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

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, June 7, 7pm.  Larry Icerman speaking about the Concorso de Santa Fe.  No refreshment volunteer.

NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, June 14, 7pm at Joe’s shop, 9800 Acoma SE.

BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, June 18th, 8:30am at Milton’s Café, 3351 Candelaria 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



JUNE MEETING – The Concorso de Santa Fe – A Local Gathering of Great Cars

Our featured speaker for the June 7 meeting is Larry Icerman. Larry is the creator and operator of the Concorso de Santa Fe, the southwest's premier Concorso featuring some of the country's finest automobiles. He will tell us about the upcoming event in September and the history of how the event was conceived, financed, and organized. He will share images of prior events and featured cars. Visit the Concorso's website in advance at santafeconcorso.com.






Tumbleweed Early Ford V-8 Club Picnic Show and Shine

When: Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016, 11am-2pm.

Where: Los Ranchos Village Hall, 6718 Rio Grande Blvd NW


The festivities begin at 11 am at the Los Ranchos Village Hall. We’ll line up all those flatheads for display and celebrate each other’s cars. Then we’ll have sandwiches, share some goodies and tie everything together with birthday cake. Sodas and chips will also be provided, courtesy of the club! Wow, a free lunch (donations accepted)! Feel free to bring a side dish, a salad or anything else you’d like to share with the Ford party animals. Volunteers to help and cleanup are appreciated. Let’s put on the biggest display of flatheads since 1953! Bring your friends!

We will have our popular 50-50 raffle with some nice prizes as well as the cash! Please feel free to donate items for the raffle.

Contact Joe Abbin at 296-7678 to volunteer and for details.


June Breakfast

Saturday, June 18th at 8:30am, club members will gather at Milton’s Café at 3351 Candelaria NE for breakfast.  We had 14 members at the May breakfast and got in a lot of conversation.  Hope to see you there!



Marvin Coffee

Long time member Marvin Coffee passed away peacefully at home on May 16, 2016. He will be missed. We all send our sincere condolences to his wife, Neva.  There is a celebration of his life on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10:00am at Hoffmantown Baptist Church, 8888 Harper Drive NE. Neva has asked for attendees to drive their old car if possible.  There is plenty of parking. 


President’s Letter

Hot Rods in the Early Ford V-8 Club                      Joe Abbin


Everyone knows the basic standard for our club is to maintain our flathead powered vehicles as close as possible to the “way Henry made them”.

What about hot rods and customs? What if Henry or Edsel Ford produced them?

Edsel regularly had cars built for his personal use.  Two of his personal favorites were his 1932 and 1934 speedsters.  The 1932 was a V-8 Boat-tail speedster,


and was built with the help of stylist-designer E.T. Gregorie.




The '32 was a beautiful car with quite a number of radical features for its time.  All aluminum body, pantalooned fenders, bullet headlights, no running boards, split windshield and V'd grille shell.

Two years later in 1934, Edsel again called on Gregorie to build him another speedster.  It again had an aluminum body, but this model was lower than the '32, and the headlights were mounted at the axle height.  There were twin-windscreens, no doors, and the overall effect was that of a pure racing car. 


In a word Edsel was a hot rodder! Poor guy…. if he showed up at a national meet today our club would not let him on the concourse field and he wouldn’t even be eligible for a medallion! That needs to change in my opinion. To be continued.


Speaking of a concourse field Larry Icerman will discuss the Concorso de Santa Fe at our June meeting. Maybe he would welcome Edsel and his cars. Prior to our meeting, I’ve invited Edsel to our picnic on Memorial Day. Be sure and show up and see if he makes it!


President: Joe Abbin (roadrunnerengr@msn.com)

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

Secretary: Beth Jackson (jbjaxun@gmail.com)

Treasurer: Frank Corey (frankford4@aol.com)

Director: Jay Hertz (jdhhag1@comcast.net)

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

Director: Bob Mathes (aimlessbob36@gmail.com)

Director: Al Seery (joalseery@aol.com)



Minutes of the April 5, 2016 Meeting

Beth Jackson, Secretary

Joe called the meeting to order. There were 16 members present. Joe introduced guest Steve Aushermann, a hiker and storyteller of New Mexico. Steve proceeded to talk about his 2 books, “Hikes within 60 Miles of Albuquerque” and “Walking Albuquerque”.  He showed pictures of various hiking locations and told stories of interesting places.

