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November 2021

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Turkeys in our neighborhood are more cautious these days. They no longer stand in the middle of the road challenging drivers. Now they stand on the side of the roadway taunting from farther away. Maybe they will live to see another year at that rate.

Fall is definitely here. The nights are more frosty and the days are struggling to get into what is thought of as shirtsleeve range. Nonetheless, Model A’s are out and about. Our local club had its annual mystery tour yesterday and everyone had a grand time under cloudy skies. No rain. It’s not yet time to park the old guy for winter.

Election results are in and the four people elected to the MAFCA Board of Directors for the coming two years are Kay Lee, Jay McCord, Ed Tolman and John LaVoy. Congratulations to all of them. At the MAFCA National Awards Banquet (December 2nd through 5th) the new 2022 Board of Directors will decide who will be filling each of the Director chairs for that year. This selection process is undertaken by the Board each year. I hope you can join us in Fort Worth, Texas for that event. There will be lots of Texas fun and celebration.

MAFCA’s visit to Hershey was a great success. Thanks to Jimmy Taylor for his seminar presentations and for all his work setting up and breaking down the tent contents each day. Dave Libbey, MAFCA Treasurer, spent a great deal of time in the tent supporting Sandra Aguirre, our Office Manager, answering questions and chatting with visitors. Doug Linden, Membership Director, also helped Sandra. The weather cooperated for the most part. Seeing folks after such a long COVID-19 separation was especially nice.

Between now and Thanksgiving, please reassure your Model A that his/her quail radiator cap is safe from turkey hunters. They are only distant cousins.

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope to see you along the Model A roads.

Bill Truesdell, 2021 National President


October 2021

Popping Leaves for Peeping

October is traditionally the month folks hop on the roads to enjoy the changing of color across the countryside. In the Northeast, what we used to know as Columbus Day was the busiest tourist weekend of the year. There is no reason Model A’s can’t join the parade and enjoy all that beauty. When we lived in New Jersey, we looked forward to the Fall season as our last enjoyment before winter set in and snow covered the ground.

Pumpkins are collected and hay rides are high on the list of “can we?” requests from the young folks. Halloween costumes are being constructed and school costume parades are the order of the day. Be sure you use your Model A at least one day in the season to transport your children or grandchildren to school so their friends can see what a “real car” looks like.

When you have a chance, why not visit your local pumpkin farm and get some grand orange spheres for carving? While you are at it, a caramel apple or two might just hit the spot. You can eat them as you drive to your next destination in your Model A. (Pay no attention to the sticky seats or steering wheel.) Some communities have parade celebrations around this time and they are always seeking antique cars for parade visitors to see. Model A ahoooga horns are a favorite among the crowds. Your local club may offer a chance to participate.

This month is the Hershey swap meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It offers the opportunity to find just the right part for your restoration or maintenance project. While there, please stop by the MAFCA booth and say, “Hi.” And, now is the time to make your reservation for the National Awards Banquet in Fort Worth, Texas. From December 2nd through the 4th there will be wonderful tours through the Texas countryside. And, the awards banquet will see presentations for literary awards, volunteer of the year, and introduction of the new 2022 MAFCA Board of Directors.

I hope to see you along the Model A roads.

Bill Truesdell, 2021 National President


September 2021

Summer’s Over?

Back in the day, we used to return to school after Labor Day in September. Now, however, kids are flowing back to their campuses before August is even half over. That means a couple things to those of us driving Model A’s. There are young people on the streets in the morning and again in the afternoon. And, we need to make sure our brakes are adjusted to permit a good stop when one of those little people decides to run out into the street in front of the traffic. Please be careful.

July’s MAFCA National Tour is now over. It was a smashing success. With an amazing turnout, New Hampshire was treated to a few days of constant Model A parades into some of the state’s visitor highlights. New friends were made and some existing friendships were strengthened during the week. I hope you were among those who thought to participate.

