SEPTEMBER 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, September 4th, 2018 at 7pm. The program will be car videos & pictures. Refreshments provided by Max & Johanne Glover.
NEXT BOARD MEETING: TBA
BREAKFAST GROUP: Saturday, September 15th at 8:30am at Cracker Barrel, 5200 San Antonio Dr.
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
EARLY FORD V8 CLUB OF AMERICA WEBSITE: www.earlyfordv8.org
SEPTEMBER MEETING PROGRAM
This month’s program will give us a glimpse of the video shot for our ongoing project to video club members’ cars, including footage of the interview with Frank Corey. We will also show pictures of the Grand National Meet in Dearborn, Michigan this past June, thanks to Grant Fleming via the Clements.
Saturday, September 15th at 8:30am, club members and friends will meet at Cracker Barrel, 5200 San Antonio Dr. NE (I25 & San Antonio) for breakfast and conversation. This location was chosen by Amy Joiner. Hope you will join us.
September Birthdays and Anniversaries
Joyce Clements (4) Tom & Dee Patterson (11)
Jeff Jackson (8) Larry & Lorna Azevedo (21)
Mary Gorenz (15) Max & Johanne Glover (23)
STATE FAIR – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH
The State Fair show will occur Sunday, September 9. As usual, we will gather at Caravan East’s parking lot at 7:30, and drive into the grounds through Gate 3 at 8:00. No admission fee is charged at the gate. Parking will be in order of age (your car’s — not yours!). Come and have some fun while showing off your Ford to an appreciative public.
OCTOBER V8 NATIONAL TOUR OF SOUTHERN NM
The National Driving Tour planning is nearing completion. It promises to be extra-fun. If you haven’t made up your mind whether to join, we strongly encourage you to do so. We have added a backup trailer to the tour, adding a level of comfort if you have any concerns about your car. We have 17 vehicles registered so far, and are expecting some more. What a treat it will be to see a caravan of old Fords driving through some of the best country on earth. Great memories in the making.
SEPTEMBER PRESIDENT’S LETTER - R. Jeff Jackson
Last month we discussed the early development of Henry Ford II, or ‘Hank the Deuce’, as he took over Ford Motor Company from his grandfather Henry Ford. Recall, Edsel Ford initially took over from Henry Ford but his early passing required Henry to take the company leadership until his grandson returned from WW2.
I’m passing on the 1950’s for now as the early 60’s was an interesting period specially if you like performance cars.
“During the early 1960s Henry Ford II engaged in lengthy negotiations with Enzo Ferrari to buy Ferrari, with a view to expanding Ford's presence in motorsport in general and at the Le Mans 24 Hours in particular. However, negotiations collapsed due to disputes over control of Ferrari's racing division. The collapse of the deal led him to inaugurate the Ford GT40 project, intended to end Ferrari's dominance at Le Mans (the Italian marque won the race six consecutive times from 1960 to 1965). After two difficult years in 1964 and 1965, in 1966 GT40s locked out the podium at both the Daytona 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours before taking the first of four consecutive wins at Le Mans.” (From Wikipedia).
So, my summary memory of the Ford Motor Company from conception to the 1960’s is simple. Henry Ford developed the car for the masses and revolutionized car manufacturing. That eventually stymied Ford until Henry was forced to introduce our precious Flathead ford V8. From a performance perspective, it was top notch, albeit not an expensive version of top notch like Bugatti of course. The war years slowed all car manufacturers but in 1948 with the F1 and 1949 with the ‘whiz kids’ Henry Ford II brought back character and performance to Ford. Skipping the 1950’s for now, Henry Ford II successfully pursued performance with the Ford GT40. Yes, a biased and possibly incorrect summary but since our club likes the first Ford V8 performance cars and the Flathead V8 and I like the performance Fords of the ‘60’s I figured I could pull them together.
This month’s program will provide a very rough view of our ongoing project to video Flathead Ford’s including an l interview with the late Frank Corey. We also have pictures of the Dearborn Grand National Meet. Upcoming is our Southern New Mexico tour. I hope to see more of our club join up, maybe you have seen the sights but probably not with a rowdy group of V8ers. Please consider joining and if you need some help getting your car running know that club members are willing to help.
