PLEASE NOTE: All meetings include Show & Tell. Members are encouraged to bring items to share.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, August 2, 7pm.  The program is on 1936 Fords.  Refreshments by George Abernathy.

NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, August 9, 7pm at Joe’s house, 11716 Tivoli Ave NE.

BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, August 27th at Little Anita’s, 3314 Isleta SW, 8:30am.

CLUB WEBSITE: Be sure to check out our website at   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




The 1936 Fords turned 80 this year. To celebrate their anniversary, Bob Quirici and Jay Hertz will bring examples of a 1936 truck and car to the August 2 meeting and discuss the changes and upgrades in styling and mechanical features. The year 1936 was an eventful one at Ford Motor Company, and you will hear some commentary on that as well. Come prepared to be informed and entertained.

August Breakfast and Tour

We will be meeting at 8:30am on Saturday, August 27th (note the date change) for breakfast at Little Anita’s at 3314 Isleta SW.  Following breakfast we hope to tour a garage or two in that area.  Hope you can join us.



All Clubs Picnic

Sunday, August 14th is the All Clubs Picnic at Oak Flat Picnic Area. The picnic goes from 10am to 3pm. If you would like to drive with other Tumbleweed Club Members, please meet at 9:30am at the Smith’s store at the corner of Tramway and Central Ave. Each attendee is asked to bring something to go with the burgers and dogs. Entry is $5 per car.







President: Joe Abbin (

Vice-President: Lou Gorenz (

Secretary: Beth Jackson (

Treasurer: Frank Corey (

Director: Jay Hertz (

Director: R. Jeff Jackson (

Director: Bob Mathes (

Director: Al Seery (

 President’s Message

75th Anniversary of the 1936 Fords                                                 Joe Abbin

This year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 1936 Fords. This month’s program with Jay Hertz and Bob Quirici will feature these cars. See announcement elsewhere.

The 1936 Fords are some of my favorites. When I was a kid our family car was a 1936 Tudor Touring (“humpback”) Sedan. It had been gifted to my mom and dad by mom’s dad as a wedding present in 1936.It had a lot of miles and was pretty beat up by 1956 when my mom bought a nice used 1949 Mercury 4-door. I was thrilled because I thought I was heir apparent to the ’36. After all, my brother and I had prepared for takeover by sneaking the car out at least a couple of times while mom was at work. My driving skills were poor as I side-swiped a parked car on one of these occasions, further adding to its “patina”. Oh well, “no witness, no crime” and life was good.

Then, bummer! It was gone one day when I got home from school. A check with my mom revealed that she had sold the car to the guys at the Chevron station down the street for $25.I belatedly said I would have bought the car for that. Her response was that the brakes were bad and that I would have killed myself in that car. Crushed, I emptied out my bank and headed to the Chevron station on my scooter to buy it back. Super bummer! One guy was “trimming” the fenders with an acetylene torch while another was knocking out the glass with a hammer in preparation for the Saturday night jalopy races. All I have left of that car is the driver’s manual and the photo below.

Today, I own two 1936’s, One is a 3W coupe under restoration and the other a 4-door “slantback” sedan for parts.


Tom and Joe Abbin with the Family 1936 Ford about 1955.  It was obviously a special occasion because we didn’t normally wear ties and white shirts.




August Birthdays

Jeannine Kontny (1)         Harvey Catchpole (24)         Pat Willan (27)         Jim Clements (29)


Minutes of the July 5th, 2016 Meeting

Joe called the meeting to order. He congratulated members present who were celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. There were 15 members present.

Old Business:  Joe announced that Kathleen has her ’34 Tudor for sale and a man from Sweden is coming to Albuquerque to look at it.  Frank reported that the club remains solvent. Joyce reported that there were 60 to 70 cars at the protest against the Central Ave. Rapid Transit project (ART).  The Car Council elected Jamie Saavedra as President and Robert Gold as Vice-President.  Mike McGuire was made a director.  Flyers were mailed out for the September Swap Meet, ask Joyce if you need one.  The All Clubs Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 14th with the location still tentative.  Mild to Wild will hold a Car Collectors Appreciation Day activity on July 9th. Larry reported that the 4th of July picnic at his house went well with 100+ attendees.  Next month’s program will be on the 1936 Ford.

New Business:  Fastinos at Juan Tabo and Candelaria is having a ‘cruise in’ on Wednesday July 6.  The Club Breakfast will be Saturday, July 16th.  We will meet at the Los Ranchos Rail Runner Station at 8:30am to drive to Bernalillo to eat at the Range Café.  A member asked if the J&R Museum in Bernalillo is still open and several members responded, yes.

