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

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, March 1, 7pm.  Program is on Vintage Garments by Joyce Clements. Refreshments by George Abernathy and David McClain.

NEXT BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, March 8, 7pm at Joe Abbin’s house, 11716 Tivoli Ave. NE

BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, March 19, trip to Santa Fe on the Rail Runner with lunch at Tomasita’s. See article below.

CLUB WEBSITE: Be sure to check out our website at   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




Our own Joyce Clements will present “The Foundations of Fashion: A Brief History of Lingerie.” If anyone has material to offer, please feel free to bring it and share.





The program for March will be "The Foundations of Fashion: A Brief History of Lingerie".  If anyone has material to offer, please feel free to bring it and share. – Joyce Clements



Saturday, March 19th the club will be making a trip on the Rail Runner to Santa Fe for lunch and shopping or touring.  We will meet at the Los Ranchos Rail Runner Station at 9am for a 9:13am departure.  Tickets may be purchased online or on the train.  An all day pass costs $10, or $7 for those of us lucky enough to be 62 or older.  We will have lunch at Tomasita’s near the Santa Fe Depot and then have time to walk around until our return train at 3:27pm.  If you miss the return, you will be waiting until 8:12pm.  I hope many of you will join us, you will see the view from the train is quite different from the view from your car.




President: Joe Abbin (

Vice-President: Lou Gorenz (

Secretary: Beth Jackson (

Treasurer: Frank Corey (

Director: Jay Hertz (

Director: R. Jeff Jackson (

Director: Bob Mathes (

Director: Al Seery (




March Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays                                                                     Anniversaries                             

Larry Azevedo (6)                                     Frank & Dorothy Hammond (29)

Bob Payne (15)

George Abernathy (16)

Frank Corey (26)

Frank Hammond (28)





President’s Letter 

Looking Forward to 2016                                                                             Joe Abbin


2016 is shaping up to be a good one for the club. We have had excellent board meetings where the board mapped out a plan for the club meetings and activities for the year. See the end of this news note. We tried to strike a balance between auto-centered meetings and general interest subjects and activities (we all like to eat). The overall goal is to have fun and promote healthy flatheads! If you have further suggestions for meetings and activities or want to volunteer in any capacity contact any board member or me at or 296-7678.


New cars are so complex and developed that most of us will do no more than change the oil and keep them clean. They just don’t need much. Not so with our old Fords. Every trip is an adventure often punctuated with mystery malfunctions, strange noises and sometimes total failure to function requiring a tow. When was the last time your modern car caught on fire or boiled over? Thus auto education is a major thrust for our club. Several of the planned meetings feature subject matter aimed at helping us to restore and maintain our vehicles. Touring is a lot more fun with a great running vehicle.


Last month I talked about the next generation of modern cars, self-guided vehicles, also called robotic cars. In a recent San Francisco Chronicle survey, three out of four respondents in the 25-34 age group were positive about these vehicle concepts compared with less than half of 65+ drivers. I would expect just the opposite. This bodes badly for the antique car hobby. The surveyed young folks don’t even want to drive their cars and are maybe even less interested in fixing them (if they could). The message is - take those young folks for a ride in our old Fords and let them experience the fun.




Minutes of the February 2, 2016 Meeting

By Secretary Beth Jackson

The meeting was called to order by President Joe. There were 17 members and 3 guests present. Guests were Tom Elmhurst and our speakers Robert Styles and Jack Lockard.  David moved to accept the minutes of the last meeting as printed in the newsletter, Jay seconded the motion and it was unanimously approved by the membership. We then moved to the program. The talk on repairing old radios and the history of car radios was enjoyed by all. Robert and Jack were informative and entertaining. Check out their shop, Budget TV Repair at 9641 Menaul NE.

After a refreshment break, thanks to the Leupolds and Jacksons, the meeting resumed. The refreshment list was sent around the room as was the For Sale/Wanted sheet.  Jeff reported that he had received several forms back on the history of member’s cars for our planned video.  There were a few complaints on the length of the form and Jeff explained we need interesting facts that only the owner knows so please fill out what you can.

The club will have breakfast at Milly’s on Jefferson at 8:30am on Saturday, February 20th.

David McClain brought a 1953 Ford Parts Catalog that he recently acquired to share with the club.

There were 4 prizes awarded in our raffle and the meeting was adjourned at 8:07pm.




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:


National Driving Tour through Colorado and Utah

The Hi-Country RG out of Denver is sponsoring a National Driving Tour in September. The tentative dates are September 13-19, 2016. The tour starts in Canon City, Colorado and ends in Monument Valley. Canon City attractions include the Royal Gorge Bridge, a ride on the Royal Gorge 1950's train, the Museum of Colorado Prisons, and a historic downtown and nearby winery. From Canon City, the drive is through mountains and old mining towns to Gunnison, home to some historic buildings and the Pioneer Museum, which features automobiles and trains. From there the tour is to Grand Junction via Black Canyon of the Gunnison and some other spectacular scenery. Colorado National Monument and Rim Rock Drive are attractions at Grand Junction. From Grand Junction, the tour goes to Bluff, Utah, through several very small Colorado towns and a stop at the Gateway Auto Museum. Bluff is a kickoff place for touring the canyon country. The really adventurous can drive the gravel road of the Moki Dugway Switchbacks, not for the faint-hearted. After Bluff, the drive is to Monument Valley, scene of many western movies in the past; John Wayne enjoyed filming here. This is fabulous red rock country. Guided tours to several interesting sites are available. From Monument Valley, tourers go their individual ways; optional return routes will be suggested.

