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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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From the Oval Office
By now you may have heard the good news that there will be three National Meets this year. To avoid two consecutive years without a Western Meet, the National Board decided to host the Western National Meet October 17-20 in Bakersfield, California. You will find full details about the meet in this issue.
As I write this in April, we have a beautiful, sunny day in Northern Illinois and we are making plans to drive our 1951 Mercury Sport Coupe to the Central National Meet in Tulsa and have it judged in the Dearborn Division. By the time you read this, we may be on our way to Tulsa with a nice caravan of cars – we hope the hosting group has a great meet. There is still plenty of time to sign up for the Eastern National Meet August 8-11 in Gettysburg and the Western Meet mentioned above. Carolyn and I will be attending all three meets and hope to see many of you there.
Whether or not you can make it to a National Meet this year, you also have the opportunity to join your fellow Early Ford V-8 Club members on one of our three National Driving Tours. Western New York Regional Group #3 is celebrating their 50th Anniversary by hosting “Fording around the Finger Lakes” July 11-15. September brings a choice of two National Tours, The Great Southwestern Driving Tour September 13-19 in Colorado and the Blue Ridge Parkway National Tour September 15-21 in North Carolina. This is the fifth year of our National Tour program and past events have been a lot of fun for the participants. They are a great way to get our Early V-8s out on the road for those who love to drive them.
Looking forward to 2017, the Board has awarded the Eastern National Meet to the Northern Virginia Regional Group. It will be held June 11-15, 2017, in Chantilly, Virginia. We encourage regional groups in the Central and Western parts of the country to seriously consider hosting a National Meet.
Finally, I want to remind you that we still need candidates for three director positions; California/Southwest 2, Midwest and, Southeast. Your roster shows the areas and regional groups served by each Director; any member in those areas is eligible. Please consider stepping up and serving your club as a National Director. Each Director must have a mailing address, a phone number, and an e-mail address. If you are interested, and a member in good standing, please contact North Central Director Bruce Nelson – he is listed in the roster. We also need candidates for International Representatives for Canada and New Zealand.
See you on the road!
2016 National President
CONGRATULATIONS “2016” R.G. CHARTER ANNIVERSARIES !!!
· RG #3,
· RG #4,
· RG #37,
· RG #38,
· RG #39,
· RG #43,
· RG #44,
· RG #113,
· RG #114,
· RG #115, Dallas (July 26, 2016)
· RG #117, Southern Kiwi (April 5, 2016)
· RG #126
· RG #145,
· RG #146,
· RG #147, Upstate
· RG #159,
· RG #167,
Did you know that the 1949-1951 Mercury Technical Book is in process?
You definitely will want one for your informational library. The book will feature accurate information on Mercury cars from the original FoMoCo documents and materials. If you have such materials that would be valuable for inclusion, please contact the lead author, Gene at 973-748-7931. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan now to purchase a book, since production will be limited.