Next on our national agenda of MAFCA sponsored events is the National Awards Banquet in Fort Worth, Texas. From December 2nd to December 4th please join us for the annual presentation of your new Board of Directors, announcement of annual awards and chances to tour some of the great Texas countryside. Add to that the long-horn cattle you will be seeing along the way and your touring will be exciting to say the least. We hope you can join us for this special occasion.

Don’t forget that MAFCA will be at Hershey for the October 7-9 annual Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) swap meet. Stop by our tent for one of the seminars led by Jimmy Taylor. You will be glad you did. It is always good to walk away with more information you can use down the road. And, you will have your pick of thousands of vendors for that special Model A part you are seeking for your restoration project.

I look forward to seeing you out on the Model A roads.

Bill Truesdell, 2021 National President


August 2021

The MAFCA National Tour has entered into the record books as a rousing success. The scenery was unbeatable, the tour member company wonderful and the Model A contingent was marvelous as it wended its way into and out of the striking destinations. I do hope you were able to be there to see it all for yourself. Even if you weren't able to be there in person, here are some photos to help you understand what participants were able to enjoy. Click here for a photo summary.

The last national event of 2021 is going to be held in Fort Worth, Texas. The National Awards Banquet (NAB) is scheduled for December 2nd through 4th. Come see the great history of cattle the industry within walking distance of your hotel. And, if you have a mind to, we welcome you to be a guest at our MAFCA meeting of the Board of Directors. This will be the final meeting for the 2021 Board and the first meeting of the 2022 Board. In addition, literary awards, fashion awards, and other awards of distinction will be presented at the banquet.

At the banquet you will learn who was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for 2022 through 2023. If you can find a way to join us for this exciting event, we would love to have you. Click here for the registration form

We know that some parts of our country are suffering under a renewed volume of COVID-19 patients. Please be safe and keep your family safe. We want you to be able to enjoy touring in your Model A whenever you would like to do so.

I look forward to seeing you out on the Model A roads. .

Bill Truesdell, 2021 National President


July 2021

Look Out World, Here We Come!

Today is the day, in California at least. The State has “reopened” to allow people more freedom of movement and with different rules for masks. That means…it’s Model A time. Look out world, we’re on our way. Don’t hesitate. Turn the ignition key and fire up those 40 horses. Drive across town or across the country. Just get out and drive. Have fun.

Seeing our Model A friends again is something we have waited a very long time to do. Now we can have lunch in a real restaurant, not just a picnic on the park grass. Picnics are great, but sitting at a table has its advantages too. However, you do it, reconnect with those friends.

It is exciting to know that the first copies of Tiny Tips, 2nd Edition are in the office ready to be shipped. If you already ordered your copy, you can expect it to arrive directly. If you have yet to order, now is the time. Call the MAFCA office at 562-690-7452 to get your copy on its way to you as well.

Schools are out for the summer in most locations. It’s vacation time again. Why not have the kids help with your Model A? They can help wash and dry to make it shine again. They might even be ready to learn how to change the oil or backflush the radiator. How about having them help with repacking the front wheel bearings? Carrying tools, watching over your shoulder, getting grease under their fingernails is all part of learning how to enjoy the old cars. It can bring you and the young ones closer together. You suddenly become a teacher they can absorb information from. What a great experience.

If you are going to participate in Independence Day festivities on July 4th, why not drive your Model A to the events? And, for those of you in other countries, you can do the same when your holidays roll around. We are so thankful that the world is beginning to get a handle on the virus. All the best to you and your families during this happy time. I hope to see you along the Model A roads.

Bill Truesdell, 2021 National President


June 2021

We are only 10 days away from the registration cut-off for our MAFCA National Tour in New Hampshire. There has been a wonderful response and registrations have been coming in quickly in recent days. June 10th is the final day for getting your registration logged. Please don’t miss out. You will have a marvelous time I know. Why not register now before you forget. Click here for a registration form.

Our next Board of Directors meeting will be on August 28. It will be a ZOOM meeting. We have discovered during the past year that ZOOM works quite well for our meetings. And, it saves on the MAFCA travel budget. If you would like to attend as a guest, please contact Sandra Aguirre, MAFCA’s Office Manager at info @ mafca.com. She will be sure you receive the proper link to the meeting when it is released in August.

