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

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 7 pm. Old Car Garage at 3232 Girard Blvd NE. Personal defense presented by D.J. MacAlister.  Refreshments by Mary and Lou Gorenz.

NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 7pm. Jackson’s house, 8322 Calle Picaflor NW.

BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, June 20th at Milly’s 2100 Candelaria NE 8:30 am.  Picked by Don Gorenz

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



Breakfast on June 20th

We will be meeting at Milly’s, 2100 Candelaria NE for breakfast this month, location selected by Don Gorenz. Hope to see many of you there.












June Charity Event

On Saturday, June 13th, from 9-11am we will be having a small car show to entertain the residents of Palmilla Senior Living at 10301 Golf Course Road NW. This facility is located on Golf Course between Irving and McMahon.  Take Paseo to Golf Course and turn north, Palmilla is on the west side of Golf Course.  They have promised to reserve parking out front and have coffee and pastries.   We will not be giving rides but the residents will want to take a lot of pictures and talk of ‘back in the day’.  Let’s get together at least 5 or 6 cars for their viewing.



President’s Letter  by Jeff Jackson


President’s letter time again, I guess.  It is 3:45am and, having a hard time sleeping, I got up to write a note because Beth wants to get the newsletter out. Not knowing what subject to pontificate on today, I asked “why am I up?” and the answer was “because I gotta wanna.”  What is that – gotta wanna?  Gotta wanna (got to want to) is what makes Joe Abbin do the Memorial Day picnic each year, Jay keep redoing wonderful old cars, Frank’s focus on 1953’s, and Lou polishing his ‘40.   Gotta wanna is what the club members who have supported the Early Ford V8 club for 40 years.  Gotta wanna is what keeps folks working on the 1940 Ford that is 75 years old this year.  Gotta wanna is, I assume, part of what keeps Art and Betty Leupold so young and spry.  

Think about it, why do you keep your old Ford running rather than buy a more modern form of transportation – you gotta wanna do it.  These old(er) cars don’t stay on the road by themselves, do they?

Time to say thanks to the gotta wanna do it folks.   Thanks everyone!


On to club activities, we had a great May kicked off with breakfast at Village Inn; followed by multiple winning entries, good weather, and fine friends at the Museum Car show; and we topped off May with a special Memorial Day birthday party remembering and honoring service men and women, celebrating 40 years of the Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club, 75 years of the iconic 1940 Ford, and 90 years of living for Art and Betty.   It was wonderful to see everyone at the birthday party – great that Neva and Marvin, and Vel and Joe, and Kathleen and everyone else stopped by.  I suppose you all noticed the debut of David’s 1951 Ford.  He has done a real nice job on that car.  We’ll have to get Phillip Lovato to join since he was driving the ’53 convertible purchased from Tom and Dee but more so because he won the 50/50 raffle and $75 -- he can buy breakfast.  Thanks again to everyone who helped plan, who participated in, and those who wished they could have been part of May activities.  We have a fine June planned starting with our club meeting on June 2, where DJ will present on the topic of Personal Safety, followed by a charity event at Palmilla Senior Living from 9 to 11 on Saturday June 13th, and we wrap up June activities with breakfast on June 20th at Milly’s on Candelaria picked by Don Gorenz.  Details on these events are in the newsletter.  Everyone – have a wonderful June.





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

Vice-President: Lou Gorenz (lmgorenz@comcast.net)

Secretary: Beth Jackson (jbjaxun@gmail.com)

Treasurer: D.J. MacAlister (spqrdj@netscape.com)

Director: Bob Payne

Director: Joe Abbin (roadrunnerengr@msn.com)

Director: Wanted for Open Spot

Director: Jay Hertz (jdhhag1@comcast.net)






Happy Birthday to:                                           


Joyce Gorenz (13)

Marka Catchpole (15)

Vern Willan (19)





Joyce before she was running the Museum Car Show.

Joyce before she was running the Museum Car Show.




