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

NEXT MEETING: Next meeting is Tuesday, January 8th, 2018 at 7pm. NOTE: This is the 2nd Tuesday of the month!

NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, December 11th, 7pm at the Jacksons’ house.

BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, December 15th, 8:30 am at Vick’s Vittles, 8810 Central Ave SE.

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 Club breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 15th, at 8:30 am at Vick’s Vittles Country Kitchen, 8810 Central Ave SE, at Wyoming.  This is a popular club breakfast spot and was selected by Larry Bost.  Bring your friends - See you there!



Our annual Christmas party will be a potluck on Saturday afternoon, December 8th at 1pm.  The party will be at the Jackson’s house (8322 Calle Picaflor NW).  The cost is $3 per person.  The hosts will cook the meat, 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 before December 4th.   Reservations may also be made by mail to Beth at the above address (zip 87120).  Requested side dishes are salad, vegetable, dessert or bread and can be confirmed when you call or send in your reservation.  Remember there is no club meeting in December.  Last year’s party followed this format and we had a large crowd, delicious food and a very pleasant time.

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.  Please call Beth at 505-908-7564 if you have any questions.



                December Birthdays and Anniversaries

                        Corrine Lovato (3)                      Jim & Jeannine Kontny (11)

              Dee Patterson (4)                       Bob & Joan Quirici (21)

              Bobbie Benzaquen (11)                  Jeff & Beth Jackson (26)

              Jan Rothell (14)                         Bob & Nancy Agnew (30)

              Jackie Abernathy (18)                    Jim & Joyce Clements (30)

              Bill Verant (19)

              Dorothy Hammond (27)

              Joan Quirici (31)


’Tis the season.   Beth asked me to write another President’s letter.  When I told her what I wanted to write about she said “Nope, wrong answer, don’t even think about it”.  So, I said “ok” and began penning a happy letter.

The end of another good year.   Family is good, friends are great (that means you), I love this time of year.  I love planning a surprise for the little ones (grandkids).     I love planning a family dinner.  I love friends stopping by.  I love thinking about the start of a new year and what will get done if I get busy.  And, I’m pretty tickled when the Cowboys win a game.

We need to do a club tour in 2019.  The national tour this year was excellent.  It reminded me again how much fun it is to relax, enjoy life, slow down and be with friends and make new friends.  Too often days seem to drag from here to there stuffed with what we need to do.  On a tour, you can’t do much but drive, eat, sleep, and talk.   I can handle that.

Please think about where you’d like to enjoy a relaxing time in 2019.  An overnight tour with your old car and old (and new) friends. 

Here are we, Jeff and Beth, hoping you had a wonderful 2018 and wishing each of you a great fun filled holiday season and a blessed new year.  P.S. - Membership renewal form is attached to this newsletter.



Minutes of the November 6th, 2018 Meeting

Beth Jackson, Secretary

President Jeff called the meeting to order shortly after 7pm.  There were 18 people present.  Lou didn’t receive his newsletter, so Beth gave him a copy. David reported that the budget is on track.  Happy Birthday was wished to Jay Hertz, Roger Wilbur, Leslie Montgomery and Ray Calderon.  Anniversary wishes were extended to Vern & Pat Willan and Philip & Corrine Lovato.  Thanks to Bob Payne for providing refreshments.  Next month there will be a holiday party and no regular meeting.  The For Sale/Wanted ads were passed around for additions and deletions.

Old Business:  Joyce, reporting for the New Mexico Car Council, said the September swap meet came out ahead.  It will be in a different location next year and Joyce has retired from heading it up.  The Museum Car Show in May might have a theme of pickups/trucks.

The recipe of the month for November was provided by Debbie Jones, Larry Bost volunteered to provide the recipe for December’s newsletter.

Tonight’s program will consist of photos and videos from the October National Tour of Southern New Mexico.  A thank you note received from several of the Texas participants was passed around.

New Business:  November’s breakfast will be held on Saturday, November 17th at Stripes Biscuit Co. on Gibson, a site selected by David McLain.  Larry Bost suggested Vick’s Vittles for our December 15th breakfast location. The featured member of the month of November was Bob Agnew.  Betty Leupold will be the December member of the month and Larry Bost volunteered to provide a picture for the article.

The next club activity will be the Christmas party on Saturday December 8th at 1pm at the Jacksons house. $3 per person will be the charge.  Sign-up sheets are available at the front table.

The slate of officers offered by the nominating committee is: Jeff Jackson, President; Jay Hertz, Vice-President; Beth Jackson, Secretary; David McLain, Treasurer.  Board members suggested are George Abernathy, Roger Wilbur and Demetrio Lee.  Joe Abbin remains a board member as past President.  It was moved and seconded to accept the slate as presented.