Minutes of the August 7, 2018 Meeting
Beth Jackson, Secretary
President Jeff called the meeting to order. He told the club a story about quality control as taught by the Japanese and Italians. Ask Jeff for the whole story. There were 23 present, including 3 guests. Jay brought his friend, Sonny Hagerty and Demetrio brought Andrew Hisey and Natalie. Andrew is a client of D’s and has a ’51 Ford pickup with a V8, just not a flathead. Everyone reported having received a newsletter. The treasurer was not present so we had no report.
Happy Birthday was wished to Jeannine Kontny, Harvey Catchpole, Pat Willan and Jim Clements. Roger Wilbur was wished a happy anniversary to he and his wife Bobbie.
Thanks went to Demetrio for providing refreshments. Max Glover was reminded that he is responsible next month.
The For Sale/Wanted sheet was passed around for additions, deletions and corrections.
Old Business: Joyce reported for the New Mexico Car Council. The All Council picnic is Sunday, August 12th and this year will be held at Coronado Monument in Bernalillo. Anyone attending from our club was instructed to bring a fruit or dessert. Joyce said the September swap meet in Los Lunas has sold 260 spaces thus far and spaces will be assigned soon so watch the mail for your paperwork if you have already signed up. Volunteers are needed, see Joyce.
August’s recipe of the month was provided by Jackie Abernathy. Since George missed the deadline, he brought in several copies of his pancake recipe to be passed out. Thanks, George. Joyce volunteered to provide a recipe for September.
Jay reported that so far there are 10 official registrants for the October National Tour of Southern New Mexico. The planning committee will have a meeting next Tuesday at 7pm at Jay’s shop.
This month’s meeting program will be a talk on gardening by Master Gardner Pat Bost.
New Business: The August Club Breakfast will be held on August 18th at 8:30am at Le Peep on Louisiana, a location selected by Joe. Amy chose the Cracker Barrel on San Antonio for the breakfast on September 15th.
Sunday, September 9th is V8 day at the New Mexico State Fair. Jay announced that the club members will meet as usual at 7:30am that morning in the Caravan East Parking Lot on Louisiana and then line up in year order to drive onto the fairgrounds. Jay himself will be in France that day but everything will be taken care of by others.
The featured member for the month of August was Jay Hertz. Jeff asked Roger Wilbur if he would consent to be interviewed for the September featured member article in the newsletter. Roger agreed.
Beth found a shop that will make nametags for members needing them. See her to order one.
In Joe’s monthly crime report he noted that auto theft is dropping and the newly appointed auto theft task force is concentrating on salvage yards. Thieves concentrate on vehicles earlier than 2006-2007 as VIN numbers can be removed more easily. Joe also reported no new news on the theft of his trailer and he is offering a $500 reward for recovery of the trailer or apprehension of the thieves.
Joe informed us that Frank Corey donated 11 vehicles to the Early Ford V8 Foundation and the foundation is sending transport this week for 11 cars. Help may be solicited from club members for the loading process. Frank donated 2 Model A’s to the Model A Club and the garage on Ross Street to the Model A Club, but that is a legal entanglement.
Joyce let us know that the Early Ford V8 Foundation now has Frank’s hat with the ’32 emblem.
The raffle tonight has a T-shirt, 2 hats and a manicure set to give away. Tickets may be purchased from Joe during the refreshment break.
Show and Tell: Joe exhibited a hat that the Thompson Lube men wore years ago. Max told us that Dan Mowery of Radar Awning had been abducted but released unharmed and perpetrators are still being sought. Jay saw a vehicle for sale that has been stored in a North Valley garage and covered with dust. It is a 1934 Ford, completely original 2 door standard V8. Jay says it is complete except for engine and 2 missing panels, with no rust and minor damage. The interior is dilapidated and tires are flat and it is a very basic car. Jay made an offer and the offer was turned down. Contact Jay if you are interested in pursuing the car yourself.
