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February 2018

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I just returned from the February Board meeting and I am happy to report that the 2018 Board has been very busy on behalf of MAFCA. First and foremost was our search to find someone to take over as editor of The Restorer Magazine. Thanks to the efforts of Doug Clayton, Publication/PR Director, we were fortunate to a get a number of qualified candidates to apply for the position. A New Editor Committee was established and all the candidates were individually interviewed. At the conclusion of these interviews, the committee unanimously recommended to the Board of Directors Andy Scheer as editor. The Board also approved his appointment unanimously.

It is my pleasure to introduce Andy as our new editor of The Restorer magazine. He has many years of experience in the editorial field and is excited about getting started in this position. Please welcome Andy to our Model A family and if you have any input for The Restorer you can reach Andy at restorer @ mafca.com.

Old Man Winter has a real grip on many of us, with exceptionally cold and snowy weather. Fortunately our Model A’s are snug in the garage for a well-deserved rest. Now is a good time to address any Model A projects you put off during the touring season. Maybe it’s some minor body work, new tires, a brake job, radiator or carburetor repair. No matter what the job, you will find some excellent help in the pages of The Restorer and our “How To Restore Your Model A” books. You may be unsure what part is appropriate for your Model A; the source for that information is the Restoration Guidelines & Judging Standards. You can also get help from MAFCA’s Technical Director, Jim Cannon, at tech@mafca.com. Jim will be more than happy to help with any Model A question you might have. The most important thing is to get that “A” back on the road.

Speaking of enjoying your Model A, don’t forget to register for the 2018 Ace’s and A’s MAFCA convention in Sparks-Reno, NV. You will find a link to the latest convention information on the calendar page. The host committee has planned something for everyone, so don’t miss out on the fun.

Happy Model A’ing

Doug Linden
2018 MAFCA President


January 2018

I would like to start off the New Year by wish all of our members a healthy and prosperous 2018.

I would also like to thank the board for electing me President for the coming year. I, and all the members of the board, have one objective: to serve MAFCA to the best of our ability. Our goal is to continue to have MAFCA be an organization that provides our members with first class services and benefits, while at the same time having fun with our Model A's.

A big thank you goes out to departing board members Happy Begg and Donna Lewis for their dedication and service to MAFCA at the expense of their valuable time. Returning to the board for 2018/2019 will be Alex Janke who will continue as Treasurer, Doug Clayton, who will continue as Publications/PR Director and Dan Foulk who will re-join us as Advertising Director. Making up the rest of the board will be: David White – Vice President, Kay Lee - Secretary, Jay McCord - Membership/Marketing, Jim Cannon - Technical and Garth Shreading - Chapter Coordinator. The entire Board is looking forward to 2018.

MAFCA will also say good bye to Jim Spawn, who is stepping down as editor of The Restorer for the past 17 years. Jim's unique combination of being a Model A'er and history buff along with his creative talents have transformed The Restorer into an award winning, world class magazine. We wish Jim, and Melissa, all the best as he transitions from editor to active member and we sure hope we see them both at future MAFCA events.

The 2017 Awards Banquet in Oklahoma City was a success thanks to efforts of VaughnCille Weidner and the rest of the members of the Sooner Model A Club. This event capped off the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of their chapter. Our 2018 Awards Banquet will be held in Tucson, AZ. I hope you can join us there. MAFCA's highlight event of the year will be the national convention in Sparks-Reno in June. What an event this is shaping up to be. My wife Nan and I are already planning our activities while we visit the area. We look forward to seeing the many national and international friends we have made attending these conventions, which, for us, is what makes these events special. If you have never attended a national convention, make your plans now.

The 2018 Board will conduct its first meeting shortly at which we will begin our budget planning process. This is always a challenging exercise. The board also has an immediate priority of finding a new editor. This process has begun and we hope to be able to appoint a new editor of The Restorer magazine as soon as possible. The board is also looking for a member with a background in marketing that can help us develop a marketing plan for MAFCA. Does this sound interesting? Feel free to contact me if it does.

