The touring season is in full swing with the MAFCA National Tour on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the MAFFI Grand Opening of the Model A Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, and a lot of local and regional events.
The Lake County A’s from Lake County, California invited me to attend their presentation of a 1930 Model A Pickup truck to the Lower Lake High School automotive education program. What a thrill to see the students so excited about the pickup. They have a new state-of-the-art facility, and over the next couple of years will perform a frame up restoration of this little truck. The Lake County club contributed to the construction of the facility and then raised the funds to purchase and donate this little truck. Congratulations to them and to the students of Lower Lake High School.
All of our chapters seem to be involved in doing something for the community: raising funds for local food banks; collecting toys for tots at Christmas time; visiting retirement homes; supporting the youth scholarship and youth restoration awards; the Model A museum, and a host of other activities. I am proud to be a member of an organization that does good things for their community.
Did you notice in the latest edition of The Restorer that MAFCA Store now has the book, The Ford Model A “As Henry Built It", available for sale? Out of print for a number of years, we were able to acquire some copies from George De Angeles, one of the authors, and we are pleased to offer this great reference to the Model A community. Price it on Amazon or eBay to appreciate what a great opportunity this book represents. We even have a few signed copies available for only $5 more!
If you have ever considered running for the MAFCA Board, now is a good time. Get your application in by June 18th, detailed information can be found on the Elections page. This is a chance for you to influence the future of our hobby; we are always looking for good people to join the leadership. If you want to make a difference – run for the Board.
After 24 years, our wonderful fashion editor Fern Davis is retiring. I know many of you have enjoyed her column in The Restorer over the years. A MAFCA Life Member, she and her husband Ed have been dedicated to this hobby for many years. Fern’s extensive knowledge and willingness to share it with all of us will be missed. What do you say to someone for almost a quarter century of work? From all the membership, thank you Fern.
We are looking for a new fashion editor. No one can replace Fern, but if you are interested, please contact the MAFCA Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope to see you on the road.
Spring is finally here, and touring season is just about to start. Ruth and I will be joining the Central California Regional Group for their Jamboree the first weekend of this month. The Portland, Oregon Swap Meet takes place the same weekend in April and there are other events scheduled across the country.
Before you start the season, make sure your Model A is ready. It's time to lube the car, check the cooling system, ignition system, tires, brakes, etc. Every spring is a good opportunity to go over the car from bumper to bumper to make sure it is tour ready. If you do not have seat belts, please install and use them while touring.
We have a continual need for good technical articles in The Restorer. I am amazed by the skills, knowledge, and technical abilities of many of our members. We also have members who are new to the hobby asking very basic questions. The experienced folks out there are strongly encouraged to share your expertise. If you need help writing an article, please contact Les Andrews, our Technical Editor. He will be happy to work with you on an article.
Thank you to all the chapters, regions, and special interest groups who have made contributions to our insurance. The costs go up, but thanks to the generosity of these groups, we are able to provide Directors and Officers Insurance and General Liability Insurance to chapters without raising individual membership dues. To learn more about what MAFCA provides to chapters, please look at the Insurance Page for a nice summary. This is a real service and we hope to continue it in the future.
The 3rd National Tour featuring the Blue Ridge Parkway takes place at the beginning of May; I hope you are signed up, as it promises to be a spectacular event. The Galloping Gerties are working hard on the 2014 National Convention to be help in Puyallup, Washington and the San Antonio As are working on the 2013 National Banquet to be hosted in their beautiful city this December.
The Board of Directors will have several vacancies next year. If you have thought about running for the Board, now would be a good opportunity. Information and an application is available at http://www.mafca.com/elections.html . We need people with new ideas and a love of this hobby. Please consider becoming a Director and helping guide MAFCA into the future.
Our membership numbers remain strong with new members joining regularly. My own local chapter has experienced growth of 10% this year. There seems to be Model A’s hidden in garages and barns everywhere just waiting for someone to find them. And of course, there are many great vehicles changing hands from one generation to the next.
Hope to see you on the back roads this year.
2013 MAFCA President
This year is flying by; winter will soon be over and we will be back on the road with our Model A's.
Some of you may have seen our Facebook Page which was published for a few days and then disappeared. We will be back soon, but we needed to take a little time to review our practices. The page is for sharing of Model A experiences and stories. We do not want it to be a place for advertising or for answering technical questions as there are lots of other places on the web that specialize in those areas. We want the Facebook page to be a fun place for all to share our hobby, and it will be back soon.
As the “touring season” is about to begin, there will be many opportunities to participate in vehicle and fashion judging as a participant or judge. I am always surprised that more people don't join in these great opportunities.
