JUNE 2018 TUMBLEWEED CLUB OF NEW MEXICO
RG #79, EARLY FORD V-8 CLUB OF AMERICA, PO BOX 21538, ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87154-1538
MEETS FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:00 P.M., OLD CAR GARAGE, 3232 GIRARD BLVD NE
PLEASE NOTE: All meetings include Show & Tell. Members are encouraged to bring items to share.
NEXT MEETING: Next meeting is Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 7pm. The program will be a presentation on auto leading by Sid Anaya. Refreshments provided by Amy & Chris Joiner.
NEXT BOARD MEETING: TBA
BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, June 16th, 8:30am at Furr’s Fresh Buffet on Wyoming.
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
Tumbleweed Early Ford V-8 Club Picnic Show and Shine
When: Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018, 11am-2pm.
Where: Los Ranchos Village Hall, 6718 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Wahoo, we’re having a picnic! We will be celebrating our Tumbleweed Group’s 43nd birthday, the 55th birthday of the Early Ford V-8 Club, the 116th anniversary of the Ford Motor Company, the 66th anniversary of the flatheads demise (bummer) and the City of Albuquerque’s 313th birthday! All dates are approximate. Not to be forgotten, it is the 85th anniversary of the 1933 Fords! Wow! 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 MEETING PROGRAM
The June program will be by Sid Anaya and son on leading cars. Sid is currently doing George’s ’46 and agreed to share some stories with us. Sid runs a small shop and doesn’t believe in bondo.
Saturday, June 16th at 8:30am, club members and friends will meet at Furr’s Fresh Buffet at 2004 Wyoming Blvd NE. The food is plentiful and the stimulating conversation will get your weekend started out right.
October National Driving Tour Update
Tour planning is well underway for our national driving tour in October. All routes have been selected and all motels have blocked out rooms for us. We have reservations from AZ, TX, NM, IN and calls from others interested in this tour. We will be joined on the tour by a contingent from the Poco Quatros Model A Club. What a nice way to see some historic and beautiful sites with a caravan of antique Fords. Along the way, we will see the Trinity Site, Billy the Kid historical areas, Valley of Fires, Fort Stanton, the Air and Space Museum in Alamogordo, some fine museums in Roswell, White Sands, and, of course, Carlsbad Caverns, a natural wonder, among others. The routes have been especially selected to assure not only great eating and touring, but also easy driving conditions along scenic byways. The tour will begin the evening of Friday, October 5, in Socorro, and end with a banquet following the Carlsbad Caverns tour on Wednesday, October 10, with a leisurely drive back home the following day. Please mark your calendars and begin tuning up your Ford. You will kick yourself if you miss this tour. Forms and updated information can be found on the club website www.abqfordflatheadV8.com
JUNE PRESIDENT’S LETTER - R. Jeff Jackson
Dad bern durn, shut up and learn!
Edsel Ford graduated high school, went to work for Ford Motor Company and a year later was appointed President.
From a Hagerty news article “Edsel soon learned that Henry was obsessed with one thing, making the Model T as efficiently as possible. Little else held his interest, including modernising the car – he yelled at Edsel to shut up during a board meeting when Edsel advocated for hydraulic brakes. But Edsel remained convinced, correctly, that Henry Ford’s single-minded obsession would destroy the company as Chevrolet rolled out new models and features.
Edsel’s influence was Ford’s saving grace during the 1930s. The Model T was Ford’s sole passenger car, so by the time of its last full year of production in 1927 that was all they had to sell against the AA Capitol Chevrolet, Dodge Fast 4, Pontiac Six, Nash Light Six or anything else. Henry had already held onto the T long past its sell-by date and without Edsel, would probably have driven Ford into bankruptcy on the T’s axles.
It was, instead, Edsel who bankrupted himself. Nonstop fighting - both bureaucratic and personal, with his father and his cronies - destroyed Edsel’s health, leading to ulcers and stomach cancer. At the age of 49 in 1943 and increasingly ill, to soothe the pain he drank a bottle of unpasteurized milk from a Ford farm, got sick, and died.”
