January 20 Breakfast Tour Update

Tour Leader Karen Larsen has announced that after driving the route last Sunday with Dave Jones, it has been decided to adjust the meeting time and location for the January 20 Breakfast Tour.

"Besides deciding that the drive was a little long and had one somewhat scary left turn, we arrived at Nick’s to discover their opening time was not at all what Karen had been led to believe.  Expecting them to open at 11, we found they had been open for hours and parking was already almost full.  So after discussions over breakfast, it has been decided to 1) move the tour departure time to 9 AM and the location to Foothill College, 2) drive up 280 and 3) have Breakfast served at 10:30.  Instead of a 2+ hr drive we will have a 1-hr drive to breakfast.  After breakfast, members will be offered a return trip home via Hwy. 1, Half Moon Bay, Skyline and Hwy 9.  You could also return via 280 for a much shorter drive.  The weather might influence that decision in January."


SCVC Trophy/Awards Update

Please review the attached update document regarding our Trophy/Awards. You may recall at our December General Meeting we received feedback that the trophies/awards should have wording more specific to Model A's which has now been added.  We will be voting on this at our January General Meeting.

Any questions or feedback please be sure to contact me before the meeting.

Best regards,

Chuck Christensen, President

Please note my new email address: chuckret95@gmail.com 

Updated Trophy/Awards document


Update information and Lower Price on Train Trip to Sacramento on Saturday January 13th

We have just received an UPDATED FLYER from Ed Archer with the stunning news that the price will be $22.67 ea for the round-trip from S.J. to Sacramento (NO KIDS FARE).  As a reminder, the trip will be via Capitol Corridor Express, train #724 from downtown San Jose departing @ 8:10 AM and arriving Sacramento @ 11:18 AM.  The group return trip is scheduled for a return trip departure of 3:55 PM, train #743 with about a 6 PM arrival in S.J.

Ed Archer is coordinating this trip and will require all names (IMPORTANT-Since the names will be on your tickets, he requires the name of each rider) and payment by December 28 (NOTE - this is one week later than originally advertised).  

Dave & Susan Jones will be collecting the checks and names for transmission to Ed.  You can bring your checks, MADE OUT TO DAVE JONES, to the Installation Banquet Sunday.  You can also mail them along with the names to:  Dave Jones, 1489 Goshawk Ct., Gilroy, CA.  95020.  If you are going to mail your checks, please email or call Dave at:  just_dave_jones@yahoo.com or 650-793-2778 so he knows the check is in the mail.  We don’t want to rely on the Post Office for timely delivery at this time of year.

Ed is expecting a pretty good turnout and hopes to fill one or two cars with our groups.  The Sacramento train station is a somewhat short walk to Old Town where there are numerous eating and shopping options.  And there is also the outstanding California Railroad Museum to visit.  This trip is mostly about the train ride with friends, but you will have about 4 hours to eat lunch and tour Old Town.

Dave Jones   650-793-2778



Maffi Newsletter Minute

Send a Brick for Christmas!

Since 2011, when we first started raising money for the construction of the Model A Museum, over 1400 bricks have been ordered in memory or in honor of our favorite Model A’ers, Model A clubs and regions.   We have room under the gas canopy at the Museum for about 200 more bricks.  It would be a wonderful thing if we could finish off that area this year!  You could help us make that goal by ordering a brick for a loved one for Christmas.  It would make a great gift for that loved one in your family who really doesn’t ‘need’ anything and of course, it would benefit the Model A Museum as well.  If your Model A region or club doesn’t yet have a brick at the Museum, now would be a good time to do that as well.  Use the brick order form in this issue of the ‘A’ Preserver to order your engraved brick.  It will be in place at the Museum by next September. 

Merry Christmas and thank you. 

Loukie Smith, Brick Coordinator

On This Day -- Thursday October 20, 1927

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90 years ago

Henry Ford stamped "A1" into the first Ford Model A engine. The engine was a water-cooled L-head inline 4-cylinder with a displacement of 201 cu in (3.3 l). This engine provided 40 hp (30 kW; 41 PS). Top speed was around 65 mph (105 km/h). The Model A had a 103.5 in (2,630 mm) wheelbase with a final drive ratio of 3.77:1. The transmission was a conventional 3-speed sliding gear manual unsynchronized unit with a single speed reverse.

Source: 365 Days of Motoring

2018 MAFCA National Convention Registration is Now Open

Registration forms and Convention Information can be found on the MAFCA Website www.mafca.com

Reservations for the host hotel can be made by calling 1-800-843-2427 and mention code GMODEL  

Update: We are sorry to tell you that the Fallon Naval Air Station bus tours are BOTH FULL. Extra tours may be added and a waiting list has been established.