Our Model A's are over 80 years old and during the intervening years, they have experienced a lot of changes. The focus of car judging is to compare the vehicle today with the way it rolled off the assembly line. Thanks to thousands of hours of detailed work by hundreds of contributors over the years, the Restoration Guidelines and Judging Standards represent the best picture of how Ford manufactured the Model A. For more than 50 years, dedicated folks have researched original blue prints, engineering releases, parts books, factory photographs, and original vehicles to develop a detailed understanding of the vehicle.
Judging provides the owner a chance to really know their vehicle. The judges carefully look at a vehicle and then compare it to the Standards. It isn't one vehicle is “better” than another, but rather how it compares today verses when it was built. Judging results give the owner the ability to be more original if they chose, and they know exactly what they own. Points are assigned to assist in determining how original a vehicle is, and we do present awards in various classes. The awards are in recognition of the car's originality and the care the owner has taken keeping it original.
Those with “drivers” sometimes tell me, “My car has an overdrive, alternator, turn signals, and LED lights so I cannot enter it in judging.” Judging has various classes:
• Original Class (White Ribbon) - original unrestored vehicles
• Restored Class (Blue Ribbon) – restored to original condition
• Touring Class (Red Ribbon) – restored and regularly driven with limited changes
• Modified Class (Green Ribbon) – Model A vehicles modified / altered for performance
Each class has a set of standards. For example the Touring Class allows alternators, overdrives, rubber valve stems, steering box with original column, etc. So the “driver” with overdrive and an alternator has a place, and it is in the class with other “drivers”. Obviously a vehicle with an original torque tube would receive a couple of points more than one with an overdrive because we are comparing to the way it left the factory, but it does not mean one is superior to the other.
Safety items are allowed in all classes such as seatbelts, fuses, and cast iron drums. When evaluated, these items are “invisible” to the judges.
Sometimes I hear comments like, “I don't want my car picked apart by the judges.” The judges are comparing each car to the standards. The judging sheets are provided to the owner in each area and thus provide a guide for making the car more like it left the factory or allowing the owner to make an informed decision.
How many of you have heard, “My car is very original.” And then when you see it there has been a lot of obvious modification. The owner simply doesn't “know”, particularly those new to the hobby with a recently acquired vehicle. Consider entering your car in judging this year or even becoming a judge. Go to the About Judging page for more information.
I want to thank the many chapters that have responded to our request for help in funding the cost of Directors & Officers Insurance and General Liability for chapters. Get your cars ready to tour, and I hope to see you on the road.
2013 MAFCA President
In my last column, there was an error. The amount MAFCA pays for insurance for each chapter is over $100, not $1000 as stated in my January column. The actual amount is closer to $175 per chapter. The insurance premiums for this year have come in, and there is an increase of approximately $10,000. We requested chapters to contribute to this cost and the response has been very good. Depending on the size of a chapter, the coverage provided by MAFCA would cost between $500 and $1,000 per chapter if purchased individually. In 2014 we will be invoicing chapters again to help share the cost for this valuable service.
MAFCA has been involved in a lawsuit since 2011 revolving around an accident during a tour. We are unable to discuss the case details since it is still active. Once the situation is resolved, information will be provided to the membership.
When participating in National, Regional, and some Chapter events, it is common practice to sign a waiver / release of liability. Based in part on the current case, the Board hired an attorney to prepare a comprehensive waiver for national events. After much debate, the Board adopted this new waiver. The waiver is available to interested chapters by contacting the office. Unfortunately, in our litigious society, such measures are necessary to protect the club and its membership.
The cost of shipping is frequently questioned. We charge the costs of shipping and do not make any profit for shipping. United Parcel Service rates increased by 4.9% recently and the USPS increased postage by $.45 on the size box we use the most. Shipping includes the cost from the printer to our headquarters and then from us to the buyer. I am sure you have all noticed the increased costs of packages for anything. We are sometimes asked, “Why don't you use media mail?” The answer is: postal regulations do not allow us to send items by media mail if they contain advertising. Our advertisers help keep down the cost of our magazines and publications. If we eliminate advertising, the cost of publications would be significantly higher. Questions on shipping should be sent to our Publications Director, Doug Linden [email@example.com].
A reminder that on May 18th, the National Model A Museum will have its grand opening at the Gilmore Museum Complex in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Model A enthusiasts from all over the country will be attending. Model A number one, the car given to Thomas Edison by Henry Ford, will be among the items featured in the new museum.