                 Museum Car Show



Minutes of the May 5th Meeting   Secretary, Beth Jackson

President Jeff called the meeting to order. There were 21 members present with one guest, Greg Abernathy, George’s son.   Greg was really interested in the old cars at Bob’s shop.  D.J. gave the treasurer’s report, we have $4834.78 in checking and $1395.93 in savings. The total of registered members including tonight is 35, many of which are couples.

Old Business: Joyce reported that there is room for 350 cars at the Museum Car Show on May 17th. Volunteers are still needed.  Car council is stuffing goody bags on May 13th, 6pm at the Old Car Garage.

Recipe of the month was provided by no one as Frank declined to participate.  Jeff selected Jan to provide the recipe for June.

Lou Mraz has requested more pictures from our October 2013 National Tour.

Club members wishing to enter the May 17th Museum car show together will meet at the Hotel Albuquerque at 7am.

Breakfast will be held Saturday, May 16th at the Village Inn at University and Menaul, site chosen by Joe. He then appointed George to pick a location for our June 20th breakfast.

The April tour to Gallup was a fun filled overnight trip. Mary Gorenz said it was a very congenial group and a good time was had by all. Bob Agnew reported that the CB radios were very useful.

New Business: The Club Birthday Party Picnic on Memorial Day is being chaired by Joe Abbin once again. Flatheads will park in the prime spot, others in the side lot. Please bring side dishes or desserts to share. Joe showed a signed book that will be in the raffle. Picnic is from 11-2 at Los Ranchos City Hall.  Consider bringing an item for the raffle.

For the June 13th charity event, the directors proposed a visit to a nursing home. Jeff suggested Palmilla, Joyce reported receiving an email from a home that wanted cars on June 20th. Plans will be made and announced at the June meeting.

Joe announced that the V-8 Times is selling the V-8 Album at a large discount. He took orders and will make one large order.

It was decided the club has $3000-$3500 to spend furthering the club purpose. Jay Hertz was asked and agreed to head a committee to meet, form a consensus and bring a recommendation to the membership. He will be contacting “volunteers”.

Jeff reported that the board recommended having a potluck this year for our Christmas party and holding it at someone’s home. The membership showed enthusiasm for this idea and Beth volunteered the Jackson home. The membership also liked the idea of moving the party to a weekend and holding a daytime dinner. It was suggested there be sing-ups in categories for the potluck. Detailed plans will follow.

Next meeting will be June 2 and D.J. will lead a discussion on self defense.

Joyce provided refreshments, subbing for Ray who was not well.

Joe held the raffle, netting $11 for the club and $11 for Mary as the 50/50 winner.

The program followed, videos on the Ford Motor Company and in particular the 1940 Ford. It was enjoyed by all. Thanks, Joe.



By Joe Abbin

Thanks to everyone who attended and helped produce our biggest and best Tumbleweed Early Ford V-8 birthday party ever!
 We had an impressive collection of flatheads, including five 75th anniversary 1940 Fords (Abbin, Clements, Gorenz, Jackson, and Magnes). I was particularly impressed with two recently restored cars, Mike Magnes' 1940 Deluxe coupe and Dave McLain's 1951 Tudor. Ladies cars were well represented by Kathleen McCaughey's 1934 Tudor and DJ McAllister's 1936 Tudor. We also had a stellar array of visitors on bicycles, cars and motorcycles, including two more 1940 coupes owned by Jim Whaley and Bob Jameson.
The food was great and the weather held off just long enough for the festivities. The 50/50 raffle was a huge success with a fine selection of prize donations from club members and $150 cash from the ticket sales. The big winner was a visitor, Phil Lovato, the current owner of the former Patterson 1953 Ford convertible. Phil took home $75 and two pieces of cake.
Art and Betty Leupold were feted with a card, a song from the EFV-8 choir, and a cake (courtesy of Lou and Mary Gorenz) in celebration of Art's 90th birthday and Betty's 39th birthday. The Leupold's 1939 Ford was also awarded the Dick Precit Memorial Award, based on the recommendation of Jay Hertz and his panel of Judges.
Overall, a very happy day.