I would like to remind you that the board is here to represent you and I encourage you to contact any one of us if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns. We would very much like to hear from you. Our email addresses are on the Key People page - just click on our name.

Doug Linden
2018 MAFCA President

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December 2017

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It is hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close. The year has had its challenges and definitely its learning moments for me .I've had a great year of meeting so many of our wonderful members and driving my A with new friends.

Henry Ford is quoted as saying, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success.” The 2017 Board of Directors came together, stayed together and worked very well together! I want to thank all of the Directors who served this year on the Board. You've made the management decisions that have allowed our club to run so effectively. We worked hard and even got in some great social time; forming some really good friendships along the way. I feel we had a very successful year! Thank you all!

I hope you have purchased your Christmas Cards for 2017; they are available in the MAFCA STORE. The design this year is another cover from a past Restorer magazine. It depicts a family loading the Model A sedan with gifts for friends and family.

Have you sent in your mileage for the 100K in A Day Challenge? It's not too late! The program has been extended to the end of 2017. Be sure your miles count. Send mileage to 100k @ mafca.com, today!

The 2018 Convention, to be held in Reno, NV, is now accepting registrations. For more information and registration forms, visit this link: 2018 MAFCA Convention.

It is with sadness that we are saying goodbye to our magazine editor, Jim Spawn. Jim has continuously produced an award-winning magazine that our club has enjoyed for 17 years. We all wish Jim the very best in his retirement as Editor of The Restorer, and we look forward to seeing him at events in the future.

I also want to thank our staff in La Habra, Brenda and Juanita. Plus, the woman behind the Board who deserves so many thanks, Sandra; without your assistance and ever amazing organizational skills, MAFCA would not be what it is today. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your guidance over my 4 years on the Board.

It was with great pleasure that I began 2017 and MAFCA's 60th Anniversary year as your President. I want to thank the MAFCA Board for their support and confidence in me. To all of you, our members, who love these cars, I wish to say that I am very pleased to have been able to serve as MAFCA's 2017 President.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years!

Happy Begg
2017 MAFCA President


November 2017

Crisp autumn air and Model A's are a perfect combination! I hope you are able to get out in your car and enjoy the fall foliage! I recently returned from a Model A adventure to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the weather could not have been better! If you have the opportunity to make that drive, you will enjoy pristine untouched beach areas and great seafood. I highly recommend the drive.

Hershey was well attended this year and the weather was wonderful. A big thank you to all who helped in the tent, but especially to Alex Janke for presenting our technical sessions!

We are looking for a new Editor of our award winning magazine, The Restorer. Our long time, 17 years, Editor Jim Spawn has decided that it is time for him to retire from editing our magazine. I'm certain we will see him and his wife, Melissa, at events in the future. I wish Jim the very best and hope he will enjoy his free time driving the back roads in his Model A for many years!

I hope you will be joining us in Oklahoma City for the 2017 National Awards Banquet. The Sooner Model A Club will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary and would love for you to be there. The 2018 MAFCA Board of Directors will be installed and we will be recognizing those folks who have gone above and beyond to support MAFCA and the Model A hobby with awards. It's not too late to register and links to those forms can be found on the Home page of the MAFCA website.

Don't forget to order your Christmas cards from MAFCA. We have a wonderful new design this year. It depicts a family loading up the Model A with gifts. These can be ordered online or by calling the office, 562-697-2712. You will also find holiday gift ideas for your Model A friends and family on the website. Order early to be sure to receive them in time!

Registration materials for the 2018 National Convention to be held in Reno, Nevada are available on the NCRG Convention website. Don't forget to make your hotel reservations at The Nugget Hotel, 1-800-843-2427 and mention the code GMODEL for the negotiated rate of $89++ per night.

Planning is well underway for the 2019 National Tour. It will be a “Hub & Spoke” style of tour, based out of Kanab, Utah, October 7-11, 2019. The Canyonlands Special Interest Group will host this unique tour through the red rock canyon lands of Southwest Utah and Northeast Arizona. Start making plans to join us as we discover this hauntingly beautiful area of the Southwestern US!