I know many of you belong to local chapters and other clubs that support the Model A hobby. If you are not a member of MAFFI, you should consider it, not only is it a tax deduction, but it helps preserve our history. Visit www.maffi.org to learn more and see pictures of the museum. Annual membership in MAFFI is only $25. Membership applications are at www.maffi.org.
Our membership has grown by 135 more members over this time last year. This excludes the additional 221 added by the special membership promotion. I find younger families joining our local chapter as well as MAFCA, and interest in these little cars remains strong.
We will soon have a Facebook presence! Our Membership Director Charles Cheshire [firstname.lastname@example.org] and volunteer Happy Begg will be administering it for MAFCA. This a place to share stories, pictures of tours, restorations, and other fun with owners and enthusiasts. Please send your technical questions to our Technical Director, Chuck Christensen [email@example.com].
The 2013 MAFCA Board is dedicated to doing the best possible job for our members. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to respond to your questions or concerns.
2013 MAFCA President
Happy New Year!
The Palmetto A's Model A Club were spectacular hosts for the 2012 National Awards Banquet in Charleston, South Carolina. A big thank you to them and particularly to Happy and John Begg for hosting a great event. If you have not attended a National Awards Banquet, you are missing something special.
I am honored to serve as your President this year. The 2013 Board will do an outstanding job for our membership; they are dedicated, hardworking, and love our hobby. Trudy Vestal and Chuck Cheshire are great additions to the Board. Outgoing Board members Dick Przywitowski and Garth Shreading deserve special thanks for four years of exceptional service to our membership. Garth was President twice in the last four years and significantly improved our business and increased the fun of owning a Model A. Dick, our idea man, developed a number of new ideas such as the Million Mile Challenge and the first national tour, The Pony Express.
This year marks the Grand Opening of the Model A Museum at the Gilmore Museum Complex in Hickory Corners, Michigan. This has been a dream of the membership for over 20 years and it will finally happen thanks to the dedication and generosity of thousands of Model A lovers across the country and around the world.
MAFCA's third National Tour takes place in May along the Blue Ridge Parkway. National Tours provide the opportunity to drive our cars along historic parts of America. They are relaxed and fun events enjoyed by everyone. Attending a national event is a great experience that enhances ownership of a Model A Ford. I encourage everyone to attend at least one in 2013.
This year has several challenges. Insurance costs continue to rise, and we are rapidly reaching a point where we must make some tough decisions on how to fund premiums. We currently spend over $1,000 per chapter for Director & Officer and Liability insurance. Operating costs keep increasing and shipping costs are a particular concern. When you order from us, we use the most cost effective shipping to deliver products to you and only charge actual expense. The Board will only meet face-to-face four times this year rather than the normal five. This is a cost reduction strategy. We will be relying more on electronic communications. At the same time, there are no secrets in MAFCA so we will be keeping you up to date on all decisions made.
We want to do the best job possible for the membership and the hobby, so I encourage you to email / write / phone me or the other Board members and let us know how best to serve you.
2013 MAFCA President
I'm writing this from Charleston, SC where we are gathering for MAFCA's Annual Awards Banquet. This event will bring a close of four years as a MAFCA director for me. I must say, when first elected, I never dreamed how much I would enjoy and how honored I would be to be part of this fantastic organization. During this time I have met so many wonderful people and had so many great times I just want to say thanks to all.
I'm happy to report that MAFCA ends 2012 healthy and strong. Our membership numbers are as good as they have been in years. Many reports from the chapters also indicate this same trend. Where many car clubs have seen membership numbers drop over the past few years, ours continue to be near record levels. I am pleased to report the board continues looking at ways to grow our club, something that will be an on-going challenge for years to come.
It seems in every great organization there are always a few who go above and beyond in service. For the past four years, I have worked alongside so many who give of their time and energy without a second thought. One of the problems in writing something like this is inevitably someone who should be mentioned is left out. Please accept my apology if I err in this regard. In no particular order, I want to thank Dave Jones, Helen Christensen, Dave and Trudy Vestal, Al Stoll, Carl Becker, Jill Sullins, Rick Black, Jim Spawn and The Restorer editorial staff & proofreaders, Alex Janke, the entire JSC and EFC committees. Your labor is what makes MAFCA the leader it is. You people are always willing to lend a hand, bounce ideas off or pick up where others have left off. Know that your efforts will never be forgotten. Additionally, I can honestly say every director has contributed to make us better or stronger in their own unique way.
A special thanks goes to the man I affectionately call Mr. Model A, Les Andrews. For the many people who work behind the scenes, Les' passion, commitment and labor astounds us all. His hands are in so many MAFCA things I cannot begin to list them. He truly is Mr. Model A.