The Colorado group is working hard to have a grand tour; definite dates will be available when lodgings are all arranged. If you are up to a tour through Colorado and Utah in your Ford V8, you should plan to go. Sounds like quite a pleasant tour with Friends and Fords.

Submitted By Joyce Clements


February Breakfast at Milly’s



Jokes of the Month

She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she'd done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, "But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!" I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye....

My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 80. My grandson was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, "Did you start at 1?"

A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren to their home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties.
"They use him to keep crowds back," said one child.
"No," said another. "He's just for good luck.. "
A third child brought the argument to a close."They use the dogs," she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrants."


Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2016


Tuesday 1st Club Meeting – 7pm “A Brief History of Lingerie”, Joyce Clements.  Refreshments by George Abernathy and David McClain

Saturday 19th Railrunner Trip to Santa Fe including lunch. Meet at Los Ranchos Station at 9am.


Tuesday 5th Club Meeting – 7pmV-8 Transmissions, Jay Hertz.  Refreshments by Max & Johanne Glover

Saturday 16th Picnic at Lou and Mary Gorenz’s Hacienda.

Saturday 23rd Spring Thaw at The Old Car Garage


Tuesday 3rd Club Meeting – 7pmTouring NM, Steve Ausherman.  Refreshments by Joyce Clements

Sunday 15th Museum Car Show

Saturday 21st Breakfast – 8:30am

Monday 30th Club Birthday Party and Picnic/Car Show


Tuesday 7th Club Meeting – 7pmV-8 Tune-ups. 

Saturday 18th Charity Car Show at Senior Living Facility


Monday 4th Picnic at the Azevedo’s

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

Saturday 16th Breakfast – 8:30am


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

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, you can download all the information and registration materials for these meets, or find contact information.

April 15-17, 2016 – Australian Nationals – Echuca, Victoria, Australia

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































March 4-5 – Havasu Deuces Show – Rotary Park, Lake Havasu, AZ – Pre-'58 – Dick Raczuk  (928)706-0190 or

March 4-6 – Spring Nationals – Westworld, Scottsdale, AZ – Pre-'73 – Goodguys (925)838-9876 or

March 5 – NSRA Appreciation Day – Adult Toy Factory, Las Cruces – Open – Bob Nall (575)382-5742

March 5 – Opening Day at ABQ Dragway –

March 6 – Tucson Collectible Toy Show – EXPO Center, Tucson, AZ – (213)629-3030

March 11-13 – Spring Lone Star Nationals – Texas Motor Speedway, Ft. Worth, TX – Pre-'73 – Goodguys (925)838-9876 or

March 12 – Show & Shine at Rich Ford – Lomas & Wyoming – Open to all makes, models – Food, entertainment, fellowship to kick off car show season – 10am-3pm – Bruce Shaffer, Old Route 66 Car Show

March 13 – Fords on Fourth – 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ – Open to Fords – So. Arizona Mustang Club

March 13 – 18th Annual Buff & Shine Show – Shangri La Nudist Resort, New River, AZ – Patty (623)465-5959 or

March 18-20 – Mopars at the Strip – Las Vegas, NV – Car show, swap meet, drag racing, manufacturers'  midway, MoPower cruise, Pony car wars, auction, Cannery concerts – or

March 19 – 32nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Balloon Rallye & Car Show – Eagle Park, Belen – 10am-2pm – Music, vendors, food trucks, People's Choice awards – Free entry – In conjunction with Balloon Rallye, Film Fest & International Food Fiesta March 18-20 – Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce 864-8091 or

March 19 – Wheels of Dreams 2016 Car Show – Field of Dreams, Las Cruces – Open to all – 9am-4:30pm – Swap Meet, Car Corral 9am-3pm – Pre-registration March 1-11 $30, $35 day of show – Door prizes, basket raffle, 50/50 drawing, engine drawing, goodie bags to 1st 100, awards, food & car vendors,

music – Proceeds benefit Las Cruces youth – For more info (575)524-0150


March 19 – Cruise-in Community Appreciation Event – Worth Hearing Center, Penn-Mont Plaza, 7520 Montgomery NE – Bring your pre-1970 hot rod, muscle car, classic for free BBQ and prizes – 10am-2pm – Anale505-872-4327

March 19 – Car Show – Church of Christ, 201 Ruins Rd, Aztec – Pre-registered $20, $25 day of show

March 20 – 30th Annual Buick, Olds, Pontiac, Cadillac Show – Quality GMC-Buick, 7901 Lomas NE – Awards, door prizes – Entry $15 – Registration 9-11am, Show 11am-3pm, Awards 3pm – Bob Surran (505)256-7344 or Ken Halvorsen (505)263-3565

March 25-26 – 19th Annual Artesia Main Event Car Show and Cruise – Heritage Plaza, Artesia – Entry fee $25, free public admission – Open to all; professional judging for pre-1980; show only for 1980 & newer – Friday Registration 1-6pm, Cruise 6:30pm – Saturday Registration 7-11am, Show 9am-4pm, Awards 4pm – Frank or Dorothy (575)746-9477 or









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