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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 Jul 2022
2022 Western National Meet - Puget Sound Regional Group #18 Wenatchee, WA
2022 Western National Meet - Wenatchee Washington Wenatchee was chosen for its small city hospitality, ease of driving vintage vehicles and ample and affordable hotel rooms. Drive, Arrive, Revive & Enjoy Wenatchee! . Registration information is below.
14 Aug 2022
50th Annual All Ford Picnic & Car Show - Mid Willamette Valley RG #9 Champeog State Park - 8239 Champoeg Road NE, St Paul, OR
5oth Annual All Ford Picnic & Car Show sponsored by the Mid Willamette Valley Regional Group #9. Sunday August 14, 2022 at Champoeg State Park, 8239 Champoeg Road NE, St. Paul, Oregon. $10 show entry, $5 Park entry includes dash plaque. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a day in the park. All Ford, Lincoln and Mercury Cars, Trucks and tractors are welcome. New or old, stock or hot rod, all are welcome. For additional information visit the Club's website (listed below). Email: midwillamettev8club@gmail.com or phone Jamie 503-580-8824
23 Aug 2022
Wisconsin Transportation National Driving Tour Germantown, Wisconsin
Wisconsin has more than beer, cheese and cows. There are many links to transportation within its borders, and this National Driving Tour will stop at many of them. And there will be other places of interest also to keep all participants happy. This will be a ‘spoke tour’, multiple days traveling, but always returning to the same overnight location. We will be traveling the back roads, the two lanes of rural America. Just what our Early Ford V-8s were designed for. We will start on Tuesday August 23 with arrival and check in. Before the day is over, we will have the get-acquainted get together party with a review of the Tour’s activities. Starting on Wednesday August 24 we will head into Milwaukee. The Tour starts with a company that is as old as Ford Motor Company — Harley Davidson motorcycles. Both were founded in 1903. The new museum complex opened in 2008 and has an outstanding display of motorcycle history and its place in transportation. From there we will grab lunch at the Motor Restaurant, or at another Milwaukee waterfront location. After lunch you will have the option of either a tour of the Pabst Mansion or a visit to the Mitchell Park Conservatory. We will end our day in Milwaukee at Miller Brewery. Dinner will be on your own. This day will be about a 50 mile drive. Thursday we head to Green Bay to visit the National Railroad Museum and the Automobile Gallery. This will be one of two long days at about a 250 mile day. We will first visit the National Railroad Museum. This museum started in 1956 during the start of the end of the steam era and was officially recognized by Congress in 1958 as the National Railroad Museum. It is one of the largest rail museums in the United States. They offer train rides as a means to view the museum, along with several train sheds that house the Dwight D. Eisenhower Locomotive and Command Cars from World War II, a Union Pacific Big Boy, a Pennsylvania Railroad electric locomotive and the General Motors Aerotrain. Something for every train fan. Lunch will be part of the NRRM package. We will next tour the Automobile Gallery, where we will experience ‘the automobile is the art’. This is a private collection started by the late William ‘Red’ Lewis in a former Cadillac dealership in Green Bay. There will even be a drive by the world famous Lambeau Field. Upon returning to the hotel, dinner will be on your own. Friday we will be touring to East Troy to visit the East Troy Electric Railroad Museum. The depot museum is what is left from the original electric line from Milwaukee. Rides are available and you can experience riding on historic streetcars for six miles. Once we leave East Troy we will head north to Hartford and the Wisconsin Automotive Museum, the largest auto museum in the state. Hartford is the home to the Kissel Automobile, the second longest auto manufacturer in the state of Wisconsin from 1906 to 1931. The Nash Motor Company was the longest Wisconsin manufacturer. The Badger State Regional Group #35 has a nice display in the museum. The tour mileage for this day is 120 miles. We will also have our Farewell get together that evening at the museum. Saturday we will head off on our second longest driving day. We will be heading to North Freedom and the Mid Continent Railroad. Mid-Continent is an outdoor living history museum and operating railroad that is recreating, preserving and interpreting the small town short line way of life from the “Golden Age of Railroading.” Plan for a 7 mile ride behind an operating steam engine (equipment available). There are over 40 train cars and locomotives on display within the museum. Once we have experienced Mid-Continent we will head back by traveling through Baraboo, home of the Circus World Museum. A most interesting place as it was the winter home of the Ringling Brothers ‘World’s Greatest Shows’ Circus. Why they wintered in Wisconsin is something to find out. Mileage for today’s tour will be 260. Sunday we will say our goodbyes and head back to our homes. We hope that you will have learned about Wisconsin’s transportation history and enjoyed your touring time in Wisconsin. Mark your calendars now, registration information is now available! Tour Chair: Bruce Nelson Tour support: Badger State Regional Group #35
16 Sep 2022
The Border Affair - Colorado / New Mexico National Driving Tour Trinidad, Colorado
Plan to spend the third week of September, 2022, (Friday 9/16 thru Friday 9/23) in Colorado and New Mexico, driving the “road less traveled”. Please note the exact dates for the Tour will be forthcoming soon. This will be a full, seven-day+ motoring adventure, featuring lots of very interesting things to see, do, and experience. And you will certainly enjoy the awe-inspiring vistas and scenery that will magically be appearing before your windshield. Among other things, we will cross the Continental Divide 4 times during the Tour, and yes, there will be some serious elevations encountered. And did I mention great driving and scenery? Remember the road trip vacations back when you were a kid? This Tour will feel like a revisit to those days. We will begin the adventure in Trinidad, Colorado, a major stop along the fabled Santa Fe Trail, and conclude the Tour in Chama, New Mexico, where we will enjoy an all-day excursion on the Cumbres & Toltec (narrow gage) steam powered scenic railroad -- think 1880’s state of the art rail transportation at its best, and you will be there. In between, we’ll experience the fun and joy of motoring down many of the less traveled roadways in both Colorado and New Mexico --- the kind of roadways for which our vintage FOMOCO vehicles were designed. Have you ever driven on a road cut thru a huge volcanic dike? On this Tour you will be able to do so, when we travel the “Highway of Legends”. Want to visit a Cavalry fort, where Col. Kit Carson had his last command? You can do so on this Tour. Also note the part of south-central Colorado/north central New Mexico that we will be visiting has a very strong historical Spanish flavor. The very first (acknowledged) European explorer to reach this part of Colorado and New Mexico was Francisco de Coronado, in 1540, and the later (European) settlements in this part of the world predate the English settlement at Jamestown (VA) as well as the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. The native American settlements hereabouts are much older, and we will also be visiting one. Great Sand Dunes National Park will also be on our Tour list. What --- you didn’t know that Colorado is home to a huge dune field, now covering more than 30 sq. miles? Well, it is here, with some of the dunes now approaching 800 ft. in height. This is a great place to visit and explore, so plan on getting some serious sand in your shoes while romping on the dunes. What else will we be doing? Driving thru mountains, and over Wolf Creek Pass will be one thing. Do you remember the country/western song by C.W. McCall? This is the place --- yes, there really is a Wolf Creek Pass. We will also be visiting small towns (some with very interesting histories), and (maybe) relaxing and banishing all your aches and pains, by soaking in natural hot springs (if you are so inclined). In addition to all of this, we’ll be visiting the newly designated Chimney Rock National Monument, which preserves a 1,000-year-old Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) village ruin, located high up on a mesa. And did I mention the great mountain scenery and the Continental Divide? Finally, we will drive to Chama, New Mexico, for the fascinating, 64-mile, all-day journey on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. The coal burning steam engines, which power the railroad, are a sight and experience not to be missed. And we will be able to get reasonably close to these metal monsters. This is a gritty and unforgettable encounter with technology from another time --- from the beginning of the industrial revolution --- that is very rarely experienced in the world of today. The Cumbres & Toltec is a ride that will be an adventure you will treasure and remember. I’ve mentioned just some of the highlights that will be a part of the Tour. There is much more available. Colorado alligators anyone? If you explore the route and do a little research, I’m sure that you will be able to identify much more that will capture your attention and interest --- and that is OK. These tours were never intended to be nose-to-tail forced marches, with everybody necessarily doing exactly the same thing at the same time. Deviations that grab your attention and intrigue your interest are encouraged. For further information, please contact: Louis Mraz, Chairperson 11195 East Warren Avenue Aurora, CO. 80014 303-755-4637 (Mountain Time) lfmj60@aol.com . REGISTRATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE.
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2022 Early Ford V-8 Club Regional Group Membership Contest has been canceled