A board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th, 7pm at the Jackson.  We will start planning meetings and activities for next year.

Joe Abbin reported that the book he is writing, ABQ Blues, comes out December 2nd, coincidentally the date of his retirement from the police department.  He also reported that the crime rate of the city of Albuquerque is four times the national average.

Refreshments and hospitality were enjoyed and pictures and videos of the October tour were presented by Jeff.



Pat Bost

Mom’s Holiday Fruit Salad



2 navel oranges

3 bananas

2 Jonathan apples

1 small can pineapple (drain and save juice for dressing)

Cut in small (bite size not diced) pieces and gently mix the fruit making sure the orange juice coats the apples and bananas.

(Some folks add shredded coconut but Dad didn’t like that)

Chill fruit mixture while cooking the dressing.


Combine over medium flame:

1 tbsp flour

1 tsp unsalted butter

Stir in

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg beaten by hand

1/4 cup (or more if needed) pineapple juice

Stir while cooking until thickened (a brief boil)

Cool dressing to room temperature

Pour over fruit, mix and serve.


Makes eight to ten generous servings.


Pat with pickup.jpeg


Featured Member of the Month

Betty Leupold


What is the difference between a “y” and an “ie”?   Ask Betty Leupold.   Seems her birth certificate has her as Bettie but for all her life she has been Betty.   And, when you go to get a New Mexico “approved” ID they frown at changing your name -even simple spelling can foul you up.    Regardless how one spells it, Betty Leupold is well known to our club and is our featured member of the month.

We all know Betty as part of the Betty and Art team.   She says her best memories are of the time she and Art did things together.   Goodness, when were they not together? At least over the last 50 years the answer is - not much.    Betty started her life in Albuquerque ‘many years ago’.  She spent a few years in California during the war then returned to New Mexico with only a brief stay in El Paso.

Betty wasn’t much into cars before she met Art –“A life changing experience” she says.   “Art didn’t let me drive the old cars much.  I’ve driven the 1932 and the 1939 on tours,” she says.   She recalls taking some girl friends to Santa Fe in the 1939 and returning home later than planned.   Fortunately, one of her friends remembered the headlights on switch was on the steering wheel, otherwise she says “it would have been a dark trip home”.

“Art was a good man,” she said, “but I didn’t get a lot of new things.  Art preferred to fix things.  That was fine, they worked after he fixed them.  It did result in a bit of a crowded garage because after the repair he saved the old parts.”  She said this with a smile.

Betty has three daughters now in Albuquerque, the oldest, Karla, lives with her and between Karla and Karlene she stays active.  She doesn’t make a lot of meetings nowadays but will be at the Christmas lunch.

She recalls going with Art to Belen to pick up their Model A.  “Why in the world anyone would rebuild a car that looked that bad I will never know.  Needless to say, when I first saw it I was well, I was disappointed.”  On the trip home Karlene rode in the model A and had to be very careful to keep from falling through the hole in the floor. Well, we know after the rebuild it was a fine car. 

Betty and Art joined the Tumbleweed V8 club around 1960 - about the same time they bought the 1939 sedan.  All of us know that car.

Betty tells the same story Art always did about the 1932.  “This was a pretty nice car that we purchased in Deming,” she said.  “One day Art came in from the garage and said, ‘I think I’ll fix the top on the ’32.’  I said fine.   A few days later I went into the garage and the top was over there and the frame was on the other side the garage and the engine was on a stand and Art was standing in the middle of a pile of parts smiling.   What could I do?” she asked me.  She said she turned around and walked back into the house knowing Art was obsessed with his project and she’d see him for dinner.


Betty & pickup.jpeg
Betty, Karla, Karlene & pickup.jpeg



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:




The club could use donations for the monthly raffle.  Look around your home and garage, what do you have that you no longer need but someone else might appreciate.  The raffle collects money for the club and it’s a lot of fun!




Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2018


Saturday 8th 1pm, Club Christmas Party, Potluck at the Jacksons house

Tuesday 11th Board meeting 7pm at the Jacksons - with new and old officers and directors plan for 2019

Saturday 15th Breakfast at Vick’s Vittles, 8:30am



Sale Notice


Many cars from the J & R Museum are now for sale.  Please call Evonna Joiner at 505-238-1797 for additional information.