I hope to see you in Oklahoma City at the end of this month!

Happy Begg
2017 MAFCA President


October 2017

The Board of Directors had a very successful meeting at the Gilmore Car Museum, home of the Model A Ford Museum in September. One action the Board agreed upon was to extend the free membership program to Model A enthusiasts who have never been a member of MAFCA through the 2018 calendar year. If you have a friend in the hobby who has never been a member of MAFCA, tell them about this program, and have them contact Jay McCord at chaptercoordinator @ mafca.com.

While in Michigan, the Board also attended Model A Day at the Museum. We had over 40 new members join MAFCA. It was a beautiful day with over 100 Model As on the field. A few very special cars were featured in front of the Museum, a Deluxe Panel Delivery, a Town Car, and a GAZ Jeep of the Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod (Gorky Automobile Plant). Click here for more information on these interesting automobiles made in Russia.

I know all of you who went on the 2017 National Tour had a great time driving the beautiful roadways of California. I can't wait to hear of your adventures!

I hope you have registered for the 2017 National Awards Banquet being held in Oklahoma City. The Sooner Chapter has a great event planned for all of you! We will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sooner Chapter, the national award winners for 2017, and the installation of the 2018 Board of Directors. Lots of fun awaits you in Oklahoma City! I hope to see you there!

The registration materials are now available for the 2018 National Convention in Reno, Nevada. Our host group, the Northern California Regional Group, has planned an adventure that you are not going to want to miss. Please visit the MAFCA website or the NCRG website (2018 MAFCA Convention) for more information and registration forms.

Happy Begg
2017 MAFCA President


September 2017

The destruction in Texas has been catastrophic in the wake of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain in parts of southeastern Texas and into Louisiana. We have many, many members directly in the path of the heavy rainfall, tornadoes, and devastating flooding. We all have friends affected by this storm. The flooding and its aftermath will continue to be a problem for quite some time to come. I urge all of our members to make a donation to help the victims. Please check on your Model A friends and offer whatever help you are able.

The National Tour kicks off on September 24th in Paso Robles, California. There is still time to register and enjoy this trip up the California coastline and over the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County. Click here for registration forms. The Bakersfield Chapter has a fun filled week planned for everyone!

Our annual National Awards Banquet is quickly approaching in late November and I hope to see you in Oklahoma City! The Sooner Model A Club is our host for the event. Come help celebrate their 50th Anniversary! We will also celebrate all the great works of MAFCA members for their efforts to help make the Model A hobby the best it can be. Plus, the 2018 MAFCA Board of Directors will be installed. Register, today! Click here for registration forms.

International Model A Day is September 16. Your MAFCA Board will be out and about meeting and greeting Model A enthusiasts at the Model A Museum. We are looking forward to seeing you there. I hope you are a member of the Ford Model A Museum. If not, click here to join, today! Model A Day at the museum will be a day filled with seminars, a swap meet, lots of tire kickin' and Model A fellowship and stories. If you can't make it to the museum, be sure to get your A out and take it for a spin.

Membership renewals are beginning to come in. If you haven't sent in yours, please do so soon, and don't forget to include your email address on the form. You can also renew online, by clicking here. As so many of you are enjoying the online edition of The Restorer, your membership now includes this added bonus. You will still receive your magazine through the USPS, but via your email, you will also receive a digital link for the online edition. To access, first you must be connected to the Internet, then you just click on the photo of the magazine cover. You will then be taken to a page for you to input your email address and your membership number - that's your password. The password must be 6 numbers in length. So, for example, if your membership number is 1234, you need to add a couple of 0's to the beginning, i.e., 001234.

It's hard to believe that it is time to start thinking about December and holiday greeting cards! We have a new card this year, depicting a family on a beautiful snowy moonlit evening, preparing to deliver packages in their Model A Sedan. It was the cover picture for The Restorer magazine's November/December 1974 issue, by Patti Reader. Order your set today, either through the MAFCA store or by calling the office, 562-697-2712.

