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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
Welcome to the new and improved Early Ford V-8 Club website
For over a year, your club’s leadership has been working diligently with Big Giant Media, our current web host and developer, to create a bold and exciting new website to represent our club. The time has finally arrived when we may launch the new website, and we sincerely hope you will like the new design and all the improvements!
Our new website features the latest in responsive design, meaning the site will automatically reformat itself depending on the size of the device upon which it is being viewed. This design style will make our website much easier to use on the smaller screens of the smart phones we all carry with us now! In fact, no matter the device you use – from the smallest smart phone to the grandest large screen monitor – our new website will present a spectacular display.
Upon visiting our new site, the first thing that you will see is our new main page -- a better and easier to use main page. Enjoy the movie, especially if you have a 1939 Ford, Mercury, Ford truck, or Lincoln, but don’t forget to scroll down for all kinds of additional information!
Beneath the opening movie, you will find the LOGON section – highlighted within the orange bar. Click on the blue User Logon rectangle to sign in. Your previous ID and password will still work, as will any preferences that you have created. You will see that there is a new security requirement, called a CAPTCHA, which is an acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”. It’s a way to keep automated programs, or “bots” out of the site, and it is there for your security and the web page’s security. It will have upper case, lower case and special characters. And yes, it will be frustrating at first, but easier as you get used to it.
Next you will find the overview of the Early Ford V-8 Club followed by the new Upcoming Events section. This section gives a very brief look at upcoming events and dates – click the “MORE” link to see all of our planned events. Next is the 75th Anniversary Celebration followed by News Headlines (previously called Current News). Within the News section, click the “MORE” link in the lower right of any article, if it is visible, for additional details. The News section is followed by an area celebrating the Club’s magazine, the V-8 TIMES.
The next section is a map of the USA with V-8s where Regional Groups are located. This map is followed by information as to where you can call, mail or link to Membership and Merchandise and get answers to questions that pertain to those areas.
You will notice as you scroll down, the main menu on the left column continues to follow. You will never have to scroll back up to find where you want to go next.
The following explains what happens when using the left menu……………
Forum: This will look familiar. All previous discussion topics are here.
Classifieds: NEW: the classified ad section has a big change for which members have been clamoring! Classifieds now support multiple images. Instead of selecting images one at a time, the new system is designed to allow you to select multiple files or images at once. To do so, click the “Choose Files” button, and then select multiple files from within your Windows File Explorer by holding down the “CTRL” key while clicking on the file names. You may also select a range of files by clicking the first file in the range, then holding down the “SHIFT” key as you click the last file in the range. In this way, the first, last, and all files in between will be selected. Once you have selected the files in this manner, all the files will be uploaded at once when you click “Save”.
If you need to change the files later, this new method requires you to select and upload all the other files again, along with the one(s) you wish to change.
The rest of the Classified ad format remains the same, except for how it is now displayed.
Online Store: No functional changes, and still the best, secure way to purchase Club books and accessories.
Upcoming Events: A bigger view and this is where all events will be listed including National Meets, National Driving Tours, and Regional Group events etc. Clicking on the attachments will download the events information. Be sure to click the “Map” link if you want to find out how to get to a location of an event.
National Club Information: We have now grouped like topics together. Placing your cursor over this category will reveal the following fly-out links:
Regional Club Directory: Clicking this link will reveal Regional Group information displayed by state. Each Regional Group is represented by their State Flag. Click on one of the flags and you will get a list of all the Regional Group information. International Regional Groups are also listed. Once opened, clicking on the State Flags will close the listings.
Galleries: Domestic and International photo galleries are here. A new change is that the pictures are now bigger and you can scroll through them on the right. Clicking the large image will display the image full screen. Click the full screen image to return to the gallery viewer.
V-8 TIMES: This is where information about the V-8 TIMES is and also the V-8 TIMES Index of Articles. The index has been newly updated with all the latest information up to December 2015.
Ford Information: Place your cursor over this link to reveal four additional sections containing the following information:
Links: All internet links are available here:
Frequently Asked Questions: Just like the title says, with answers of course.
Membership: This is the link to join, renew, and make any changes to your address or vehicles. This is a direct connection to Cornerstone Registration, the Clubs membership company.
Contact Us: This lists Club information and how you can send an email to the Web Administrator.
We have all worked hard and spent a lot of effort making the club’s website into a better and more enjoyable experience. In the process, we have spent a long time testing and debugging the site. However, as with any highly technical product, there’s always a chance we may have missed a bug or two along the way (when was the last time you had to download a Windows update to fix something Microsoft missed?). Just remember, though, if you happen to be one of the lucky ones to uncover a nasty bug, just let us know with as much detail as possible regarding what happened to expose the bug. We’ll jump on it right away (with both feet!), and code it right out of existence! With your help we will knock-out any lingering issues promptly!
Enjoy the new website! And let us know what you think – we’re always open to your valuable input!
Web Administrator - Bruce Nelson
Big Giant Media - John Waddleton
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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.