APRIL 2018 TUMBLEWEED CLUB OF NEW MEXICO
RG #79, EARLY FORD V-8 CLUB OF AMERICA, PO BOX 21538, ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87154-1538
MEETS FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:00 P.M., OLD CAR GARAGE, 3232 GIRARD BLVD NE
PLEASE NOTE: All meetings include Show & Tell. Members are encouraged to bring items to share.
NEXT MEETING: Next meeting is Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 at 7pm. The program will be a presentation on Edsel Ford by Larry Azevedo. Refreshments provided by George Abernathy.
NEXT BOARD MEETING: TBA
BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, April 21st, Spring Thaw at the Old Car Garage.
CLUB WEBSITE: Be sure to check out our website at www.abqfordflatheadv8.com Updated “current Information and calendar” is on the current information page. More club pictures are on the website.
FORD V8 FOUNDATION WEBSITE: Another interesting website to check out is www.fordv8foundation.org
Annual Spring Thaw
Worldwide Automotive/Old Car Garage, 3232 Girard Blvd. NE
Get your collector car ready for summer activities with a check-up, oil and filter change, chassis lube – Service is in exchange for a donation to CLN (Cuidando los Ninos) – Breakfast snacks and BBQ lunch will be served – Reservations are being taken now – Desiree at 881-2722 for appointment – See collector cars getting serviced, look at Bob's neat stuff, visit with friends and have some fun.
Our own Larry Azevedo will be giving us a talk on the fascinating Edsel Ford. Bone up on some more history of the Ford family. Larry is always very entertaining and informative.
Early Ford V8 Club National Tour
Planning is still in progress for the national tour of southern New Mexico that our club will be hosting this upcoming October 5-10. There will be a report at the upcoming April 3rd meeting and details to follow in the May newsletter and on our website. Get your flathead ready to roll!
April Birthdays and Anniversaries
Philip Lovato (1) Lou & Mary Gorenz (18)
Joe Abbin (4) Richard & Barbara Polk (23)
Lou Gorenz (8) George & Jackie Abernathy (28)
Lorna Azevedo (16)
Johanne Glover (16)
Nancy Agnew (17)
Bob Agnew (18)
APRIL PRESIDENT’S LETTER
R. Jeff Jackson
Some interesting information about Clara Bryant Ford. It is more difficult to find information about Henry Ford’s wife than Henry, but she was an interesting woman. Here is a short article describing her choosing an electric car over a Model T. It must have left the neighbors laughing and Henry Ford perplexed.
“To many, electric cars are a completely new thing. However, they actually have a long history in the United States. For some time, they were the top dog. However, due to battery limitations many decades ago, they got replaced with gas mobiles.
With recent advancements, electric cars are back. But it’s important to note that many of their key benefits are the same today as they were back in the early 20th century.
For example, they are much simpler, cleaner, safer, and nicer to drive. Henry Ford’s wife knew this, as did many women of the early 20th century. Clara Ford apparently wouldn’t drive the Model T. She stuck to her electric car instead, a 1914 Detroit Electric.
‘Girls dig electric cars.’ At least that was the marketing message back in 1915, when petrol-powered autos were beginning to decisively pull away from electric ones. Battery-powered vehicles retained popularity among female drivers in cities, who valued them for their reliability — they wouldn’t blow up, as gas cars were known to do on occasion — and ease of use.
Clara Ford, wife of Henry Ford, whose Model T all but decimated the electric car, drove a 1914 Detroit Electric. (What her husband made of the fact that she wasn’t driving a Ford is lost to history.) The Detroit models could run 80 miles on a single charge, with a top speed of about 20 mph.”
For a nickel I would made a dozen profound and amusing statements regarding his article, alas no nickel and besides a brazen redhead newsletter editor would edit out the good stuff anyway.