Looking ahead to the final Board meeting of the year, we will be in Fort Worth, Texas for the National Awards Banquet. The registration form will be available in the July/August edition of The Restorer. Prepare yourself for a visit to the “old West” while enjoying all the comforts of modern hotel accommodations. If you have never seen a Texas Longhorn now is your chance. They are impressive with horns spanning 5 feet wide, sometimes more.

June 18 is the last day for submitting your candidacy for the 2022-2023 Board of Directors. There are four seats available. Voting will be conducted by mail ballot in the September timeframe. More information and an application form is available at www.mafca.com/elections.html. I urge you to consider running.

Now that most of the country is reopening to activities, we all will have a chance to get out and enjoy our Model As once again. Please be careful, following your local regulations as they change from week to week. We want to have fun while continuing to be safe.

I look forward to seeing you out on the Model A roads.

Bill Truesdell, 2021 National President


May 2021

The final chance to register for the MAFCA National Tour in New Hampshire is fast coming to a close. May 1st is the last day to register without having to experience late fees. Even so, you are welcome to join in the fun. So far, as of this writing, there are 202 registrations and 396 people signed up to participate. We are expecting that there will be a wonderful experience, great weather and great comradely among members. New Hampshire in the Spring is a marvel. You will be glad you participated. Register now before you forget - click here.

Your Board of Directors will be having its next meeting via ZOOM on May 22nd. If you would like to be a guest and see how the Board operates, please call Sandra Aguirre at 562-697-2712 so she can get you the ZOOM link. All MAFCA members in good standing are welcome to attend.

If you attend a Board meeting and like what you see, please consider running for the four openings we have available this year. Applications are due by June 18th and elections will be held in October. Ballots are mailed out with the membership renewal forms in the Fall.

More information and an application form is available on our website.

Our second annual event this year is the National Awards Banquet (NAB). It will be held in Fort Worth, Texas. Mark December 5, 2021 on your calendar. There will be plenty of Texas activities for everyone to enjoy. And, your newly elected board members will be installed. The annual awards for articles in The Restorer, Chapter Awards, and special awards to special MAFCA members will all be presented. You can make the event special by attending. We would love to have you join us. More registration information will be available shortly.

And, I just can’t pass up the opportunity to share with you the news that we will very shortly have a Volume 2 of Tiny Tips available for purchase. This new volume has gathered together the past 10 years collection of Tiny Tips as printed in The Restorer. I expect that more information will be available by the end of May when the new books return from the printer. Be ready. You’re going to love having all of these technical maintenance and restoration tips available in one book, ready to help you with your current or upcoming Model A project.

I look forward to seeing you out on the Model A roads.

Bill Truesdell, 2021 National President


April 2021

In the midst of Spring, we are beginning to thaw out and in California we are hoping for rain that other parts of the country are getting in abundance. The garden is tilled and ready for planting. Now it is on to the Model A and all of the annual checks that must be done before the first tour.

Believe it or not, this year we will be having tours, though they will still be with masks and social distancing. Remember, tours are not the place you should test your car. Be sure you have done all the normal maintenance routines before you embark on the first tour of the year.

COVID-19 infection results are improving in California. We hope to open our MAFCA headquarters office by mid-year. In the meantime, we are still answering telephone calls and emails. If you wish to place an order for MAFCA merchandise, you can do that from the MAFCA website. Go to the MAFCA Store.

It is quite likely that you have seen several notes from our Board members suggesting that now is the time to begin collecting your application and recommendations for a run as a candidate for the Board of Directors. They are due by June 18th. I encourage you to consider throwing your hat in the ring. If you are interested in helping manage a corporation for the benefit of its members, we have just the opportunity for you. Terms are for two years. And, if you love your experience as much as I expect you will, you can run for re-election. Click here for the Elections page.

There is still time to register for the MAFCA National Tour in New Hampshire. You will find the registration form at the tour website.

