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

NEXT MEETING: No regular meeting in December.  See article on Christmas party being held Saturday, December 5th.

NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, December 8th, 7pm. Jackson’s house, 8322 Calle Picaflor NW.

BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, December 19th, 2015, meet at 8:30 am at Golden Corral, 5207 San Mateo NE, site chosen by Frank.

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




Club Christmas Party

Our annual Christmas party will be a pot luck on Saturday afternoon December 5th at 1pm.  This year the party will be at the Jacksons’ house (8322 Calle Picaflor NW).  The cost is $3 per person.  The menu will be ham, with side dishes provided by those attending.  Tea, water and coffee will be provided.  Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Beth Jackson by December 1st.  Reservations may also be made by mail to our club address, PO Box 21538, Albuquerque 87154.  Requested side dishes are salad, vegetable, dessert or bread and can be confirmed when you call or send in your reservation. We are looking forward to a lovely dinner with good company.


As has been our custom, we will accept cash donations for the Roadrunner Food Bank. We will pool all donations and deliver to Roadrunner Food Bank.


Our annual gift exchange will take place during the Christmas Party.  If you wish to participate, bring a wrapped gift labeled male or female, and you will go home with a lovely gift.  Please make the gift something you would like to receive and keep the cost under $20.  We will have no stealing of gifts this year.  The board of directors made the change of venue in hopes that more members would be able to attend.  Please call Beth at 505-908-7564 if you have any questions.


Board Meeting

There will be a board meeting on Tuesday, December 8th, 7pm at the Jacksons’ house.  All new and old officers and board members are requested to attend.  This will give the new board an opportunity to get a head start in planning programs and events for 2016 and the old board an opportunity to hand off their responsibilities to their new counterparts.


December Breakfast

Saturday, December 19th at 8:30am we will be meeting at Golden Corral, 5207 San Mateo NE. Frank chose this location. Hope to see you there.






President: R. Jeff Jackson (

Vice-President: Lou Gorenz (

Secretary: Beth Jackson (

Treasurer: D.J. MacAlister (

Director: Bob Payne

Director: Joe Abbin (

Director: Jay Hertz (




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 Letter  by Jeff Jackson

Another year completed.  I think we had a good year in 2015, maybe not great but good.  We had a well attended overnight tour to Gallup, we were well represented at the Museum Car show, we carried off a much appreciated charity event at Palmilla Senior Living Center.  And, this year the club successfully decided how to further our Club Purpose thanks to an excellent committee of Bob Payne, George Abernathy, Ross Collord and chaired by Jay Hertz.  It is also good to know that our club members volunteer for many activities, especially the Car Council events.

We still have December where our club is trying a new venue for the Christmas Party on December 5th and we still have our December 19th breakfast at Golden Corral.

Last newsletter for me and I can honestly say I was pleased and honored to be allowed to function as this club’s President for two years.  So many of you that have been around the club for years or decades may not fully appreciate how much knowledge there is in your collective heads.  Let’s all keep inviting and welcoming new members and sharing knowledge with all.  I am looking forward to next year and the development and completion of the club Purpose Committee recommendation.

Thanks to you all for letting me work with you the last two years and we (speaking for Beth and I) are looking forward to future fun with the flatheads!


Minutes of the November 3rd Meeting Secretary, Beth Jackson

The meeting was called to order by President Jeff. There were 16 members present. The minutes of the last meeting were accepted as printed in the newsletter. Treasurer DJ reported a balance of $4575.85 in checking and $1396.05 in savings. Thanks for refreshments go to Ray Calderon and the Leupolds.

Old Business: Joyce reported for the Car Council. The swap meet was very successful. The council made less money due to lower fee early registrations but more people attended.  Dates for next year’s events are set.  In 2016, the Museum Car show will be the 3rd Sunday in May (May 15th), the Swap Meet will be September 23-25 and the All Clubs Picnic is scheduled for August 14th.

The recipe of the month was not provided by Joe Abbin but he will provide the recipe for December. 

Joyce reported that she sent in the form to the Ford Foundation purchasing a brick in memory of Tumbleweed Regional Group 79 members.  Joe reported that the drive to Moriarity on October 17th was pleasant, breakfast at Lisa’s Café was decent, and the tour of Archie Lewis’ Museum was good.  It was reported that 14 people attended the tour of the Wheels Museum on Saturday, Oct. 31st.  DJ said the tour was good and so was lunch at Barelas Coffee House.  Ray said he enjoyed the variety of items like the Mobil Pegasus.  Joe told about attending Deuce Day in Glendale, AZ last weekend.  There were 138-1932 Fords in attendance, an amazing number in one place! It was a fundraiser for the Ford Foundation.

New Business: Saturday, Nov 21st at 8:30am will be our breakfast at Milton’s Family Restaurant at 3351 Candelaria NE.  Art picked this location.  Art selected Frank to choose December’s location and Frank selected the Golden Corral on San Mateo (5207 San Mateo NE).

Our club Christmas Party will be on Saturday, December 5th at 1pm at the Jacksons’ house.  The cost will be $3/person.  The menu will be ham with side dishes provided by attendees.  Coffee and iced tea will be provided.  Reservations are required and can be made at the meeting or by calling Beth at 908-7564 or sending to the club mailbox.  We will also have a gift exchange at the party.  If you wish to participate bring a wrapped gift.  There will be no stealing of gifts this year.