Dropping back to current reality -who would like some free help? Yep, free help! Desiring to get as many of our club cars out and about as we can, we’re setting up some work days to help each other keep our cars running or in some cases, to get them running. We’re looking for the first volunteer to say ‘come on over’ or maybe, ‘ l’ll bring my car to you’ for Saturday, April 28. Please bring your request to the April meeting so we can plan a work period to help each other out. Friendly faces, good conversation and free mechanical help-what more could you ask? Yes, this offer is limited to Flathead power vehicles. And yes, Jeff will bring the donuts and, if you are nice, he will also keep his hands off your car - probably will run better if he just watches.
Looking forward to Jay’s tour update because exciting things are happening regarding our fall southern New Mexico tour. If you miss the meeting update the news will be in next month’s newsletter.
When I joined the car club I didn’t anticipate the benefits of history lessons. Now it is something I find most enjoyable. This month’s program is provided by Larry Azevedo so you know it will be well prepared and interesting. What would you like to know about Edsel Ford?
Minutes of the March 6th 2018 Meeting
Secretary, Beth Jackson
The meeting at Jay’s shop was called to order by President Jeff. It was a joint meeting with the Vintage Chevy Club of America and there were 29 people present. All attendees introduced themselves and told which club they belonged to and what cars they owned. Treasurer David reported the club is financially sound. Birthday wishes went out to Larry Azevedo, Vi Chavez-Cropp, Bob Payne and George Abernathy.
Old Business: We had a limited business meeting respecting our visiting club members. Joyce gave the car council report and confirmed that the events planned for the year are on schedule.
Amy Joiner selected Joyce Clements to provide the Recipe of the Month for April.
Jay reported that the National Club approved our fall tour of Southern New Mexico. Dates are October 5-10 and volunteers are needed for the planning committee.
Tonight’s meeting topic will be a comparison of the 1933 Ford and Chevy thanks to Jay, who also graciously provided the refreshments.
New Business: Membership renewals are now overdue. Several members submitted their dues.
The March breakfast is Saturday the 17th at Furr’s Fresh Buffet on Wyoming, 8:30am. Spring Thaw at the Old Car Garage will be on the date of our April breakfast, April 21st, so members were encouraged to register their cars and eat there.
Jeff mentioned that we would like to do a workday so if there is a member that needs some help with their car, please let Jeff or any board member know.
Next meeting will be Tuesday April 3rd and the program will be on Edsel Ford, presented by Larry Azevedo.
The meeting was adjourned and refreshments provided by Jay were enjoyed. The following presentation by Jay cleverly interwove the status of the US, in the midst of the Great Depression, with a comparison of the 1933 Ford and Chevy. The silhouette of the bodies was driven by the Art Deco era. The swooping fenders and laid back grills are a favorite of Jays. (Thanks for a great presentation!) Jay ended the meeting with a tour of his working shop next door. Thank you, Jay.
2018 OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
President: R. Jeff Jackson (email@example.com)
Vice-President: Jay Hertz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Beth Jackson (email@example.com)
Treasurer: David McLain (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director: George Abernathy (email@example.com)
Director: Phillip Lovato (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director: Roger Wilbur (email@example.com)
Director: Joe Abbin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recipe of the Month by Joyce Clements
1 cup shortening 2 cups flour
1 cup sugar 2 tsp soda
1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tsp cream of tartar
1 large egg dash of salt
Sift flour with salt, soda & cream of tartar. Cream
shortening and sugars. Beat in egg with wooden spoon.
Add dry ingredients & mix well. Mixture will be thick.
Roll in 1” balls, then in sugar to coat. Bake on ungreased
cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes until a very
pale tan at bottom edges. Crunchy & light in texture.
A COUPE WITH CLASS
The following story was found in a FORD TIMES magazine dated December, 1988, under the heading of "My Favorite Car".
My favorite car is a 1940 Ford DeLuxe Coupe. You're probably expecting me to say that I'm the original owner and we've had 48 beautiful years together.
Wrong. I wasn't even around in 1940. It wasn't until the car was nearly 40 years old that I found it. I'd never gone out and bought my own car before, but when I saw that beautiful gray car, I was hooked.
