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The Model A Ford Club of America, Inc. (MAFCA) is dedicated to the restoration, preservation and enjoyment of the Ford Model A and AA cars and trucks, as manufactured from 1928 through 1931. We are an active, family-friendly organization whose members share a passion for these historic vehicles, plus other aspects of life in that era, such as fashions.

MAFCA is a not-for-profit corporation with members and local affiliated chapters all over the globe. This makes us the largest car club in the world dedicated to one make of automobile. We hope you enjoy looking through our site, and we invite you to join us!

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Chapter News Deadline Approaches

September 19 - Monday, September 20, is the deadline for chapter reporters to get your chapter news to the Restorer editor. Send to MAFCANews @ gmail.com or mail to: The Restorer, 5074 Plumstead Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.

It would be appreciated if ALL letters are typewritten or plainly printed and include a return address (and phone number) in case we need to contact you regarding your submission. Please keep your news to 75 words. A photo may be submitted but due to space limitations, not all can be used.

 

New Model A Engine

September 18 - The new Burtz Block Model A engine kit has now been in production for several months. One owner has over 10,000 trouble-free miles on his engine with no problems, another entered his car in the Great Race.

To read the September blog from the Burtz Block site, click here.

 

Website Feature of the Week - Hubley

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September 17 - Under the YOUTH menu on the left side of each web page, you'll find HUBLEY. The toy maker brought out a line of 1/20scale Model A Fords (7 different models) in the 1960s.

One day many years ago, someone got the idea that it might be fun to "race" these model cars down a track similar to the "Pinewood Derby" that the Boy and Girl Scouts use.

The Hubley Derby is a gravity race using the die cast scale metal models made by Hubley, Gabriel, and Scale Model. Many of our meets now have an event for "the kids" - racing their toy Model A cars. Usually only appearing in local and regional MAFCA events, the "Hubley Derby" came into the national spotlight when it was an official event in at the 1994 Tacoma MAFCA/MARC National Meet.

The race is a great participant and spectator sport. The crowds really get involved in the runoffs and cheer for their favorites. The format is side by side racing on a three-lane track with elimination races until the age group champion is finally crowned. Some of the fiercest competition is in the 18 and over age group. The phrase "Big boys and their toys" comes to mind. Check out the Hubley pages.

 

Snyder's Website Update

September 16 - Earlier this month, Snyder's Antique Auto Parts, one of our Website advertisers, stated that they will be updating their website on Tuesday September 14th at 7pm EST. It appears that this date has been pushed back to September 22.

The new website will improve the customer experience. The customer will have improved access to their account information and order history. The new website will be more friendly with phone and tablet users as well as all browsers.

Important: Any parts that you may have saved in a Cart will NOT transfer to the new website so you will need to make note of them now. Your password will NOT transfer to the new website, if you are an existing Snyder’s customer there will be a simple one-time procedure, on the login screen, that will allow you to setup your password for the new website.

 

Sep/Oct Restorer

September 2 - Most of us who subscribe to the Digital Restorer have received notice that the September/October issue is now available online. The printed version will be mailed out this week, so look for it in your mail boxes soon!

 

remembering the Waltons

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August 30 - For those of us who watched TV in the 1970s, many remember The Waltons, a story about a family in rural Virginia during the Great Depression and World War II. The "pilot" was the television movie The Homecoming: A Christmas Story which was broadcast on December 19, 1971. Based on its success, the CBS television network ordered one season of episodes based on the same characters and that became the television series The Waltons. Beginning in September 1972, the series subsequently aired on CBS for nine seasons.

The show’s end sequence featured the family saying goodnight to one another before drifting off to sleep, and "Goodnight, John Boy" was one of the most common catchphrases of the 1970s.

Your webmaster remembers watching those shows, and of particular interest were the vehicles the family had on their farm. Several Model As were used in the 10-year series.

Do you remember any of those Model A's? And who drove which one? If so, send an email to webmaster@mafca.com and let me know - I will add that information to our website.

