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!

Program will be on Ford watches by Jay Hertz. Refreshments will be provided by Joe Abbin.

NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, February 12th, 7pm at the Jacksons’ house.

BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, January 19th, 8:30 am at Golden Corral, 5207 San Mateo Blvd. NE

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





The Club breakfast will be held on Saturday, January 19th, at 8:30 am at Golden Corral, 5207 San Mateo Blvd. NE.

This is a delicious buffet with lots of space, so bring your friends and join us for conversation and food.          



The program for the January meeting will consist of Jay Hertz showing and describing his collection of Ford pocket watches and wristwatches.  Learn about give-away promotional watches (the cheap ones), salesmen's’ award watches (the medium priced ones), and retirement watches (the gold ones everyone wanted to own, many engraved with the signature of Henry Ford II).  An interesting adjunct to the V8 era, this collection will enhance your understanding of this period in our history. Remember, it was Henry Ford’s tinkering with his pocket watch that introduced him to the marvels of precision and assembly.                

New Year’s Day Party at Joe’s

 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Come on over to my open house (42nd annual) on New Year's afternoon, January 1st, 1-5 pm. Address is 11716 Tivoli Ave NE.  Go east on Comanche past Juan Tabo, take the first right on Holiday, then left on Tivoli. The featured dish will be my posole. Bring goodies if you’d like, but not necessary. See you there!

Joe Abbin

             January Birthdays and Anniversaries

                                Demetrio Lee (1)                   Chris & Amy Joiner (1)

                      Helen Grevey (14)

                      David McLain (31)


Sad News

As this newsletter was being finished, we received news of the passing of former member Mistee Thompson. Mistee was his own person, and there will probably never be another. He’s been part of the Albuquerque car scene for many years. He leaves an empty spot.



Time to thank each of you for making our lives better.  Beth and I often leave meetings or breakfasts with the club saying to each other ‘what a good group of people’.  Tis the holiday season and time to share good thoughts and well wishes with others.  Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, enjoy family and friends.

The club directors’ meeting in December focused on overall planning for 2019 and we hope it will be another good year.   Reflecting on the great National Tour of Southern New Mexico we’d like to have some overnight tours for our club in 2019.   The directors considered several options and will present two at the January meeting. Chama and a train ride, and Red River and The Enchanted Circle will be discussed.    Of course, additional suggestions from the club will be well received.   Do you have a place you’d like to go on tour?   


Jay agreed to do the program in January.  It will feature watches that Jay has acquired over time.  Jay always gives an interesting historical perspective to his presentations. January is always a tough month to get set up so we are all grateful to Jay.  Joe agreed to do refreshments.  Thanks, Joe


We often discuss how best to increase membership and interest in the club.   Well, get off your duff and do something about it!   Specifically, the Super Nationals is one of the biggest opportunities available to show off our cars.   It is also the only opportunity where people come specifically to look at cars.   Last year the club took 4 cars, this year let’s aim for 6 or more.   The Super Nationals are early this year-January 25-27.   Applications are required by January 13 so you need to be prepared early.     If you are ready to show a car at the Super Nationals please let me know and I will contact Reggie (the show coordinator) and get us a location together.   I can only do that if we know in advance we want to reserve space and I have a pretty accurate car count ASAP.
What would be great is if we can count on Richard Polk, Chris Joiner, Jeff Jackson and Jay Hertz as a base then add a car from Lou, Joe, Jim, Dave and some others.   Wow, what a nice crop of flatheads that would be.   Be aware the Super Nationals requests pictures to help assure your car is ‘worthy’.  Please bring a picture or two of your car to the January meeting so we can gather the applications and take them in immediately.  If you don’t have a picture, we’ll try to slip a few through.  The entry fee is $45 with an additional $10 for a weekend parking pass. We need to turn the entry forms in as a package to be able to park together. For more information, you can go to the website www.thesupernationals.com      

The planning for an enjoyable 2019 is moving along well, but it will only succeed if you participate.  Come on, let’s get moving!















