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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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The Soap Box Derby has been held annually since 1934. Originally it was a race of boy-built cars.
The first 1934 race was held in Dayton Ohio. In 1936 it moved to Akron Ohio because of its central location and hilly terrain.
Each year, with the exception of the time around World War II, youngsters from all over the United States and several foreign countries have come to Akron with the racers they have built and driven to victory in their home towns.
The goals of the Soap Box Derby program have not changed since it began. They are to teach kids the responsible spirit of competition.
Before the race there was a Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, and drivers were welcomed by three Teen-Age Princesses from surrounding towns and the Race Director Greg Fox. Greg Fox made a terrific speech to the kids about the value of this small town competition and the chance to be recognized nationally.
Now days the cars are not built by the competitors, they are Pro-Built to be Just Alike. Most are owned by The Kiwanis Clubs. The San Diego Regional Group V-8 Club owns and maintains our car and pays the entrance fee.
Scoring the races is complicated. There are two lanes and a launch ramp with a connected release that sends both cars off at the same moment. It’s one car per lane for the length of the course.
Then the same two cars race again, but on opposite lanes and with their wheels exchanged to prevent any secret modifications.
Timers at the finish line relay times to the Race Director.
This process is repeated all day until all racers have had their runs.
The times for each run are recorded and added up as the day goes on. The winner is announced at the end of the last race.
Trophies are handed out and the overall winner is told they’ll be going to Akron for Celebrations and the Big National Race for winners from towns all over the country.
But with all things these days, it takes funds to make things happen. Riley and her family could use your help to get them to Akron Ohio and back -- hopefully with an even bigger trophy and recognition. So, how can you support the initial effort of the San Diego Regional Group of the Early Ford V-8 Club? John McClane has created a GoFundMe page.
Here is the information: Hi there, I just created a GoFundMe. Please help me fundraise as a team member. View and join the fundraiser here
About this fundraiser:
In her first year as a soap box derby driver, Riley (age 10) with the support and fast car from the San Diego Regional Group of the Early Ford V-8 Club participated in the Alpine Kiwanis regional race. Showing her skills and determination as a competitior, she won the event and qualified for the First Energy All American in Akron Ohio.
If you are interested, please use the link above to donate.
All National V-8 Regional Groups
Do you desire membership growth in your local Club?
Could your Regional Group use some cash for your treasury?
STARTING MAY 1.
The Early Ford V-8 Club of America will sponsor a national Membership Drive starting in May with cash awards presented to the Clubs who grow their membership the most. There will be classifications, by club size, and the three clubs who grow their membership percentage the most will be awarded money to add to your club treasury.
Future details on this membership drive will be forthcoming in the January/February 2021 V-8 Times as well as information sent to your RG President.
Please give consideration to this opportunity to grow our Regional Groups!
Regional Group Categories:
Small: 1-19 members
Medium 20-50 members
Large 51 + members
Contact: Connie Hall, 651 Corte Costano, Camarillo, CA 93010 for more information email@example.com
CONGRATULATIONS “2021” R.G. CHARTER ANNIVERSARIES !!!