Don't forget to get you registration in for the Blue Ridge Tour coming this May. Registrations are coming in fast and it looks to be another great MAFCA event. I hope to see you there.
2012 MAFCA President
As the year winds down, and your family healthy. MAFCA is pleased to announce that during the first half of 2013 we will be providing one year free memberships to people never having been a member before. Keep an eye out in your chapter mail for information as well as additional requirements. Chapters are encouraged to pass these out your new members. <
The MAFCA election results are in. Charles Cheshire - Dallas, Texas , Dan Foulk - Bakersfield, California, Douglas Linden - Southborough, Massachusetts, Trudy Vestal - Placerville. California and VaughnCille Weidner -Yukon, Oklahoma were elected to two year terms. Additionally, both proposed bylaw amendments were approved. Congratulations to all, and a big thank you to all of our members who took the time to cast their vote.
Your chapter should soon be receiving the annual renewal form. It is important that it be filled out and returned as soon as possible. While no fees are charged to be a MAFCA chapter, there is a late processing fee if not received returned by the last day of February, 2013. If you do not receive one in the mail, visit the chapter area of this website to download one.
Now is the time to get your registration in for the 2012 National Awards Banquet in Charleston, SC. It will be held December 9-12. The National Awards Banquet is a great way to meet many new Model A people and see how MAFCA operates. I hope you are able to attend.
Just in time for the Holidays, MAFCA has a few new items available for the holiday. Volume 9 of the How to Restore Your Model A is ready to be shipped and a new MAFCA jacket is now available. These high quality jackets are just what every Model A'er wants to proudly display our club and your hobby. We are also offering two of the MAFCA travel mugs for a special holiday price of just $17. Finally, a new Christmas card can be ordered for the Holiday Season. Check them out in the November/December Restorer.
Hoping to see you on the road.
2012 MAFCA President
I hope you and your chapter took advantage of driving your Model A on International Day Model A Day. My chapter made our way to a local lake for a picnic (and some alligator watching) and then visited some antique shops. We ended the day with a catfish dinner. We had a great time, and I hope you did too.
If you haven't yet, now is the time to get your registration in for the 2012 National Awards Banquet in Charleston, SC. It will be held December 9-12, and I am sure looking forward to visiting this wonderful part of America. The Palmetto A's have been working hard to host this great event with many sites to see and activities to take part in. I hope you are making plans.
MAFCA has a few new items are available for the holiday. Volume 9 of the How to Restore Your Model A is ready to be shipped. These popular books contain reprinted Restorer articles that our editors and technical experts comb through, selecting those articles that every Model A mechanic needs to have in his/her library. Also, just in time for cooler weather are the new MAFCA jackets. These high quality jackets are just what every discriminating Model A'er needs to complete their wardrobe. Finally, a new Christmas card can be ordered for the Holiday Season.
I hope you enjoyed the September/October Restorer. With all of the changes to it over the last few months, the comments I have heard have been very positive. Our editor Jim Spawn is working hard to bring the best Model A magazine out there, and it shows. If you have an interesting photo or article to share, please send it to email@example.com. – Who knows, you may become a published author.
I have sent my registration in for the national tour along the world famous Blue Ridge Parkway -- have you? Much like the Natchez Trace Tour, this highway is designed with limited speed and access and is sure to be an event you won't want to miss. Be sure to check out the information on our website or in The Restorer.
At our September Board of Directors meeting, a new membership program for 2013 was approved. Beginning in December 2012 and running through the end of June 2013, chapters will be able to give chapter members a special application to join MAFCA for 2013 at no cost to them. People having never been a MAFCA member before only, can use these special applications for a free 2013 membership. They cannot be used by past MAFCA members or for renewing current memberships. These are special applications and are limited in number and scope. The applications and additional information will be mailed to the chapters very soon, so be on the lookout for it.
The election for MAFCA directors is coming to a close. All ballots must be postmarked no later than October 15 and received in the office by October 21. Your vote is important, so please take the time to return your ballot.
2012 MAFCA President
I hope all is well with our MAFCA family. We are in the middle of MAFCA's election and I hope you're planning to be part of it by casting your vote. This year there are five director positions and six candidates running; the candidate bios may be found in the July/August Restorer or here at mafca.com. Additionally we are requesting the membership to approve two amendments to our bylaws. There was an error in the printing of the bylaw amendment information sent out with the ballots, but the correct information maybe found in the last Restorer and the September/October issue. We are also correcting the information on the web. To read about the correction, visit our home web page.
By now, you should have received your annual renewal for your 2013 MAFCA membership. You can help the office by getting it sent in early. It seems that December and January brings so much for the office to do, the added processing of memberships just adds to the burden.