There were 30 people present at the December 8th Christmas party.  After expenses, there was a remainder of $37 which was returned to the club.  $55 was collected and donated to Roadrunner Food Bank.  A good time was had by all.

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The Artesia Car Enthusiasts will have the 22nd Annual Main Event Car Show and Cruise on March 29th and 30th, 2019.  This will be a memorial to Frank Hammond and will be a non-judged car show.  Frank always said if they were only coming to the show to get a trophy we should give them one when they register, then everyone could enjoy the cars.  The show will still be at the Heritage Plaza on Saturday and the cruise down Main Street Friday night.


Crunch Pea Salad   by Betty Leupold

½ cup Miracle Whip                               1 cup chopped celery

¼ cup Kraft Zesty Italian dressing          1 cup peanuts

¼ cup chopped red onion                       1-10 oz pkg frozen peas, thawed and drained

6 crispy cooked bacon slices, crumbled

Combine both dressings; mix well.  Add remaining ingredients; mix lightly and chill.  Serves 8.  Delicious!

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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 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!

Joke of the Month

     Two policemen were passing a bar as a rowdy-looking party was breaking up. They pulled into the parking lot to see how sober the participants were. As they stopped, the bar door swung open, and a young man came staggering out. The officers watched as he reeled his way to his car, opened the door and got in. As he started the car, they approached and asked if he intended to drive home in that condition. He replied, “Yes.”

     In the meantime, the parking lot cleared out.

     The officers had him step out of the car, and they put him through several sobriety tests. To their surprise, he passed all the tests, then passed the breathalyzer test also. One officer asked, “How come you had so much trouble navigating to your car, yet you seem to be perfectly sober?”

     The young man replied, “Oh, that’s easy; I’m the designated drunk.”

Happy New Year!  Joyce

Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2019



Tuesday 8th Club Meeting 7pm Program – Ford Watches by Jay Hertz, Refreshments Joe Abbin

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

Fri-Sun 25-27 Super Nationals at the New Mexico Expo grounds


Tuesday 5th Club Meeting 7pm Program Horizon Glass

Tuesday 12th Board Meeting 7pm at the Jackson’s

Saturday 16th Breakfast 8:30am


Tuesday 5th Club Meeting 7pm Program Upholstery

Saturday 16th Breakfast 8:30am


Tuesday 2nd Club Meeting 7pm Program – Lubricants by Joe Abbin

Tuesday 9th Board Meeting 7pm at the Jackson’s

Saturday 20th Breakfast

Saturday 27th Spring Thaw-Old Car Garage


Tuesday 7th Club Meeting 7pm Program Locks

Overnight Tour - tentative

Saturday 18th Breakfast 8:30am

Sunday 19th Museum Car Show

Monday 27th Club Birthday Party at Los Ranchos


Tuesday 4th Club Meeting 7pm Program – Early Car Clubs of Albuquerque by Art Sena

Saturday 15th Breakfast


Tuesday 2nd Club Meeting 7pm

Thursday 4th Parade in Corrales and Hopefully Picnic at Azevedo’s

Saturday 20th Breakfast


Tuesday 6th Club Meeting 7pm 

Sunday 11th All Clubs Picnic

Saturday 17th Breakfast


Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting 7pm

Sunday 8th State Fair Car Show

Saturday 21st Breakfast

Thursday-Sunday 26-29 Annual NMCCC Auto Swap Meet


Tuesday 1st Club Meeting 7pm 

Saturday 19th Breakfast


Tuesday 5th Club Meeting 7pm Officer Election

Saturday 16th Breakfast


Saturday 14th Club Christmas Party (tentatively pot luck)

Tuesday 17th (tentative Board meeting with new and old officers and directors plan for 2020)

Saturday 21st Breakfast





This week I didn’t have to call anyone to write up the member of the month.   Beth Jackson, our club member of the month, was born in Woodward, Oklahoma.  She moved around Oklahoma and Kansas with her family until settling in Grants, New Mexico in 1967.  Later that year she met Jeff.  Jeff had the privilege of dating Beth through high school in Grants and college at UNM.   Jeff finally wised up and Beth succumbed and they were married in 1976.   They have two children: Nicholas, the oldest, lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and two children, while Becky lives in Lindale, Texas with her husband and four children.   With six grandkids Beth happily spoils them every chance she gets.