Joe brought an oscilloscope for show and tell.  He also brought several other tools that members may look at during the break.

Refreshments were provided by the Jacksons and the Clements.  A raffle was held with several fun prizes.  After the break Joe presented an informative talk on Tuning Your V8.         Beth Jackson, Secretary


July Breakfast at The Range Cafe

We had a wonderful breakfast at the Range Café in Bernalillo on Saturday, July 16th.  The food was very good and there was a special 20% off desserts so the Jacksons took sticky buns home for lunch.  Frank drove a ’53 and after touring Bernalillo with Ray eventually found a suitable parking spot.

Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2016


Tuesday 2nd Club Meeting – 7pm1936 Fords.  Refreshments by George Abernathy.

Sunday 14th All Clubs Picnic

Saturday 27th Breakfast – 8:30am Little Anita’s at 3314 Isleta SW, garage tour(s) following.


Tuesday 6th Club Meeting – 7pm1941/1951 Fords.  Refreshments by Glovers and Calderon.

Sunday 11th State Fair 

Saturday 17th Breakfast – 8:30am, Truck Stop in Moriarity

Friday, Sat., Sun. 23rd, 24th, 25thLos Lunas Swap Meet


Saturday/Sunday 1st & 2nd - Northern New Mexico tour

Tuesday 4th Club Meeting – 7pmAuto Art, Perry & McLaughlin.  Refreshments by Mary & Lou Gorenz & Jay Hertz.

Saturday 15th – Tour of Tome Hill with lunch


Tuesday 1st Club Meeting – 7pmElections, Table Top Show.  Refreshments by Bob Payne and Bob Mathes.

Saturday 26th Breakfast and Antique Shopping Tour and Lunch


Saturday 10th Club Christmas Party Potluck

Saturday 17th Breakfast – 8:30am


In 1946, Bobby Troup was headed to Los Angeles with his wife, Cynthia, in their green 1941 Buick convertible. The Buick used 32 quarts of oil on the trip to California. Somewhere out of St. Louis, his slightly bored wife said to him, "Get your kicks on Route 66." Bobby spent the rest of the trip composing a song in his head. When he got to L.A. he managed to meet Nat King Cole and played the song for him. Nat loved the song and recorded it; it was an instant success. Other artists soon recorded it, and Bobby was able to buy a house and stay in Los Angeles. Both the song and the highway are now legendary. Route 66 is probably now the most well-known highway in the world.

If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way, take the highway that's best.
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.
It winds from Chicago to LA,
More than two thousand miles all the way.
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.
Now you go through Saint Louis
Joplin, Missouri,
And Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.
You'll see Amarillo,
Gallup, New Mexico,
Flagstaff, Arizona.
Don't forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino.
Won't you get hip to this timely tip:
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.
Won't you get hip to this timely tip:
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six


Submitted by Joyce Clements



Joke of the Month

Submitted by Jim Wetherbe



This is tough to see. It just shows the dangers of attending these events.

Amazing photo at right shows great detail. 
The pilot at low level had no control over his aircraft. 
It narrowly misses a crowd gathered for the air show and slams into four buildings. 
One can only imagine the horror of the occupants inside those buildings.

No one was killed, but it probably scared the s___ out of them.





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:



If you go to, you can download all the information and registration materials for these meets, and/or find contact information.

August 8-11, 2016 – Eastern National Meet, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

September 13-19, 2016 – Great Southwestern National Driving Tour, Colorado and Eastern Utah

September 18-22, 2016 – Blue Ridge Parkway National Driving Tour, North Carolina

October 17-20, 2016 – Western National Tour "Let the V8s Roll", Bakersfield, California



August 6 – Lindsey Callaway Memorial Toy Drive – Elks Lodge 461, 2430 Centre Ave – Callaway family collecting money and toys for kids battling cancer in honor of Lindsey – Steak dinner and dance with live band $15 (Must RSVP and pay in advance) or just drive up and donate a toy – Family loves cars and racing – Car show in parking lot – Cocktails 5:30, dinner 6:00, toy collection parking lot 7:30, silent auction – Jennifer Romero (505)306-8304

August 6 – 17th Just for Fun Car Show – Bosque Farms – Mary Keller (505)869-5733

August 6th & 7th – Route 66 Casino Hotel Calendar Car Show – Featuring “The Casino Calendar Picks” 12 Cars picked and photographed for 2016 Casino Calendar Setup 7am-10am – Show 10am-5pm, Open to all years makes and models, Pre-Entry $30 – Free Event T-shirt, Coupons, Over 300 Awards:  60 classes – 66 Specials, Cash Awards, Creeper Races.  Music by: Steve’s Cruisin’ with the Oldies – 505- 269-0496 or 505-332-9222 for info. Entry forms mailed and at Yearwood Performance.