Thanks to Joyce and Jim for refreshments.  After our break we resumed the meeting.  The minutes were approved as printed in the newsletter.  Frank reported a $35 meeting location expense and $50 in membership dues received. We now have 28 members listed on our roster.  A new roster will be distributed soon.

Joyce reported that there is lots of interest in the Car Council’s Museum Car Show on May 15th . There will be placards in cars telling stories of Route 66.  There will be an ambulance from WWII, maybe with its 90 year old driver.  Club members need to meet at Hotel Albuquerque at 7am if they wish to drive in together to the show.  Joe will provide flyers on the Memorial Day picnic for the bags to participants.  Joyce needs a few more volunteers for the day of the show.

Breakfast this month will be at the Golden Corral on the 21st.

Plans for the Memorial Day picnic are in place.  Lou and Mary will host an info table.  Jay is in charge of parking.  Joyce will bring the birthday cake.  Bob and Vi volunteered to bring the ice and water.  Everyone needs to help with cleanup.

Jeff asked for volunteers to help with the club purpose video. George said he will ask his son Andrew if he would help.

Jeff said Palmilla Senior Living is available for a charity car show either June 11th or 18th.  There seemed to be little to no interest therefore there will be no tour events in June.

The Wheels Museum Car Show is on May 21st.

Bob Agnew reported that the Spring Thaw was very successful.  The car count was the same as last year and there was a very good lunch crowd.  Lots of money was raised for Cuidando los Ninos.

The meeting was adjourned.


June Birthdays

Joyce Gorenz (13)       Marka Catchpole (15)        Vern Willan (19)



Recipe of the Month

Cracker Jacksby Kathleen McCaughey

4 quarts popped pop corn

1 cup Spanish peanuts

Pop popcorn and mix with nuts.  Put in oven at 250 degrees.


Boil the following until it reaches a “hard boil” on candy thermometer – not cracked.

2 T Molasses                 4 T butter

8 T corn syrup                1 cup brown sugar

Pinch salt

Remove popcorn and peanuts from oven and pour candy over slowly.  Stir together.  Put back in oven to keep candy liquid for 5 minutes.  Remove again and stir.  Return again to oven until everything is covered.  Try to do mixing in either large bowl or flat pan, otherwise popcorn will have a tendency to clump.  Store in container.  Tastes like the real thing!


We had a great show, in spite of iffy weather and some early morning rain. The sun came out, but it didn't get really hot. The afternoon breezes were a bit of a nuisance, but they did keep the temperature down. The V8's were a very nice addition to the Route 66 theme. Tumbleweed members there included Joe Abbin, '40 Coupe; Jim & Joyce Clements, '40 Sedan; Frank Corey, '52 Sedan; Ron & Marilyn Gigger, '34 Sedan; Jay & Helen Hertz, '32 Chevy Roadster; Jim Kontny, '56 T-Bird; Bob Payne, '53 Convertible; Bob Quirici, '36 Pickup; and Bill Verant, '56 T-Bird. Jay, Joe and Bill received second place trophies, Ron & Marilyn and Jim K. got third places, and Bob Q scored first place. Several other people brought flathead Fords, and some of them won trophies. We watched the Fords go by.

The Historic Route 66 stories seemed to be a big hit with the spectators. Frank's car was Route 66 driven since new. Joe's '40 was a moonshine runner. Jay's Chevy represented an early vacation couple. Clements' sedan was a later vacation car. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, kicking tires, visiting with old friends and making new ones. The T's, A's and other early vehicles really made for a great front row. Jim Glover's Star car, dressed up to be a dust bowl refugee, drew a lot of positive attention.

Inside the Museum, the model car and auto art crowd provided a bit of indoor fun, and the special Route 66 exhibit was a good one to see. If you haven't been to see that yet, make it a point to go.

Thank you to Frank Corey and Jim Clements for helping with the vote counting and working the entrance gate.

All in all, if you didn't go, you missed one heck of a good show.




