Finally, if you are looking for a cute story about Model A’s, I recommend you purchase a copy of Model A from the MAFCA store. It is a fictional account of two teenagers who find a Model A rusting in the field and decide to bring it back to life. Travel with them through the experience as they collect parts, advice and help from the unlikeliest sources and get the old car running again. It is a sweet story you can read with the whole family. It is only $10.00 plus shipping and handling. Order by calling 562-697-2712.

I look forward to seeing you out on the Model A roads.

Bill Truesdell, 2021 National President

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March 2021

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. This is the month to celebrate with the wearing of the green. Spring is going to pop this month. Trees and flowers are beginning to bloom. And, Model A’s are eager to see the pavement again. Snow will be gone in most areas of the country. So now is a good time for an outing in your favorite car.

We are looking forward to the special MAFCA National Tour in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. If you haven’t made your reservation yet, now is the time. The entire event will be outdoors. Your tour days will be spent in your own car.

The two banquets have been cancelled because of uncertainty about indoor dining requirements. Even so, you will be able to enjoy the daily drives to some of the greatest sights in the North East. Bring lots of storage cards for your digital cameras. If you are still using a film camera you will need a large supply of film. There are so many vistas you will want to capture for your enjoyment later.

You can find all the information you need about this great event at www.2021mafcanationaltour.com Get the latest updates on the COVID-19 rules laid down by the Governor of New Hampshire and the plans for all the tour options at this one internet location. There is nothing like early summer in New England.

Please mark your calendar so you can join us from December 2nd to December 5th in Fort Worth, Texas for the MAFCA National Awards Banquet. This event is the one originally planned for last year. It offers many wonderful tours and events throughout the Texas countryside. More information will be on the Internet shortly. For now, just save the dates.

I look forward to seeing you out on the Model A roads.

Bill Truesdell, 2021 National President

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February 2021

Well, one month of the new year is behind us already. I hope those of you who want to get your vaccination against COVID-19 have had a chance to get an appointment. We all look forward to the time when we can get out into the world again with more confidence.

In the West, we are receiving some much-needed rain. That has made it a bit difficult to get our Model A’s out of the garage, if even to go around town for a little exercise of the old 40-horsepower motor.

This month is Valentine’s day. Please remember to tell your special someone how much you love them. And, remember your Model A with a special gift even it if is just a dusting-off. Once the weather clears a bit we will be able to do some traveling using good common sense. It will be nice because just being in the good outside air will be a treat.

President’s Day will be here on the 15th of this month. It is a good day to fly the American Flag celebrating the work done on behalf of our country by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. It is likely that the normal annual parades and celebrations will be suspended for this year. But all of us can fly our national flag. If you live outside the United States, pick a date when your country celebrates something this month and fly your nation’s flag.

Our MAFCA Board of Directors will be meeting via ZOOM on February 6th. Check our website in mid-February for highlights of that meeting. You will find them posted on our Communications Page.

Bill Truesdell, 2021 National President

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January 2021

We have turned the calendar page to a new year. I have heard from so many that a new year was at the top of their Santa wish list last month. Let’s hope, with new vaccines the COVID problem will begin to recede into the history books. At least, it appears the worst is behind us.

I am eager to get my Model A back on the road in real, honest-to-goodness tours. Your 2021 Board of Directors is working hard to get ready for the New Hampshire National Tour in June and the National Awards Banquet in Fort Worth this December.

I hope your holiday celebrations were as pleasant as they could be. Gathering family together has been a challenge given all the government restrictions. Yet, technology has given us the opportunity to see our loved ones and friends without actually being in the same room with them. Perhaps we should suggest to ZOOM that it is, “The second best thing, next to actually being there.”

The Board of Directors will be holding its February meeting on ZOOM as it has the past several meetings. The platform allows us a chance to include member guests in our agenda. So, if you have something you would like to discuss with the Board, please let us know. Sandra Aguirre at our La Habra headquarters is the person to contact. 562-690-7452 is the phone number and info@mafca.com is the email address. She can also arrange for you to receive the link information if you wish to attend the February board meeting.

