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

NEXT MEETING: Next meeting is Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 7pm. The program will be a presentation on spark plugs by Eddie Corbin.  Refreshments provided by Joyce Clements.


BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, July 21st, 8:30am at Mustang Café, 8601 Lomas Blvd. NE (at Rich Ford).

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




This month we will present an update on sparkplugs, one of the key parts of any gasoline engine, old or new. Our presenter will be Eddie Corbin, a life-long resident of Albuquerque and car guy. Eddie has been associated with cars since he was a kid and often hung out at the family dealership, Corbin Motors on Central Ave. Corbin Motors was an import auto dealer before imports became mainstream. Eddie will bring samples of unusual sparkplugs from his extensive collection, including plugs made in Albuquerque at one time. He invites us to bring our own sparkplugs for show and tell.   So come on down for a good time and bring your sparkplugs, questions and a friend!              Joe Abbin


Saturday, July 21ST at 8:30am, club members and friends will meet at Mustang Café (at Rich Ford) for breakfast and conversation.


July 4th Parade and Azevedo BBQ

The 4th of July parade will start at 10 AM, cars are to line up at 9 AM at Corrales Elementary.  After the parade, the Azevedo's are hosting a BBQ w/ hot dogs and hamburgers and lemonade.  Bring your favorite side dish, salad or dessert!  Families welcome, bring your swim suits.  Don’t forget your chairs, sunscreen, bottled water and hats.  If you try coming north on Corrales Rd after about 9 AM it will be closed around the post office.  Use the following back route to the Azevedo's: Turn east on Meadowlark (just before the service station), go to the end and turn left on the dirt road, make sure the ditch is on your left, continue north on the dirt road all the way to Hansen Rd and then turn right to 209 Hansen Rd.

Larry Azevedo



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: Phillip Lovato (fordman56@centurylink.net)

Director: Roger Wilbur (rogerwilbur88@gmail.com)

Director: Joe Abbin (roadrunnerengr@msn.com)



     Scared, scarier, poop in your jeans terrified!  After church I fix a big breakfast for Beth.  Sunday was to be an omelet day.   I had onions and garlic sizzling in the pan with a sprinkling of dried basil and oregano.   After chopping up some large ham pieces and whisking eggs and milk, I looked for one more ingredient to add color and spice.  Beth had just picked a banana pepper from the garden-we try to have something different.   I cleaned the pepper and cut off a decent sized piece to try before adding to my egg delicacy.   I tossed that bad boy in my mouth; it flew past my lips, avoided my teeth, slid over my tongue and landed smack dab in the middle of the back of my throat.  Firmly entrenched it began leaking raw gasoline on my sensitive inner throat then with much fanfare set the gasoline on fire.  I could not inhale.  I immediately teared up, my nose was running faster than Bob Hayes, I dropped to my knees and tried to cry out for help.  Alas, my flaming dragon breath started the paper towels on fire but not a sound escaped.  With difficulty I managed to get a glass and pour some water on the fire, eventually drowning it sufficiently to make a sound.   BETH, HELP ME!

     We’ve talked about Henry Ford a lot and recently talked about his wife Clara Bryant Ford and his son Edsel Ford.   Below is a quick excerpt about Edsel Ford’s wife.  In the last sentence Clara Ford makes a near perfect comment ‘we couldn’t have loved her more if we had picked her out ourselves’.


     “Eleanor Lowthian Clay was born in 1896 to William and Eliza Clay. When Eleanor was twelve, her father died, and she, her mother, and sister Josephine moved in with her uncle, J.L. Hudson, the founder of Hudson's Department Store in Detroit.

     From an early age, Eleanor showed an appreciation for the arts and charitable activities, directing much effort towards different causes. As a young woman, Eleanor taught dance lessons to underprivileged children. It was at this time she met Edsel Ford. The young couple courted for five years before they were married in 1916. Clara Ford once confided to a friend that she and Henry, ‘could not love Edsel's wife more if we had picked her out ourselves.’"