"What is 'my' car doing here on a used-car lot?" I jokingly thought. I knew I was in trouble.
I called three practical friends and asked them to talk me out of making such an impractical purchase. After five days of dreaming about the car, I gave up. I went back, paid cash for the car and drove it away.
I own my own business, and that car has taught me the meaning of the word "classic". It gave me an image to live up to. Wherever I went, I stood out from the competition. Everyone in the city knew the car and remembered the lady driving it.
As for impractical, in five years my Ford required only one $11 repair. I always tell my friends, "I never have a bad day when I drive my Ford." It's true. It's the best investment I ever made.
by Alyce Cornyn-Selby and "Franklin D. Ford" of Portland, Oregon submitted by Joyce Clements
Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2018
Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting 7pm Program by Larry Azevedo on Edsel Ford. Refreshments by George Abernathy.
Saturday 21st Spring Thaw, Worldwide Automotive
Tuesday 1st Club Meeting 7pm, Car Theft Prevention. Refreshments by Ray Calderon.
Saturday 12th Tour to Santa Fe (Larry Icerman’s) and lunch
Sunday 20th Museum Car Show
Monday 28th Club Birthday Party at Los Ranchos
Tuesday 5th Club Meeting 7pm. Refreshments by Amy & Chris Joiner.
Saturday 16th Breakfast – Old Movie
Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting 7pm. Refreshments by Joyce Clements.
Wednesday 4th Parade in Corrales and Hopefully Picnic at Azevedo’s
Saturday 21st Breakfast
Tuesday 7th Club Meeting 7pm
Sunday 12th All Clubs Picnic
Saturday 18th Breakfast
Tuesday 4th Club Meeting 7pm
Sunday 9th of September State Fair Car Show
Saturday 15th Breakfast
Fri - Sun 28-30 Los Lunas Swap Meet
Tuesday 2nd Club Meeting 7pm
5th-10th - National Tour of Southern New Mexico
Saturday 20th Breakfast
Tuesday 6th Club Meeting 7pm Officer Election. Refreshments by Bob Payne.
Saturday 17th Breakfast
Saturday 8th Club Christmas Party (tentatively pot luck)
Tuesday 11th (tentative Board meeting with new and old officers and directors plan for 2019)
Saturday 15th Breakfast
Members are encouraged to submit articles, ads and photographs for inclusion in the newsletter. Please understand we have a volunteer Newsletter Editor so try and submit typed and proofed articles, comments, and new want ads (for sale items will continue to be updated at the meetings). The deadline for submissions is the 20th of the month. Beth Jackson, 505-908-7564, or email: JBJaxun@gmail.com
The following pictures were submitted by Gary McGlasson.
March 31 – Annual Cruise-In Patient Appreciation Day – Worth Hearing Center, 7520 Montgomery NE – Open to pre-'72 stock, hot rods, customs – Bring non-perishable items for donation to Silver Horizons (benefits needy seniors) for free BBQ & entry for door prize drawings – 10am-2pm – Adrea 872-4327
April 3 – Freddy's Car Show & Cruise In – Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steak Burgers, 10201 Central NE, weather permitting, 4:30-8pm – Coat & toy drive for kids – Entry: non-perishable food item for local food bank – Get free frozen custard, show off your ride and have some fun. DJ music provided by Rockin' Rob – Joe Mascarenas (505)235-5900 for details
April 6-7 – Lone Star Rod & Kustom Show – Travis Co. Expo Center, Austin, TX – Open to pre-'64 – (512)854-4910 or www.lonestarroundup.com
April 6-8 – 18th Del Mar Nationals – Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA – Open to Pre-'88 – Goodguys (925)838-9876 or www.good-guys.com
April 7 – The Owl Cafe Cars -N- Coffee – 800 Eubank Blvd. NE– Saturday – Open to all vehicles –
7:30-10:30am – Hot Coffee and Donuts to all car enthusiasts – (505)291-4900
