|Posted by Editor on May 14, 2020 at 2:10 PM|
In a special meeting of the MAFCA Board of Directors this morning it was decided to cancel this year’s National Awards Banquet. Installation of officers will be held in MAFCA’s La Habra office instead. The reasons for this action include the unknowns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, risks of air travel, and health of our members.
Cowtown A’s in Fort Worth have agreed to host the event in 2021. By then we all hope this world-wide medical tragedy will be in our rear-view mirror.
|Posted by Editor on May 10, 2020 at 12:20 PM|
Bill Harris has set June 1st as a target to resume Monday Morning Coffee. We will keep an eye on the situation and advise if this date changes.
|Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on April 8, 2020 at 7:00 AM|
I hope this message finds each of you and your families in good health. As you know, the world is battling COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, and it is affecting every aspect of our lives. In order to protect our members, and not run afoul of our state’s regulations, the Board and I have decided to cancel or postpone all Club events for April and May, 2020. We think this is in the best interest of the health of our members, and our communities. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy your Model A this spring. In fact, I’ve already put 500 miles on my car this year. The key is to plan your trip as a loop, and don’t plan any stops along the way unless they’re completely necessary. If you do stop for gas, a restroom break or other necessity, wear a mask on your face (it can be a dust mask or a simple bandana — it helps to protect others if you cough or sneeze) and make sure to wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds, Disinfecting hand sanitizer also works to kill the virus when water is not available.
I look forward to seeing all of your bright and shining faces when it is safe to do so. Until that time, you can follow Club updates on our Facebook page and the Sooner Scuttlebutt.
Michael Downes, President
Sooner Model A Club
|Posted by Editor on March 29, 2020 at 3:15 PM|
Bill Harris asked me to advise those that normally attend Monday Morning Coffee at his shop he has decided to pause this until the current crisis eases. We will adivse everyone when we start back up.
|Posted by Editor on March 28, 2020 at 9:05 PM|
Due to the unknown situation with the Corona virus, with the imposed travel restrictions and the limited opportunities for the planning preparations, the May 14-17 tour has been cancelled. Your deposit checks will be totally refunded. We sincerely regret this decision but believe it is the best decision.
Please contact Ken Brust with any questions. Thank you for your understanding. Please stay well.
|Posted by Michael Downes on March 21, 2020 at 12:15 AM|
Club members —
With concerns over COVID-19, or Coronavirus, sweeping the nation, the Board has determined that the best course of action is to cancel or postpone all Sooner Model A Club events between now and the end of April. With the Model A Club of America cancelling events into June, we think it is prudent to clear our calendar. We will keep our website and Facebook pages updated with any news and information as it becomes available.
For your general protection, we encourage you to follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines in limiting your exposure to large groups. CDC encourages you to limit your exposure to groups of more than 10, and wash your hands regularly with soap and water. This is not just about you, it’s is about all of us. Together we will beat this virus! At the April board meeting we will revisit the situation and determine if we need to extend the cancellations based on the current conditions.
Events cancelled or postponed as of 03/20/20:
Pre-War Swap Meet (March 20-21)
Lunch and Mystery Drive (March 28)
Coffee and Cars (April 4)
Board Meeting (WILL TAKE PLACE BY PHONE) (April 7)
Club Meeting (March 12)
Guthrie 89er Parade (April 18)
Lunch and Mystery Drive (April 25)
Pate Swap Meet (April 30-May 2)
However, these cancellations don’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy the spring weather in your Model A. In fact, I put 50 miles on my car Thursday afternoon. (Phil and Will have assured me they will still come fix my car when I break it!)
If you do venture out during the voluntary quarantine, limit your stops, keep 6 feet of distance from folks you encounter, bring hand sanitizer with you and wash your hands regularly.
With the community on edge these days, driving your Model A will bring a smile to people you pass, and you’ll get even more "thumbs up" than usual. Remember, every trip in a Model A — however mundane — is like being in your own mini parade.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I look forward to seeing you all once virus concerns improve!
Michael Downes, President
Sooner Model A Club
|Posted by Editor on March 16, 2020 at 12:05 PM|
Update 3/16/2020: We just spoke with the officials at the Grady County Fairgrounds this morning at 9am, & have decided that the meet is being postponed at this time. We appreciate your understanding as we follow the guidelines of the cdc on covid-19. Please pass this information on to our friends that were planning to attend.
|Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on April 4, 2019 at 9:45 AM|
|Posted by Michael Downes on March 5, 2019 at 9:50 PM|
It is with a heavy heart that I share this remembrance of longtime member and friend Bob Bordwine.
I will remember Bob particularly fondly, as he was the first Sooner Model A Club member that I met in person. He stopped by my now-late grandfather’s house to help me get his car running after it sat for nearly 15 years.
He and my grandfather had a lot in common — both went by Bob, both were retired Lieutenant Colonels in the Air Force, and both had a passion for Model A Fords. Oh, and they both enjoyed making light of my youth and relative inexperience with antique cars.
I’d struggled for weeks to get grandpa’s Model A started — it would crank, but it would’t fire. I’d tried everything, so I called for backup — and Bob came to the rescue.
He arrived one afternoon with a small tool bag, which he set down on the running board. “What seems to be the problem?” he asked. I recounted my weeks of frustration and all the things I’d tried.
He pulled out a few tools — a wrench and a screw driver I think — and adjusted this, tapped on that, and after about 2 minutes, he stood back and grinned.
“Try it now,” he said. I turned it over and the engine sprung to life.
“You were close, but not quite there,” he said. But I knew it would have taken me two more weeks to do what he had accomplished in two minutes.
Bob then pulled out a blank Sooner Model A membership form and handed it to me. I’d already joined, but I liked how direct that gesture was. You’re one of us now, he seemed to say. Go ahead and make it official.
Bob is gone, but a lot of his knowledge and spirit will live on in Sooner Model A. He was a mentor to many of us who learned how to rebuild a carburetor, repair a steering gear or just enjoyed shooting the breeze with him early on a Monday morning.
Fifteen Model As led the procession to the graveside ceremony at Bob’s funeral. A fitting tribute to a man who was so special to Oklahoma City’s antique car community.