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Must be Christmas! Donated '40


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Big Cash Donation!

Ralph and Lois Humphreys of New Hartford, NY, presents President John Knecht with a check for $25,000.00 to go toward the building fund.
Ralph and Lois are Life Members of the Foundation Museum and avid supporters! Their most generous donation will go toward the Rotunda screen construction.

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Raffle Winners

On October 6th, Josh Conrad drew the names of the winners of our '39 Mercury and two cash prizes:

Skip Eychner of Oriskany Falls, NY Won the car. He has decided to take the $10,000 instead; (John Knecht handing a check to Skip)
Ed Dziuk of Sacramento, CA Won the $3,000 second place prize;
the $1,000 third place prize went to Charles Graham of Lizton, Indiana.

Visit Facebook to see a video of the drawing. Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets. Your support is most appreciated! Video of Drawing

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Restored 1941 Ford Donated

If you are thinking of donating a vehicle to the Early Ford V-8 Museum, please contact us first. We can be reached at 260-927-8022 Eastern Time. Because of our lack of space until our expansion in complete, we may have to delay or make plans to store any vehicle donations for a while.

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Another 1936 Ford Donated

Joe Floyd of SD recently donated his 17-car collection of 1936 Fords to the V-8 Museum. The cars included all the models that Ford built in 1936. But technically, it was missing an example of a "Flat Back" Sedan. Well, Joe found an outstanding example at the Labor Day weekend Auctions America event across from our Museum. He won the bid and prompty donated it as part of the now 18-car collection!

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1937 Ford Donated!

It was donated to us by Karl Lenaburg of Warsaw, IN. It's an 8-time winner of the coveted Rouge Award for interior and running gear. Rouge Awards are given to cars that have not been restored. Even though the photos make the car appear to be black, it's actually Washington Blue. We have a '37 Pickup, but this is our first 1937 Ford passenger car.

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17-Car Donation

We can now reveal the generous donor of the 17-vehicle collection as Joe Floyd of South Dakota. Joe has also agreed to build a 10,000 square foot addition to our Museum to house this fabulous collection.
The vehicles are ALL 1936 Fords.

The Collection consists of the following.
Restored:
Phaeton
Fordor - Trunk
Tudor - Trunk
Cabriolet
Club Cabriolet
3-Window Coupe
5-Window Coupe
Roadster
Station Wagon
German Ford Glasser
Panel Truck
Pick Up
Sedan Delivery
Boulevard Delivery

Original:
Conv. Sedan
Conv. Sedan -Trunk

And the STAR of the collection, a 1936 STAINLESS STEEL 2 Dr. This car was on loan to our Museum a while back and it attracted a LOT of attention and drew visitors from all over.

Our sincere thanks to Joe Floyd for donating this outstanding collection to the V-8 Museum!

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1940 Lincoln Continental Donated

This stunning '40 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet was owned by Ken Tibbot and the late Dave Cole, both of California. Dave Cole and his wife Barbara bought this car off a used car lot in 1954, fixed it up and drove it across the U.S.A. three times in 1955 while Dave was in the Army.
      The car was shipped to Germany in 1956 and the young couple toured all over Europe in it. When they shipped it home, it served as their everyday driver for the next 21 years. In 2004, his beloved wife, Barbara died and Dave decided to take on a partner to share ownership of the car. That was Ken Tibbot. He kept the car in San Diego.
      It’s an incredible car with an incredible history. It has been driven many thousands of miles, has been to several countries and it is still a stunning car. It is now on display in our Museum.

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Regional Group Support

Over the years, many Regional Groups of the Early Ford V-8 Club have shown their support of the Foundation with cash donations. Some have held events such as auctions, bake sales, Cruise-ins, etc. to raise funds. Others have shared a portion of their profits obtained from hosting a National Meet or a local car show. Sometimes the money is given for a particular project, like our Gift Shop renovation, the Rotunda Sign restoration, landscaping, etc.

This support is growing by leaps and bounds.

We realize that not all RGs have the means to make large cash donations. We've had many more under $500, and those gifts are just as appreciated as the larger ones.

And so, we recognize the generous men and women of Regional Groups all over the world as Genuine Ford People who unselfishly support our effort to Preserve 1932-1953 Ford History.


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Some "Local" RGs Hours Away!

V-8 Club Regional Groups not only give money to the Foundation, they also give of themselves. Four Regional Groups in Indiana and Ohio, whose members are very active as volunteers to help out at the Museum, have members who travel great distances to get to Auburn. For example, RG #69 is the North West Indiana RG and is about 120-140 miles and 2.5-3 hours away; RG #56 is centered in Indianapolis. For many, it's a good 140-150 mile 3 hour drive to Auburn; RG #141 in the Cincinnati, Ohio area is close to 200 miles and as much as 4 hours away! The fourth and only "close" RG is #169, which is considered an Auburn-Garrett RG. Even though it's close to the Museum, members still have to give up their valuable time in order to help out.
Whenever there is a need for men and women, and sometimes children and grandchildren, to work on a project or to help out at the Museum during Cruise-ins or busy weekends during the summer, we can always count on members from these RGs to pitch in.
So, a "Big Thanks" to these dedicated members! Without their unselfish help, running our Museum would be a much more difficult and expensive task.

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Bricks

An inscribed brick is a great way to honor a loved one or a deceased club member. Those joining as a Corporate Member also receive an 8" X 8" brick inscribed with their name and a special Foundation Corporate Member logo. These bricks are presently surrounding our flag pole in front of the Phase I Museum.

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Traveling Suitcase

Her name is Megan Satkowiak, hometown tourist, and she writes for the DeKalb County blog as the Traveling Suitcase. She recently visited us and wrote a fantastic description of our Museum with lots of great photos. Read all about it
Here

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Student Memberships

Now students can join the Early Ford V-8 Foundation & Museum for a discounted membership fee of just $10. They will receive the Foundation News electronic version. Students of all ages, male and female, are invited to join. Ownership of an early Ford is not required, but a desire to learn about Ford the company, its products and its founder, is.
Just click on NEW, STUDENT $10 and YES to receive your newsletter via email on the online Membership Form to join. Or call Suzy or Josh at 260-927-8022 to join by phone.

'40 Ford illustration by Rich Harrington

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HENRY FORD III TO BE HONORARY CHAIRMAN

We are thrilled to have Henry Ford III, great, great grandson of Henry Ford, as Honorary Chairman of our newly formed National Advisory Committee.

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NEW! Join or Renew On-line.

Now you can Join the Early Ford V-8 Foundation or Renew your membership right on-line. Just click on the menu button "Join or Renew Online" and you'll be taken to our on-line Membership Form.
Upon completing the form, you can choose to pay by credit card or by check. If Credit Card is chosen, you'll be taken to the secure Paypal site. There you can use your Paypal account to pay OR if you Don't have a Paypal account, there is an option to pay with any credit card without having to join Paypal. It's safe, fast and easy.
If you choose to pay by check, your membership information will be automatically sent to us and you'll be taken to a page with directions on where to send your check.

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NEW: Online Payments

You can now use your credit card and order items directly from our web site! Just click on the Add to Cart buttons you'll find on this site and you'll be taken to PayPal to make your payment. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT TO DO THIS, NOR SIGN UP FOR ONE. If you DO have a Paypal account, your purchase will use that account. But if not, you just enter your credit card info to make your purchase. Shipping and sales tax (Indiana only) will be added for you.

It's Fast, Easy and totally Secure! You can even make a cash Donation by clicking on our DONATION Button!

If you are more comfortable ordering over the phone, you can call 260-927-8022.