When people think of old car clubs they usually think of a garage full of men and their shiny, classic cars. However for one Kalama couple, involvement in the Unique Tin Car Club is a partnership.
Levi and Sara Morgan have lived in Cowlitz County close to 40 years and have been interested in classic cars for just as long.
“When he told me he was selling his, I knew what I wanted next. He told me I could get anything I wanted,” Sara Morgan said.
“I had my classic. It was her turn,” Levi Morgan said.
Picking out the same model she drove in high school, Sara Morgan bought a white on blue, 1951 Chevrolet half ton short box pickup. It came from Puyallup. They added a few new touches to the car.
“Just a few updates and things,” Levi Morgan said.
But in the end it came, “pretty perfect,” Sara Morgan said.
The two have been sharing their love for classic cars their entire 42-year marriage. They met when Sara Morgan moved from Arizona to Clatskanie and started working at a restaurant.
Sara Morgan said the cook at (now closed) Hump’s Restaurant told her he had a guy she needed to meet.
“When he first walked in, they all watched us at the restaurant,” Sara Morgan said.
After Levi Morgan asked her out consistently in November, Sara Morgan said, they got married that same December. They have three children.
“Things just fell into place,” Sara Morgan said.
Levi Morgan spent 29 years working with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Department. Sara Morgan spent 27 years with the school district.
“They’re both community service jobs, which is why we like Unique Tin. Because they give so much back to the community,” Levi Morgan said.
“They give to places like Neighbors in Need and Hospice and more. We like being involved in the community,” Sara Morgan said.
The Morgans lived for 30 years in a Kelso home they built. They moved to Kalama around seven years ago.
“We love Kalama. It’s just a great little town,” Sara Morgan said.
The Morgans joined the Unique Tin Car Club a couple of years ago. The same year Sara Morgan bought her classic car.
“We’ll go show it in Longview and Woodland and here in Kalama. That show’s pretty big,” Levi Morgan said.
While the Morgans are bringing Sara Morgan’s car to the Unique Tin Car Show in Longview this August, they are not officially showing it.
“Club members can’t show their cars in the show. We can’t be eligible to win anything,” Levi Morgan said.
Although they can’t win, the Morgans didn’t let that stop them from helping put the show on.
“He’s only been in the club a couple of years but man, he’s done a lot,” said club member Everett Timmreck.
“From helping out at meetings to being a key part in planning the Unique Tin Car show, Levi and Sara have stood out for more than just their car,” Timmreck said.
“They’re great people. Sara has a great car,” Timmreck said.
It’s mostly men in the group, but there are a couple members who do this as a couple, Timmreck added.
“I just can’t say enough about the wives in this club. They just do so much,” Timmreck said.
According to Levi Morgan, the show’s T-shirt logo this year even features Sara Morgan’s car alongside Timmreck’s car.
“It’s a lot of fun. The members are excellent. And we all own something different,” Levi Morgan said.
“We just really enjoy the company. Everybody helps,” his wife added.