On behalf of your Board of Directors, I wish you a very Happy New Year. May you be safe and healthy throughout this recovery year. I’ll look forward to seeing you on the Model A roads this year
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Bill Truesdell, 2021 National President

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December 2020

Well, we are finally coming to the end of 2020, the year that will remain in our memories for a very long time. While it is probably unrealistic to expect our COVID-19 problems to vanish as we flip the calendar to 2021, we can nonetheless look forward to better things in the new year. Among them is our National Tour in New Hampshire this coming June. I encourage you to consider joining the group. You will find more information at www.2021mafcanationaltour.com.

The holidays are just a few weeks away. Already, the day after Thanksgiving as I write this, neighbors are putting up their Christmas lights and will be plugging them in during the coming days. One of my traditions is putting a small wreath on my Model A grill. Of course, the trunk gets decorated with garland as well. All of it helps get us in the holiday spirit.

Whatever your holiday preference, I hope you enjoy it even if you must continue isolating from your larger family. Our technology options today give us the opportunity to visit with loved ones in ways we have never been able to do before. If you are not computer savvy, perhaps you can get one of your children or grandchildren to show you how to set things up. Then you will be able to include many people in your celebration.

On behalf of your Board of Directors, I wish you a pleasant holiday season and a safe New Year’s celebration. We will see you on the Model A roads next year.

Bill Truesdell, 2020 National President


November 2020

Well, here we are, eight months into the COVID-19 restrictions. And, yet, Model A folks still know how to enjoy their precious cars. In groups of two or three, sometimes four, there have been mini-tours galore. That’s the spirit of Model A people.

We have had some nice things take place so far this year. At the top of the list is the induction of Les Andrews into the Model A Ford Hall of Fame in Hickory Corners, Michigan. MAFCA also introduced a couple important new publications to our store. The Victoria Book was a project that came together with color photographs throughout the pages and articles that will be very important to the many people who own or are interested in Victoria models. It is priced at only $29.95. Secondly, and no less important, the Paint and Finish Guide, 3rd Edition is at the printers and will be ready for shipping by the early part of November. Thanks to the Judging Standards Committee (JSC), this new publication incorporates all the known, commonly used, Model A colors. You will find this new paint guide extraordinarily helpful because of the very large color samples made possible by a new printing technology. Unlike the old edition with its small samples, the new version offers samples nearly 1/3 the size of each page. It can be yours for only $42.50. You can order each of these new books by calling the MAFCA office at 562-690-7452. Please leave a message with your contact information so we can call you back if there is no one immediately available.

And, don’t forget that the MAFCA store also offers many items that would make great gifts. The Holidays are fast approaching and you may find a MAFCA gift to be just the thing you want to give this season. We have wearables, DVD technical programs for vehicle maintenance and repair as well as fashion references. There are many books, including Les Andrews’ three volumes on car maintenance. We are sure you will find something of interest that will satisfy the need for your favorite Model A hobbyist.

Please stay safe, wear your masks and enjoy a warm Thanksgiving celebration with your family. I’ll look forward to seeing you out in your Model A.

Bill Truesdell, 2020 National President


October 2020

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What a thrill it was on September 19, 2020 to watch as Les Andrews was inducted into the Model A Ford Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place in Hickory Corners, Michigan at the Model A Ford Museum. Model A Ford Foundation, Inc. (MAFFI) president John Begg made the pronouncement and Les joined the select few who have been given the honor.

Please join me in congratulating Les on this latest honor. Two years ago Les was recognized by MAFCA for his many contributions to our national club when he was awarded life membership in MAFCA. Life membership is the highest honor MAFCA can award. Being a member of the Hall of Fame is a very rare designation reserved for a very special few.

If you want to complete your Christmas shopping, consider getting one or more key holders with the MAFCA logo for your special Model A friend or relative. They are wonderful stocking stuffers and will help protect the dashboard of your car from scratches that dangling key chains can cause. You will find them at MAFCA Leather Key Holder.

On behalf of your Board of Directors, I would like to wish each of you a safe and happy Holiday Season. Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukah, Quansah, or other, I hope you have a wonderful celebration. Come back refreshed and ready to resume traveling in your Model A. See you in 2021.