And if you're so inclined, many/most of the episodes can be seen on YouTube. Just search there for "The Waltons".

 

Chapter Awards

August 29 - Each year, MAFCA evaluates chapter websites and newsletters for awards at the National Awards banquet. If your chapter has been sending copies of your newsletters to chapters @ mafca.com, your newsletter is automatically considered for an award.

If you are proud of your chapter website, please send an email to chapters @ mafca.com and request that your website be considered. Please include your chapter name, the website address, and the name of your webmaster.

MAFCA Service Awards are also given out each at the annual banquet to members nominated by their chapters for outstanding service to the chapter. The rules for this award and application form can be found in the Policy Part 2 Section 5-I, which you can find in the members_only area. Nomination forms must reach the Chapter Coordinator no later than October 15 to be considered.

 

accessing mafca.com
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August 26 - You can access this website from your computer, a tablet, or even a smart phone. However, there is a problem accessing the left-side menus from a smart phone or tablet.

If you press one of the left menu items and you don't see another pop-out menu, try pressing one of the lower menu items first and THEN choose the menu item you want.

MAFCA 2021 Election

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August 23 - The 2021 MAFCA election is now in progress. Four MAFCA members will be elected to the 2022-2023 Board of Directors. Ballots have been mailed out to every MAFCA member.

Candidate biographies and photos will be printed in the September/October issue of The Restorer. Ballots must be returned to MAFCA headquarters before October 15 to be counted.

Photos of the candidates are on the Elections Page.

 

National Awards Banquet

August 15 - This year's National Awards Banquet will be held in Fort Worth Texas December 2-4. The registration form can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

Members with Email

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August 1 - In our MEMBERS ONLY area, we have a list of MAFCA members with email. I just visited that page and noticed that some of the entries are REALLY old.

If you name is on that list and you'd like to keep it there, please review the information on that page and if needed, click on the link at the bottom of the page to send updated info to the Listmaster.

Note that the email addresses are "hidden" so that Google can't find them in any searches. To see any email address, hover the cursor over the little envelope. The email address will appear in the very bottom left corner of the screen, starting with: mailto:

If your location or email address has changed, or if you'd like to be removed from the list, please click the link on the bottom that page to send the info to the Listmaster.

 

More 2021 Tour Photos

July 23 - Posted 6 new photos on the 2021 National Tour page. You'll find it under FUN STUFF and PHOTO GALLERY and INTRODUCTION. Or, just click here.

 

the 2021 MAFCA National Tour Memories

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The 2021 National Tour has come and gone, but some great memories remain.

Many participants have submitted photos of their experiences.

These photos have been posted on a new Gallery page called 2021Tour. Take a look and see what fun was had.

 

Recent Videos

The following videos have been added to our VIDEOS page:

Category Video Title Date Posted
Historical [Image] Introduction of the 1928 Ford - filmed in 1928 08/29
Electrical [Image] Installing a New Wiring Harness - Paul Shinn 08/21
Technical [Image] Choosing and installing an Oil Filter - Astra-Werke 08/06
Maintenance Why Won't My Model A Start - Paul Shinn 07/31
Member Grandson of Vice President Happy Begg changing manifolds 07/08
Historical The 15,000,000th Model T 07/06
Technical Assembling a Distributor 07/03
Technical Drain Gas Tank & Clean Gas Line 06/19
Chapter Sonoma A's Prepare for Summer Touring 06/18
Technical Selecting and Restoring Wheels 06/07

 

Photo of the Week

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"A" of the Day

We want your Model A Photo!

Please describe your car's year and model, and include your City and State in an email to Webmaster. Don't forget to tell us who is in the photo and where it was taken.

Photos that are at least 250 kb in size work the best.

Miss a day? View the last 30 days of A OF THE DAY photos when you click here.

A of the Day Puzzle - click here

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Upcoming Events

September 13-17 - Des Moines IA
GAMARAI XXV

Sept 17-18 - Hickory Corners MI
11th Annual Model A Day

September 29-Oct 15 - Kanab UT
Ole Southwest Tour

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