MTFCA Events Calendar

This is an on-line copy of the Events Calendar published in The Vintage Ford magazine. Submissions are to the magazine editor as described below. Activities will be listed at no charge to any antique car club, regardless of affiliation, on a space available basis. Please allow for publication time.

The deadline for any listing is the 15th of the month preceding the issue date (i.e., December 15 for the January-February issue; February 15 for the March-April issue, etc.). Please send your activity announcement to MTFCA Activities Calendar, P.O. Box 996, Richmond, IN 47375-0996 or email to E-mail MTFCA admin

2017

JULY 16-21, 2017 – Whitefish, Montana. "Motoring in Montana" tour, a combined MTFCA and MTFCI national tour hosted by the Rocky Mountain Model T Chapter. See ad in Vintage Ford for more information, daily highlights, and registration form. You can also go to our Facebook page. Reserve your lodging now, before registration opens January 2, 2017.
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Daily Tour Highlights
Sunday - Our first day has a local tour to Kalispell with an optional stop at the Conrad Mansion (www.conradmansion.com) for our history buffs. You will get a feel for the area and a chance to find some of the stores, shops and dining establishments to visit during the week. Our car show and judging will line up in downtown Whitefish, MT at 11AM along Central Avenue from the historic train depot to the center of the Whitefish dining and shopping district. Lunch is on your own in Whitefish or Kalispell. The fashion show will be held in downtown Whitefish from 3-4PM. It will then be time for everyone to make their way up to the Whitefish Mountain Resort Base Lodge for our opening BBQ and introduction to the tour taking place from 6-9PM.

Monday - Today we will be going north to Eureka, MT, which is just a couple miles from the US/Canadian border. There are three major stops in Eureka: the amazing Stonehenge Air Museum and full-size replica of Stonehenge (stonehengeairmuseum.org), the Lundeen Brothers Heritage Museum, and Eureka’s Historical Village (www.tobaccovalleyhistory.org). Box lunches will be available for pickup at Eureka’s Historical Village. The Black Powder Shooters will be at the Lundeen Museum in the morning and afternoon showing off their skills and letting a few brave souls try their hand at firing a black powder rifle.

Tuesday - This is our longest touring day so get up early and be prepared to cross over the Continental Divide a couple of times while enjoying Glacier Park (www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm ) and the views we call the Crown of the Continent. We will pick up our sack lunches at Safeway on the way out of Whitefish. We will be driving through Columbia Falls, Hungry Horse, and Coram before arriving at West Glacier, MT, where we will begin our tour through Glacier Park on the Going-to-the-Sun Hwy. After a leisurely drive along Lake McDonald and McDonald Creek to the Avalanche Creek area, we will begin the climb up to Logan Pass on a road carved into the mountain side from 1919-33 with help from New Deal public works funding. Most Model T’s can make the climb in high gear, but traffic may slow us down at times requiring some low gear use. Once over the Continental Divide it is all downhill along St. Mary Lake to St. Mary. There are number of turnouts and picnic areas on this side for lunch stops. From St. Mary we will travel outside of the park to Lower Two Medicine Lake and on to East Glacier where travelers from the “East” arrived at the park via the Great Northern RR and stayed at the Glacier Park Lodge (www.glacierparkinc.com/lodging/glacier-park-lodge/) built by the RR. From East Glacier we will return to Whitefish via Hwy 2 over the Continental Divide, past Essex and the Issac Walton Inn (www.izaakwaltoninn.com), and the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

Wednesday - This will be our shortest touring day unless you decide to take the optional route up to Polebridge, MT. We will pick up our sack lunches at Safeway on the way out of Whitefish. We will take the same route to West Glacier, but our main destination is the Apgar Visitor Center in Glacier Park where those who have Red Bus (www.glaciernationalparklodges.com/red-bus-tours) tickets will board one of seven historic Red Buses built in the late 1930’s for their Western Alpine Tour up to Logan Pass and back with stops along the way to give you plenty of opportunity to take those pictures you missed while driving your Model T Tuesday. These buses are known as “The Rubies of the Rockies” and have an open convertible top for optimal viewing. Those without Red Bus tickets can drive their Model T into the park or park in the visitor center parking lot (monitored) and take one of the free shuttles to one or more areas in the park that usually do not have room for cars after 9AM. You can also take a short loop into Apgar Village and rent a boat on Lake McDonald or just sit on the rock beach and take in the view. For those that want to experience one of Montana’s most popular gravel roads, you can take the optional tour to Polebridge, MT and visit the Polebridge Mercantile (polebridgemerc.com). Once we get back to the Whitefish Mountain Resort, Chair One (skiwhitefish.com/scenic-lift-rides/) will be open for everyone from 5:30 – 10:30PM for a scenic lift ride to the summit. There is an optional dinner at the top of Big Mountain in the Summit House at 6PM and 8PM.