     While I imagine none of us picked out our in laws, I’m sure we did pick out our cars.   Why did you pick your car?  No, I don’t want an answer, but you should have one for yourself.   Some like old original unmolested vehicles, some like to improve on the original, some like to customize just for the sake of being different.  Isn’t it nice that in our club all of that is allowed!

     July in New Mexico is wonderful, if you have a big radiator in your Flathead and/or a modern car with air conditioning.   July is also wonderful for celebrations.  July 4th parades and the excellent Azevedo picnic are chart toppers for sure.    Ya’ll keep an ear open at the meeting Tuesday for a special announcement.

     This month will spark your interest and fill (plug) your knowledge hole.   You guessed it; spark plugs are the topic de jure for the July meeting.  I’m looking forward to learning some sparkly history and firing up the knowledge base.


Minutes of the June 5, 2018 Meeting


President Jeff called the meeting to order. There were 17 members present and 5 guests: Greg Abernathy; Max’s son; Michelle Garcia, Joyce’s friend; Marvin Coffee’s daughter; and Sid Anaya, our speaker. Members reported they received the newsletter, however Joyce didn’t receive the updated roster so Beth will send it to her.  The treasurer was absent so there was no report.

Birthday wishes went out to Marka Catchpole, Vern Willan, and Barbara Polk.  Happy Anniversary to Larry and Pat Bost. 

Thanks to the Jacksons for refreshments. We need more people to sign up so the signup sheet was passed around again and filled this time.  The For Sale/Wanted sheet was also passed around for additions, deletions or corrections. 

Old Business:  Joyce, reported for the NM Car Council, said there were 355 cars at the Museum Car Show in May. See an article later in this newsletter on which of our club members won awards.  The All Clubs picnic will be held on Sunday, August 12th at Oak Flats Picnic Grounds.  Collector car appreciation day will be held July 14th with a drive-in-movie showing of American Graffitti at Enchanted RV Park.  The September Swap Meet needs volunteers, Joyce will not be heading it this year.

Recipe of the month will be submitted by Larry Bost.

Jay reported that we have 7 participants signed up for the October National Tour of Southern NM.  Club members need to submit their registrations.

Joe reported that the Club’s Memorial Day Picnic was the biggest ever with 17 flatheads and 50 other cars present. He spent $100 but took in $220 after Kathleen won the 50/50 raffle and donated it back to the club for the tour.

Several members reported that the tour to Santa Fe and Larry Icerman’s garages was a very good day.  It was good touring weather and Larry’s collection of cars is outstanding. 

New Business:  June’s breakfast will be held Saturday, June 16th at Furr’s Fresh Buffet on Wyoming.  Demetrio suggested the Mustang Café at Rich Ford for July’s breakfast location.

July 4th is the parade in Corrales at 10am.  Meet at 9am at the Elementary School.  The Azevedos will be hosting their annual pot luck BBQ afterwards.  See the article in this newsletter for more details.

The featured member of the month for June was Demetrio Lee.  Jeff asked fairly new member Larry Bost to be the featured member for July.

Joe said he just took a course on auto theft and learned that the State Insurance Bureau has hired 2 investigators and 2 prosecutors to deal with auto thefts. There is a website starting up where VIN numbers can be run.  There is a new task force formed to help with 8000 cars being stolen last year in Albuquerque.  The police department has 2 auto theft detectives and they are cracking down on salvage yards.

Michelle Garcia brought a book on restoring Ford V8’s.  She has a ’40 coupe that was her brothers that she would like to restore. 

Sid Anaya gave a very interesting talk on “Leading” cars instead on using bondo.  He learned the trade from several “lead” men and it took him a long time to learn to do it well.  Lead repairs will last the life of the car.  He is presently working on George’s ’46.  Thanks for the information, Sid.

The meeting was adjourned.