April 7 – 4th Annual Spring Into the Gap Car Show – Hope Christian School, 8000 Louisiana Blvd. NE – Fundraiser for Hope School Annual Gap Fund – Music by Steve's Cruse'n With the Oldies – 9am-3pm –
Misty Fleming email@example.com
April 7 – Smok'n Oldies 2018 Show and Shine – Courthouse Park, Deming – 10am-3pm – Jack Chafee (307)680-0608
April 7 – 1st Annual Sports Medicine Car Show – Farmington High School, 2200 Sunset, Farmington – 10-2 – Entry $20 – Money raised goes to provide supplies for Sports Trainer (unpaid position) – Melynda (505)716-8017 or on facebook
April 7 – 7th Annual Kars for Kids – Cochise College Tech Center, Sierra Vista, AZ – FOP (520)515-0055
April 7 – Fallen Officers Memorial Car Show – S/W Univ. Diesel Shop, 6500 Montana, El Paso, TX
April 8 – East vs. West Car Show – 3301 Juan Tabo – Sponsored by Desert Kings – Entry $15 early, $20
day of show – Tickets via event-brite.com – Set-up 9:30am, show 11am-3pm firstname.lastname@example.org
April 13-14 – 15th Annual Ford Show – Alameda Park, Alamogordo – Open to Ford products – Otto Dudak (575)442-1402
April 13-15 – 15th New Mexico Auto Show – Convention Center – 768-4575 or www.newmexicoautoshow.com
April 14 – Golden Gears Swap Meet – Granada Center, Alamogordo – 8am-2pm – Jack (575)491-9804
April 17 – Freddy's Car Show & Cruise In – Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steak Burgers, 10201 Central NE, weather permitting, 4:30-8pm – Coat & toy drive for kids – Entry: non-perishable food item for local food bank – Get free frozen custard, show off your ride and have some fun. DJ music provided by Rockin' Rob – Joe Mascarenas (505)235-5900 for details
April 19-22 – Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Show – Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV – Open to pre-'64 – (562)496-4287 or www.vivalasvegas.net
April 21 – Annual Spring Thaw – Worldwide Automotive/Old Car Garage, 3232 Girard Blvd. NE – Get
your collector car ready for summer activities with a check-up, oil and filter change, chassis lube – Service is in exchange for a donation to CLN (Cuidando los Ninos) – Breakfast snacks and BBQ lunch will be served – Reservations are being taken now – Desiree at 881-2722 for appointment – See collector cars getting serviced, look at Bob's neat stuff, visit with friends and have some fun
April 21 – BAOA British Car Roundup Show – Unser Racing Museum, 1776 Montano Rd. NW – Open to British vehicles – Registration 9am, show 10am-1pm
April 22 – 12th Annual Spring Cruise & Schmoose – Sonic Drive In, 5000 San Mateo NE – 10am-3pm – Free – Dash plaques first 100 – Get your vehicle out of hibernation – old or new – If it has wheels come & get acquainted – We will be accepting donations for Goodwill – Ron, Su & Sheila email@example.com
April 22-27 – Lewis & Clark Regional Tour – St. Louis to Kansas City, MO – Mike Werckle firstname.lastname@example.org
April 26-29 – Pate Swap Meet – Texas Motor Speedway, Ft. Worth, TX – (713)649-0922 or www.pateswapmeet.com
April 27-29 – 36th Annual NNMSR Car Show – McGee Park Convention Center, Farmington – Biggest indoor/outdoor car show in northern NM – www.northernnewmexicostreetrodders.com or Phil Kennedy (505)609-3547
April 27-29 – 27th Annual British Car Days – Mesilla Plaza, Mesilla – Open to British Cars – Peter Voris
(575)312-5469 or www.bmc-snm.org
April 27-29 – Muscle Cars at the Strip – Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV – Steve Hinkley (702)256-8254 or www.matslv.com
April 27-29 – April Action Car Show – Swanny City Park, Moab, UT – John Fogg (435)260-1948 or