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







Breakfast at Golden Corral



Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2016


Monday 30th Club Birthday Party and Picnic/Car Show


Tuesday 7th Club Meeting – 7pmThe Concorso de Santa Fe

Saturday 18th Breakfast – 8:30am, Milton’s Café on Candelaria


Monday 4th Picnic at the Azevedo’s

Tuesday 5th Club Meeting – 7pm1936 Fords.  Refreshments by Jay Hertz

Saturday 16th Breakfast – 8:30am, Range Café in Bernalillo


Tuesday 2nd Club Meeting – 7pmV-8 Rebuilding, Abbin & McGlasson 

Sunday 14th All Clubs Picnic

Saturday 20th Breakfast – 8:30am w/ Rt 85 Museum/SW Garage Tour


Tuesday 6th Club Meeting – 7pm1941/1951 Fords.

Sunday 11th State Fair 

Saturday 17th Breakfast – 8:30am, Truck Stop in Moriarity

Friday, Sat., Sun. 23rd, 24th, 25thLos Lunas Swap Meet


Saturday/Sunday 1st & 2nd - Northern New Mexico tour

Tuesday 4th Club Meeting – 7pmAuto Art, Perry & McLaughlin. Refreshments by Mary & Lou Gorenz.

Saturday 15th – Tour of Tome Hill with lunch


Tuesday 1st Club Meeting – 7pmElections, Table Top Show.  Refreshments by Bob Payne and Bob Mathes.

Saturday 26th Breakfast and Antique Shopping Tour and Lunch


Saturday 10th Club Christmas Party Potluck

Saturday 17th Breakfast – 8:30am






If you go to www.earlyfordv8.org, you can download all the information and registration materials for these meets, and/or find contact information.

June 12-16, 2016 – Central National Meet – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tulsa, Oklahoma

July 11-15, 2016 – Western New York RG Golden Anniversary National Driving Tour, New York

August 8-11, 2016 – Eastern National Meet, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

September 13-19, 2016 – Great Southwestern National Driving Tour, Colorado and Eastern Utah

September 18-22, 2016 – Blue Ridge Parkway National Driving Tour, North Carolina

October 17-20, 2016 – Western National Tour "Let the V8s Roll", Bakersfield, California



June 2-5 – 4th Annual Rockabilly on the Route – Convention Center, Route 66, Tucumcari – Hosted by Voodoo Creeps Car Club & Duke City Rockers Bike Club – Parade Sat on Route 66, Car and Bike show – Cruise 66 Friday, burn-out Sat – 23 bands, pool tournament, burlesque show, pinup contest, veterans' appreciation, bowling, popup drive-in movie, tattoo contest, tiki pool party – Benefit Route 66 Museum – Endorsed by NM Dept of Tourism – http://goo.gl/7E5akl for Early Bird Festival Passes to all events: http://goo.gl/Hxwgo4 - Simon (310)801-2727, facebook, twitter, www.RockabillyOnTheRoute.com, RockabillyOnTheRoute@gmail.com – Use Promo Code "classic" at check-out for $5 off when registering car or bike at http://goo.gl/Wqo9St - Use Promo Code "route 66" for $10 off of Festival Passes at http://goo.gl/KnVbpl  

June 3-4 – Car-A-Fair 2016 – At the Beach, Carlsbad – Sponsored by Carlsbad Automotive RestorationSociety – Friday early registration at Cruisin' Thru Time Auto Museum and Cruise to Drive-In Movie – Show Saturday, door prizes, DJ, Vendors, over 100 trophies – Entry $30 – www.carsclubofcarlsbad.com  or Dave Kump tgdrkump@gmail.com or Miles Caddell milesc@plateautel.net 

June 3-5 – 19th Classic Car Show – Brandenburg Park, Red River – Open – C of Commerce (505)754-2366 or www.redrivernewmex.com

June 4 – Fire House Festival – La Madera Fire Station, off North 14, East Mountains – Open to all years,

makes, models of vehicles (including non-motorized) – Awards, art show, raffle, bake sale, kids' corner, book sale – Free entry but donations and bribes accepted – Benefits La Madera VolunteerFire Dept. – Peggy Fleming (505)286-3958 paflemingnm@gmail.com

June 4 – PVT 3rd Annual Cruz'n for Vets – Artesia to Roswell via Lake Arthur, Hagerman, Dexter – Proceeds provide a PTSD service dog for a SE NM vet – Poker Run with prizes for best and worst hands – Open to hot rods, motorcycles & classics – Looking for sponsors and vendors – Joe Bercik      (575)308-3987, jbercik@pvt.com or Michelle Wood (575)703-6157, mwood@pvt.com – Prizes, music, party at final stop: Pavilion at 3rd Street Station

