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
JANUARY 14, 2017 – Lake Worth, Florida. The 16th annual Fords and Friends Meet will be hosted by the Palm Beach Region 129 Early Ford V-8 Club. Open to all flathead Fords, Lincolns, Mercurys, Model Ts, and Model As. Event will include a flea market, dash plaques, participant judging, food, and entertainment. Located 500 feet east of Florida Turnpike exit 93 and Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, Florida. Contact Vern Lehto at 561- 267-5983.
FEBRUARY 5, 2017 – Nashville, Tennessee. Stones River Region AACA Swap Meet will take place
at The Fairgrounds Nashville from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with vendor set up from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on February 4.
Under age 12 free; $7.00 donation for over age 12. For more information, see www.stonesrivercarclub.com
For vendor info, contact Terry Ridgley 615-295-2400 or Email
MARCH 5-9, 2017 – Crystal River, Florida. SOLD OUT! For information only.
The 2017 Model T Winter Tour will take place at the Plantation on Crystal River. We will visit a manatee rehabilitation facility, a private tractor collection, historical sites, and multiple State Parks. Due to size of facilities, absolutely no more than 100 cars! For more info: www.tinlizziefl.com. Proudly hosted by the Tin Lizzie Club of North Central Florida. Contact Steve Ellis at 352-207-1498 or Email.
MARCH 31-APRIL 1, 2017 – Billings, Montana. The MTFCA’s 52nd Annual meeting will be hosted by the Rim Rock Chapter.
APRIL 5-8, 2017 – Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The Arkansas Tin Lizzies will be hosting a tour in Eureka Springs. In the Ozarks, spring tours are highlighted by blooming of the dogwoods and other seasonal trees and flowers. This area of Arkansas is noted for its beautiful hilly back road drives and scenery. It is also full of antiques stores and unique shops. This is a busy time of year in Eureka Springs so space is limited to the 27 rooms we were able to block at the Inn of the Ozarks, 207 W. Van Buren, 479-253-9768. Make your reservations before March 4. Arrive on April 5 by 6:00 p.m. for a get together meeting and leave on April 9. Touring will be April 6, 7, 8. Also reserve your tour place with Nellie or Bill Howell, 479-857-5757 or Email. No fees are charged for our tours. It is a pay as you go for participants.
May 13 – May 21, 2017 - Natchez Trace Parkway Tour. The Tennessee T’s will be hosting a tour on the Natchez Trace Parkway.
The Trace is part of the National Park System and is designated a National Scenic By-way and All-American Road. The Trace stretches 444
miles and encompasses 10,000 years of North American history, linking Natchez with Nashville and some of the most beautiful terrain in the
states of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. The 2017 Natchez Trace Parkway Tour has been divided into 3 route options: North 3-day,
South 6-day, or Full 9-day. All three options start and end in Tupelo, MS, roughly the halfway point between Natchez, MS, (the South Trace
route) and Nashville, TN (the North Trace route); the Full Trace route is a combination of the two. This is a progressive tour and
participation is limited. Registration fee is a $50.00 per car.
Contact Mark or Paula Gember, (256) 444-1463 or Email for more information
June 8-10, 2017 - Bolivar, MO. Join us on the Show Me Tour for three days of touring in southwest Missouri. This is a hub tour based in Bolivar. Cars will arrive Wednesday for check in on June 7. We will visit the childhood home of President Harry Truman in Lamar, Mo. on Thursday. Friday we will travel to the Lake of the Ozarks to see the remains on the castle called HaHa Tonka. On Saturday we have a return visit to the Hanger Kafe to watch the skydivers. And, if you choose, you can jump on a tandem jump with one of the instructors. This tour is limited to 40 cars and fills up fast. For more information contact: Karol Spencer at 417-732-7222 or Email, or Dorothy Puckett at 417-882-2110 or Email.
June 10-11, 2017 - Hollister, California. 48th Annual Speedster Endurance Run and Lowland Tour hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club. “The First and the Oldest” is still going strong and will be held in a new venue this year with a maximum of country roads and a minimum of red-lights. See our website at www.scvmtfc.org for registration and entry information.
June 21-24 (Wed-Sat), 2017 - Lincoln, NE.
The 2017 International Speedsters Trials & Reunion will be hosted by Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed.
Events will include;
- A road trip of around 150 miles through rural Nebraska, mostly or all on two-lane paved roads.
- A Hill Climb competition, with classes for cars powered by pre-1935 four-cylinder engines, regardless of manufacture.
- A full morning at the dyno shop, where their crew will dyno any and all registered cars whose owners would choose to do so.
- Induction of the 2017 honorees into the MTFCA Speedster and Racer Hall of Fame.
- Other activities inside and outside of our museum, as well as many hours set aside for museum touring.
We work hard to make each biennial Speedsters Reunion here a celebration of the fun and excitement that can be had with autos powered by early four-cylinder engines, and at any stage of tuning or modification. All enthusiasts of early 4-cyl powered cars, regardless of manufacture or current body style, are encouraged to attend.
You absolutely do not have to currently own or bring an early 4-cyl-engined speedster, rod or stock-bodied car to join in the fun, but you’ll wish you did when you get here. If you or your friends are considering building or buying a speedster, this will be a great venue for meeting and talking with current owners and builders. Plus, you get to see and hear cars with their various engines (many modified with vintage speed equipment!) from around America and beyond.
For further information, or if you’d like to be on our e-mail list for details and announcements about this event, contact Rich Johnston at 402-323-3181 (museum) or 402-598-2947 (mobile), or Rich Email
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.
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.
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.
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.