If you have ever seen any history on Henry Ford then you probably know that he liked to go “roughing it” in the great outdoors. Well the Cowtown “A”s version of “roughing it” would be to take a tour around some of the most beautiful countryside in North Central Texas. The club has tours throughout the year, weather permitting. So come join the club and enjoy the countryside with us on one or more of our tours. Some of our tours cover Texas countryside during different seasons. You may never realize just how varying the Texas countryside is until you have taken a leisurely ride in a Ford Model A through the country.
Overnight October Tour – Tractor Show, Suspension Bridge, Temple, TX
October 2-3, 2021: Tour to the 50th Early Day Tractor & Engine show and drive across the Regency Suspension Bridge
On Saturday October 2nd, we will tour to Temple, TX to attend the 50th Annual State Tractor and Engine Show. This even happens the first Saturday of every October and has many items to see including restored vintage tractors, hit & miss engines, tractor pulls and other items of interest. We will leave from the Target in Burleson at 9AM (address below).
We will then drive over to Killeen, TX for the night. Club member David Joyal is investigating an opportunity to arrange a visit to the Fort Hood Army Base for Saturday afternoon, but no promises are made! We will have an opportunity to eat together for dinner.
Sunday October 3rd we will tour to the small community of San Saba, TX and go through some backroads to drive across the last drivable suspension bridge in the state, the Regency Suspension Bridge. This bridge was originally built in 1939 and restored in 1999. This single lane bridge spans the Colorado River and is a total of 403′ long. The roads leading to the bridge are paved to a point, and then they are well-maintained unpaved roads, according to the city and the reviews online.
We will then tour the backroads back to Fort Worth by early Sunday afternoon.
Meeting Location to leave south Fort Worth Saturday morning:
Burleson Target Parking Lot (NE corner of 731 & 174)
Leaving at 9AM
200 NW John Jones Dr
Burleson, TX 76028
Hotel Information: TBD
Please let me know if you plan to attend
Jordan Douglass 817-584-8125
58th Texas Tour a Success!
Tex Willis, Chair of the 58 Annual Texas Tour held on June 10-13 in Longview, Tx reports it was a great success and it seems a good time was had by all who attended. Tex said there were 100 registrations and 228 participants. The good weather, day tours to Jefferson and Kilgore, plus the casual gatherings and Saturday night BBQ banquet made for a fun time.
Thanks to Tex, Scarecrow and Nate Rominger for planning and managing a great tour.
Schedule of Local Events 2021
August Tour – Cancelled
September 12, 2021 – Grandparents Day Car Show – Fort Worth Stockyards – Host by Fort Worth Model A Club
September 18, 2021 – Wheels for Wellness Car Show – Downtown Fort Worth on Main Street
October 2-3, 2021 – Tour to the 50th Early Day Tractor & Engine show
Schedule of Regional/National Events 2021
September 11 International Model ‘A’ Day – drive your Model ‘A’
September 17 & 18 Model ‘A’ Day, Gilmore Museum, Hickory Corners, MI.
October 16 Westlake Classic Car Show
October 22-24 Winnsboro Autumn Trails, Winnsboro, TX.
December MAFCA National Awards Banquet, Fort Worth Stockyards
June 5-11 Model ‘A’ Restorers Club National Meet, Morgantown, PA.
June 12-17 – MAFCA National, Convention in Kerrville, TX (Alamo ‘A’s host)
The club has monthly meetings every month on the third Sunday of the month. The club meetings are a mix of Social Gathering, Club News and Information, Each month we have a program that often include special guest speakers or little known information about the beloved Model A. Come join us for one of our meetings as our guest.
The program this month will be “Henry Has Made A Lady Out of Lizzy” presented by club member David Keefer. David is a collector of radios, records and photographs and this will be a great program.
Our meetings are held at Hallmark Baptist Church
4201 W. Risinger Rd, 76123.
August 15, 2021
September 19, 2021
October 17, 2021
November 21, 2021
The church is east on Risinger off South Hulen. Risinger runs east/west and
crosses I-35 on the east and Chisolm Trail Parkway on the west.
Our Board meeting is at 1:30PM,
Tire kickin/sign in at 2:00 PM and meeting begins at 2:30PM. There is plenty of parking ,and enter the church on the east or west end adjacent to Risinger Rd. CDC guidelines still recommend face masks indoors when in a group of
people that may contain some who have not been vaccinated so face masks are preferred at the meeting.
MAFFI NEWSLETTER MINUTE
Our Annual Model A Day is fast approaching and since our last year’s event had to be postponed to this year, all of our displays are already in place, just waiting for your arrival! We talk a lot about all of the beautiful cars that are on display in the Museum but did you know that there are many era fashions that are also on dis-play year round. Our museum fashion director, Linda Morford does such an excellent job of keeping these displays fresh and ever changing. This year we have changed out a couple of our mannequins to wear our First Responder outfits.
If you have been to the museum in the past, you may have noticed “Dolly” donning her lovely vintage housedress and apron. This year, Dolly has been transformed into Nurse Dolly. Her uniform is thanks to a find by Executive Director, John Marshall and the beautiful cape came from Julie Kluttz, of the MARC Fash-ion Committee. Don’t worry, she will have white shoes by Model A Day!