October National Driving Tour Update

Early October is a wonderful time to tour with the Club. The weather will be cool, ideal for driving your old Ford (or modern vehicle if you prefer).  The tour route has been planned with care to show off southern New Mexico’s most memorable locations and sights. Each day’s drive will take you over the less-traveled routes many people never see, and you are sure to experience something new around each turn. Picture a string of old Fords driving in the mountains of Lincoln County, or around Ruidoso, Carlsbad Caverns, Alamogordo or White Sands.  Add to that the pleasure of joining with fun-loving Club members from around the country. It will be unforgettable, and you’ll regret it if you don’t join in. Contact Beth Jackson for the registration materials or go to the club website www.abqfordflatheadv8.com 

July Birthdays and Anniversaries

                    Beth Jackson (12)                  Jay Hertz & Helen Grevey (3)

                    Max Glover (15)                    Harvey & Marka Catchpole (21)

                    Larry Bost (20)

                    Jim Kontny (26)


Memorial Day Club Picnic

Thanks to the hard work of Joe Abbin, the Club Birthday Party was our biggest one yet!  There were 17 flatheads present and 50 additional cars.  The weather was beautiful and the food was good.  There was a good raffle near the end but the best part was when winner of the cash, Kathleen McGaughey, donated it back to the club to be used for the October tour.  Thank you, Kathleen.  Look for Joe’s pictures of the event later in this newsletter.


MUSEUM CAR SHOW   Joyce Clements

There was a great turnout at the Museum Car Show. 355 vehicles were counted, a packed house. About 80 imported vehicles showed up. Tumbleweeds had a good turnout. Joe Abbin, Bob Agnew, Jim Clements, Jay Hertz, Jeff & Beth Jackson, Phil Lovato, Bob Payne, Bob Quirici and Bill Verant all had cars in the show. Bob Agnew, Jay Hertz, Jeff Jackson, Phil Lovato, Bob Quirici and Bill Verant all took home awards; Jay took two and Phil got six. Nice turnout and nice vehicles. Congratulations to all. Also a big thank you to those members who helped with the chores: Joe Abbin, Larry Bost, Ray Calderon, Jim & Joyce Clements, Jeff & Beth Jackson all took a turn at various jobs. And Phil Lovato cooked and handed out burgers to any of us who came by. This show is a good venue for our cars, as it emphasizes vintage and antique vehicles. Many of us enjoy the lack of DJ music and the chance to visit in a casual atmosphere. Weather turned out beautiful for the day, and the selection of fine cars was wonderful. All in all, a great day for a car show. Thank you all who participated in any way. Show will be back in 2019.


July 14: Club members are invited to attend a drive-in movie at the Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post, 14305 Central NW (Nine-Mile Hill area). The movie will be "American Graffiti," and admission is free. Festivities start at 5:00pm, and the movie starts at sunset. Showing is sponsored by the New Mexico Council of Car Clubs. Refreshments will be available. 1950's attire is encouraged. Drive your V8 and pretend it's 1952 again.




Larry Bost


Ambrosia Cookies (Mom's Oatmeal Cookies)


Grease Cookie Sheet



2 cups Flour

1 tsp B Powder

1/2 tsp B Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

1 Cup Butter

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Cup White Sugar

2 Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla

1 Cup Quick Cook Oats

1 Cup Nuts

1 Cup Raisins (I use cranberries)

1-1/2 Cup Coconut



Bake 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes

Just cook to golden brown; leave on sheet a minute or so to set before trying to remove.



Featured Member of the Month – Larry Bost


Larry is an interesting fellow.   He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas but lived in New Mexico from the age of 1 year through college.  The family originally moved to Belen.  That’s where he met the 1941 Ford pickup now in his garage.   (The picture to the left is the ’41 parked in front of the old Leupold house – the way Larry remembers it best.) The family moved to Albuquerque in 1960.  He has BS and MS degrees in accounting (sounds like treasurer material to me) from UNM.  After college he joined the Air Force for his career living in 13 different places including Vietnam.  He retired from the Air Force and came back to Albuquerque.
Larry and Pat have no children but “plenty of nieces and nephews to keep us busy”.
Larry got a Boy Scout merit badge on car identification.  He said he spent a lot of time on old highway 85 looking at and identifying cars.  The Boy Scout badge plus a lot of time working with his uncle repairing cars and farm equipment hooked him.  He is a member of several car clubs and especially likes the friendly nature and large knowledge base in the Tumbleweed Club.  Thanks, Larry.
Larry owns an eclectic assortment of vehicles besides the 1941 pickup.  He has a ‘58 Apache pickup, a ‘67 VW, a ‘56 Studebaker Golden Hawk, a ‘77 Porsche, and a ‘69 Olds Delta 88.   Larry also admitted to having a Harley Davidson motorcycle.  He did not say what biker gang he was in but, I suspect the MFQGA (mature, friendly, quiet guy association).   He says he doesn’t go out and look for cars ‘they kinda follow me home’.  I suggest you ask Larry how to get your favorite car to follow you home!   
Larry’s wife Pat supports his car hobby.  Pat is a master gardener.   Larry’s job now is to get Pat to give us a talk on gardening.


Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2018


Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting 7pm.  Program on Spark Plugs by Eddie Corbin.  Refreshments by Joyce Clements.

Wednesday 4th Parade in Corrales and Picnic at Azevedo’s

Saturday 21st Breakfast at Mustang Cafe


Tuesday 7th Club Meeting 7pm.  Refreshments by Demetrio Lee. 

Sunday 12th All Clubs Picnic

Saturday 18th Breakfast


Tuesday 4th Club Meeting 7pm.  Refreshments by Max & Johanne Glover.

Sunday 9th of September State Fair Car Show

Saturday 15th Breakfast

Fri - Sun 28-30 Los Lunas Swap Meet


Tuesday 2nd Club Meeting 7pm.  Program by Roger Wilbur on Jewelry.  Refreshments by Amy & Chris Joiner

5th-10th - National Tour of Southern New Mexico

Saturday 20th Breakfast


Tuesday 6th Club Meeting 7pm Officer Election.  Refreshments by Bob Payne.

Saturday 17th Breakfast


Saturday 8th Club Christmas Party (tentatively pot luck)

Tuesday 11th (tentative Board meeting with new and old officers and directors plan for 2019)

Saturday 15th Breakfast




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




Toastmaster Toaster

By Dee and Tom Patterson


Like cars of the 50's, toasters were made of quality materials and made to last. This Toastmaster toaster was a wedding gift to Tom and I in 1954 and has been used almost daily since then.  Its home began in Detroit and it accompanied us to rural Michigan, Alabama, Massachusetts, back to rural Michigan and eventually to New Mexico.  It has had the cord replaced and a wire soldered nearly 20 years ago.  It has withstood frosted raisin bread and pop tarts and to this day works as it did when new.  I hope I haven't jinxed it by bragging about it. 





Upcoming Events

June 29-July 1 – 27th Heartland Nationals – Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA – Open to Pre-'88 – Goodguys (925)838-9876 or www.good-guys.com

June 30 – 24th Annual Summer Car Show Series at Hooters West – Alameda – Setup 7am-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: Steves Cruisan with the Oldies – 505-269-0496 or 505-332-9222 for info


July 1 – World of Custom Wheels 2nd Annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show – Rock & Brews, 4800 Montgomery NE – 10am-3pm – Live DJ music, raffles, door prizes, trivia, trophies – Pre-register $15, $20 day of show – Proceeds benefit less fortunate children of NM – Call Cisco (505)362-3174

July 3 – Freddy's Car Show & Cruise In – Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steak Burgers, 10201 Central NE, weather permitting, 4:30-8pm – Coat & toy drive for kids – Entry: non-perishable food item for local food bank – Get free frozen custard, show off your ride and have some fun. DJ music provided by Rockin' Rob – Joe Mascarenas (505)235-5900 for details

July 4 –Plaza Vintage Car Show – Santa Fe Plaza – Chris Harris (505)470-0534 or www.pancakesontheplaza.com

July 4 – Rods & Brews Car Show – Hwy 344 & Dinkle Rd, Edgewood – 11am-4pm – Trophies, prizes, beer garden, food, dash plaques – Entry $20 – Tony (505)459-2358

July 5-30 – NM Auto Artists ARTScrawl Event – Six local automobilia artists: Gabe “Sparkie” Gonzales, Tom Graham, Chuck Holt, Perry Key, Tom Lamb, and Paul McLaughlin will be featured during July at The Gallery ABQ. The gallery is open 10-5, Tuesday thru Saturday. On July 6, the gallery will be open also thru 8 pm during the ARTScrawl event, where the artists will be present. The Gallery ABQ is located at Hoffmantown Center, 8210 Menaul Blvd NE. An antique and specialty Car Show will take place Saturday, July 21, 9:30 to 1; see separate listing.

