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EFV-8 Club Forum / General Ford Discussion / Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum Grand Opening

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05-16-2019 @ 8:19 AM
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I passed by the old Auburn-Cord museum in the old ACD factory in 1965 on my way to California in my 1948 Ford. I did not feel I would be welcome in spite of having known a Cord sedan earlier. Bankruptcy, blah-blah-blah and the plastic model Auburn speedster was panned as "special interest" added to the look but don't enter. Then in 1967 I passed it again both ways with a motorcycle in the back of a pickup truck. The not my place hardened. Now with the look of the Rotunda which I visited in 1956 with my father after a tour of the Rouge I needed only to be shown now, how the building looked in Chicago in 1935-36 to understand why that year Fords are featured now. As an aside, I was at Meadowbrook in 1998 when a 1934 Ford Touring car was allowed to be a classic. George Barris was there presenting the cars which included Barney Oldfield's "Golden submarine" with the largest aluminum casting up to it's time and a couple of Indy cars with Ford L-head V-8's. How close is it to a railroad station? To an airport?

05-16-2019 @ 7:19 AM
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I second Tom O's suggestion of joining the Foundation for $25/year. It keeps the doors open and is a model for the future to introduce young and old alike to the world of Early Ford V-8's. During the year the Foundation will host a variety of events that will bring people to the museum. Exposing them to old Ford V-8s and the history behind those cars has the potential to keep the hobby going and can benefit both the Foundation and the Early Ford V-8 Club.

05-16-2019 @ 6:54 AM
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If every one of the Early Ford V-8 Club members donated $25 a year, that would go a long way to keeping the museum operating.

If you haven't visited the museum lately, you should put it near that top of your TO DO List. Unlike most other car museums, there are many exhibits of the parts of the Ford built cars and how they function together. There is also a good representation of the different years of the 32-53 cars.


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05-14-2019 @ 5:44 PM
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It was great seeing you at the museum! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Should be a great time to be
had in August for the Central National Meet! See you there!


05-14-2019 @ 11:29 AM
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Looking at the picture of the ribbon cutting ceremony, with the sea of gray haired people, I can't help but wonder about the longevity of this fine museum and how soon it will join the ever growing list of now defunct automobile museums. For that matter, I contemplate the fate of the fleet of beautiful early Ford V8 cars owned by the members of this club. Seems like the only people interested in these cars are those who grew up with them. Given their lack of enthusiasm and money, younger generations will not/cannot step up to fill the void we leave, making this hobby of ours to be an exercise in futility with respect to its longevity/future. Yes, "the glass is half empty"....

05-13-2019 @ 7:56 PM
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I was also at the ribbon cutting and it is a fantastic facility and makes me proud to be a part of such a great group of V8 Ford lovers. Jerry

05-13-2019 @ 5:35 PM
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I attended the Grand Opening last Thursday and Friday. The addition to the museum has allowed a much better presentation of the collection than was possible under the original building.

Here is a link to some of the photos that I took while I was there



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