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President's Message for April 2019

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on April 4, 2019 at 9:45 AM
Model A Friends, Spring is upon us, and that means it's time for the Spring Tour! Chuck Dusenbery and Don Mitchell have been hard at work planning a great weekend in Western Oklahoma that will include some of our friends from the Tulsa club. I hope to see you there. As a reminder, the May club meeting falls on Mothers' Day. We are planning some nice things to honor the mothers in our club, but we need a rough head-count. If you plan on attending the May meeting, let me know at the April meeting, or by sending an email to me. Finally, I hope everybody plans to get their cars out frequently with this nice weather. If you need help with a project, just ask one of your fellow club members. There is a wealth of knowledge in this group, and we all share the goal of seeing these classics on the road as often as possible. Michael Downes, President Sooner Model A Club

President's Comments for March 2019

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.

Services for Bob Bordwine

Posted by Editor on February 24, 2019 at 11:55 AM

Lt. Col. Robert Lee Bordwine, Jr. passed from this life February 22, 2019 at the age of 81. He was born September 25, 1937 in Oklahoma City to the late Robert Lee Bordwine, Sr. and Ruth Inez Bordwine (Booze).

Robert grew up in Oklahoma City and attended Central High School. After high school graduation, he went on to join the Oklahoma Air National Guard where he proudly served his county as an Air Force pilot. Robert married the love of his life, Joan Warren, on June 4, 1960. They were joyfully blessed with 2 daughters and almost 59 years of marriage. Robert retired from the Air National guard on September 23, 1992 after 38 years of dedication and service to his country.

Robert loved sports and camping when his daughters were growing up, but his most recent passion was Model A cars. He spent the last 25 years of his life in the Sooner Model A Club and found great joy in purchasing and refurbishing Model A’s. In addition, he was an avid OU Softball fan and also liked watching his favorite western tv shows and movies.

Robert was a man of faith and loved his Lord. He was active in the local church community and most recently attended Emmaus Baptist Church.

He was preceded in passing by his parents, Robert Lee Bordwine, Sr. and Ruth Inez Bordwine; 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of more than 58 years, Joan Bordwine; daughters, Terry Teel and her husband Terry of Norman and Connie Gilbert and her husband John of Long Grove, IL; grandchildren, Haley Teel of Norman, Shelby Teel of Norman, Kelsey Gilbert of Georgia and Cade Gilbert of Des Moines, IA. Robert is also survived by a host of loving extended family and friends.

Visitation is 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, February 25, 2019 at Moore Funeral and Cremation, 400 SE 19th St. Moore, OK 73160. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the funeral service will immediately follow at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City. Condolences may be shared at

Upcoming Bylaws Vote March 10

Posted by Michael Downes on February 19, 2019 at 6:50 PM

Dear Members --

For those who weren't able to attend our January or February Club Meetings, I'd like to let you know about an upcoming vote to amend the Club bylaws at our March meeting. The text of the proposed changes is at the end of this message.

In January, the Board voted unanimously to support a proposed amendment to the Sooner Model A bylaws that would add Web and Social Media Officer as a Board position. Currently that position is a standing committee, which does not require Board Meeting attendance.

Board member and Sooner Scuttlebutt Editor Chuck Dusenberry proposed the change to the bylaws at our January Board Meeting. His reasoning, which the Board agrees, is the Web and Social Media editor in our modern age is akin to the position of Scuttlebutt Editor. It is important to have both the Editor and Web and Social Media officer present at Board meetings, as well as the regular club meetings and other events.

Our website and Facebook page are the voice of the Club as heard by the outside world, just as the Scuttlebutt is the voice of the Club to our members. The member responsible for updates and communication on behalf of the Club through our website, Facebook page and other social media sites holds a lot of responsibility, and the Board agrees it's time for this to become a permanent Board position with the same weight as the Scuttlebutt Editor.