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 24th of the month. Beth Jackson, 505-908-7564, or email: JBJaxun@gmail.com






Rave Banana Pudding

(as enjoyed at the Memorial Day Club Picnic)

1 large box instant sugar free vanilla pudding
1 can Eagle Brand milk
2 bananas
Vanilla wafers
Cool whip

Make pudding according to box instructions. Layer large bowl with vanilla wafers and banana and set aside. Add Eagle Brand to pudding. Pour pudding over banana. Add another layer of wafers and banana. Top with rest of pudding. Spread cool whip over pudding. Refrigerate and then enjoy.



After a rainy, windy, haily, chilly Saturday, Sunday dawned clear, mostly sunny, and moderately warm. It was a beautiful day for a car show. There were 308 paid entrants in the show, and a great variety of cars, trucks, motorcycles, military vehicles, and even a lawn tractor and a fire truck – definitely something for everybody. Quite a few of the Tumbleweed members showed cars, but not all were club cars. Trophies were won by Joe Abbin for his '40 coupe and Bob Agnew for his '51 Ford. Frank Corey showed one of his '53 sedans, Lou Gorenz took his '40 Tudor, and Bob Quirici had his '36 pickup out. Jay Hertz took home a trophy for his '32 Chevy, as did Tom and Dee Patterson for their '64 Galaxie, and Jim & Joyce Clements for their '67 VW. In addition Jim Kontny and Bill Verant had their 2-seater T-Birds in the show. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you to everyone who showed up, despite some apprehension about the weather. A great big thank you goes out to Jeff & Beth Jackson, Frank Corey, Jim Clements, and Bill Verant for helping out with the various jobs that needed doing. The show couldn't happen without you. You are truly appreciated.

Meanwhile, inside the Museum, a lot was happening too. There were several tables full of model and toy vehicles and auto art. One of the modelers had built a Route 66 diorama, decorated with lots of memorabilia (including a cherry 1941 Ford center grille) from the route; it was quite an impressive display. There was also a board displaying the career of one man's drag racing at the Albuquerque drag strip. If you missed the indoor displays, be sure to stop in next year and see the miniature auto show inside.

Look forward to an even bigger show next year, the 75th anniversary of 1941 vehicles.

Thank you to all who helped make a successful show.

                          Joyce Clements– Show Chair 





Memorial Day Picnic


Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2015


Tuesday 2nd Club Meeting 7pm Personal Defense by D.J. MacAlister.  Refreshments Mary & Lou Gorenz.

Saturday 13th Charity Event @ Palmilla Senior Living; Car Show 9-11am

Saturday 20th 8:30am Breakfast at Milly’s, 2100 Candelaria NE


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

Tuesday 7th Club Meeting 7pm  Joe Abbin on Superchargers.  Refreshments Beth & Jeff Jackson.

Saturday 18th Breakfast 8:30am


Tuesday 4th Club Meeting 7pm Larry Azevedo on Henry Ford.  Refreshments Bob Quirici.

Sunday 9th All Clubs Picnic

Saturday 15th Breakfast 8:30am


Tuesday 1st Club Meeting 7pm

Sunday 20th (tentative) State Fair

Saturday 19th Breakfast 8:30am

Fri - Sun 25-27 Los Lunas Swap Meet


Tuesday 6th Club Meeting 7pm  Ladies Night

Saturday 17th Breakfast and tour of Archie Lewis’ in Moriarity with a drive on the singing highway.


Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting 7pm  Officer Election and Table Top Model Display

Saturday 21st Breakfast 8:30am with a tour of Dave Dawn’s garage following.