The Board of Directors is dedicated to our membership and providing the best possible service to you. Please contact us with your ideas, concerns, complaints, and praise. I look forward to hearing from you. My email address is president @ mafca.com and I can also be reached by phone, 803-622-0048.

Happy Begg
2017 MAFCA President


August 2017

We are fortunate that in four short years, the Ford Motor Company produced close to 5 million Model A's. There were many improvements and new features to the New Ford over the Model T. This was especially exciting for ladies! Imagine the independence of not having to ask a man to come crank the car for you!

In July, I made a trip to the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, home of The Model A Museum. The Model A Museum continues to get better and better. A new exhibit is being worked on at this time. An unusual and rare 1931 Model A Two Door Right Hand Drive Phaeton (Great Britain manufactured) has arrived on loan as the spotlight vehicle for the new “Model A ‘Round the World” exhibit. This exhibit will tell the story of Model A's manufactured and assembled all over the world.

On Friday, September 15, the MAFCA Board of Directors will hold the next Board meeting in the Board Room of the Gilmore Car Museum. This coincides with Model A Days at the Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. On Saturday, September 16, all of the MAFCA Board members will be at the Museum to spend the day with members new and old. Also, on Saturday, Jim Cannon, MAFCA's 2017 Technical Director, will be presenting a seminar on troubleshooting the Model A. This should be very interesting, and all are invited to come.

I hope you have registered for the National Tour coming up next month! The Bakersfield Chapter has worked hard to provide a safe and fun tour from central California up to the San Francisco Bay area. The tour will have you driving along the beautiful coastline and through parts of the farmlands of the central valley. This is going to be a great tour and you aren't going to want to miss it! Registration material can be found on the MAFCA website (click here).

You will be receiving your membership renewal notice in the next few weeks. Please return it promptly, as you don't want to miss out on any issues of The Restorer Magazine or your other membership benefits. This year, you will not be receiving a ballot for the nominees for the Board of Directors. That is because there will be no election this year as the number of nominees equaled the number of positions to be filled. Per the MAFCA By Laws, Article 5 Section (c) (7) Waiver of Election: “If, after the close of nominations, the number of people nominated for election to the Board of Directors is not more than the number of the Directors to be elected, the Board of Directors may, without further action, declare that those nominated and qualified to be elected have been elected.” The Board declared the nominees to be elected during a conference call on June 27, 2017.

The newly elected Board members should be familiar to you, as they each have served our membership in years past. They are Alex Janke from California, Doug Clayton from California, Dan Foulk from California, and Doug Linden from Massachusetts. All of these men will be installed to the Board in December at the National Awards Banquet in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I look forward to seeing you there to celebrate their election to the Board and to honor those who have worked hard this year to promote the hobby and the Model A Ford Club of America.

I hope you will get out and take your A for a drive. It will put a smile on your face and all you pass by along the way.

Happy Begg
2017 MAFCA President


July 2017

It is officially summer and I hope you have been out driving in your Model A. There isn't much quite as nice as taking your Model A out for an ice cream run on a pleasant summer evening. Whether you go alone or with your favorite Model A friends, you are sure to have an instant car show wherever you drive your A. I never tire of the same inevitable questions, “How fast will it go?, Where is the car show?, and Aren't you afraid something will happen to it when you drive it?” Well, we all know that the Model A will go much faster than you really want to go downhill, we just make sure our brakes are adjusted properly, and generally the answer to the next question is, “We are out for a nice drive, no car show.” But, being afraid to drive my Model A's because something might happen has never crossed my mind. I drive my Model A's because it gives me pleasure and I love to see the smiles the little cars just naturally cause to passersby.

I hope you have ordered your new Coupe book. It is a must for all Coupe owners and the serious Model A library collection. The book contains every article ever printed in The Restorer and a few that weren't. And don't forget to order our new Coupe shirt. Call the office @ 562-697-2712, the ladies will be happy to help you out with purchasing your new book and shirt. There is a discount if you order both, together.

If you don't have your July/August issue of The Restorer, it should arrive in your mailbox in the next couple of days. There is another really good article by Steve Schmauch on carburetors and a really interesting one about a very unique 4 wheel drive Model A.