The majority of our new members who have joined in the last several years have made their first contact with the Club through our website or Facebook page, which is maintaned by our current Web and Social Media Officer, Will Langford. I myself am one of those members who first learned of the Club from this very website.

Will, who was not aware of Chuck's proposed change until it was presented at the Board meeting, has not objected to the proposed bylaw amendment, and has agreed to join the Board if the membership approves the proposed change.

As more of our lives take place online, the more important the Web and Social Media Officer position becomes. In past years, Will has held the Web and Social Media position, along with various official Board positions, but currently holds no Board position, hence the impetus to update the bylaws.

The general membership will have an opportunity to cast their secret ballot on the proposed change to the bylaws at the our March 10, 2019 meeting.

If you are unable to attend our March Club Meeting, you are welcome to mail in your ballot to the Club's P.O. Box as listed below. We must receive your ballot prior to Friday, Feburary 8 in order for it to be counted.

For mail-in ballots, there won't be a special form -- just write "for the proposal" or "against the proposal" on a piece of paper, and put it in an envelope. If you'd like your vote to be secret, please place that envelope in an outer envelope. Make sure to stamp the outer envelope, and include your name and address in the return field so we can verify who has voted in order for it to be counted.

Please note that only current paid members may cast a ballot, and dues are paid annually in January. You are welcome to mail in a check with your ballot if your 2019 dues are delinquent.

If you have any questions, or need assistance voting, please don't hesitate to call or email me.


Michael Downes, 2019 Sooner Model A President

P.O. Box 83192

Oklahoma City, Ok. 73148


Article V - Officers, Section 1:

Add the words: “Social Media Officer” following “Editor” and before “and two directors.”


Article V - Officers:

Creation of new section between Section 10 “Editor” and Section 11 “Directors” to be titled “Social Media Officer” carrying the distinction of Section 11.


Article V - Officers:

Renaming existing Sections 11-14 as Sections 12-15 to reflect the addition of “Social Media Officer as Section 11.


Article V - Officers, Section 11 new language:

The Web and Social Media Officer shall maintain a web presence at and various social media platforms as determined by the Board.

President's Message for February 2019

Posted by Michael Downes on February 5, 2019 at 12:20 AM

Thank you to everybody who participated in our wildly successful January Model A Inspection Day. We inspected and made small repairs to multiple cars. We enjoyed breakfast and lunch together as well.

Because most of our cars can’t go a year between safety checks, we are planning to host a second Inspection Day later in the year. Details to come!

We had a great turnout for our first Sunday club meeting. We hope the new meeting time works better with everybody’s schedule, and maybe more of us will drive our Model A’s to the meeting.

Our next club meeting is February 10 at 2:30 p.m., and we encourage members to bring their Model A. With the weather getting increasingly warmer, we may enjoy a short drive together after the meeting. 

Make plans to join us on February 23 at 11:30 a.m. for a lunch at Jimmy's Roundup Cafe, with a mystery drive to follow. The address is 1301 SW 59th Street.

Finally, on a somber note, longtime club member Bob Bordwine recently suffered a serious stroke. Bob has been instrumental to the success and friendships forged in this club for more years than I’ve been alive. We wish him a speedy and full recovery. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Michael Downes

President, Sooner Model A Club

President's Message for January 2019

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on January 2, 2019 at 1:05 AM

Happy 2019! There will be a lot of great changes this year in the Sooner Model A Club, and I’ve set several goals for the Club that you can help me achieve.

First up, don’t forget that our regular meeting time has been changed to the second Sunday of every month at 2:30 p.m. at Will Rogers Garden Center. The first meeting of the year is Tuesday, January 13 at 2:30 p.m.

We hope this move will encourage more members to bring their Model A to the meetings (with short drives after the meeting, weather permitting). And, there will be something special at the end of the year for the members who bring their Model A to the most meetings. You won’t want to miss out on that special treat!

