Cruise-In showcases more than just cars

Early in 1964, Marie and Jack Christensen watched a new member of their family pull in to Logan on the back of a large truck.The baby blue 1964 Ford Country Sedan Station Wagon, brand new from Wilson Motor in Logan, was just more than 18 feet long. The Christensens named the car Henry, and it did everything from hauling diesel fuel to the tractor sitting in their field to busing the family on vacations. The kids would put the back seats down, set up a game board and play games during long drives.Scott Christensen, Marie’s son, grew up with the car and used during his teen years. When he went on a mission for his church, he couldn’t bear to sell it so it was stored in the family barn in Idaho. “It was a member of the family,” Scott said.When Scott came back from his mission, he said the car was already an unusual sight. Scott brought the car back home to Logan and renamed it Henrietta. After many more years of good use, the Ford was run down and rusted, but still cherished. Marie said her husband Jack and her father were both mechanically minded and able to fix cars. At one point, Marie said her father was even able to put an airplane propeller on the back of his car.”The love affair with cars goes way back,” she said.Mechanic runs in the family blood. Scott decided to do a complete restoration on the Station Wagon. The Ford, restored to how it looked when it was brand new, recently won first place in its category for the Concours d’Elegance.Scott now lives in Salt Lake City with his car, but likes to “take her back home once a year” for the Cache Valley Cruise-In. Scott and Marie are both putting cars in this year’s Cruise-In.- rachel@cvdaily.com

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