I hope you have sent in your registration for the 2017 National Tour. Time is getting short and you aren't going to want to miss out on all the fun. See the Home Page of the MAFCA website for links to the forms and in-depth information.

Big plans are in the works for the 2018 Convention in Reno. Please consider going to this meeting. There will be great fun things to do and of course fabulous food! How can you have a meeting of Model A lovers without food?

Your Board of Directors will next be meeting in September. We are all looking forward to our visit to the Model A Museum, located within The Gilmore Car Museum complex in Hickory Corners, Michigan. On Friday, September 15th, the Board will meet in the Board Room of The Gilmore, beginning at 8:00 am. Then, on Saturday, the 16th, your Board of Directors will be out and about during Model A Day at the Museum festivities. Is there a better way to celebrate the Model A on International Model A Day, than at our museum? We hope to see you there!

Happy Begg
2017 MAFCA President


June 2017

I recently came across a Ford Motor Company advertisement from a Good Housekeeping magazine, dated August 1930. It features a photo of a 1930 Roadster on a dock near the sea. Its caption was, “A joyous car for golden summer days.” It goes further to say, “Many are the delights of the Ford Roadster these golden summer days. Short the miles and pleasant because of its alert and sprightly performance, its safety and its easy-riding comfort. And what a joy it is to travel along the way with the top down, the blue sky overhead and the fresh, cool air brushing a rosy glow upon your cheeks... Many months of glorious motoring await your beckoning.” Wow, I'm sold! Let's take out our Model A's and go for a ride! Don't forget to keep track of your miles for the 100K Miles in A Day Challenge! Travel with your Chapter or on your own - you pick the day! Send your mileage to Garth Shreading, Membership Director, 100k@mafca.com.

The long awaited Model A Coupe Book is now available for purchase, $24.95, through the MAFCA Store and online at www.mafca.com. This book was put together by some of our most dedicated members, Alex and Ruth Janke, Les Andrews and Garth Shreading, with assistance from many others. This is a superior compilation of all of the articles ever published in The Restorer on Model A Coupes, plus some written by Les Andrews and never before published, until now! The book has a terrific introduction written by Alex Janke, which includes all of the data sheets with the original fabric, paint, and stripe combinations available on the various Coupes. This book is a must for the Model A hobbyist! It is only available from MAFCA and our vendors, order yours, today!

Over the years, the Model A Ford Club of America and your Board of Directors has been very successful in giving you, our membership the best that can be offered in the antique car hobby. Our membership is the largest of any single marque. I believe this is because we have many great membership benefits such as our award winning magazine, The Restorer. Our magazine went from a fledgling cut and paste, black and white newsletter in 1957 to a sixty-six page, full color magazine today. Published six times a year, The Restorer, features articles about the Model A Ford, news of Chapters and activities, and other interesting articles. Along with The Restorer, MAFCA's Directors, especially the Technical Director, are available to you via telephone, mail and email to answer your questions and guide you in the repair and restoration of your cars. Each year, MAFCA recognizes our members who have contributed their talents to MAFCA and the Model A hobby at the National Awards Banquet. Every even numbered year, we hold a National Convention, hosted by one or more Host Chapters in different places, gathering more than 1,000 members, and every odd numbered year, one or more Chapters host a National Tour for our members. We help to bring you together with others who have the same great love for the Model A Ford.

The Board of Directors has always been prudent in the expenditure of our membership's money, carefully investing along the way. As everyone is aware, the cost of doing business is an ever- increasing number, and we have arrived at an economic squeeze point. We have done the very best to give you the most for your dues that we could, cutting out non-essential expenditures and reducing costs of doing business where possible, yet offering great membership programs. It has been ten years since MAFCA has had a dues increase. In order to maintain and continue our great club, it is necessary to have one. Beginning with renewals for the 2018 calendar year, dues will be $50 for US membership, $60 for Mexico/Canada, and $68 for International memberships. Along with this increase, we will be including a bonus, the online edition of The Restorer with every membership. For our International members, we are offering a $50 membership for the online edition only. The online edition of The Restorer is a very valuable premium, as it is readable on your desktop and laptop computers, your tablets, and your smart phone - no matter where, around the world, you are! Up to three years, once online, will be available for your reference. Along with the First Fifty Years of