Bill Truesdell, 2020 National President


September 2020

Everywhere you look this year, events have been cancelled. But that doesn’t mean you can't get out in the Model A for a drive and some sightseeing. Treat yourself to some fresh air and the thrill of your old car traveling down the back roads.

Now is the time to order your Christmas cards from MAFCA. Delightful Model A photos and paintings that will make your holiday greetings very special. You can begin your search with Set A by Clicking Here. You can enlighten your friends and family about the Model A era at Christmas time.

I’ve just reviewed the information about our 2021 National Tour in New Hampshire. It is going to be a hub and spoke tour format from June 20 to 25. Each night you will stay at the same hotel in North Conway. During the day you can take a tour to different destinations along the spokes of the compass. There will be some majestically wonderful sights available. Some of them include Mount Washington Auto Road, Conway Scenic Railway and the Castle in the Clouds. Those are only a few of a very long list of tours you can take while enjoying New Hampshire’s Granite State.

Your Board of Directors is working hard to prepare our club for the time when we will be able to reignite the event schedule we all have been missing. With luck we will be able to do more in 2021. Stay tuned to the MAFCA web site for updates as they are available.

I hope to see you soon.
Bill Truesdell, 2020 National President


August 2020

As you have undoubtedly seen, the Model A Ford Foundation, Inc. (MAFFI) has cancelled its 10th Annual Model A Day for 2020. Originally scheduled for September 19th, the MAFFI Board of Directors concluded that the COVID-19 was too big a risk for people likely to attend the event. That begs the question, “What about induction of new Model A Hall of Fame members?” The answer is MAFFI will have a virtual induction ceremony that we can all attend safely. Details about how to connect will be released later.

Have you ordered your MAFCA leather key holder yet? If not, Click Here. You will find it is helpful in preventing dashboard scratches. It also fits nicely into your pocket or purse without digging holes as bare keys have a tendency to do. Be the first in your club to have one of these MAFCA key holders. You will constantly show support for MAFCA when you use it. They are hand made and embossed with the MAFCA logo.

Well, we’re in our sixth month of novel COVID-19. It has caused some true hardships for many people around our country. Is there someone in your local MAFCA chapter who needs help? Does your chapter know of someone who needs help even if they aren’t members? It is easy to contribute food and clothing. Personal delivery by keeping your distance and leaving the package on the front porch can still complete the cycle of helping.

You may find that your local food bank has need for more volunteers. Why not take some of your Model A club friends and visit the food bank to volunteer? You can help many people with one effort in that way. Model A’ers are family. Now, our family is just a little bigger because of the great need people are experiencing. If you are retired, you are blessed. Those who need to be working often can’t. Why not see what you can do to help?

Even though you are practicing social distancing and wearing a mask, you can still take your beloved car out for a drive. Collect a few cars from your club and create an impromptu parade to delight your neighbors, and even those you don’t yet know. Enjoy. Be safe.

I hope to see you soon.

Bill Truesdell, 2020 President

July 2020

Happy July 4th Independence Day to you all. It has been more than 240 years since our Republic was established and our annual celebration of its birthday will be a bit different this year. Many parades and picnics have been canceled. Yet, it is still possible for one or two Model A’s to tour locally and enjoy this milestone in our Country’s progress. I wish you a very happy time.

At our most recent board meeting on June 20, 2020 (via ZOOM) we discovered that it is possible for us to conduct the Club’s business using this media. The consensus of our Directors is that we should use ZOOM for future meetings as the need exists. It is a means for us to hold our meetings in the face of COVID-19 restrictions. Any member in good standing is welcome to join us. All you need to do is request connection information from Sandra Aguirre at our headquarters office…562-697-2712.

As of this writing, the Model A Ford Foundation, Inc. (MAFFI) still plans to hold its 2020 Model A Day celebration at the Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan. They will be adhering to advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On September 18-19 the theme this year is "Model A First Responders.” “We plan to have police vehicles, fire trucks and a Model A ambulance on exhibit as part of our event. We also plan to have our swap meet and technical and fashion seminars.” How apropos. Learn more at MAFFI.org.