Officer Delaney was once our Good Humor Ice Cream man. He now proudly wears an authentic Police Uni-form also donated by John Marshall.
Our fireman (yet unnamed) is wearing a complete era fireman’s outfit thanks to Ken Ehrenhofer. I was there when they were dressing this guy and let me tell you, it’s not easy putting those boots on a mannequin! A hole needed to be cut in one of the boots in order for it to fit onto the stand. Fire boots were not meant to be cut into!
Hopefully you will be able to make it to Model A Day September 18th, to see these wonderful displays in per-son. For more information go to our website at:maffi.org. Start making your plans now; it’s going to be great!
The Cowtown “A”s have annual events every year. These events include the annual Pate Swap Meet @ Texas Motor Speedway the largest swap meet in the Southwest. The Pate Swap Meet averages over 8,000 spaces for people and vendor to bring their goods to sale or swap. The Pate Swap Meet has been going since the mid 1980’s and has occurred every year except 2020 but it resumed in 2021 with great success. Another annual event is the Grandparents Day Car Show This event happens every September on Grandparent day it was started in 1985 with a total of 129 Model A Fords, 124 members cars and 5 guest cars. The Grandparents Day Show has opened up to all cars not just the Model A, and we have cars from the Model T era all the way to modern modified and custom cars that show up each year. To see the Grandparents Day Show is like a walk through the history of the automobile, and what better place to have the show than the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards with the cattle drive, the occasional horse-drawn wagon and the train station with a antique Steam locomotive that make regular runs several times a day.
Grandparents Day this year was
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Fort Worth Stockyards
Fort Worth Stockyards
This year was a success as you can see from the photos above. You may hover your mouse over any picture above to stop that picture from changing to view it longer. You may also view larger still photos in the Grand Parents Day 2021 Album
The club also participates in special events throughout the year. The events vary greatly like bridge dedications, Weddings, Fund raising events, Etc…
The following article was published by Fort Worth Magazine: This is not a club sponsered event but thought it might be of interest to some.
Union Pacific’s Big Boy Locomotive Coming to Fort Worth
AUGUST 9, 2021
Courtesy of Union Pacific
Big Boy No. 4014, a Union Pacific steam locomotive built in the 1940s
A big piece of history is touring the country and making a stop in Fort Worth this weekend.
And we mean really big.
Big Boy No. 4014 — a 1940s steam locomotive built for Union Pacific to carry equipment over mountains during World War II — will arrive in Fort Worth on Friday and be displayed Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. near downtown Fort Worth, about one block east of 825 E. Ninth St.
It’s the world’s largest steam locomotive, according to Union Pacific; Big Boys were about 133 feet long and weighed 1.2 million pounds. About 25 of these trains were built, with only eight remaining in existence, and No. 4014 is the only one operating today.
The restored Big Boy No. 4014 first debuted in 2019 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion, and 2021 marks the first year the locomotive will be going on tour. Big Boy will make whistle-stops in more than 90 communities and be on display during one-day events in Houston, New Orleans, St. Louis, Denver — and, of course, Fort Worth.
Saturday’s free event will allow guests to take photos with the train as well as interact with the people behind the restoration, explore a restored baggage car, and peruse booths and tents educating visitors about the railroad.
Prior to the event Saturday, Big Boy will make three brief whistle-stops around Texas on Friday before arriving in Fort Worth:
- 2 p.m. Pottsboro, Grayson St. Crossing
- 4 p.m. Pilot Point, Liberty St. Crossing
- 5 p.m. Denton, E. Sycamore St. Crossing
More information is available on Union Pacific’s website.
There are a series of two minute videos produced by Union Pacific from summer 2013 through spring 2014 on the fascinating process and effort to get the engine’s rolling suspension including wheels, brakes, and connected parts ready to be towed out of the fairgrounds and all the way to Cheyenne where it was restored and finished in 2019. You can see tons of articles, videos, and history on the Union Pacific website https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/4014/index.htm.
White Settlement Bridge Dedication
May 22, 2021, Eleven cars represented the club. Following the remarks by several dignitaries, including Mayor Price, and after the ribbon cutting, the Model ‘A’s led the procession across the new bridge (Pictured right) followed by a group of bicyclists and walkers. Following the trip across the bridge the cars returned and were parked in the Angelo’s BBQ parking lot where the Model ‘A’ folks were treated to lunch by Steve at Angelo’s.
Main Street Bridge Dedication
The Fort Worth Model ‘A’ Club was again invited to participate in the dedication and ribbon cutting of the second bridge in a series of three new bridges for the Trinity River Project. This time we were asked to participate in the dedication of the new Main Street Bridge north of the Main Street viaduct over the Trinity River. Members gathered on Saturday morning, July 17 at the south end of the new bridge. After music and dancing by a group of talented young people there were remarks by dignitaries and the ribbon cutting. The Model ‘A’s then drove north across the new bridge followed by bicyclists and runners. After a U turn at the north end we drove back to the south end and ended the ceremonies. It was a fun way to start a Saturday and members had a good time.
There is one more nearby bridges under construction to be completed in the next few months. The dedication of the Main Street Bridge has just passed and, if there is any more dedications planned in the future, and we are requested information will be posted on this page.
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Happy July 4th!