Tuesday 1st Club Christmas Party

Saturday 19th Breakfast 8:30am



May 28-30 – ATHS National Convention & Antique Truck Show – York, PA – pmacautoart@msn.com

May 30 – Mopar Challenge Series Race – ABQ Dragway – Race for points and money – Saturday,  6pm – Info at nmmopars@gmail.com

May 30 – Golden Gears Hosts Flickinger Center Car Show – Downtown, New York Ave., Alamogordo – 2pm-6pm – Jack Harris (575)491-9804 or brebiz@yahoo.com

May 30-31 – 22nd Summer Get-Together – Alameda Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA – Open to all – Goodguys (925)838-9876 or www.good-guys.com

June 5 – Grand Opening Car Show – Desert Peaks Assisted Living, Las Cruces – Open to all – Pete (575)405-9164

June 5 – Show of Force Summer Bash Show & Shine – Kirtland AFB – Setup 8:30-10am, Show 11am-4pm – D.J. & Live Band, food vendors, motorcycle, aircraft – Must have base access to enter Daniel.Lynn.1@us.af.mil 

June 5-7 – 18th Classic Car Show – Brandenburg Park, Red River – Open to all – C of C (505)754-2366 or www.redrivernewmex.com

June 6 – Car-A-Fair 2015 – The Beach, Carlsbad – Joy Springer (575)361-1078 or www.carsclubofcarlsbad.com 

June 6 – Carapalooza Car & Cycle Show – Zenith Park, Cloudcroft – (575)682-2733 or www.coolcloudcroft.com

June 6 – 2nd Annual Ziems Ford Car & Truck Show – 5700 E. Main, Farmington – 10am-3pm – Free entry – Open to all Ford-powered Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Edsel cars, truck, SUV's – Register by May 30th – Rhonda McDaniel (505)325-1961

June 8 – Driving Divas Benefit Show for Displaced Women – Fastino's, 2600 Juan Tabo NE – 5-9 PM, yes on a Monday – Collecting women's clothing – Open to women-driven cars only

June 12-14 – Flathead-Inline-Gasser Nationals – Bandimere Speedway, 3051 S. Rooney Rd, Morrison, CO – Nostalgia drag racing, BBQ, special awards for participating – Register before June 5 by mail or call 1-800-664-UWIN

June 13 – Classic Chevy Club Sunset Cruise, Showin' & Cruisin' Main Street – 3200 Civic Center Circle NE, Rio Rancho (adjacent to Santa Ana Star Center, RR City Hall on King Blvd. aka Main St.) – 5pm-whenever – Music, food, awards, fun, kids' jumpers, slow drags, outdoor movie, T-shirts, dash plaques, raffle – Some proceeds to benefit Paws & Stripes – Free T-shirt if registered by June 5 – Entry $20 until June 5, $25 after – Open to all makes, models, years & motorcycles – Melinda 401-2994 or Patrick 453-6168 for more information

June 13 – ChamberFest Car Show – Los Alamos – Mike Luna (505)661-9988 for information

June 13 – Show & Shine – Elks' Lodge, Farmington – Rita (505)325-1747

June 13 – The Freedom in Music Project Festival and Car Show – Taos Mesa Brewing, Taos – Program for at-risk youth through music – Phil or Linda (508)713-1023 – fimp11@yahoo.com or  http://www.thefreedominmusicproject.com/

June 13 – "WHEELS at the Hub" Annual Fundraiser – Harvey House Museum, Belen – Travel via Rail Runner from Albuquerque at 12:12pm, and return 5:49pm – BBQ buffet, Fred Harvey desserts, rail facilities tour, live music, art show, silent auction – Tickets $100.00 – (505)243-6269, see www.wheelsmuseum.org or see facebook

June 14 – Diablo Cycle & Car Show – Elks' Lodge, 3000 Elks Dr, Las Cruces – Dan (575)527-9887

June 19Manzano Mesa MultiGenerational Center Lunch & Car Show – 501 Elizabeth SE (1 light south of Central, 1 light east of Eubank, 1 light west of Juan Tabo) – 10:30 or so to Noon-ish – Come have lunch at the city’s premiere facility where young and old gather to share good times! Bring generations of auto enthusiasts together to enjoy our hobby as only we can! We hope to see you there – JD Doran, NMCCC Rep jdoran@swcp.com