If you are ready for the new year, but your car isn’t, come to our January Model A Tune Up Day at Harris’s Garage on Saturday, January 26 at 9 a.m. This is a time to check safety items and perform light routine maintenance like oil level, tire pressure, brake adjustments, chassis greasing and other similar tasks. Best of all, it’s free for Sooner Model A Club members! There won’t be time to do major maintenance, but if we see a serious issue that needs further attention, you can always get with one of your fellow Club members who would be happy to help. Our ultimate goal is to keep these cars on the road.

My next goal is to see Club membership grow during 2019. Please let me know if you know of any potential new members. Keep an eye out for membership drive information coming soon.

Finally, I’d like to see an increase in participation in the 1000-Mile Patch program. This is a really big deal, folks. Driving more than 1000 miles in a car that’s 90 years old in modern times is quite an accomplishment — not just for the individual, but bragging rights for our Club as well. For the first time, I plan to participate this year. My starting odometer reading on January 1 is 89,579. I’ll need your help an encouragement to reach my goal!

Though we have all become friends over the years through participation in this Club, the one thing that ultimately unites us is our Model As, so let’s each set a goal to get our cars out more often. Let's show our city and state who we are on a more regular basis — even if it’s just an occasional trip to the grocery store.

This is YOUR Club, so I want to hear from YOU about how I’m doing. Let me know what programs you enjoy and what you’d like to see more of in the coming months.


Michael Downes

President, Sooner Model A Club

(405) 919-4552

President's Message for November 2018

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on November 1, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Model A Friends,

The fall tour began in the rain this year. I was able to road test my rebuilt vacuum wiper on the way to Pauls Valley. Vicky couldn’t stop laughing at the antics of the little wiper blade as it wiped at incredible speed, then slowed, then stopped and then wiped at incredible speed. I looked anxiously at the headliner in the fordor for leaks, but it stayed dry. It appears that my resealing efforts worked, at least for the time being. The worst thing about driving in the rain is that the car will have to be washed.

The first item on the Friday agenda was a tour of the “Forgotten Wheels Museum”. This is a small museum in Davis that has a variety of antique cars, trucks and motorcycles. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Vicky and I got in our car Friday morning to join the caravan to Davis and the unthinkable happened. It wouldn’t start. However, Greg Hoyle and Will Langford and others sprang to action and started trouble shooting the ignition system. After a lengthy investigation the ignition coil was the problem. Greg had a spare coil so old not-so-faithful started and we were ready to hit the road. We missed the Friday tour of the museum, but went there on our own Saturday afternoon.

Friday afternoon the caravan went to an amazing stretch of road near Davis called Magnetic Hill. If you stop your car on this road it appears that the car is headed downhill. When you release the brakes, the car appears to roll backwards and uphill. Saturday we paid a visit to the Chickasaw Cultural Center south of Sulphur. This is a beautiful facility with numerous buildings. The exhibit center is a museum of Chickasaw culture. It is a fascinating place that I plan to revisit. Saturday afternoon was spent in Sulphur checking out the antique stores. The fall tour finished with a Saturday evening meeting at the Hampton Inn to award some great door prizes.

The Mitchells and the Dusenberys planned and executed an awesome agenda for this year’s fall tour. I commend all four for their leadership and careful planning. Thanks all.

I hope to see you on the road in your Model A!

Jim Yates, 2018 President.

President's Message for October 2018

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on September 30, 2018 at 11:55 AM

Model A Friends,

September turned out to be an enjoyable month for us Model A own-ers. The temperature moderated so that our drives were comfortable and we had fun things to drive to. Our first drive was from our home north of Edmond to Mustang for the annual Western Days Parade. We found the line-up point when we spotted Will Langford’s red coupe. Jon and Ruth Adams were also there in a Fordor. We were soon joined by Don and Marilyn Mitchell and Phil Wolfenbarger and Kaye Sage. Carma Jenkins rode with the Mitchells. I enjoy every-thing about a parade. I enjoy talking to everyone during the line-up. I enjoy the parade especially the small children’s faces as we drive by. The kids are so young I don’t think they have any idea these are old cars, but they know the cars are really different and also beauti-ful. I also enjoy lunch after the parade for the fellowship with the other club members. If you haven’t participated in a parade you don’t know what you are missing. Keep an eye on the Scuttlebutt for the date of the next parade.