April 28 – 18th Park 'n the Park Car Show – Cabezon Park, Rio Rancho – Open to pre-'83 – Gates open 8am, show 10am-3pm – Entry $35 – Music by Steve's Cruse'n With the Oldies – (505)892-4499 or www.rrnm.gov or email@example.com
May 1 – Freddy's Car Show & Cruise In – Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steak Burgers, 10201 Central NE, weather permitting, 4:30-8pm – Coat & toy drive for kids – Entry: non-perishable food item for local food bank – Get free frozen custard, show off your ride and have some fun. DJ music provided by Rockin' Rob – Joe Mascarenas (505)235-5900 for details
May 5 – 13th Running of the Tractors, Tractor & Car Show – Corrales Recreational Center (off Corrales & Jones Rds., next to Post Office), Corrales – Setup around 8am, show 9am-3pm – Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Car Show – Northern Edge Casino, Farmington – Entry $20 – Regis. 8-11am, show 10am
2018 NATIONAL MEETS/TOURS
May 21-25 – Pennsylvania Dutch Country Spring Time Tour – Hosted by Hawk Mountain RG – Tour Amish country, headquartered in Myerstown, PA – Lois Dries (610)966-5127 or email@example.com or Rick Slegel (610)926-3061 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 11-15 Grand National Meet, Dearborn, Michigan – "Dearborn's the Scene in 2018" – 55th Anniversary Homecoming – Phill Hall (805)573-8077 or Michael Driscoll (615)293-9985. email@example.com to register or http://2018gnm.com for more information.
August 26-31 – Montana National V8 Tour – Sponsored by Big Sky V-8 RG – Starts & ends in Billings, MT – 1300 mile tor includes Pompey's Pillar, mining towns Neihart & Monarch, Giant Springs, Great Falls, Glacier NP, Going to the Sun Highway, Flathead Lake, Flathead Museum, Nine Pipes, boat trips, and more – Norm Clark (406)259-6154 or firstname.lastname@example.org
October 17-21 – Lincoln & Continental Owner’s Club Western National Meet in Albuquerque. Go to https://lcoc.org/event/western-national-meet/ for more information.
Member Philip Lovato won a trophy at the SuperNationals with his 1957 Thunderbird.
Featured Member of the Month – Philip Lovato
Philip is an Albuquerque native. He and his wife Corrine have four children, two girls and two boys. His shop on 4th Street is Philip and Sons Mechanic and Hot Rod Service. He invites everyone to stop by and see the museum in his shop. Philip has been working on cars since he was a kid. He apparently is a long time aficionado of Fords and owns many including 3 ’64 Galaxies, a ’64 Thunderbolt, 3 TBirds, a ’53 Crestline Convertible and a ’30 5-window coupe he is finishing up as a hot rod. He says his wife Corrine doesn’t mind his collecting cars “as long as it makes him happy.” He recently sponsored a tour for Feed the Kids of New Mexico and collected enough food to fill his ’48 Ford Panel Truck. This charitable event will be featured in next month’s Earlybird Magazine for the International Thunderbird Club.
Joke of the Month
Big Jim walked into a sports bar around 9:58 PM.
He sat down next to a blonde at the bar and stared up at the TV.
The 10 PM news was coming on.
The news crew was covering the story of a man on the ledge of a large building preparing to jump.
The blonde looked at Big Jim and said, "Do you think he'll jump?"
Big Jim said, "You know, I bet he'll jump."
The blonde replied, "Well, I bet he won't."
Big Jim placed a $20 bill on the bar and said, "You're on!"
Just as the blonde placed her money on the bar, the guy on the ledge did a swan dive off the building, falling to his death.
The blonde was very upset, but willingly handed her $20 to Big Jim.
"Fair's fair. Here's your money."
Big Jim replied, "I can't take your money.
I saw this earlier on the 5 PM news, so I knew he would jump."
The blonde replied, "I did, too, but I didn't think he'd do it again."
Big Jim took the money!