I have been planning my trip to the 2013 National Tour along the Blue Ridge. I sent off for information of things to see and do while there and must say I'm amazed at all it offers. Janet and I are now planning on an extended stay to take in as much as we can. After the Natchez Trace tour, the most common comment I heard was “I wish I had gone”. I hope you don't find yourself saying this next year about the Blue Ridge tour. Why not start to make your plans early; I am sure you will be glad you did. Visit mafcablueridgetour.com or check the July/August Restorer for information.
I was talking to Dan Foulk, MAFCA's Vice President, about the 2014 Annual Awards Banquet. As of now, we are still looking for a chapter to host the event. The Awards Banquet is much smaller and shorter duration than a National Convention and provides a chapter with the opportunity to not only give back to the national club but also meet so many great people from around the world of MAFCA. If interested, shoot Dan an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, he can answer all of your questions.
Remember to sign up for the 2012 Awards Banquet in Charleston this December. The Palmetto A's have planned an exciting event, one I think you'll be happy you attended.
2012 MAFCA President
Soon you will be receiving the September/October issue of The Restorer. Recently we have made some significant changes to the magazine to insure the quality you have come to expect. Earlier this year, Les Andrews came on board as Technical Editor. Immediately we saw significant results as the numbers of technical articles submitted took a jump. With this issue, we have expanded the number of pages and changed to 100% color format. If you see black and white photos, it is because of the historic or artistic value. You can help us by letting us hear what you think about the changes; shoot an email to Doug Linden at email@example.com.
The annual election is upon us, and soon you will be receiving ballots. Each year you have the opportunity of selecting those that will direct our club. This year there are five openings. I encourage you to take some time and learn about those people running. A short bio on each candidate is in the September/October Restorer and more in depth bios are on the website.
Additionally, the Board of Directors is requesting your support of two changes to our bylaws, information on this may be found in July/August and September/October Restorer or the website. Be sure, after filling out the ballot, to have it postmarked by October 15th.
I am excited to attend the National Awards Banquet this December 9-12. The banquet, hosted by the Palmetto A's in Charleston is shaping up to be one of those you won't want to miss. I have seen much of the planning, and it looks to be a great time. I understand that Charleston is spectacular during holiday season, so Janet and I are planning on a few extra days there to enjoy it. I hope you are making your plans now. Check out the information in the July/August Restorer or visit mafca.com.
Registrations are pouring in for the 2013 National Tour along the Blue Ride Parkway on May 6-10. I was pleased to hear so many from my local chapter are planning to make the drive. After the Pony Express Tour and again after the Natchez Trace Tour, I heard from many saying, “I wish I had gone”. Don't be caught saying this, I know it's going to be an exciting time. Check out mafcablueridgetour.com for information and registration forms.
Our time in Marquette was simply outstanding. Both the Superior A's as well as the entire community came out to show their support of this National Convention. I will long remember the tour as we paraded through local communities with hundreds of people lining the streets. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is certainly one of America's best-kept secrets.
Finally congratulations to Al Stoll. Al received an honorary Life Membership for his many years of outstanding service to MAFCA.
Remember, any day in a Model A is a great day!
2012 MAFCA President
Janet and I just got back from a terrific National Convention in Marquette, Michigan. The Superior A's did a fantastic job as did the entire community who came out to support it. Every convention I have attended has been fun and unique in its own way but there is something special about a small town that is excited for us to be part of their community. Thank you Steve and Diane Pellinen and the entire crew of Superior A's for a JOB WELL done!
At the convention, there were presentations on a few upcoming events, with two just around the corner. Both the Annual Awards Banquet this December in Charleston, SC and the 2013 National Tour along the Blue Ridge are coming together nicely and I know you will want to be part of them. Information for both may be found in the July/August Restorer. I hope you are planning to attend these great events.
Speaking of the July/August Restorer, there is a short article on two amendments to the Bylaws submitted to the members by the Board of Directors. The first concerns directors who have served two consecutive terms. If the membership approves this amendment, it will double the mandatory time directors must wait before attempting to run for an additional term. The second change that you are being asked to approve concerns the word “shall” in regards to the chartering of new chapters. In our current Bylaws there are very few requirements to become a MAFCA chapter. Recently we have seen some car related organizations requesting charter who have limited interest in the Model A. One organization even has a larger membership than MAFCA with only a percentage of its members being Model A enthusiasts.
