'Little Valley Days’ festivities include classic car and boat show

Jul 20 2013 - 10:44pm

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BRIAN WOLFER/Special to the Standard-Examiner
The Northern Utah Classic Boat Show was held Saturday at Mantua Lake at Mantua.
Bill Mosses stands 1969 Ski Doo. Bill says that its a very rare and thinks that there are only 5 of this model in America. At Mantua Lake near Logan on Saturday..(Brian Wolfer Special to the Standard-Examiner)
A 1969 Ski-Doo being showcased at Northern Utah Classic Boat Show in Mantua Lake near Logan on Saturday. (Brian Wolfer Special to the Standard-Examiner)
BRIAN WOLFER/Special to the Standard-Examiner
The Northern Utah Classic Boat Show was held Saturday at Mantua Lake at Mantua.
Bill Mosses stands 1969 Ski Doo. Bill says that its a very rare and thinks that there are only 5 of this model in America. At Mantua Lake near Logan on Saturday..(Brian Wolfer Special to the Standard-Examiner)
A 1969 Ski-Doo being showcased at Northern Utah Classic Boat Show in Mantua Lake near Logan on Saturday. (Brian Wolfer Special to the Standard-Examiner)

MANTUA -- Heading up U.S. 91 and visiting Mantua on Saturday was a little like stepping back in time a half-century or so.

A town with fewer than 700 residents, tucked away in the Wasatch Mountains with a quiet reservoir serving as its centerpiece, Mantua held its annual "Little Valley Days" celebration over the weekend.

Not only did the small-town feel of the city and the annual festival contribute to the nostalgia, but so did a scattering of classic cars and boats that were featured at Saturday's festivities.

Gordon Smith drove all the way down from Malad, Idaho, to enter his 1950 Studebaker Landcruiser in the Little Valley Days car show.

"This car was my dad's," Smith said. "He bought it new in 1950 and we've had it in the family ever since. I used to drive this thing in high school."

In remarkably good condition, Smith said, his car has all of its original parts.

Don Huotte's car came all the way from Montana. Huotte said his 1955 Chevy 210 holds a special significance for him.

The car was built in 1955, Huotte graduated high school and started working in 1955, he worked for 55 years and then drove the car to his 55th class reunion.

"Now it's 58 years old and I can't remember how old I am," he said. "But we're still having fun."

New to this year's Little Valley Days was the Northern Utah Classic Boat Show.

The show was organized by Ogden-area boatsman Mark Parker and featured several vintage vessels.

Parker, who towed his 1984 Mastercraft behind an equally vintage Chevy El Camino, said the idea for the boat show was inspired by his father's love of cars.

"My dad loved classic cars and I've been going to car shows since I was a little kid," Parker said. "But there's a car show you can go to every week. Boat shows are a little harder to come by, so that kind of got me going."

Perhaps the most interesting boat at the show was a 1936 Royce, owned by Matt Stephens.

Stephens said the boat patrolled the San Diego harbor during World War II and once had a brass machine gun mounted to it.

"This is a real piece of history," Stephens said.

The show also featured a tribute to northern Utah waterskiing icon Ted Salerno, who died earlier this year.

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