Summer is here. I encourage you to take a drive in your Model A. Even though you may not stop for sightseeing, you can still have a grand time just driving along Model A roads until it’s time to head home and fill the gas tank once more. I wish you grand adventures.

Happy July.

I hope to see you soon.

Bill Truesdell, 2020 President


June 2020

In May, your Board of Directors made another very difficult decision. We concluded that risk to our members would still be at unacceptable levels in early December, so the Board has cancelled the annual National Awards Banquet (NAB) that was to be held in Fort Worth, Texas. This has been a very disappointing year for our members and we are extremely sorry that we have had to take this action. Like our move to cancel the National Convention originally set for this month, we believe it would be best to avoid even the possibility of COVID-19 problems in December. We are grateful to Fort Worth’s Cowtown A’s for agreeing to sponsor the event in 2021. They had already made some wonderful plans for 2020 and assure us those plans will be transferable to next year.

As you know, the National Awards Banquet is when the newly elected Board members are installed for the coming year. That will still happen, but it will be happening at the MAFCA office in La Habra rather than in Fort Worth.

I hope you agree with our decisions. They are unprecedented. Our hope is that 2021 will allow us to get back on track with our national and regional events. Our primary national event for 2021 will be the MAFCA National Tour in North Conway, New Hampshire. It will be held from June 20 through June 24. Mark your calendar now so you can be sure to get your reservation when the forms become available early next year. The New Hampshire Lakes Region MAC has been working hard to get ready for us. They have a wonderful tour planned with experiences that you will be able to brag about for years to come. And, then there will be the National Awards Banquet in Fort Worth, Texas in the December 2021 time frame. Exact dates will be announced in the near future.

We all wish you continued good health and safety as these days of COVID-19 roll on. If you have a chance to get out and drive your Model A, even around the block a few times, you will feel better just by getting out in your favorite car. I hope to see you soon.

Bill Truesdell, 2020 President


May 2020

It seems like it has been a long time since we have been able to get out in our Model A’s and tour to new and exciting destinations. Actually, it has only been a few weeks. The end will come soon and we will be able to gather again to pursue our favorite pastime.

We have some really great news to share. Bob Kreipke, former Ford Motor Company historian and author of many books, including 2020’s The Ford Model A, has agreed to be the Honorary Historian for our Model A Ford Club of America. We are delighted to have Bob join our family. You can look forward to reading articles from Bob in future issues of The Restorer. His insights and life-long interest in Ford products gives him a unique ability to help us all understand more about Model A history. Welcome, Bob. His new book is available on Amazon.com.

MAFCA has been working diligently on a new book about the Victoria Coupe model of Model A Fords. It is in the final stages of preparation and will be ready for ordering by mid- to late-June. It is an updated version of the original compilation of articles from The Restorer and the Victoria Association’s Bustle. The new volume will include a list of Surviving Model A Ford 190-A Victoria Coupes and a table of Similarities and Differences for the 400-A, 190-A and the 180-A models. Those are the Convertible Sedan, the Victoria, and the Deluxe Phaeton. If you have an interest in Victoria’s, this is a book you will want to have in your library.

I’m pleased to tell you that Chuck Christensen is back from his heart surgery and once again answering your technical questions. During his absence, Jim Cannon filled in and we thank Jim for his help. Welcome back Chuck.

All the best,
Bill Truesdell 2020 President


April 2020

MAFCA Response to Coronavirus

As of this writing, it has been two weeks since California Governor Newsom issued his order to shelter in place. We are permitted to go to the grocery store and medical appointments or pharmacies. That’s about it. And, for many of us in the “more experienced” life group, for those things we get out of the house more often than younger folks might.

Our MAFCA office in La Habra, California has been closed since the governor’s order was issued. Nonetheless, we are still responding to emails and returning phone calls when you leave voice mail messages. If you have an urgent need to contact us, we welcome your call. You can find the phone numbers and email addresses of all the MAFCA Board members on page 3 of the current issue of The Restorer. If you would like one of our staff members to get in touch with you, please call the office at 562-697-2712 and leave a message. You can reach out by email to the office staff by contacting info@mafca.com.