As the number of our chapters increase so to does our exposure to liability and demands on our chapter insurance. The Board of Directors is therefore asking the word “shall' be changed to ‘may” in order to provide more decision making authority in these matters. In no way will this have any impact on existing chapters and MAFCA continues to offer one the best chapter insurance packages in hobby. I hope you are taking advantage of the many great Model A experiences being offered by our chapters, and remember, any day in a Model A is a great Day.
2012 MAFCA President
In less than two weeks, I will be leaving for Marquette for the 2012 National Convention. I'm sure looking forward to seeing so many of our MAFCA friends from around the world. I hope you will be there… if so, introduce yourself to me, I'd love to meet you.
There have been a few last minute changes to the Marquette schedule. The Babbitt series has had to be cancelled but Technical Editor Les Andrews has agreed to step in with two topics: "Timing the Engine for Maximum Power" and "Understanding the Front End and Steering" will be the other. Another cancelled seminar is the Newsletter/Website seminar. In its place will be something dear to our hearts: an update on the Model A Museum. Should you desire to take advantage of these changes, please see the registration desk when checking in.
The July/August Restorer will have information and registration forms for both the Annual Awards Banquet being held in Charleston and MAFCA's 3rd National Tour along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Additionally, you can check these great events and download registrations forms at the tour website.
Last month, I reported the Board of Directors is seeking the membership's approval of two amendments to our Bylaws. One deals with how new chapters are added to MAFCA. Currently MAFCA “shall” accept any group who petitions for charter and meets our minimum requirements. Because MAFCA offers one of the best chapter insurance programs to our chapters (at no cost to them), it appears that some groups may be choosing to take advantage of the programs we offer with no real interest in MAFCA or even the Model A. The Board of Directors believes it is prudent to amend the Bylaws to provide greater latitude in accepting new chapters. In no way will this have any impact on existing chapters.
The second amendment extends the period former Board Members must wait before submitting their name for reelection. Currently, after serving two consecutive terms, a director must wait one year before entering his/her name into nomination. The requested change extends that period from one year to two. Your consideration on both of these matters will be appreciated.
2012 MAFCA President
I just returned from the home office where we had two days of long but very fruitful board meetings. April's board meeting is our budget meeting and our Treasurer Alex Janke did a great job bringing this together, and with some tough spending cuts, I am pleased to report that the board approved a balanced 2012-2013 budget.
For those who ordered it on their annual renewal form, the new Roster is in the mail and you should be receiving it by the middle of May. The Roster is one of our most important books, especially for those who enjoy touring. So whether you live in Azusa or New Zealand, I know you will find this a helpful guide. If you did not order it, one may be purchased online at the MAFCA Store, but be warned: the supply is limited.
There is much to be excited in the world of MAFCA. The March/April issue of The Restorer magazine was our first with our new Technical Editor, Les Andrews. The Technical Editor position was formed to support The Restorer's outstanding chief editor Jim Spawn. By all accounts, it is huge success as comments have been very positive. But, that is only the half of it; in order to provide Jim with more flexibility and reduce some creative restrictions, starting with the September/October Restorer, the page count will expand as well as the limit on number of color pages eliminated. Our Publications Director Doug Linden has worked hard to bring these changes to the magazine - watch for these improvements, I think you will be happy.
Speaking of The Restorer, in the May/June issue, Steve Schmauch has another outstanding article, this time on Houdaille shock absorbers. Add to this Alex Janke's article on the universal joint, Peggy Gill's article on where to start in era fashions, Les' article on rebuilding the water pump as well as the other great articles, I think this is one of the best Restorers I have ever read. Thank you to all who have taken the time contribute. If you are interested in writing an article for our great publication, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Every few years, it is necessary to take a look at the bylaws to insure they are in compliance with state law as well as meeting the needs of the club. Last November, past President John Firth was asked to form a committee of former directors to look at five specific areas of our bylaws. After considerable review it was decided to present to the members a recommendation to amend two areas. Currently, sitting board members must wait one year between a second consecutive and third term; it was decided to seek a change from one year to two years before rerunning, hopefully allowing for greater opportunity for others to serve at the national level.
The second recommended amendment concerns the chartering of NEW CHAPTERS. Currently any organization that has 5 MAFCA members is able to petition for charter into MAFCA. Our current bylaws say the Board of Directors shall issue a charter to them. Recently we have been faced with some organizations whose primary interests are outside of Model A's or MAFCA requesting charter into MAFCA. The ramifications of this may be substantial as we are required to extend our chapter liability & D&O insurance to them as well as provide other free benefits. Therefore, the membership is being requested to approve changing the word from “shall' to “may” in order to provide greater latitude and protection to our club. This vote will show up on this year's ballot and, if approved by the members, go in to effect January 1, 2013.