After the refreshment break Pat Bost entertained us with a program on The Bad Boys of Plants. She brought literature for everyone and told us that 69,000 people are poisoned each year by plants. Knowledge is the first step in preventing poisonings. There are 270 poisonous plants in New Mexico and poison ivy is not one of them. Books recommended by Pat are Wicked Plants and Down to Earth, Gardening in New Mexico. Thank you, Pat, for an informative and entertaining program.
2018 OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
President: R. Jeff Jackson (email@example.com)
Vice-President: Jay Hertz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Beth Jackson (email@example.com)
Treasurer: David McLain (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director: George Abernathy (email@example.com)
Director: Phillip Lovato (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director: Roger Wilbur (email@example.com)
Director: Joe Abbin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
(Italian Vegetable Stew)
2 small zucchini 1/2 onion
2 med. potatoes 1/2 tsp oregano
1 eggplant salt & pepper
1/2 bell pepper 8 oz. tomato sauce
Pare & cube vegetables. Put in pot with tomato sauce
and seasonings. Simmer about 30 minutes. Occasionally
stir to prevent sticking. Adjust seasonings to taste
Featured Member of the Month
For this interview, we caught Roger having breakfast and he politely agreed to a quick interview. When asked where he was born he said Minnesota then, I suspect his wife sitting across the breakfast table reminded him, he said he was born in Little Falls, New York. Sculptor, jewelry maker, entrepreneur and car enthusiast, he is self-employed as an artist in Santa Fe. He has a degree in Fine Arts with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. His major was sculpture.
Roger traveled through New Mexico in 1968 on a motorcycle with “everything I owned”. He continued down the west coast of Mexico and back up the east coast on his motorcycle before settling in New Mexico. He officially moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico 45 years ago. He considers Santa Fe one of the top art locations in the world. His work is displayed in several top galleries in Santa Fe.
He met another club member, Gary McGlasson, in 1971 when he went to get parts for his international tractor in Cuba.
How does your wife Bobbie like cars? “Well, it keeps you out of the bars,” I heard her say in the
background. Actually, Bobbie fondly remembers her first car - a 1969 Mustang Convertible. Roger has been a car person since getting his first car, a 1946 Ford, at age 13.
A family man, Roger and Bobbie have a daughter and granddaughter. The granddaughter is already taking an interest in cars, Roger says. Good for her!
Roger recently participated in a picture shoot featuring his 1954 Buick. Look for it in Cowboys and Indians Magazine.
Roger will be our featured speaker presenting a program on jewelry in October. He says he has lots of stories for us as well as some good information about his artistic talents.
Roger, Bobbie and dog Max & a ’47 Ford
IS IT A SQUEAK, A RATTLE OR A HUM?
In 1991, Ford Motor Company decided to give customers and service personnel a common language. Too often the service departments didn't understand the customers' complaints, as they described a mysterious noise from their cars – one man's rattle was another customer's chatter or click. This was especially frustrating when the noise was intermittent and wouldn't "talk" to the technician. After some research and trials, Ford published a free diagnostic evaluation booklet and gave it to dealers. Some dealers gave it to all new and used car buyers; others mailed it to their regular customers. It created better communication between the customers and service technicians. The dealers and the customers seemed to like it. Some sample language is below:
BOOM: Rhythmic sound like a drum roll or distant thunder. May cause pressure on eardrum.
CHUCKLE: Rapid noise that sounds like a stick against spokes of a spinning bicycle wheel.
HUM: Continuous sound of varying frequencies, like a wire humming in the wind.
RATTLE: A sound suggesting looseness, such as marbles rolling around in a can.
RUMBLE: Low, heavy, continuous sound, like that made by wagon wheels or thunder.
SQUEAL: Continuous, high-pitched sound, like fingernails across a chalkboard.
I wonder if the company still does something like this?
FORD TIMES, July, 1991
From an article by Jim McCraw
Tumbleweed Early Ford V8 Club Calendar for 2018
Tuesday 4th Club Meeting 7pm. Program is car videos & pictures. Refreshments by Max & Johanne Glover.
Sunday 9th State Fair Car Show
Saturday 15th Breakfast at Cracker Barrel on San Antonio NE
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) – Location needed, volunteers?