Jun 24, 2022
Just Announced! Important Message about the 2022 Regional Group Membership Contest
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It is with sincere regret that we announce the cancellation of the Club’s 2022 Membership Drive.  Unfortunately, even with all of the promotion and advance advertising, only five Regional Groups registered for the competition.  It is not in the best interest of the Club or participants to continue the Drive with such poor participation.  There simply are not enough RGs participating to have a competitive event.  We thank those groups that signed up and hopefully we will do this again under better circumstances.

Board of Directors

Early Ford V-8 Club

 

The Club is looking for members for the 2023-2025 Board of Directors

May 6, 2022 - From page 21 of the March/April issue of the V-8 TIMES
WE WANT YOU!
MORE The Board of DIrectors of the Early Ford V-8 Club is looking for Club members to run for Regional Directors for the following areas.

Southeast Region (AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC)
Midwest Region (IL, IN, IA, KA, MO)

Please see page 21 if the January / February or March / April issue of the V-8 TIMES for more information.
Interested members should prepare a brief statement of their goals and policies for the National Club, along with their qualifications including offices held, past or present, in the National Club or in any Regional Group by June 15, 2022.

Send your resume to John Mason
john.mason@zoominternet.net  (note email in V-8 TIMES is incorrect)

or mail to:
John Mason
320 Springhill Road
Rising Sun,  MD  21911
(410-658-6294)


REGIONAL GROUP ANNIVERSARIES CELEBRATED IN 2022

Regional Groups set to celebrate!

Jan 5, 2022
Anniversary Recognition Committee
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CONGRATULATIONS “2022” R.G. CHARTER ANNIVERSARIES !!!

 55 Years:

  • RG # 05, New England (February 19, 2022)
  • RG # 06, Lone Star  (June 15, 2022)
  • RG # 08, Northern Illinois  (July 23, 2022)

 50 Years:

  • RG # 46, Twin Cities  (January 16, 2022)
  • RG # 47, Golden Spread  (January 16, 2022)
  • RG # 48, Greater Pittsburgh  (April 23, 2022)
  • RG # 50, Houston  (April 23, 2022)
  • RG # 51, Central Illinois  (April 23, 2022)
  • RG # 52,Piedmont  (August 27, 2022)

 45 Years:

  • RG # 94, South Australia  (October 9, 2022)
  • RG # 96, Northern Virginia  (December 11, 2022)

 40 Years:

  • RG # 118, Twin State  (January 16, 2022)

 35 Years:

  • RG # 127, United Kingdom  (August 15, 2022)

 25 Years:

  • RG # 148, Palomar Mountain V-8ers  (January 18, 2022)
  • RG #  149, Southern Ontario  (April 12, 2022)
  • RG # 150, Happy Valley Flatheads  (August 26, 2022)

 

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