The Orange County Model T Ford Club, along with other Model T clubs in Southern California, hosted the MTFCA Mid-Winter Gala and 50th Annual Meeting in Garden Grove, California (very near Disneyland). Attending from the Tin Lizzies of Albuquerque were Tom and Kathy Miles, Bernice Young traveling with Joe Fellin (Arizona), Larry and Lorna Azevedo (Larry had recently been elected to join the MTFCA Board of Directors), Fran Gurule, Betty Housholder, Mark and Susan Wing, and a new member from Las Cruces, Tom MacGugan.
Friday (27th) started with arrival and check-in at the Embassy Suites hotel. There was an optional tour where local MTFCA chapter members brought their Model Ts and other vintage cars to provide rides for the members from out of town to visit the Stanley Ranch Museum (a Garden Grove Historical Society site), and Bob Babcock’s RWB Party Props business (located in a 1909 building of 72,000 sq. ft. on the National Historical Register). After visiting these two interesting places, we went to Old Town Orange – famous for its antique stores and numerous dining options.
The evening festivities included a welcome reception with opening comments, a “MTFCA Jeopardy” game, and door prizes.
Saturday (28th) began with a trip to the Lyons Air Museum adjacent to the runway at the John Wayne Airport in Orange County. In this thirty thousand square foot hanger (opened in 2009), is a display of William Lyons collection of historic aircraft and automobiles. Planes included a B-17 Flying Fortress, A-2B Invader, North American B-25, and a DC-3 which saw service on D-day. Cars included a 1923 Model T runabout and a 1939 Mercedes Benz German Staff car that once carried Adolf Hitler.
After the Lyons Air Museum, the tour bus took the group to Randy Ema’s Garage. Randy Ema is the world’s authority on Duesenbergs. In fact, Randy has restored several of Duesenbergs in the Jay Leno collection. Randy’s collection includes 28,000 original shop drawings and includes original patterns. Although he specializes in Duesenbergs, he restores other marques at his shop.
On Saturday evening was the big Gala, with Wizard of Oz skits, acknowledgement of the MTFCA founders and past Rosenthal award winners. The Tin Lizzies of Albuquerque is fortunate to have two Rosenthal Award winners in Tom Miles and Larry Azevedo!
Sunday concluded the MTFCA 50th Annual Meeting with a breakfast and an open session with the Board of Directors.
Thank you Mark Mahoney, the Orange County Model T Ford Club, and the other contributors to this enjoyable event!