MAFFI NEWS from The 'A' Preserver
Message from the President: John Begg
We have just completed our annual Model A Days at The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. This marks our second year in which the event has been expanded to a two day affair. While it is hard to have an exact count, estimates of over 1500 visitors and 275 Model A-s were spotted all around the beautiful 90 acre campus. We had four outstanding seminars, as well as a two day swap meet, a driver’s school for Model A-s, opportunities to ride in several Model A-s throughout the weekend, and a Friday night tour and dinner at The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Kalamazoo. Larry Shepard and a crew of volunteers brought a couple of long dormant Model A-s back to life with his “First Start” program and we inducted 4 new members into The Hall of Fame. Being inducted into The Model A Ford Foundation Hall of Fame is the highest honor we can bestow upon individuals that have been instrumental in the production, marketing and preservation of the Model A. Our big news was the announcement of the expansion of our museum, doubling its current size, with a planned ribbon cutting date of September 2025. In addition to more interactive displays and vintage era vignettes, the plans call for a working garage that will serve as a learning center for our hobby. More information about the museum expansion can be found on our website, www.maffi.org. One of the exciting ways an individual can support the museum and have their Model A(s) recognized in the museum is through our newly established “My A” program. A plaque will be created and displayed in the new museum expansion showing the owner’s name and location, as well as a color picture of the owner’s Model A. Again, more information about The My A Program and how to purchase a plaque and support The Museum expansion program can be found on the MAFFI website. Speaking for all the trustees and volunteers who made this year’s event such a success, thank you for attending! A very special thanks to outgoing Trustees Mike DuBreuil, Larry Wallace, Tom Mack, and Ross Milne. We hope to see you next year, the third weekend in September (September 20th and 21st), for our annual Model A Days. ~ John
Model A Ford Foundation, Inc.
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