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Annual Awards Meeting Cancelled

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.

Monday Morning Coffee

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.

Monday Morning Coffee On Hold

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.

2020 Spring Tour Cancelled

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.

Sooner Model A Club COVID-19 Cancellations

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

Chickasha Pre War Swap Meet Postponed

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.

Chickasha Pre War Swap Meet

National Tour Cancelled

Posted by Editor on March 15, 2020 at 12:30 PM

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.