The Restorer, available on flash drive, you will have a huge digital library of Model A articles available anywhere you travel! Remember, as a member of MAFCA, you are always welcome to attend any Board of Directors meeting, whether it is held in La Habra or elsewhere. Our next meeting will be held at The Gilmore Museum, home of the Model A Ford Museum, in Hickory Corners, Michigan, on September 15th beginning at 8am. I hope to see you there!

Happy Begg
2017 MAFCA President


May 2017

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. ~John Harrigan

What better way to share happiness than touring our beautiful country in your Model A with your fellow club members? As I prepare to travel with our MAFCA SIG, the Southeastern Touring Group, I am imagining all the fun and happiness we will share. We will be touring in the beautiful Bluegrass State of Kentucky near Lexington. Yes, it will be Derby Weekend, but we are hopeful that we will be visiting the sights the Derby fans will not. I am looking forward to the green rolling hills and white fences that are uniquely Kentucky. We are planning a trip to the Old Friends Retirement home of past racehorses and a lunch at the famous Daniel Boone Tavern Restaurant, operated by Berea College, while in the area.

While touring, our SIG will be keeping tabs of our mileage for the “100K in A Day” program. All members of the Southeastern Touring Group are members of MAFCA, so whichever day we choose, we will be sending in our total mileage. Remember, you choose the day, collect everyone's mileage - that means their mileage from home and back for the entire day is counted, and then send your groups' total to 100K @ mafca.com. Only MAFCA members' mileage is eligible for the program. If you have folks participating with your driving tours, who do not have membership in MAFCA, please encourage them to join. There is always more fun in numbers than alone!

Several years ago, the membership of MAFCA voted to change the By Laws regarding the number of terms a person could serve on the MAFCA Board successively. That change limits an elected Director to two successive terms and then is not eligible to serve on the Board of Directors for two full years. At the time, it was not seen by the membership as a problem. But, as we move forward to this year's election, we are seeing a problem with this By Law change. The problem, our members are not stepping up to help lead our great club! Folks, we need your help to keep running this club into the future. Garth Shreading, Membership Director, would love to speak with you in this regard. He can answer all of your questions about what being a Director involves, what expenses are reimbursable, and what each position is responsible for. Please call Garth, (409) 753-2564, or email him, membership @ mafca.com, with your questions or suggestions for nominees.

The new Coupe Book is about to go to the printer. This long awaited for compilation of all of The Restorer articles on the various Coupes will be for sale soon. I am anxiously waiting for my copy, as I have just finished restoring a 1930 Sport Coupe. I spent a great deal of time combing through the First Fifty Years of The Restorer looking for articles on Sport Coupes and this book will be of great help to me in the future. You can buy The First Fifty Years of The Restorer, a flash drive, on the club website.

In closing, this is a beautiful time of the year to take your Model A out for a drive, whether you are just going for ice cream or taking a cross country trip. Share your happiness with the world and drive your Model A! Happy Motoring, Happy Begg 2017 MAFCA President

Happy Begg
2017 MAFCA President


April 2017

April brings many of us to that special time of year when the snow has melted, or mostly melted, and the roads are dry. Perfect time to get out there and see where your favorite car will take you!

I've been quite busy over the past couple of weeks working with my husband, John, to bring a recently acquired 1930 Sport Coupe up to my safety standards for long distance and daily driving. I've also discovered a new meaning for dirty! It is our hope to have the car in shape about the beginning of May. I hope your projects are coming along well.

Have you given some thought to running for the MAFCA Board of Directors? If you have and think you would like to share your talents with MAFCA, give Garth Shreading a call to talk it over. His phone number is 409-753-2564 and his email address is membership @ mafca.com. Garth has served our membership in a variety of Board positions and is in a great position to really give you the ins and outs of each office and answer questions you may have.