Thursday - Today we are going south to Polson, MT to visit the Miracle of America Museum (miracleofamericamuseum.org). We will take a scenic route along the eastern side of the Flathead Valley crossing the Flathead River and the Swan River before getting to the largest fresh water lake west of the Great Lakes – Flathead Lake. We will be going down the East side of Flathead Lake through Bigfork, Woods Bay, Yellow Bay and Finley Point to the south end of the lake at Polson, and the Miracle of America Museum. You can pick up a sandwich for lunch in Polson to enjoy while at the museum, or sit down at one of the many restaurants in Polson for lunch after visiting the museum. The return route will retrace our path on the East Side Hwy back to Bigfork at the North end of the lake and then back to Whitefish. Tonight we will have the judging awards ceremony (7PM) and the Youth Foundation Auction (8PM) at the hospitality suite at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Friday - On our last touring day we will be exploring the Flathead Valley. We will be visiting Dave Cooley’s car collection in Creston and Lyle Aklestad’s V8 Ford Collection (he also has a couple of Model T’s) in Bigfork. Bigfork has a number of restaurants where you can have lunch including the Flathead Lake Brewing Co. (flatheadlakebrewing.com) which has an amazing view of Flathead Lake from their dining room. From Bigfork we will travel through the Eagle Bend Yacht Harbor (www.eaglebendyachtharbor.com) and Golf Course on the North end of Flathead Lake and along the Flathead River. Kehoe’s Agate Shop is the last stop in this area for those that are looking for a special memento from Montana. The next destination is historic Somers, MT, once owned by Jim Hill of the Great Northern RR. Check out the yellow mansion on the hill, the historic train and Sliters Lumber and Building Supply. From here we will head North along Somers Road which turns into Lower Valley Road as it follows the Flathead River into Kalispell. If you haven’t spent all of your time yet, you will have one more chance to visit the historic Conrad Mansion as you pass by on your way back to Whitefish. Our final event will be the closing banquet at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake (lodgeatwhitefishlake.com ) starting at 7PM. Dinner seating is limited, but the room will be open to everyone after dinner for the final awards and presentations.

July 22, 2017 – 63rd Annual Long Beach Model T Club Vintage and Classic Parts Exchange Saturday July 22, 2017 from 7:00Am until it’s over. One of the oldest and best swap meets in the west. Long Beach City College Veterans Stadium, 5000 Lew Davis St. Long Beach, CA. $5 Admission, Free Parking. Spaces are 20ft wide and 18ft deep. $40 each or 3 for $100. Call Jeff hood 562-597-5936 or check out www.lbmtc.com

August 4-6, 2017 - Stuttgart, Germany. Annual Model T Meeting of the Alpen Chapter of Bavaria & Austria. Come to Germany and enjoy life in the slow lane. Contact: Reiner Wilhelm

SEPTEMBER 6-10, 2017 – Osage Beach, Missouri. The 35th annual Hillbilly Tour 2017 is a hub tour at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks with many hills and hollers for your driving pleasure. Our opening meeting is a Hillbilly ice cream social where you can model your best hillbilly attire and compete for prizes. We will tour the Versailles, Lebanon, and Mennonite communities, take a tour photo, have two lunch stops, take a Lake of the Ozarks cruise, drive your Model T over swing/suspension bridges and have a closing ceremony and dinner. These are among the many areas of interest and travel that is planned. As always, our hospitality room will be available throughout the tour providing snacks, refreshments and a relaxed, welcoming environment to visit with old and new friends. Due to truck and trailer parking limitations, we will be limiting the number of cars to fifty so get your reservations in early. The Hillbilly Tour 2017 is hosted by the Heart of the Ozarks Chapter. For a registration and information packet contact Gene Gemmill at 417-881-6702 or Email. See you at the lake!

SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 – Old Town Orcutt, California. The 15th Annual Santa Maria A’s All Ford Car Show and Swap Meet will take place around the beautiful Orcutt Union Plaza at 201 South Broadway. Swap meet opens at 7:00 a.m.; show opens at 8:00 a.m.; presentation of colors at 9:00 a.m. The public is invited and admission is free. Event benefits the Allen Hancock Industrial Technology Program Scholarships. Sellers/entrants, $25 advance registration, $35 at the door. There will also be live music, raffle, 50/50 raffle, ten divisions for trophies, and a trophy for the Ford club with the best participation. For more information, contact Curt Warner 805-478-1231 or Email or Jay McCord 805-598-8133 or Email.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 SEPTEMBER 9 - San Jose, California. The 17th Annual Antique Autos in History Park, presented by the Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club and History San José, will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This event fills History Park (Kelley Park, 635 Phelan Ave., San Jose, CA) with stock antique autos, fire equipment, bicycles and motorcycles of all makes from 1900 to 1945. The featured vehicles this year are "Trucks, the Workhorse of the 20th Century". Also located on the grounds will be the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association. There will be antique crafts demonstrated and antique collectibles displayed. Admission to the event is $5, and free for participants and HSJ members. For more information, contact Peder Jorgensen at Email or 408-358-3398.

2018

JANUARY 14-17 and optional add-on JANUARY 19-21, 2018 – Hamilton, North Island, New Zealand. The 25th Jubilee International Rally will be hosted by the Model T Ford Club of New Zealand. The rally is four days long with an optional three day add-on progressive tour. Contact Les & Lesley Webster Email or Neil Dobson and Kristie Martin Email if you are interested. See ad in Vintage Fordfor more information.

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