mustang, but now it’s just one of a dozen vehicles in a collection that includes five Mustangs — including a 1969 428 Cobra Jet drag racer with 30,000 miles on its odometer — two Edsels, a pair of Triumph motorcycles, a 1953 Willys military Jeep, and a 1931 Ford Model AA truck that was among the vehicles that drew the largest crowds at the fourth annual Motoring Thru Time car show staged by the Phoenix parks and recreation department at Historic heritage Square in downtown Phoenix.
The Evans’ truck was outfitted for sheepherding. Its features include a couple of old tractor seats mounted on the wooden front bumper — no doubt a great place to sit and watch the sheep — as well as all sorts of tools attached to the sides of a truck bed topped by a Conestoga wagon-style canvas top, beneath which there is room to eat, sit and even a cot for sleeping.
The Evans have owned their truck for six years. They bought it from a “motorcycle friend” in California. The friend also was a Boy Scout troop leader and used the truck for scouting campouts. The friend found the truck sitting in front of an antiques store in Colorado, where the truck apparently was used for many years by sheepherders.
Although the Evans have had to replace an exhaust system that rusted off, the Model AA’s dualie-style rear wheels still are turned by the truck’s original four-cylinder engine with its characteristic “puckity-puckity” sound.
Robin said that when they bought the truck, they had to drive it from Southern California to Phoenix Beverly Hillbillies-style on Interstate 10, but they were careful to remove the sharp tools and glass objects hanging from the truck’s side so nothing would fall off and damage other traffic.
She said the truck gets a lot of attention on the road, especially when its on its way to various car shows in the company of her father’s Model A roadster.
Some 130 vehicles took part in the Motoring Thru Time gathering. They ranged from two 1905 models — a 1905 Cadillac Model E and a 1905 Sears Motor Buggy — to a 1986 Chevrolet Corvette, as well as several vintage travel trailers, fire trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and a scooter.