Jay gave a report of the Club Purpose Committee.  The committee recommended that the club develop a video starring our cars, with each car giving a narration of its special features with a historical perspective.  At the end, there should be a soft sales pitch for the club. The committee recommendation was to acquire equipment and kiosk(s) to showcase the video at various locations.   This video would educate the public and hopefully recruit new members.  Also, DVDs could be sold to recoup some of the expenses of developing it.  Joyce commented that links to the video could be put on the club website and the car council website.  Jeff was enthusiastic and said it probably could be made at a low cost then polished.  There was discussion of how to assure the project could be accomplished within budget and a suggestion that the Board oversee the work.  A motion was made by Jeff that we vote on the committee suggestion with a maximum expenditure of $3000.  Joe seconded the motion.  The vote was by secret ballot and was 11 yes’s, 3 no’s and 1 abstention.  Next year a group will be assigned (or volunteer) to carry out this plan.  Thanks to the committee of Jay, Bob Payne, George and Ross for their time.

The nominees for officers for 2016 were Joe Abbin, President; Lou Gorenz, VP; Beth Jackson, Secretary; Frank Corey, Treasurer; Jay Hertz, Bob Mathes and Al Seery, Directors.  Art made the motion that the slate be accepted as given; Max seconded the motion and the slate was accepted by acclamation.  Congratulations to the new officers and board of directors. 

There will be a board meeting on Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm at the Jacksons for all outgoing and incoming officers and board members.

The club website brought in a donation from former member Bill Miller this month.  Jeff picked up some car parts.  He will inventory the parts, please see the ads in the newsletter, and have a list available at the next meeting. 

There were several show and tell items.  Joyce brought a book, Cutting Corners which was published by Ford Motor Co. in 1951.  It has “hints for housewives”.  Jay brought a soldering iron made in China with instructions “for use on duplicitous sheet metal.” Joe brought a USA Today published with a fake front page – very entertaining.

There will be no Tuesday meeting in December as the Christmas party has been moved to Saturday, December 5th.

The raffle was held thanks to Joe.  After refreshments a table top model display was enjoyed.  Thanks to all the members who shared their models and stories with the club.




Happy Birthday to:                                      Happy Anniversary to:


Dee Patterson (4)                                            Jim & Jeannine Kontny (11)

Meg Williams (4)                                             Ray & Danice Calderon (19)

Jan Rothell (14)                                              Art & Betty Leupold (21)

Jackie Abernathy (18)                                        Bob & Joan Quirici (21)

Bill Verant (19)                                               Jeff & Beth Jackson (26)

Dorothy Hammond (27)                                      Bob & Nancy Agnew (30)

Joan Quirici (31)                                             Jim & Joyce Clements (30)



Recipe For A Happy Life

1 cup friendly words

2 heaping cups of understanding

4 tsp time and patience

Pinch of warm personality

Dash of humor

Measure words carefully. Add heaping cups of understanding. Use generous amounts of time and patience. Cook, keeping temperature low and do not boil. Add dash of humor and a warm personality. Season to taste with spice of life. Serve with LOVE !

Wheels Museum Tour

Fourteen members and guests attended the tour of the Wheels Museum on Saturday, October 13th.  Mary Gorenz graciously shared her photos with us.
























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:


Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2015


Saturday 5th 1pm Club Christmas Party at the Jacksons.

Tuesday 8th 7pm Board Meeting with new and previous board members

Saturday 19th Breakfast 8:30am Golden Corral on San Mateo















December 4 - Los Lunas Police Dept is hosting the 2015 Winter Ball at Daniel Fernandez Park on Hwy 314 (just north of the Swap Meet Field) from 5-8pm. It is also a toy drive for Toys for Tots. Admission is free with food, entertainment and a toy for any child who comes. Police are taking donations, toys and gift cards. Treena Saavedra at 352-7648 or for more information
December 20 – Driving Divas Going to the Dogs Christmas Show – Fastino's, 2600 Juan Tabo NE,
Albuquerque – 5-9 PM, yes on a Monday – Open to all drivers

National Dates in 2016

June 12-16, 2016 - “Together Again in Tulsa” 2016 Central National Meet in Tulsa,

July 11-15, 2016 – “Fording around the Finger Lakes” National Driving Tour in New York

August 8-11, 2016 – “Come back for some fun, with the Ford forty-one” 2016 Eastern National Meet in Gettysburg, PA or

September, 2016 – National Driving Tour sponsored by Hi Country RG in Colorado.


                                                      Jokes of the Month


When I was working as a store Santa, a boy asked me for an electric train set.  “If you get your train,” I told him, “your dad is going to want to play with it too.  Is that all right?”

The boy became very quiet. So moving the conversation along, I asked, “What else would you like Santa to bring you?”  He promptly replied, “Another train.”


The new doctor told the 80-year-old woman to bring a list of all the medicines that had been prescribed for her to her first appointment when she was to see him.  
As the young doctor was looking through these, his eyes grew wide as he realized Grandma had a prescription for birth control Pills. "Mrs. Smith, do you realize these are BIRTH CONTROL Pills?  
"Yes, they help me sleep at night." 

"Mrs. Smith, I assure you there is absolutely NOTHING in these that that could possibly help you sleep!" 
 "Ah, but Doctor, you are mistaken!" she said, reaching forward and patting the young Doctor's knee...."Every morning,  
I grind one up and mix it in my 16 year old granddaughter's orange juice.  And believe me, it definitely helps me sleep at night."
You gotta Love Grandmas
An old Italian man in Brooklyn is dying.  He calls his grandson to his bedside, "Guido, I wan' you lissina me.  I wan' you to take-a my chrome plated 38 revolver so you will always remember me." 

"But grandpa, I really don't like guns.  How about you leave me your Rolex watch instead?" 

"You lissina me, boy!  Somma day you gonna be runna da business, you gonna have a beautiful wife, lotsa money, a big-a home and maybe a couple of bambinos."

"Somma day you gonna come-a home and maybe finda you wife inna bed with another man. "Whatta you gonna do then?  Pointa to you watch and say, 'Times up!' "?