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The Early Ford V‑8 Club of America

Preserving Flathead Fords Around the World

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.

If you're not already a member, we invite you to Join Today and explore the works of the Early Ford V-8 Club of America.

Upcoming Events

11 Apr 2024
51st Texas Tour - Dallas Regional Group #115 Terrell, Texas
51st Texas Tour sponsored by the Dallas Regional Group #115. Honoring Fords and Greeting Friends. . Registration is now open for the 51st Texas Tour as we honor Fords and greet old (and new) Friends. Come turn back the clock to the simpler days of friendship and community, where we share laughs and discuss bruised knuckles as we gather together. To address the consistently rising costs to host this annual event, this year we will be scaling back the pageantry but maintaining the tradition of kinship, community, and exploring. Friday we’ll have a Ladies Luncheon including a scavenger hunt through the local businesses and decorated wall murals in downtown Terrell. Also available is a visit to a little-known chapter of World War II history for a tour of the first British Flying Training School where thousands of British cadets learned to fly and earn their wings over North Texas between 1941 and 1945. Friday night we’ll have an ice cream social with a fun and challenging Trivia Night. Saturday’s tour will wander through interesting sights around the area and ending at Hatfield Restorations in Canton, TX for our Concourse, lunch, and tour of their facilities. Saturday evening we’ll have our Awards Party and closing events. The headquarters hotel is the Terrell Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott (972-551-3200). Register by January 1st to be eligible for a drawing for one free night stay. The overflow hotels nearby are not blocked and can be contacted directly (Tru by Hilton Terrell at (469) 837-7200 or La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Terrell at (469) 614-2905). . For more information about the tour, contact John Wallace at johntwallace3@outlook.com or Mike Bartoli at michael.bartoli@att.net
03 May 2024
Australian Early Ford V-8 Nationals Echuca, Victoria
Australian Early Ford V-8 Nationals in Echuca, Victoria. Mark your calendars. There will be a Meet & Greet BBQ dinner, Show and Shine, drives to local places of interest, tour of local heritage farm with dinner and a drive to Deniliquin to visit an historical collection. All this and more is available to those that register. Buses will be provided for some of the activities. Registration forms are attached. Any inquires contact Martin at mlynch181@gmail.com
15 Jun 2024
National Drive Your V-8 Day Everywhere -
Early Ford V-8 Club National Drive Your V-8 Day. Always the 3rd Saturday in June. Get that V-8 out and enjoy the day. Travel with other members or just make a day of it yourself. Be sure to bring along a camera and a couple of Membership applications. Take a picture or two of your travels and then send them into the Editor of the V-8 TIMES.
17 Jun 2024
2024 Central National Meet - RG #141 RG#56 RG #169 Auburn, Indiana
Regional Groups #141 - Ohio, #56 - Indianapolis and #169 Auburn Blue Oval announce the 2024 Central National Meet in Auburn Indiana Full registration is now available. Click link for more information.
The EFV-8 Club Salutes the 1949

News Headlines

Summary of November 4, 2023 National Board of Directors Meeting

From the National Board

Jan 9, 2024

Summary of the National Board of Directors

4th Quarter Meeting November 4, 2023

Zoom Meeting

 The meeting was called to order by President Rick Claybaugh. All the Directors were present but one.  All Executive staff were also present.

 The first few items on the agenda were the basic meeting items, approving the August minutes, Treasurer's report and the Audit report.  At this point things are progressing as reported.  More to come in the end of year reports.

 We have been advised of state sales tax laws are changing, and the Audit Committee is following this closely and advising us how to handle.

 The membership drive give-away, 1 free digital membership to your family and friends will continue till the end of the year.  Please extend this offer to as many friends and family that you think would enjoy the V-8 Times. Flyer: MagazineQRCode (1).pdf

 Upcoming Tours and Meets:

4/11/2024-4/14/2024                    51st Texas Tour - Dallas Regional Group #115,

5/3/2024 -5/6/2024                       Australian Early Ford V-8 Nationals

6/17/2024-6/21/ 2024                   Central National Meet - RG #141 RG#56 RG #169

9/15/2024-9/20/ 2024                  Eastern National Meet - Mohawk Valley #59 & Western NY #3                                                                             

 For more details on any of these events see the club website  (earlyfordv8.org)

 David Rehor has devoted many hours to the early Ford V-8 Club of America as Treasurer.  He has advised the Board that he would like to retire.  He has been a devoted staff member helping the Club untie knots in the budget, maintaining the budget and club monies, advisory to so many of the Directors, along with so much more.  We all owe him a debt of gratitude for all his work.  He will sorely be missed.  At this time, we will be starting a search for a new treasurer.

Due to a couple errors on the original ballot that went out, the Directors decided to reprint ballots and include them in the V-8 TIMES and mailed them to those that do not receive the V-8 TIMES. Please be sure and vote with the ballot that is written in blue ink all other ballots will be thrown out.  Voting deadline is January 27, 2024.

 Be sure and check the Club’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

While online please check out the new book that the Online Store has to offer.