July 7 – The Owl Cafe Cars -N- Coffee – 800 Eubank Blvd. NE – Saturday – Open to all vehicles – 7:30-10:30am – Hot Coffee and Donuts to all car enthusiasts – (505)291-4900

July 7 – 24th 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: Steves Cruisan with the Oldies – 505-269-0496 or 505-332-9222 for info

July 7 – Cortez Car Show – Cheess Motors, Cortez, CO – Free

July 14 – Collector Car Appreciation Day – Drive-in Movie "American Graffiti" at Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post, 14305 Central NW – 5pm, movie starts at sunset – Open to member club members – Drive your collector car – www.nmcarcouncil.com

July 14 – Rusty Shovel Car Show – La Plata County Fairgrounds, Durango, CO – 10-2, then to Saloon at Vallecito

July 15 – 5th World of Custom Wheels – Convention Center, El Paso – www.worldofcustomwheels.com

July 15-22 – Syracuse Road Tour #3 – Syracuse, NY – 1-800-664-1362 www.streetrodderweb.com  

July 17 – Freddy's Car Show & Cruise In – Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steak Burgers, 10201 Central NE,  weather permitting, 4:30-8pm – Coat & toy drive for kids – Entry: non-perishable food item for local food bank – Get free frozen custard, show off your ride and have some fun. DJ music provided by Rockin' Rob – Joe Mascarenas (505)235-5900 for details

July 18-21 – VMCCA Mountains & Plains Regional Tour – Loveland, CO – Mary Kauffman (970)667-6878 or kauffman27@msn.com 

July 20-21 – City of Farmington Four Corners Rod Run & Open Car Show, Swap Meet – Historic Down-town Farmington – Swap Meet Friday Night, Saturday Aztec-Bloomfield-Farmington Run – 2-9pm – Huge prizes – Sponsored by City of Farmington – Christa (505)599-1144 or www.fmtn.org/RodRun

July 21 – Antique & Specialty Car Show – Hoffmantown Center, 8210 Menaul NE – Part of the Auto Artists ARTScrawl event at the Gallery ABQ – 9:30am-1pm – Open to all antique & specialty cars – Free

July 22 – 24th Annual Summer Car Show Series at Hooters West – Alameda – Setup 7am-10am, Show10am-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: Steves Cruisan with the Oldies – 505-269-0496 or 505-332-9222 for info

July 27-29 – 4th Annual Freedom Ride, Flight & Cruise Weekend – Gallup – July 28, In conjunction is 12th Annual Gurley Motor Co Route 66 Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show – Steve@gurleymotor.com or (505)722-6621

July 27-August 5 – Speedway Road Tour #4 – Lincoln, NE to Louisville, KY – 1-800-664-1362 www.streetrodderweb.com

July 29 – St. Anne Catholic Church Fiesta Car Show – 1400 Arenal Rd. SW – Open to all – 11:00am – Random Drawing Raffle – Prizes: Gift certificates from Auto Zone – Donation $10 – Steve 877-5143



August 26-31 – Montana National V8 Tour – Sponsored by Big Sky V-8 RG – Starts & ends in Billings, MT – 1300 mile tor includes Pompey's Pillar, mining towns Neihart & Monarch, Giant Springs, Great Falls, Glacier NP, Going to the Sun Highway, Flathead Lake, Flathead Museum, Nine Pipes, boat trips, and more – Norm Clark (406)259-6154 or nclark@clarksafety.com

October 5-10 – Southern New Mexico National V8 Tour – Sponsored by Tumbleweed V-8 RG – Starts in Socorro, NM and ends in Carlsbad, NM.  Jeff or Beth Jackson 505-908-7565

October 17-21 – Lincoln & Continental Owner’s Club Western National Meet in Albuquerque. Go to https://lcoc.org/event/western-national-meet/  for more information.









Memorial Day Picnic 2018














Memorial Day Picnic 2018