June 4 – 22nd 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: Steve's Cruisan with the Oldies – 505-269-0496 or 505-332-9222 for info

June 4 – Zoot Suit Pachanga Car Show – Klein Park, Las Cruces – Pre-'58 – Manny (505)550-6822

June 4 – 2016 Cruisin' Art: Art Show & Car Show – Southwest Emporium, 1422 East Frontage Rd, Belen (watch for signs) – 9am-5pm – Entry $20, $15 ea additional vehicle, $25 day of show – All cars,

trucks, motorcycles welcome – Prizes, food, music, affordable art, kids' jumpers – Sponsored by Valencia Art Center, Weather King, American Legion Post 81 – Registration info Robert 859-4328, vendor information 263-3104 or swemporium@yahoo.com

June 4 – 1st Annual Rods & Brews Car Show – Rio Bravo Brewing Co, 1912 2nd St – Entry $25 – 11am-4pm – Trophies, prizes, $600 welder prize, food, fun, beer – Dash plaque for first 40 – Tony Jaramillo 459-2358

June 9-11 – New Mexico Motor Tour – Cruise on Route 66 Gallup to Tucumcari – Information and registration at www.rt66nm.org or Andy at (505)385-1410 or Vickie at (505)831-6317

June 10-11 – TNT Lindsey Callaway Races – Alien City Dragway, Roswell – Ben (575)626- 8338

June 13 Driving Divas Benefit Show – Fastino's, 2600 Juan Tabo NE, – Open to all, but only women drivers eat free – Starts 5pm – Collecting women's clothing for displaced women – Melinda 401-2994

June 17 – Early Fathers' "Superhero Day" Show – Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth SE – 11am-1:30pm – Lunch for all participants – no entry fee, no judging, no trophies, just fun showing off your ride – JD Doran jdoran@swcp.com   

June 18 – Mopar Muscle Club of NM 21st Annual Mopar Fest – Haynes Park, Rio Rancho – www.moparclub.com or nmmopars@gmail.com

June 18 – Warrior Machines of Central New Mexico 2016 Show & Shine – NM Veterans Memorial, Gibson & Louisiana – 9am-1pm – Entry $5, Proceeds to Hope for the Warriors & Veterans Memorial – Trophies in several categories – Register at WarriorMachinesCNM@gmail.com

June 18 – Kiwanis Kars for Kids Show – Young Park, Las Cruces – Open – Jim – (575)525-9478         

June 18 – Races – Arroyo Seco Racetrack – Roger (575)494-4794 or www.arroyosecoraceway.com

June 18-19 – Fathers' Day Show – Sagebrush Community Church, 6401 Coors NW – Saturday 3pm-9pm, Sunday 9am-3pm – Pre register by June 1st $20, $25 after or at show – Free food and drinks both days – 922-9200 or www.sagebrush.cc/autoshow/

June 19 – Golden Gears Fathers' Day Car Show – Alameda Park, Alamogordo – Entry fee $10 – Jack Harris (575)491-9804

June 19 – 13th Annual Fathers' Day Car Show – Hwy 344 & Church Rd, Edgewood – 9am-3:30pm – Raffles, prizes (floor jack, tool box), trophies, games, pie-eating contest, silent auction, free food & drinks – Tony Jaramillo,Jr. 459-2358

June 24 – TNT Races – Alien City Dragway, Roswell – Ben Thomas (575)626-8338

June 25 – 22nd 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: Steve's Cruisan with the Oldies – 505-269-0496 or 505-332-9222 for info

June 25 – Cruising for Our Freedom Show – PEP Boys, Las Cruces – Rolando (575)496-7009

June 26-July 1 – Model T Ford "Land of Enchantment" Tour 2016 – Albuquerque – Hosted by Tin Lizzies of Albuquerque www.tinlizziesofabq.com










Joke of the Month

One day the first grade teacher was reading the story of Chicken Little to her class. She came to the part of the story where Chicken Little tried to warn the farmer. She read, “…and so Chicken Little went up to the farmer and said, ‘The sky is falling, the sky is falling!’”  The teacher paused then and asked the class, “And what do you think that farmer said?”  One little girl raised her hand and said, “I think he said: ‘Holy s__t! A talking chicken!’”  The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes.









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