If you have a Model A related product to sell or a Model A business, contact Donna Lewis, MAFCA's Advertising Director, for your commercial advertising; her email is advertising @ mafca.com and her phone number is 281-255-8885. What better way is there to get your message to 13,000 enthusiasts than through advertising in The Restorer and on our website?

The Bakersfield Chapter is receiving registrations for the 2017 National Tour in California. Although the route was changed due to a recent bridge wash out on the original route, they have chosen an alternate route through beautiful farmlands and vineyards for a short section of the tour. These roads are perfect for the Model A! San Simeon and Hearst Castle will still be the first stop along the Pacific Coast Highway. No matter the route, any National Tour is about our members getting together to drive their cars, together. If you have never joined in the fun of a National Tour, it is guaranteed that you will make new friends from all over the US and maybe some from outside the US and have a great time! For more information, please click on this link.

Many of us are on the Internet using Facebook. MAFCA has a growing Group Page, MAFCA - Model A Ford Club of America. This is a really good place to share your photos and stories of your adventures. It is also a great place to get the word out about your local club's swap meets, tours, and meetings. Although anyone can view the page, you must have a Facebook page and request to be a member of the page to make a post. There is no charge to join in and see what other Model A enthusiasts are up to with their cars.

The Board of Directors is available to you for any issues, concerns or other comments. We would love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact me by email, president @ mafca.com, or by phone (803-622-0048).

Until next month - Happy Motoring…

Happy Begg
2017 MAFCA President


March 2017

Spring arrives this month and thus for most of the country, the Model A touring season begins for 2017. I hope all of you are ready for some wonderful, fun days in your cars with your friends. There isn't a more relaxing day than driving the back roads and enjoying it from the front seat of a Model A!

Our Contact List for information and the happenings within MAFCA is growing! Are you receiving the monthly emails packed with information including activities of MAFCA Chapters, Regions, and Special Interest Groups? If you are not, send an email to Garth Shreading and he will make sure you receive them. Please know that MAFCA will never sell or share your email contact information.

The January/February and March/April Digital Editions of The Restorer have been delivered to those of you who signed up for it. If you did not sign up and would like to receive the magazine online - to take with you everywhere you take your laptop, tablet, or smart phone, call the office, 562-697-2712, and the ladies will be more than happy to assist you.

Registration for the 2017 National Tour is now open for all members. You will find links to in-depth information about the tour and registration forms on our website and in the March/April issue of The Restorer. You will not be able to download the forms from the Digital issue of The Restorer, as the magazine is not downloadable for personal use.

Each year, MAFCA seeks candidates for the Board of Directors from all over the US. Your help is needed to guide our club; and this year, there will be four vacancies. In the March/April issue of The Restorer and on the website, Running for the Board Page, you will find answers for basic questions about what being a Board member would entail. If you have more questions, please contact Garth Shreading, 2017 MAFCA Membership Director and Election Chairperson.

Of course, if you find yourself in the area where the Board will be meeting, please come and watch your Board in action! Board meetings are open to all members of MAFCA. Our next one will be held at MAFCA Headquarters in La Habra, a suburb of Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2017 beginning at 8:00 AM. The dates and locations for 2017 Board meetings are on the website Board Calendar page. Perhaps you could join us at the Model A Museum in September or in Oklahoma City in December.

Until next month - Happy Motoring…

Happy Begg
2017 MAFCA President


February 2017

I hope you all are making good use of your time in the parts of the country where the weather is a bit too frigid and downright snowy for touring! I would guess that you all have begun projects to finish up prior to the robins' arrival signaling the beginning of Spring and Model A touring season.

Membership renewals continue to come in to the office. But, if this slipped your mind, please call the office at 562-697-2712 or go to the website and click “Join MAFCA” to renew. For those of you looking for your MAFCA membership cards, we experienced an error with the January/February issue of The Restorer. Unfortunately, the cards were not inserted. Please look for them in the March/April issue. When you do have your membership cards in hand, you can find your membership number on the protective plastic wrap just above your name and address. Be sure to write your number on your card for future reference.

