The Galt Area Historical Society on Aug. 27 held its seventh annual Galt Drive Down Memory Lane Car Show, drawing dozens of classic cars to the McFarland Living History Ranch.

Participants spoke to the Herald about their carefully restored and maintained vehicles — all of which are decades old and some of which are nearing the century mark.

Fred Reynolds attended the show with his family and two cars. The white 1935 Ford coupe was his first car, built for him by his father in 1970 as a 16th-birthday present. Reynolds said his father had two other coupes, from 1936, but chose to give his son the ‘35 car because of its “mint” grille.

And, as Reynolds would find out later, a 1935 Ford coupe is a rare find. He said this is because of its popularity in early NASCAR races.

“Everybody had to have that three-window coupe because it was best on dirt, so they were all trashed,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds said he plans to pass down the love of old cars to his granddaughter, Madison Johnson, who “has six more years” before she can drive the car he wants to gift her.

Husband and wife Pat and Valeta Miraglio had a lucky day at the show: In a raffle hosted by the historical society, they won a basket from L’Chayim that included a quilt, car bibs and a steering wheel cover, all handmade. They also won a drawing for $500 worth of tires.

Pat brought out his 1961 Corvette, which he said took two and a half years to restore, outfitting an original body with new parts. Getting the vehicle restored showed him the complexity of car construction and fulfilled a childhood dream.

“When I was a kid, I fell in love with these cars, and so when I got old enough and retired and had a few extra dollars, I went ahead and did it,” Pat said. “You can’t take it with you, right?”

The 1929 Ford Model A that David Scott was showing takes constant maintenance to keep in good condition.

But parts, thankfully, aren’t hard to find, even for a car more than 90 years old. Scott said Ford has released its drawings and blueprints to aftermarket manufacturers, which can produce parts to the exact specifications, including the Ford manufacturer’s mark.

“That’s how proud he (Henry Ford) was of the car, and the same goes for the Model T also,” Scott said. He continued that of 5 million Model A’s produced from 1927 to 1931, more than 500,000 are still registered.

“Who else in any other car manufacturer can say that 10% of their cars made 90 to 100 years ago are still running? How many can say that after 20 years?” Scott said, adding that the Model A has lasted “because the idea was to make a good, solid, dependable car that the average man could afford.”