President: R. Jeff Jackson (

Vice-President: Jay Hertz (

Secretary: Beth Jackson (

Treasurer: David McLain (

Director: George Abernathy (

Director: Phillip Lovato (

Director: Roger Wilbur (

Director: Joe Abbin (






Upcoming Events



December 1 – The Owl Cafe Cars -N- Coffee800 Eubank Blvd. NE, Albuquerque – Saturday – Open to all vehicles –

                 7:30-10:30am – Hot Coffee and Donuts to all car enthusiasts – (505)291-4900

December 1 – 4th Annual Toys for Tots Car Show and Shine – Snap Fitness, Tramway & Indian School, Albuquerque

                  Supporting Toys for Tots and the Albuquerque Rescue Mission - Setup 7am-10am – Show 10am-4pm,

                  Open to all years makes and models, No entry, no awards – Toys, Food and $$ accepted, all for charity –         

                  505-269-0496 or 505-332-9222 for info

December 8 – Historically Speaking Christmas Event – Holiday Inn Express, 1921 Yale SE, Albuquerque – Event to

                   raise art and school supplies, clothes and presents for San Jose students – Need a few cars – Setup 8-10am,

                   show 10:30am-5pm – Space limited, so please call before you go – Sharron Mullins (505)307-3894


December 16 – Driving Divas Going to the Dogs Show – Fastino's, 2600 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque – 1-5pm –

                   Bring a donation of pet food or supplies – Wolf, wolf –  Going to be fun – Free dinner for Drivers – Karen

                   Campbell (505)620-5276





For Sale: 1937 Ford Fordor Deluxe (Humpback) Sedan, Dual carbs, aluminum heads. $7800. Max Glover 505-792-2011.

For Sale: 1947 Ford Fodor Super Deluxe. This is an original New Mexico rust-free car, 239 V8 with 87K miles.  It uses no oil and was painted 9 years ago (Ford gray).  The interior is good with original headliner.  New parts include: complete brake system, front and rear springs, tube shocks all around, 8 volt battery, Coker white wall tires.  This car has been garaged for 40 years, has original Ford glass, a Fulton visor, super deluxe bumper tips and grille guard.  This is a fun-driving, family car. Price $12,500. Roger Wilbur, 505-983-7885.

For Sale: Buick Riviera 2dr HT. Total stock 264 dynaflow, repaint, new interior, 124k miles, runs excellent. $16,000. Roger Wilbur 505-983-7885.

For Sale: New All State Guardsman bias tire, 670-15, wide white wall, never been on ground. $80.00. Call Ron, 505-869-2988.

For Sale: Rear Extender for 2001 Ford F150 crew cab. $50. Chuck Spurgeon 299-8489

For Sale: 1940 Mercury Eight Sedan Coupe.  Runs good, fun to drive.  Burgundy with 670-15 wide whitewall tires.  Max Glover 505-792-2011 or 505-249-7344.

For Sale: 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible Coupe, runs good, Washington Blue. Needs a new home.  Max Glover 505-792-2011 or 505-249-7344.

For Sale: Radiator for 1953 Ford P.U. – very good $150. Gary McGlasson 505-250-1586

For Sale: 1936 radiator $50. Joe Abbin 505-296-7678

For Sale: ’76 Ford pickup cab only, no interior with power brake unit on firewall. 505-850-2290.

Wanted: 1936 Ford Parts; trunk latch plate. Joe Abbin 505-296-7678.

Wanted: 1935-36 Ford spindle bolt brake actuating pin (rad). Jay Hertz 505-235-8235.

Wanted: Need a running 1940-1948 flathead engine. Mike Magnes 505-730-0963.

Services Offered: Vintage engine rebuilding, any make, any model. Stock or modified. Dynamometer testing available. Results guaranteed. References available. Gary McGlasson, 505-250-1586.


Hello, Tumbleweed V-8’ers,                                       2019                                                  


It’s membership renewal time. Please send in your annual dues and renewal form by February 28, 2019, so you don’t miss out on any newsletters or activities. Please make your $25.00 check payable to Tumbleweed RG and hand to or mail to:


Tumbleweed Regional Group

c/o David McLain

PO Box 21538

Albuquerque, NM 87154-1538


Don’t forget to also pay your National dues. The cost is $35.00 per year, which includes the V-8 Times, worldwide roster of members, umbrella liability insurance for club activities, and ballots to vote for directors and changes. If you choose not to receive the magazine, you may send in $10.00 for your membership without the V-8 Times. You will receive all membership benefits except for the magazine.


We look forward to your participation in the coming year! Happy V-8-ing.


Please let us know any changes you’ve made so we can update the Club roster. If there are no changes, all we need is your name.


Name: __________________________________ Spouse: ____________________________


Birthday: ____________Spouse’s Birthday ____________ Anniversary __________________


Address: ___________________________________________________________________                                              


City, State, Zip:_______________________________________________________________


Telephone number(s): ____________________________ Email: _______________________



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