June 19-21 – 41st Back to the 50's Car Show – Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN – Pre-'65 –  651)641-1992 or www.msra.com

June 20 – Kiwanis Kars for Kids Car Show – Young Park, Las Cruces – Jim Pudlewski (575)525-9478

June 20 – Finer Limits Car Show – Main Street, Silver City – Debbi Winborn (575)590-0928

June 20 –Heritage Days Car Show – City Park, Portales – Chamber of Commerce (575)356-8541

June 20 – Texas Route 66 Car/Motorcycle Show & Hamburger Cookoff – Amarillo, TX – Entry $25 – Dash plaques, pins (806)373-1427 or (806)236-2957

June 20-21 – 51st L.A. Roadster Show – Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CA – Open to roadsters – (310)544-4200 or www.laroadsters.com

June 20-28 – The Great Race – Kirkwood, Missouri to California – 1-800-989-7223, www.greatrace.com

June 21 – Golden Gears Fathers' Day Car Show – Alameda Park, Alamogordo – 8am-2pm – Entry fee $10 – 18 judged categories, fun, food, music – Jack Harris (575)491-9804 or brebiz@yahoo.com

June 21 – Fathers' Day Car Show – NM Hwy 344 & Church Rd., Edgewood – 9am-3:30pm – Tony Jaramillo, Jr. 459-2358

June 24 – Great Race in Albuquerque – Lunch stop at Unser Museum – Details TBA – Overnights in Santa Fe (6/23) and Gallup (6/24)

June 26 – Mopar Challenge Series Race – ABQ Dragway – Race for points and money – Friday,  6pm – Info at nmmopars@gmail.com

June 26-28 – 31st Rocky Mountain Nationals – Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, CO – Pre-'86 – NSRA – (209)474-0103 or www.nsra-usa.com

June 27 – 5th Annual New Mexico Make-A-Wish Classic Car Show – Ruidoso Convention Center, Ruidoso – Entry $30, all proceeds to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico – Free BBQ Friday, June 26, for entrants at Lodge at Sierra Blanca – Trophies in 20 categories, prizes, T-shirt to first 150 entrants – For more information Don Stockstill (575)937-5011, Doug Babcock (575)937-1399,

Terry Williams (512)848-3044 or e-mail shorterdave@yahoo.com – Registration form at  www.newmexicoclassiccarshow.com or joyce@nmcarcouncil.net

June 27 – Old Tyme Shop Ice Cream Parlor Custom Car Show – Hwy 337 (old 14) 10 miles south of Tijeras – 10am-4pm – Entry $15 – Live music, $1 hot dogs, sno-kones, kids' ice cream cones, popcorn –  Awards for hot rods, customs, classics, motorcycles, muscle cars – Limited space: call 281-3892 to pre-register

June 27 – Old School's Car Show – Rudy's BBQ, I-40 & Western, Amarillo, TX – Entry $20 – Model car contest for kids – Tom Anderson from Goodguys & Tony Birkenfeld from  NSRA on hand for safety inspections – Live music, awards – Jack (806)584-7920 or Glen (806)681-8839

June 28 – ASR Drags– Arroyo Seco Race Track, Arroyo Seco – Open – Roger (575)494-4794 or www.arroyosecoraceway.com

July 4 – Annual Pancakes on the Plaza Car Show – Santa Fe – Car Show, bands, arts & crafts – go to 

https://www.pancakesontheplaza.com/event-schedule/santa-fe-vintage-car-club for complete listing

June 8-11 Early Ford V-8 Club Eastern National Meet – Concord, NC – Includes NASCAR Race Shop Tours, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Swap Meet and Concours – cesconm@bellsouth.net or www.efv8.org 

July 12-16 – Early Ford V-8 Central National Meet– Cragun's Resort, Brainerd, MN – Pontoon boat rides, Concours, Surprises – www.efv8.org for registration