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The SAN DIEGO CHAPTER OF MARC/MAFCA is a non profit club dedicated to the restoration and enjoyment of the  Ford's 

Model A.   These cars were in production from 1928 to 1931.  We are a family club and meet the second Friday of each month, 

7:00 P.M. at the San Carlos Rec. Center 6445 Lake Badin Ave. San Diego, Ca.  Come join us.  Ownership of a Model A is not 





left to right:  Tom Ace:  Judy Boyer Recording Secretary, Bud Swartwood Asst. Director (parardes), Roxy Faust Treasurer, Paul Winchester Tours Director, Arlyn Bieber Technical Director,  and Dave Johnson Director.





 MAFFI Model A Ford Museum Opening By Ed  Woodruff

Since this hobby has meant so much to me and has been a dominant force in my life, plus the fact that our club and its members contributed to the museum I wanted to see it for myself.  I joined Pete Walstrom (former member of our club who now lives off the coast of Seattle) and we met in Detroit.  We made the base of our stay Dearborn, Michigan.   Yes Ford Nirvana.  There is just so much to see!  We visited the Henry and Greenfield Village, Henry Ford's dedication museum's to the history that went on during his life and beyond.  We also visited the former and large scale production site of the Model T known as the Piquette,  just opened this year. From there we ventured to the former Rouge Plant which is now dedicated to building F-150 Pickups.  Each of these venues I could spend a lot of Quail Call space talking to you about because they are very interesting and wonderful in themselves. Alas I will focus my discussion here on the opening of the MAFFI Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan.

 Hickory Corners?  Where is that?  Why there?  Well first it is located about 18 miles north of Kalamazoo, Michigan at what is called “The Gilmore”.  The Gilmore is located in some of the most beautiful farm land I have ever seen.  It is so green.  The Gilmore was started in 1963 by Donald Gilmore when his wife gave him a 1920 Pierce-Arrow project car.  How about that for a gift?   This led to Mr. Gilmore buying 90 acres of farmland, the transporting of a number of very large old barns and reassembling them on the property.  Today it has marques such as Cadillac, Packard, Franklin, Lincoln and many others are represented.  One of the unique things about the barn collections is that you can go right up beside the cars no ropes, no one saying you are too close.  The museum grounds also include a complete 1930's Shell gas station, pedal car barn, hood ornament barn and marque badges, small town train station, authentic diner, CCCA car collection, gift shop, motorcycle barn and now of course the Model A Ford Museum.

In a word the museum is fantastic!  The museum has some 12,000 square feet of space and room to expand.  I know I am slightly biased here but of all the museums it is really the finest.  The outside is designed and really looks like a Model A era Ford dealership.  It isn't just a car display.  It is a history of the Model A. The MAFFI museum includes: the first Model A Phaeton driven off the assembly line by Henry Ford and given to Edison, Huff and Puff the Model A bus, US Postal truck, Double A Stake bed truck with dual sets of rear wheels and was used to build Hoover Dam, Double A Service Car, and many other Model A body styles are represented.  Inside also are: Karen Wittkop's super die cast model display, a Hubley display set up  as a factory assembly line, Vern's suit, originally owned by JudyJo' dad is right in the front as you walk in.  Wonderful display!  The Coalfield Ad collection with over 900 hundred ads in it, and a Parts Department including originally boxed items. The Ford Motor company also had Edsel' Ford's Model A Phaeton there.  Beautiful car.  More than three hundred Model A's of all years and body styles came from far and near to be a part of this.

It was a once in a life time experience for me. If you ever get a chance go!  Our contributions by both club and individual have been well  spent!                       


     Ed outside the MAFFI Museum                                             Ray & JudyJo Beardslee outside museum entrance          


























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