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
September 1 – 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
September 1-2 – Harvest Festival & Tractor Parade – Wildlife West Nature Park, Edgewood – Parade at 9am, other activities 10am-6pm – Food all weekend, Chuckwagon Sat night (RSVP by 2pm Sat) – Prizes – Tractor Games Sun 2pm – Watermelon Mountain Jug Band – 281-7655 or www.WildlifeWest.org
September 3 – The 19th Orphan Car Show – Power Ford, 1101 Montano Rd. NE – Entry $10 – 9-10am registration, show 10am-3pm – Orphan Cars have priority, others as space permits – Sponsored by Horseless Carriage, Zia Hudson-Essex-Terraplane & Crosley Clubs
September 4 – 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 items 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
September 7-8 – Joiner Project Vehicle Auction – J & R Vintage Auto Museum, 3642 NM Hwy 528, Rio Rancho – Auction of parts cars & trucks, parts & projects in outdoor storage – Cars & trucks are mostly from teens through 1930's – Preview September 7th 10am-3pm – Auction September 8th 9:30am – Ernie Doty (505)252-1646 or www.dotysauctionservice.com
September 8 – 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
September 8 – W. Brown Memorial Swap Meet – Mayfield High School, Las Cruces – Walter Brown (575)640-5920
September 8 – Women's Veteran Car Show – Mayfield HS, Las Cruces – Karen Woods (575)639-1265
September 9 – Ladies Off Road Trail Training – 4 Wheel Parts – New Mexico Ladies please join us as
September 14-16 – Collector Car Weekend – Farmington – Friday cruise-in 6:30-8:30pm Sonic on E. Main, Saturday NMSSR Swap Meet 7am San Juan Plaza on E. Main, Sunday show at Brookside Park 9am-3pm – Entry $30, $25 additional vehicles, $40 day of show – Trophies, door prizes, goody bags, Food & T-shirts available – Kids Model Car Contest – Inez (505)947-1653 or Danny (505)947-8288
September 14-16 – ATHS Annual Truck Show – Riverside Park, Aztec – (505)320-3596
September 15 – Car Show at Methodist Church – First United Methodist Church, 75 Manzano Express-way, Rio Communities – Entry $20 – 9am-4pm – People’s Choice Award – Colleen (505)302-4287
September 15-16 – Concours du Soleil – 6633 Guadalupe Trl NW – Theme is "Superheroes and Supercars" – Black Tie Gala for participants Saturday, Public showing Sunday, September 16, admission $20 – Benefits local charities – For information Hallee email@example.com or www.SeeHotCars.com
September 16 – Annual Fiestas Car & Bike Show – Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo – Register 7:30-10:00am, show 10am-2:30pm, awards 2:15pm – Entry $25 cars & trucks, $15 motorcycles, $10 bikes – Cash prizes, gift cards, live entertainment, food, jumps, play area, arts & crafts – Anthony Apodaca (505)514-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org
September 18 – 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 items 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
September 22 – 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
September 22 – 3rd Annual Convertible Cars to the Crest Cruise – Meet at Smith's, Tramway & Central – Meet at 10am – Cruise old Rte. 66 and N. Rte. 14 to Sandia Crest 10am-noon – All makes models of convertible cars, Jeeps, etc. welcome – Mike Recker (505)228-3346 or email@example.com
September 22 – Wooden Nickel Low Classics Car Show – Bloomfield
September 22 – Chili Cookoff & Car Show – Los Altos Church of the Nazarene, 215 Erbbe St NE firstname.lastname@example.org
September 22 – Fairwinds Rio Rancho Car Show – 920 Riverview Dr. SE, Rio Rancho – 10am-2pm – Free with a free lunch – Retirement community desires classic, sports or other cars – Kristin Crone email@example.com or (505)896-3000
September 22-23 – SWMS Road Race, Driver School, Track Day – Sandia Motorsport – John Slenes, Chief Driving Instructor, SouthWest MotorSport 298-7007, FAX 554-1205 or www.SWMS.org
September 23 – 5th Wounded Warriors Car Show – 141 Roadrunner Parkway, Las Cruces – Jr. Adams (575)644-5774
2018 NATIONAL MEETS/TOURS
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.