2012 MAFCA President
I hope you and your chapter are getting into the swing of the new touring season. Janet and I recently got back from one of my favorites, the Poor Boy Tour in SE Texas. The goal of this always great event is to put on a fun and relaxing weekend tour as inexpensive as it can. Instead of catered dinners and technical seminars, it's stew and board games in the evening. The best part is spending time with our cars and Model A friends.
The 2013 National Tour on the world famous Blue Ridge Parkway is coming together nicely. Recently I was sharing some photos with some friends of the 2011 National Tour along the Natchez Trace Trail and it reminded me of what a great a time we had. Needless to say the excitement and anticipation for the Blue Ridge Tour to jump a few notches. After both the Pony Express and Natchez Trace tours, I regularly heard “I wish I had gone”. I hope next year you don't find yourself saying that and are beginning to make your plans to be part this fantastic event. What better way to see one of America's most scenic roads than viewing it from a Model A.
One the most common issues that comes up is that of MAFCA's insurance provided to chapters. I know of no other car club that comes close to matching MAFCA's insurance program. A common misconception is that it covers individual MAFCA members for their own personal liability while at an event. Please understand that it does not cover individuals but the chapter and those people performing duties on behalf of the chapter. Not long ago I was asked to explain this and gave the following example: A chapter conducts a tour in which a member driving his Model A is liable for an accident. Because it occurred on an official tour, the chapter may find itself named as a defended in a lawsuit. MAFCA's insurance will cover the chapter its directors and officers and any member who helped arrange the tour (i.e. the tour director) or worked on the tour. It does not cover the driver of the Model A causing the accident. His own personal auto insurance would have to cover that.
Should you have any questions regarding insurance, I encourage you first to visit our insurance page. If this does not answer your questions, contact Jerry Wilhelm at email@example.com or by phone at 777/234-6450.
With both chapter liability and Directors and Officers Liability coverage, MAFCA spends thousands of dollars each year helping to protect our chapters. As you can imagine, as premiums increase, we are constantly looking at ways to continue providing this important benefit. A few years ago, it was decided to ask chapters to voluntarily help defray the cost with a suggested contribution of $50. I want to thank those many chapters who helped by making contributions. It really does go a long way in helping out.
Excitement continues regarding the Model A Museum. On April 17, a ground breaking ceremony will take place at the Gilmore Auto Museum complex. I hope many of our members will be able to attend this historic occasion and show our support for this important project. Remember, while the project is being built, both display items and financial support continue. If you have an item related to the Model A and its era, consider making a donation. And, don't forget to buy your bricks and tax deductible financial donations.
2012 MAFCA President
The World of MAFCA continues to grow and expand. At our last board meeting, two new chapters were chartered: the Hawkes Bay Model A Club from Napier, New Zealand and the Danish Model A Ford Club. We welcome both to our family and look forward to meeting your members.
As we approach spring, our attention turns to MAFCA's upcoming election season. As a director, one may be tasked with many different responsibilities, from answering technical questions to working through our many publications to financial budgeting and corporate management. For me, clearly the highlight of serving as a director is meeting so many people from around the Model A world. In the March/April Restorer, Jerry Wilhelm, our Director of Membership, has information relating to the election process. I hope you give some serious thought and consideration to running for the Board of Directors. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jerry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For our hobby to continue with its great success, some of our attention needs to be focused on the youth of today; after all, they are the Model A'ers of tomorrow.
MAFCA supports both the Youth Restoration and Youth Scholarship programs, each reaching out and introducing young people to our great hobby. In addition to these two great organization, MAFCA provides a free newsletter to the young Model A'er. Around 500 anxiously awaiting readers look forward to every issue of A World. Editor Sherry Winkinhofer does an outstanding job with it ,and it is available both printed and via email. If you know a young person needing an introduction to the Model A and MAFCA, I encourage you to get them on the A World mailing list.
The Model A Ford Club of America offers many different opportunities to experience these great automobiles. From local chapter activities to International events, MAFCA has something for everyone. If you have never taken the occasion to experience one of the national or international events, you're missing a great opportunity to encounter an exciting aspect of our hobby. Great reports from the 2012 International Convention in Marquette, the 2012 Awards Banquet in Charleston and the 2013 Blue Ridge National Tour continue to come in. Each one offers its own unique prospect to experience not only the Model A but the Model A Ford Club of America as well. I'm excited and looking forward to these great activities and hope you are as well.
See you down the road!.
2012 MAFCA President
Spring is fast approaching and I have heard from a few of our northern friends that they are anxious to get the Model A out and on the road. That is good because there are many events being planned throughout the world of MAFCA.