New 1949-1951 Mercury Book -- authored by Gene Napoliello

The revised 1935-1936 Ford Book (5th edition)

 Meeting adjourned.

 Just a note from all the Early Ford V-8 officers, staff, and more wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season.

2023 Web Site Contest Winners

Jerry Littner - Judge

Jan 8, 2024
MORE I am pleased to announce the winners of the 'Best Club Web Sites'.

  1st Place:   Golden Gate – RG# 1

           Chosen for its user-friendly website, excellent gallery page, tech tip page and helpful resource page.

           It was fun and informative.

   2nd Place:  The Volunteer V-8 Ford Club, Nashville, TN – RG# 97

           Chosen for it’s nice layout, informative event updates, tech tips and good photo gallery.

  3rd Place:  EFV8 Club of Sweden, Sweden – RG# 58

           Chosen for an interesting and eye catching layout, well designed and informative.

   Honorable Mention:  Twin Cities , Twin Cities, Minnesota RG# 46

            Chosen for the various interesting tidbits and tips.


2023 Newsletter Awards Announced

By Bill Wilson - Judge

Jan 5, 2024
MORE Dear Fellow V-8'ers;

I am pround and honored to announce to you the winners of the 2023 Natuonal and International Early Ford V-8 Club of America Newsletter competition.
The winners for 2023 are:
First Place: HOOSIER VIEWS, Indiana RG # 56, John Emmering, Editor
Second Place: ROAD CHATTER, Northern Illinois RG #8, Ken & Carolyn Bounds, Editors
Third Place: UNCLE HENRY'S BULLSHEET, Central San Joaquin RG #29 California, Debbie Sanders, Editor

Honorable Mention: THE COLUMBIA OVERDRIVE, Columbia River RG #10 Oregon, Kathy Brunscheon, Editor
FLATHEAD TIMES, Oklahoma City RG #64, Marguerite Claybaugh, Editor

First Place: SIDE VALVE V-8 TIMES, Victoria RG #151 Australia, Peter "Carpy" Carpenter. Editor
Second Place: RUMBLES, Vancouver Island RG #109 British Columbia, Chris Chown, Editor
Third Place:  EARLY V-8 UPDATE, Queensland RG #157 Australia, Dave Healey, Editor

International Awards of Merit: V-8 FORUM, Norway RG #102, Kare Foss, Editor
FORD V-8 SIDORNA, EFV-8 Club of Sweden #58, Uffe Carlen, Editor

Congratulations to all editors that submitted their Regional Groups Newsletters.
The Newsletter Contest continues for 2024.  Please check the V-8 TIMES for Judge's address.


Regional Groups set to celebrate!

Jan 2, 2024
Anniversary Recognition Committee


55 Years:

  •  RG # 14, Hudson Valley  (February 02, 2024)
  • RG # 15, Eastern Tennessee  (May 25, 2024)
  • RG # 16, Central Carolina  (May 25, 2024),
  • RG # 17, Central Delaware Valley  (May 25, 2024)
  • RG # 18, Puget Sound  (May 25, 2024)
  • RG # 19, San Diego  (July 13, 2024)
  • RG # 20, Northern Ohio  (August 10, 2024)
  • RG # 21, Long Island  (August 10, 2024)
  • RG # 23, Inland Empire  (October 04, 2024)
  • RG # 24, Georgia  (November 30, 2024)
  • RG # 25, Wichita  (November 30, 2024)

 50 Years:

  •  RG # 66, Narragansett Bay  (February 24, 2024)
  •  RG # 67, Dearborn  (February 24, 2024)
  • ·RG # 68, Hawk Mountain  (April 28, 2024)
  • ·RG # 69, Northern Indiana  (August 18, 2024)
  • ·RG # 71, Southern Texas  (December 08, 2024)

 45 Years:

  •  RG # 100, Bayou State  (April 28, 2024)
  • ·RG # 102, Norway  (August 10, 2024)
  • ·RG # 103, Northern New Zealand  (October 14, 2024)
  • ·RG # 104, Show Me  (October 14, 2024)
  • ·RG # 105, Greater Rockford  (October 14, 2024)
  • ·RG # 106, Derby City  (December 09, 2024)

 40 Years:

  • RG # 122, Big Country  (April 13, 2024)

 35 Years:

  • RG # 129, Palm Beach  (January 16, 2024)
  • RG # 130, El Dorado  (June 29, 2024)
  • RG # 131, Connecticut  (August 01, 2024)

 30 Years:

  • RG # 138, Northern California  (April 16, 2024)

 25 Years:

  •  RG # 152, Birthplace of Speed  (January 16, 2024)
  • ·RG # 153, Big Sky V-8  (January 16, 2024)
  • ·RG # 154, Maine Coast  (January 16, 2024)
  • ·RG # 155, Central New York Flatheads  (October 16, 2024)

 20 Years:

  • RG # 162, Montgomery County EFV-8  (April 17, 2024)
  • RG # 163, Upstate South Carolina  (July 24, 2024)

 15 Years:

  • RG # 169, Auburn Blue Ovals  (April 15, 2024)

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