The tour will run from Monday, October 14 through   Friday, October 18, with four touring days occurring October 15 through 18.   The tour begins after the conclusion of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, which   ends October 13. 


The dates of the tour are October 14 through 18, 2013. A welcome desk will be open on Monday, October 14, from 3:00 p.m. through 6:00 the host motel, the Elkhorn Lodge in Chama, New Mexico.

The tour is organized to provide a core of interesting routes and tour activities yet provide flexibility to tourers.  Those wishing to linger longer or to deviate from the scheduled route or timetable are welcome to do so.  Driving mileage is never more than about 100 miles per day, allowing plenty of time to see the local sights or sample the local foods or culture.  The weather in October is normally very conducive to old car touring, with pleasant 70 degree days and cool 40 to 50 degree nights.  There is little likelihood of precipitation.  The planned routes avoid major highways and emphasize scenic views and historic sites.  Although sometimes reaching elevations over 7000 feet the routes are easily traversed by older vehicles in good repair.  Along each leg of the tour suggested eating establishments will be listed, allowing choices depending on individual preferences.  Each day’s tour and activities will be hosted by one of the members of the Tumbleweed Regional Group, who will be knowledgeable about local points of interest.  At the beginning of each day the host will be available to outline the day and discuss history and sites along the route.

Tourers should arrange for lodging in the following communities along the tour route:

    1. Nights       of October 14 and 15 (Monday and Tuesday) in Chama
    2. Night       of October 16, (Wednesday) in Taos
    3. Night       of October 17 (Thursday) in Santa Fe.

Lodging accommodations, reservations and payment are the responsibility of each tourer. A “host” motel has been selected in each community.  Information on other accommodations will be provided for those unable to stay at the host motel.  Early registration is the best method to assure space at the host motel..    For tourers lacking Internet access, printed lists can be obtained by contacting Jeff or Beth Jackson, whose information appears below.

Points of interest and activities:

Start of the Tour:   Chama is located in northern New Mexico, within a half-day’s drive from either Albuquerque or Denver.  For those tourers wishing to include pre-tour or post-tour visits to Albuquerque, which is the home of the Tumbleweed Regional Group of the Early Ford V-8 Club, a list of suggested accommodations and activities will be supplied upon request.

In Chama: The recommended activity in Chama is a ride on the historic steam-powered Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad which travels on narrow gauge track over spectacular wilderness scenery, and a tour of the railroad’s shops, rail yard and collection of steam locomotives and rolling stock, most of which was built in the 1890s through the 1930s. The train trip selected for our tour is the one departing Chama at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, returning to Chama  at 4:05 p.m. that day, with a stop for lunch at Osier, Colorado. To view the railroad’s website and make your reservations, visit or call (888) 286 2737 anyone at this number should be able to assist you if you mention the V8 Ford Club Tour.   There is no group discount but there are discounts for retired military, AAA, or AARP.

In Taos: Tourers may select from trips to the Taos Indian Pueblo (one of the largest inhabited Indian dwellings built in adobe pueblo style), to the home of Kit Carson.    There should also be time to visit the local art galleries (home to some of the Southwest’s premier past and present artists) and the historic plaza with unique shops selling Indian and Hispanic wares.   There are many restaurants specializing in flavorful Mexican foods and other local cuisine.

On the road to Santa Fe:  This day will feature historic sites and towns such as Chimayo,  Embudo Station, and Espanola.

In Santa Fe: Tourers may select from visiting the oldest house in America, the magnificent Spanish-style Catholic basilica, the central plaza with excellent shopping and eating opportunities, the governor’s palace, the State Capitol, famous art galleries on nearby Canyon Road, and various museums of art and history.

On the final touring day: The tour will travel to Los Alamos, site of the development of the atomic bomb, present-day Los Alamos Laboratories, and tour the Bradbury Atomic Museum, and will then travel to Bandelier National Monument with its Indian cave dwellings and beautiful forests along the Rio Grande River.

The cost of the tour is $25,  Tourers will be provided a packet of handout materials and maps.  Registration must be received by September 1, 2013.  All other expenses are the responsibility of each tourer.  Tourers are responsible for providing their own insurance.  The Tumbleweed Regional Group and its members assume no responsibility for accidents, injuries, damages or losses of any nature.  Questions regarding any aspect of the tour should be directed to Jeff or Beth Jackson by phone 505 908 7565 or email  

Registration may be done online at the TumbleweedV8 website or by mail.   

Mailed in registrations and all checks should be sent to:

Jeff and Beth Jackson

8322 Calle Picaflor NW

Albuquerque, NM  87120 

Registration confirmation will be supplied when the registration fee is received.

Make Checks Payable to:  Tumbleweed Regional Group