In January, the Board of Directors reviewed MAFCA's driving programs. These programs are designed to promote the Model A on the road and reward those who stack up miles behind the steering wheel of a Model A. There are three separate driving awards programs, the 5,000 and 10,000 awards in which a Model A must be driven either 5,000 or 10,000 miles in a year. The Touring Award is an ongoing program, and when a driver accumulates 25,000 miles, he may qualify for this prestigious award. Drivers are further rewarded in 25,000-mile increments up to the 100,000+ Award.
New this year is the Chapter Touring Award, where MAFCA members may receive an award through their cumulative driving with their chapter. For detailed information on these, be sure to check out our website. I hope you are taking advantage of these great opportunities and are planning to earn one or more of them. Nothing promotes our great hobby as well as the cars being seen.
On the Model A Museum front, I heard from MAFFI that they thanked us for our continuing support of this important project. Brick purchases and donations continue to come in, so I hope you have made your contribution. While the groundbreaking is scheduled for April 17, financial support needs continue. The final construction money is still a little short and the endowment fund is being established. It's not too late to buy your brick or make a donation.
The planning for the 2012 Convention in Marquette is coming along nicely and I'm hoping you are planning on attending. This is a great opportunity for all Model A people to take part of a great convention and then visit the world famous Ford Museum, tour the Rouge Plant, visit Greenfield Village, all located in Michigan. While there, the Gilmore Car Museum is only about 90 minutes away, so don't miss it.
Unfortunately there are FALSE REPORTS that the Marquette hotels are sold out, I want to assure you that there are plenty of rooms available. Because of the layout of city, most activities will be conducted at the University of Northern Michigan, not at a host hotel, so it is not critical one stay at a particular hotel. If you have any questions, contact either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve or Diane Pellinen at 906/485-1552.
See you down the road,
2012 MAFCA President
The year began with an exceptional Awards Banquet hosted by the Sonoma A's. Cindy Omoth and her crew did an outstanding job making those of us attending feel welcome and having a great time. Congratulations to the entire crew--you did yourselves proud!
The excitement continues with groundbreaking for the Model A Museum scheduled for April 17 at the Gilmore Car Museum. (Keep checking at www.maffi.org for updated information.) I know MAFFI would love to have a great turnout of support for this all important time of celebration. Why not plan on attending? If you or your chapter haven't made your commitment of support to the museum, the time is now. Donations and walkway bricks can be purchased by visiting www.maffi.org. Let's all show our Model A support.
As this column is posted, the National Awards Banquet in Santa Rosa is underway. Award winners will be announced and the new Board officers for 2012 will be selected. As 2011 draws to a close, I am pleased to say it has been a very successful year for MAFCA.
I hope you're making plans to take part in the 2012 National Convention being hosted by the Superior A's. I had an opportunity to visit the U.P. (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan and what a beautiful vacation land it is! This year's convention provides us with the opportunity to visit four outstanding historic Ford places and events on one vacation. First up is MAFCA's convention where you get to experience the Model A Club at its finest and spend time with old and new friends. Second, the U.P. is rich in Ford history and amazing scenery. At one time, Henry Ford owned over 80% of the U.P. and it was his chosen place to vacation. Third, you can stop at The Henry Ford museum, home to the Ford Museum, Greenfield Village and the Rouge Plant where you can see first-hand how Ford vehicles are assembled. Finally, only about 90 minutes west of The Henry Ford is the Gilmore Car Museum, home of the Model A Museum. This unique museum is ranked among the top four auto museums in the world. Construction of the Model A Museum should be underway. Start making plans now. For more information, visit the Superior A's website.
Did you know that MAFCA budgets over $41,000 for insurance? Included in this is your chapter's liability insurance and directors and officers insurance. As our costs skyrocket, we regularly look at ways to keep our membership dues low. This year we are requesting chapters to voluntarily donate $50 to offset the high cost of insurance. If a chapter were to purchase both of these types of insurance, the cost could be upwards of $1000. In order to maintain your chapter's insurance coverage, your chapter must renew their annual MAFCA membership by completing and returning their chapter registration form. Chapter membership is free but, frankly, we often find it difficult to get some chapters to respond. Starting this year, any chapter NOT sending in the registration form by February 28 will have to pay a late registration fee of $10.
Speaking of renewing, if you haven't already done so, it's time to renew your personal membership. MAFCA has sent renewal forms to the membership, so don't miss out. Make sure you renew yours today, either by sending in the form, or right here in the MAFCA Store.
See you down the road,
2012 MAFCA President
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