August 8 – Driving Divas Anniversary Show & Line Dance – Fastino's, 2600 Juan Tabo NE – Open to all, but only women drivers eat free – Starts 5pm– Melinda Otzenberger 401-2994

August 12 – Veterans' Cruise Night – Borman Honda, Las Cruces – Rich Lewis (575)525-4556

August 12-13 – TNT Races – Alien City Dragway, Roswell – Ben Thomas (575)626-8338

August 13 – 24th Make A Wish Car Show – Legacy Church, 7201 Central NW (between Coors & Unser) – Sponsored by Rio Grande Corvette Club& Camaro Club of NM – 11am-3pm – Earlybird Registration till August 6 $20, $25 after – Sherry Maples,, 200-2558 or (714)785-1669 

August 13 – Veterans' Car Show – First Presbyterian Church, Las Cruces – Rich Lewis (575)525-4556

August 14 – NMCCC All Clubs Picnic – Oak Flat Picnic Area, S Rt. 14 –

August 14 – 22nd Annual Summer Car Show Series at Hooters East – San Mateo – Setup 7am-10am – Show 10am-4pm, Open to all years makes and models, Entry $20 – 40 classes – 50 Special Awards, 50/50 drawing and raffle supporting the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  Music by: Steve's Cruisin’ with the Oldies – 505-269-0496 or 505-332-9222 for info

August 19-21 – JCNM Jaguar Cars Concours – Old Town area – Hosted by Jaguar Club of NM

August 20 – 10th Annual Donate Life Car Show – Young Park, Las Cruces – Susan (575)496-2627

August 20 – 25th Run to Copper Country – Gough Park, Silver City – Pre-'86 – Cruz (575)574-2186 or

August 20 – Wine & Shine Classic Car Show – Wines of the San Juans, 233 Hwy 511, Blanco – Registration $10 by July 31, $15 after, includes wine glass – Register 9-10am, show to 3pm – Live music by Ben Gibson Band, BBQ, awards – to download info and registration form – Brittny (970)903-4177

August 21 – 4th Annual Truman Earl White Memorial Car & Motorcycle Show – American Legion Post 49, 11005 Central NE – 11am-4pm – 50/50 drawing, prizes, raffles – Build your own burger or hot dog, $5, includes chips and soda – 296-4224

August 22 – Monday – New Mexico Conference on Aging Classic Car Show – Isleta Resort & Casino – Free – Need 50 cars Pre-1970, Pre-registration required – or (505)383-3905

August 26 – TNT Races – Alien City Dragway, Roswell – Ben Thomas (575)626-8338

August 27 – 22nd Annual Summer Car Show Series at Hooters West – Alameda – Setup 10am – Show 10am-4pm, Open to all years makes and models, Entry $20 – 30 classes – 25 Special Awards, 50/50 drawing and raffle supporting the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  Music by: Steve's Cruisin’ with the Oldies – 505-269-0496 or 505-332-9222 for info.




     When Prohibition became law in 1918, private stills cropped up all over the country. Gallup's main street, which later became Route 66, had establishments that provided plenty of booze and gambling for tourists and locals alike. The Feds staged raids and on one occasion in the 1920's, they arrested 40 individuals for moonshining and seized 1,000 gallons of booze, 800 gallons of wine, several touring cars of grapes from California, stills, and slot machines.  Decades after Prohibition ended in 1933, moonshining remained a good source of income for some along the route. Genta Rice tells of her mother's store in Cubero, selling 100-pound sacks of sugar and local Indian-grown corn to customers. Cork stoppers were a big seller, and local kids earned penny candy by bringing in empty bottles they found. Her mother's big copper wash pot disappeared; it turned up months later in a Revenuer's car, seized in a raid.

     1940 Ford coupes, such as this one, were still carrying "shine" up through the War and into the 50's. The Fords were quick, handled well on dirt roads, and their large trunks held a hefty load of booze. It was a game of "catch me if you can" between the revenuers and the shiners.