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Founded in San Leandro, California in 1963, our club recognizes all Ford Motor Company vehicles made between 1932 and 1953, including Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, commercial vehicles, tractors and other Ford powered vehicles built around the world utilizing the 4, 6, 8, and 12 cylinder engines produced by Ford Motor Company.
Today, as the Marquee Club of our represented vehicles, with membership of over 9,000 and 125 Regional Groups worldwide, we are dedicated to the restoration and preservation of all Ford Motor Company vehicles built between 1932 and 1953.
The club's award-winning, bi-monthly magazine, the V-8 Times, is circulated all over the world and is acclaimed as one of the best car club magazines anywhere. The V-8 Times features technical articles, shop tips, questions and answers by our panel of experts, nostalgia, club and regional group news, offerings of accessories and restoration manuals found nowhere else - plus classified ads for cars and parts.
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CONGRATULATIONS “2017” R.G. CHARTER ANNIVERSARIES !!!
· RG #5, New England (February 19, 2017)
· RG #6, Lone Star (June 15, 2017)
· RG $8, Northern Illinois (July 23, 2017)
· RG #46, Twin Cities (January 16, 2017)
· RG #47, Golden Spread (January 16, 2017)
· RG #48, Greater Pittsburg (April 23, 2017)
· RG #50, Houston (April 23, 2017)
· RG #51, Central Illinois (April 23, 2017)
· RG #52, Piedmont (August 27, 2017)
· RG #94, South Australia (October 9, 2017)
· RG #96, Northern Virginia (December 11, 2017)
· RG #118, Twin State (January 16, 2017)
· RG #148, Palomar Mountain V-8s (January 18, 2017)
· RG #149, Southern Ontario (April 12, 2017)
From the Oval Office
Hello from unseasonably warm Northern Illinois. Where do the years go? It seems like yesterday that I tossed my hat in the ring to run for Midwest Director. Actually it was 6½ years ago. Little did I know then that I would be elected to serve two three-year terms and have the honor and privilege to serve three years as your National President. And little did we all know back then that our beloved Chicago Cubs would not only make it to the World Series for the first time since World War II, but that they would be victorious in an exciting seven-game series.
A lot has happened in these years. As many of you know, I love National Meets. It was my privilege to attend six of them, plus the Golden Anniversary Grand National, as President. I had the fun task of presenting the President’s Choice award to the owners of seven beautiful Early V-8s, including the final one to a great couple, Gerry and Jo Herber, at the Bakersfield Meet. Their beautiful ’51 Mercury is quite a story, being fully restored after serious damage at the Brainerd Meet last year.
Speaking of the 2016 Western National Meet, Carolyn and I are recently home from our cross-country trek in a 2017 Ford Transit van, hauling items for the meet. Even though the Meet was put together in a very short time and on a shoestring budget, it was a big success. We want to thank all the members who attended and especially thank the incredible number of volunteers who gave selflessly of their time to do all the on-site legwork in Bakersfield; the meet would not have happened without them. Look for a full report on the meet in the January-February issue of the V-8 Times.
As I begin to tell you “goodbye” from the Oval Office, I want to tell you that the Club is in good hands with our newly elected National officers - President Phill Hall, Vice President Michael Driskell, and Secretary Bruce Nelson. Also, congratulations and welcome to the Board new Directors: my replacement as Midwest Director, Steve Kroeger, new Southeast Director John Caldwell, and returning California/Southwest Director Mark Strrohecker. Also welcome to our new International Representative from Canada David Hamer and returning New Zealand Representative Ewan Gardiner.
When I joined the Board of Directors in 2011, my intent was not to just serve my time, but to try to make a difference. As I look back, I am pleased with my accomplishments. But I will leave it to others to make the judgement. I want to thank all of the incredibly dedicated officers and directors that I have had the privilege of serving with, along with our treasured V-8 Times editor, Jerry Windle. Most importantly, I want to thank you, the members of the Early Ford V-8 Club, for allowing me to accompany you on this ride.
See you on the road!