Beth wasn’t overly interested in cars until 1969.  From that point on she smelled a lot of gasoline and grease on Jeff and became interested, then enthused, about cars.  Initially hot Mustangs from the 1960’s, then flatheads.   She is a forgiving sort allowing “what’s his name” some freedom to play with anything with an internal combustion engine.  She has faithfully lived through motorcycles, boats, jet skis, dune buggies, and cars.  She is an active quilter and very good seamstress.   She made her daughter’s wedding gown.  Beth stays active when she joins a club.  She is tennis coordinator for the Albuquerque Newcomers Club, and serves as the newsletter editor and secretary for the Tumbleweed Club.  In her spare time, she repairs antique quilts and makes new quilts.




President: R. Jeff Jackson (jbjaxun@gmail.com)

Vice-President: Jay Hertz (jdhhag1@comcast.net)

Secretary: Beth Jackson (jbjaxun@gmail.com)

Treasurer: David McLain (fordshoeboxmclain@aol.com)

Director: George Abernathy (gabernathy@sunriseveterinary.com)

Director: Demetrio Lee (Dmost_1@yahoo.com)  

Director: Roger Wilbur (rogerwilbur88@gmail.com)

Director: Joe Abbin (roadrunnerengr@msn.com)


Upcoming Events


January 12-20 – 47th Barrett-Jackson Auction – Westworld, Scottsdale, AZ (480)663-6255 or                       



March 29-30 –  Artesia Car Enthusiasts 22nd Annual Main Event Car Show and Cruise – Main Street, Artesia – As a memorial to Frank Hammond, it will be a non-judged show, as Frank always wanted a show where everyone could just enjoy the cars – Show will be at Heritage Plaza on Saturday, the cruise down Main Street Friday night.

March 30 – Liberty Tax Car Show & Market – Kimberley Pierce (505)379-8884, Liberty Tax or kim@197au.com


April 27 – Spring Thaw (Get your Car Tuned for Summer Touring) – Old Car Garage, 3232 Girard NE – Oil change and diagnostics for a donation to Cuidando los Ninos – Reservation required starting in March


May 19 – Annual NMCCC/Albuquerque Museum Car Show – www.nmcarcouncil.com


July 12-13 – Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day – www.nmcarcouncil.com



Go to Early Ford V-8 Web Site for More Information

April 26-28 47th Annual Black Bart Tour – Jackson, CA – Sponsored by San Joaquin RG – Tour Gold Country of California – Debbie Sanders: email: sandersdebbie7@gmail.com or (408) 458-0398.

May 19 – 47th Annual Petaluma Swap Meet – Petaluma Fairgrounds, Hwy 101 at Washington St, Petaluma, CA – Sponsored by Redwood Empire RG –  Gates open 5:00 am – Free parking & entry for buyers – 20'X25' space $30 – Information: Dave Peterson at 707-527-9183 or 1davepete@comcast.net – One of longest running swap meets in northern California

June 15 – Early Ford V-8 Club National Drive Your Ford V-8 Day – Drive your 1932-1953 Ford car, truck or tractor, your Mercury or Lincoln, out and about. Take along membership information and seek new members.

July 15-19 – Driving the Driftless National V-8 Driving Tour – Winona, MN, Wisconsin, Iowa – Sponsored by Twin Cities RG

August 24-27 – Central National Meet – Auburn, IN – Sponsored by Ohio, Indianapolis & Auburn Blue Oval RGs – See new additions to V-8 Museum: new Ford Rotunda, 18 1936 Fords, and Frank Corey cars September 14-20 – National Parks V-8 Driving Tour – Grand Junction, CO, Western Colorado and Eastern Utah – Sponsored by Hi Country RG




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.


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