We are now in April and there are still many folks who have not yet renewed their membership for 2020. If you are one of them, please click on MAFCA STORE to renew today. We don’t want you to miss out on a single benefit of MAFCA membership.

With so many Model A tours and gatherings being cancelled due to the medical emergency, this might be a good time to rebuild parts you need by doing it somewhere on the inside of your house. Even now the garage is too cold in many parts of the country. It is also a good opportunity to study for your judging certifications by using our on-line study guides. For vehicle judges you will find the tests at https://mafca.com/v_tests.html. For era fashion judging you will find the tests at https://mafca.com/ef_tests.html.

Finally, we are nearing the date when we will send the new 2020 MAFCA Membership Directory to the printer. Everyone who has already ordered a copy will have theirs shipped first. If you have yet to order your copy, please click on MAFCA Store. For only $16 per copy plus shipping, you will have the latest information about member contacts. It is an invaluable resource when you are touring away from your home location and need to ask for help.

I wish each of you safety for yourselves and your families in the coming weeks. Take each day of confinement with the belief that it will help you remain virus free. I'm excited to think what fun we will have when the touring window has been reopened.

All the best,
Bill Truesdell 2020 President


March 2020

The bulbs are starting to flower here in the West. It won’t be long before they start punching their way through the snow farther East. Getting the Model A ready for touring is the next item on our “To Do” list. It easy to do simple things like checking the lug nuts on your wheels to be sure they are torqued to 55 foot-pounds. Back flushing the radiator will get rid of all the flakes of rust that may have accumulated over the winter. But also be sure to recheck the toe-in alignment on your front end so your car will hold itself squarely on the road and not bounce around or wander. Does your horn work? How about the headlights? Now is the time to change the oil (and filter if you have one). A little careful attention to annual maintenance and your special beauty will be ready to tackle another season of touring.

I was visiting the AAA office the other day and requested some maps for the route between us and Kerrville, Texas. They still have paper maps. Those are a nice alternative to the GPS displays we have on our phones these days. It is nice to spread them out on the table and use a highlighter to mark the route we want to take. They also make it easy to determine daily driving distances so planning hotel stops is made easier. We are looking forward to being in Kerrville for the National Convention, and we are looking forward to enjoying our journey to and from Texas as well.

National Conventions are so much fun. We still have an opening for a club to host the 2022 National Convention. There are some great rewards waiting for those who agree to take on that project. Talk with MAFCA Vice President David White. You can reach him at VP@MAFCA.com. He will share with you all the details.

Bill Truesdell 2020 President


January 2020 - Happy New Year everyone!

In the coldest part of the year, with snow on the ground in many parts of the country our Model A’s are sleeping snuggly in their garages. Now is a good time to plan the annual reawakening maintenance that must be done before we begin our next touring season.

So, when you plan your garden for next spring, why not plan your maintenance for the Model A, too? Order the parts you know you will need. Put together a list to be done like changing the oil, repacking the wheel bearings, lubricating all the joints and back flushing the radiator. These are just a few of the steps to take so that your touring experiences will be exciting rather than disappointing.

2020 will be a great MAFCA year. We have two exceptional programs coming. The National Convention in Kerrville, Texas (near San Antonio) will provide some great tours through the Texas Hill Country. We will also have the chance to visit San Antonio’s River Walk and the Historic Alamo. If these are destinations you already have on your bucket list, you won’t be disappointed. Save June 20 through 26 on your calendar for this special event.

In December we will return to Texas to visit Fort Worth for the National Awards Banquet. Please put December 3 through 6 on your calendar for this annual event. There will be wonderful seminars, educational era fashion events, tours through the greater Dallas-Fort Worth vicinity and, of course, announcement of the literary awards, fashion awards and the new Board of Directors for 2021.

Lots to look forward to. I hope to see you there.

Bill Truesdell 2020 President


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Last Updated: 10/31/2021
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