So the words ‘shut up’ can portray a coming disaster or a potential success. In Edsel Ford’s case it seems he was destined to be overshadowed by his father despite the multiple successes he achieved even against his father’s orders.
I tell the UNM Chemical Engineers they should spend more time with their mouths shut and their ears open. It is no secret that the more one listens at an engineering conference the more one can learn about the competition. Unfortunately most engineers are content to tell you what they know rather than learn from what you know.
What’s the point of this you ask? Tuesday night we had a Directors meeting at our house and afterwards, much to my chagrin because the garage was messier than usual, we looked at the cars out back. Considering the 1946, Roger Wilbur pointed out that the solid tube radiator connections can be a problem for the radiator hose connections if there is not enough flex in the hose line to allow the radiator to move independently of the engine. Joe reached over the radiator of the 1946 and pronounced ‘there is plenty of flex in these lines’. I was glad to hear that. They finished admonishing me for my messy garage, even asking if there was any free space on my work bench to actually do work (It was clear from observation there was not) and they left. Directors, please note picture of clean work bench – took 8 hours!
Thinking in bed that night I recalled how tight the new solid tube radiator hoses were on the 1941. Our plan was to take the 1941 to Santa Fe to visit Larry Iceman’s collection. (We will know after this weekend if the 1941 made it or not). Regardless, by listening to the folks talk I went back out and redid the upper radiator connections on the 1941 to insure flex between the engine and the radiator. Listening is good!
Minutes of the May 1, 2018 Meeting
President Jeff called the meeting to order. There were 23 people present, including visitors Rick and Jim from The Driver’s Den who helped present the program. All reported receiving the newsletter. Treasurer Dave reported that all is balanced in the treasury. Jeff wished a happy birthday to Betty Leupold (in spirit) and reminded the membership that Betty’s daughters were holding an open house on Saturday, May 19th to honor Betty on her 90th birthday. Thanks went to Ray for providing the refreshments for the evening. The For Sale – Wanted ads were passed around for corrections, deletions and additions.
Old Business: Joyce reported for the New Mexico Council of Car Clubs. She brought posters for the May 20th Museum Show for members to post in businesses. The July Car Appreciation Event will be held at the Enchanted Trails Drive-In. The All Clubs Picnic will be held in August at Oak Flats Picnic Grounds and the September Swap Meet held in Los Lunas is right on schedule.
The Recipe of the month was provided by Vi. Larry Azevedo volunteered to provide a recipe for June.
Jay reported that the National Tour of Southern New Mexico sponsored by our club is well along in the planning stages. Motel arrangements have been made and Beth will email all members this week with those names so people can make their reservations.
New Business: May’s breakfast activity will actually be a tour of Larry Icerman’s garages in Santa Fe and a lunch in Santa Fe. The club members will meet at Smith’s at Tramway and Central at 9am on Saturday to drive to Santa Fe.
The Museum Car Show is being held on Sunday, May 20th. Club members wishing to drive in as a group should meet in the Albuquerque Hotel parking lot by 7am.
The Annual Club Birthday Party and Picnic will be held as usual on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th in Los Ranchos from 11am to 2pm. Sandwiches and birthday cake will be provided by the club, please bring a side dish to share. Joe Abbin is in charge of arrangements.
There will be a board meeting on Tuesday, May 8th at the Jackson’s house.
The featured member of the month of May was George Abernathy. Demetrio Lee will be featured in the June newsletter.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 5th, meeting topic to be determined at the board meeting. Chris and Amy Joiner have volunteered to provide refreshments.
Refreshments were enjoyed, the raffle was held and then a very interesting program on Preventing Auto Theft was presented by Joe Abbin and by Jim and Rick of The Driver’s Den. Joe presented crime statistics from Albuquerque. Jim and Rick showed us several kinds of auto alarms, much more sophisticated than we imagined. Some incorporate tracking devices so you can locate your stolen car. Thank you to these presenters.