The next drive was short for Vicky and me. We met at Braum’s in Edmond and drove to the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport. Our turnout was disappointing since we only had two cars, Will and Hunter Langford in the red coupe and Vicky and I in our 29 roadster. The weather was good and the show at Guthrie was also good. There were helicopter rides and members of the Experimental Aircraft As-sociation were giving free airplane rides. They were called Young Eagles rides and were meant to stimulate interest in aviation. Hunter got a ride and really enjoyed it. His pilot let him take the controls and fly the plane.

There are fun things coming up in October. The highlight will be the Fall Tour. We already have at least 26 cars signed up. Looking at the itinerary that Chuck Dusenbery and Don Mitchell have planned this will be another great tour. Check the info in this Scuttlebutt is-sue for details.

I hope to see you on the road in your Model A!

Jim Yates, 2018 President.

President's Message for September 2018

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on September 1, 2018 at 3:25 AM

Model A Friends,

August 15 Vicky and I drove to the Round Barn in Arcadia. The clouds were dark and it appeared that a deluge of rain could start anytime. Since the weather was threatening there were only four cars from our club and two cars from the Okie Club. The crowd was not large, but there were many folks interested in our cars. I spoke at length to several people who wished they had a Model A. The main event at the barn was a group of musicians playing old-time music. The admission was free and we enjoyed the music. I understand this is to be a monthly event every second Sunday of the month. About two hours after we arrived the rain started falling. It appeared on radar that heavier rain was on the way so Vicky and I headed home. It was raining hard enough that we had to use our new vacuum wiper. Vicky just about died laughing as she watched the little wiper’s spastic movements. Sometimes it was fast, then slow and then stopped.

There is a fun event coming up September 15 at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport. It is their annual Airport Day. I understand there will be at least one WW2 bomber on display as well as other airplanes. Members of the Experimental Aircraft Association will be taking youngsters on Young Eagles flights. The flights are free for the youngsters plus they get a certificate and their names will be posted on the Young Eagles website. Our club has been invited to display our Model A’s. Let’s meet at the Braum’s at 15th and I35 in Edmond at 7:30 for breakfast. We will start the drive to Guthrie at 8:00 so we can arrive at the airport at 8:30. If you can’t meet at Braum’s, then plan to arrive at the airport sometime after 8:30.

I hope to see you on the road in your Model A!

Jim Yates, 2018 President.

President's Message for August 2018

Posted by Chuck & Karen Dusenbery on August 1, 2018 at 6:05 AM

Model A Friends,

We really had some hot weather in mid July with temperatures up to 114, but the temperatures have moderated at the end of July. This means that good Model A driving is at hand. Vicky and I have been keeping our cars busy the last few days.

We had a good turnout for our annual Ice Cream Social. If you were not there you missed some delicious ice cream, cake and other goodies. Don’t forget that we will have our annual watermelon feast during our general meeting August 21. Bring your appetite to help us devour the watermelons.

We had a great turn-out for breakfast at Sherri’s Diner on S. W. 59th. We had 19 folks and 9 cars there. Sherri’s is a nice place with booths and tables reminiscent of diners in the 1950’s. The walls are covered with nostalgic signs. Their prices are reasonable and the food was delicious.

So far we don’t have a driving event for August, but our board meeting is Tuesday August 7 and I am confident that we will decide on an activity for August. Watch you email and check your voice mail for notification of an August activity.

I hope to see you on the road in your Model A!

Jim Yates, President,  2018