Did you know that there is now a Model A Club in a US high school? The Santa Anita A's helped the Pasadena (California) High School form a Chapter of MAFCA. They have a wonderful video that can be found on the MAFCA YouTube channel. The Pasadena Club has over 100 members! This is a great way to get young people involved with our fun hobby.

Has your Chapter talked about taking part with our newest fun mileage challenge? The challenge is to see if we, as a club can drive 100,000 miles in any one day. Your Chapter chooses the day! If you are not a member of a MAFCA Chapter, you can still participate on your own. For more information, click here.

MAFCA has been using an online email service to keep folks informed of all the great happenings. Are you receiving our email blasts? If not, send an email to Garth Shreading, his address is membership @ mafca.com and he will make sure you are on the list. Please know that MAFCA will never sell or distribute any of your personal information.

I hope you are talking with your touring friends about participating in the upcoming National Tour of the California Coastline; it will be the last week in September. The Bakersfield Chapter has a great tour planned. Registration materials will be available in the March/April issue of The Restorer.

Happy Begg
2017 MAFCA President


January 2017

Happy New Year!

It is with great pleasure that I will begin 2017 and MAFCA's 60th Anniversary year as your President. I thank the MAFCA Board for their confidence in me. The 2017 Board is made up of people who live not only on both coasts of the country, specifically California, Maine, and South Carolina, but also in Illinois and Texas, through the center of the United States. It's good to see Garth Shreading, from Texas, and Jay McCord, from Southern California, reelected for an additional 2 years. Jim Cannon, from Houston, is a returning Board member, having served the membership as Technical Director in 2014 and 2015. Kay Lee is from Illinois, and David White is from Maine, and they join the MAFCA Board for the first time. All are very enthusiastic about serving you, the MAFCA membership, in 2017!

I want to thank Alex Janke for serving the Board and the membership as the 2016 President. Under his leadership, MAFCA continued the path set forth by 56 previous Presidents, growing and expanding the breadth of the Club. Trudy Vestal, Dave Bockman, and Mark Smith are leaving the Board with the installation of the 2017 Board, as their terms have expired. Trudy, Dave and Mark share a passion for MAFCA; they believe in this organization, and have helped to motivate, affect change and improve our club. I hope their time and experiences, while serving the membership on the Board, will be remembered with great fondness.

The Board held the election of 2017 Officers and Directors on December 6, 2016. In 2017, David White will serve as MAFCA's Vice President. Please email David (vp@mafca.com) if you are interested in hosting a national event in the future. Kay Lee will be serving as Secretary and Alex Janke will be serving as Treasurer. The Directors elected were: Technical Director is Jim Cannon, Membership Director is Garth Shreading, Chapter Coordinator is Jay McCord, Advertising Director is Donna Lewis, and Publications Director is Doug Clayton. Please do not hesitate to contact any of these folks with your comments, concerns, or questions.

The National Awards Banquet was great fun in Reno! Jack Middleton and the Sagebrush Chapter really executed a wonderful event for the membership! Whether one went on the planned excursions around the area, enjoyed the luxurious spa in the hotel, or tried one's luck with the slot machines, there was something fun for everyone. The January/February issue of The Restorer has a complete write up, including pictures, of the event. I hope you will join us at a National Awards Banquet in the future.

I am looking forward to 2017 and the planned national events. We have a new Chapter driving program, the 2017 National Tour of the California Coast, and celebrating with the Sooner Chapter their 50th anniversary at the National Awards Banquet in Oklahoma City. Won't you join in the fun?

On the Members Only page of our website, you will find a link to access a very good Member Handbook developed by the Beaver Chapter. They have generously shared this with the entire MAFCA membership. Take a look; it contains their proven methods of retaining and recruiting new members for your Chapter.

Please remember that MAFCA is your club. If there is anything Model A related you want to talk about, suggestions to help make MAFCA a better club, please contact me or one of the Board members. I can be reached at or by phone 803-622-0048. I look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Begg
2017 MAFCA President


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