Beth Jackson, Secretary
CLASSIC CAR SHOW
BEAR CREEK SENIOR CENTER
There will be a free car show along with hot dogs ‘n chips and ice cream sandwiches at the Bear Creek Senior Center on Thursday, May 31st from 11:30 to 1pm. Live music will accompany the activities. The center is located at 4645 Pitt NE. This is a great opportunity to visit with the generation that remembers our cars and enjoys seeing them and reliving those memories. Contact our member, Bill Verant at 505-269-6810 if you need additional information.
2018 OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
President: R. Jeff Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vice-President: Jay Hertz (email@example.com)
Secretary: Beth Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer: David McLain (email@example.com)
Director: George Abernathy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director: Phillip Lovato (email@example.com)
Director: Roger Wilbur (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director: Joe Abbin (email@example.com)
June Birthdays and Anniversaries
Marka Catchpole (15) Larry & Patricia Bost (26)
Vern Willan (19)
Barbara Polk (27)
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
2 lbs round steak trimmed of fat
3 T Brown Sugar
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp Lawry’s seasoning salt
2 tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp Tabasco
1 tsp red pepper
Mix all together except red pepper, slice meat ¼” thick against grain and marinate for an hour. Dry in low oven
or dehydrator. Sprinkle red pepper over meat before drying.
Featured Member of the Month – Demetrio Lee
Our member of the month is Demetrio Lee. D, as he is known to us, was born and raised in Alamosa, Colorado. He has an older sister and a younger brother and “a bunch of cousins and aunts and uncles”. He left Alamosa in 2001 to see different things and ended up in Albuquerque. He works for AAA in Albuquerque and it was there that he met Frank Corey and became a member of our club. He doesn’t yet have a Flathead but his enthusiasm is growing. D says he likes the club members and finds them knowledgeable and friendly. Thanks, Demetrio.
Growing up in Colorado, D became a Denver Bronco’s fan. He waited for 10 years after he first ordered to get season tickets and now goes to most Broncos games. This year he was at the Denver Broncos draft party and won a prize to meet with draft choices and see the facility. That was a real thrill for him.
D has participated in several club events and tours the shows with friends introducing them to his club member friends and checking out the cars. Welcome again D to the club!
Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2018
Monday 28th Club Birthday Party at Los Ranchos 11am-2pm
Tuesday 5th Club Meeting 7pm. Program on Leading. Refreshments by Amy & Chris Joiner.
Saturday 16th Breakfast – 8:30am at Furr’s on Wyoming
Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting 7pm. Refreshments by Joyce Clements.
Wednesday 4th Parade in Corrales and Picnic at Azevedo’s
Saturday 21st Breakfast
Tuesday 7th Club Meeting 7pm
Sunday 12th All Clubs Picnic
Saturday 18th Breakfast
Tuesday 4th Club Meeting 7pm
Sunday 9th of September State Fair Car Show
Saturday 15th Breakfast
Fri - Sun 28-30 Los Lunas Swap Meet
Tuesday 2nd Club Meeting 7pm
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
FROM FARM TO CLASSROOM
The following story is from the Ford Times of March, 1990. It was written by Dale Jorgenson.
In the spring of 1941, while I was still a teenager, my father died. With just my mother and me left to tend the land, and World War II spreading throughout Europe, my plans to attend college suddenly seemed a dim hope.
We bought a used 1935 green Ford pickup (it had already served six years as a telephone truck) and used it to haul oversize loads of farm produce to market throughout the summer. When our wheat harvest was ready for market, I used my father's woodworking tools to make grain racks for the truck bed.
In the fall, the truck carried me over the 10 miles of dirt roads between the farm and my high school. On the weekends, it helped me with my social life as I began dating.
But all along, my mother was determined to send me to college. At the end of the next season, after our farm auction, we packed up the truck with our remaining belongings – as the Joad family did in The Grapes of Wrath – and headed for Arkansas to begin a new phase of our lives.
For the next two years, I attended college. Despite serious neglect and wartime tire and gasoline rationing, the pickup took me back and forth to class and served as our family car. When I was inducted into the Army Air Force, we sold the truck to a defense contractor, who used it to haul workers to a factory.
When I finally earned my doctorate in 1957, I fondly remembered the little green pickup that helped put me on the road to an education.
Submitted by Joyce Clements
Pictures from the Larry Icerman Garage Tour in Santa Fe
Additional pictures on our website: www.AbqFordFlatheadV8.com
May 31-June 2 – NM Route 66 Assn Motor Tour – Gallup to Tucumcari on Route 66 – Registration $35 early, $45 day of tour – Call or text (505)803-6966
June 1-2 – 20th Classic Car Show – Brandenburg Park, Red River – Music, contests, night parades – Chamber of Commerce (575)754-2366 or www.redrivernewmex.com
June 1-2 – Car-A-Fair 2018 – At the Beach on Pecos River, Carlsbad – Fri June 1: Registration, hot dog roast, cruise to free drive-in movie – Sat June 2: Registration, setup 8-10:30am, awards at 3:30pm – Entry $30 – Door prizes, DJ music, Event T-shirts available, food court, vendors – firstname.lastname@example.org, (575)200-5534, email@example.com, (575)706-0697 or www.carsclubofcarlsbad.com
June 1-3 – Hot Rod Dirt Drags – Movie Manor Motel, Monte Vista, CO – Car Show on the Green Fri, Sat, Sun – Dirt Drags Sat, Sun – Drive-In movie Fri, Sat – Food trucks, vendors, DJ, music – General admission $10/day or $15/weekend – www.hotroddirtdrags.com
June 2 – Firehouse Festival Car Show – La Madera VFD Station 16, East Mountains, Sandia Park – Fundraiser for Volunteer Fire Department includes art fair, bake sale, kids' corner, raffle, food, awards, fire safety information and demonstrations – Open to all vehicles – No entry fee – Peggy Fleming (505)286-3958 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 5 – 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
June 9 – 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
June 16 – 23rd Annual Mopar Fest – Haynes Park, Rio Rancho – Open to Mopars – Paul (505)896-8115 or www.moparclub.com
June 17 – RMDNM Fathers' Day Car Show – Rock & Brews, 4800 Montgomery NE – Open to all – Funds go to Special Olympics – Sponsored by Rockabilly Mafia Dolls New Mexico – Father/Son Pompadour Contest, Pin Up Contest, trophies, bands, food, vendors, prizes – Entry $20 – 12-5pm – (505)800-1571 or email@example.com for information
June 19 – 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
June 23 – 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
June 23 – Car Show of Hope – Billy the Kid Casino, Ruidoso Downs Race Track & Billy the Kid Casino, Ruidoso – 11am-3pm, awards 3:30 – Entry $100 includes 2 tickets to concert by AB Quintanilla & Electro Kumbia & 2 $10 tickets to play – Part of proceeds go to Make-A-Wish New Mexico, Hearts for Autism & Sangre de Oro – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 5-30 – NM Auto Artists ARTScrawl Event – The Gallery ABQ, Hoffmantown Center, 8210 Menaul NE – Perry Key, Paul McLaughlin, Tom Lamb, Gabe "Sparkie" Gonzales, Tom Graham and Chuck Holt will be featured – Gallery open 10-5 Tuesday-Saturday, 10-8 on July 6 reception – No admission charge
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
2018 NATIONAL MEETS/TOURS
June 11-15 Grand National Meet, Dearborn, Michigan – "Dearborn's the Scene in 2018" – 55th Anniversary Homecoming – Phill Hall (805)573-8077 or Michael Driscoll (615)293-9985. email@example.com to register or http://2018gnm.com for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
MUSEUM CAR SHOW PICTURES
More pictures on our website www.AbqFordFlatheadV8.com