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F-150 Raffle Winner

The Winning tickets were drawn at 5:00 PM at the Museum on Nov. 1st. in Auburn, IN. The First Place Winner of the F-150 or $40,000 in cash is: RON GEILING, Brocton, IL
The Second Place Prize of $2,000 cash was won by DON INGERSOLL, Gasport, NY
The ThirdPlace Prize of $1,000 went to Gerald Dick, Lottsburg, VA
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Raffle! Another raffle coming soon.

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Another Donated Car Arrives

A second Early Ford from the late Frank Correy collection has arrived at the Museum, and it's a beauty! A two-tone Blue 1953 Ford, all original with just 50,000 miles on it. It was driven 90 miles from Portland, IN to the Museum. A wonderful new addition to our growing collection.


Back on the Road Again!

This 1951 Mercury is one of 11 cars that the late Frank Corey donated to our Museum. After its transport from Albuquerque to Portland, Indiana, and the home of Ron & Shirley Stauffer, Ron rebuilt the carburetor and fuel pump and reported that "it runs like new!"

So it's ready for a trip to Auburn to be put on display in the newly expanded Museum. A terrific addition!


Speaking of recent donations...

You never know where you'll meet nice people. This is Peter and Elaine Ask from Chatfield MN. We met them at the Iola, Wisconsin Car Show and they donated several thousand dollars worth of parts along with $500. Thaks so much for your most generous donation!


Gear Shift Knobs Donated

The National Early Ford V-8 Club of America, the host of the 2018 Grand National Meet in Dearborn, Michigan, donated 50 Gear Shift Knobs to the Foundation Museum. These are for sale in our online Ford Store and in our Museum's Gift Shop. Our THANKS go out to the National V-8 Club for this generous donation!


     Internship Grant

The RPM Foundation (RPM) is an educational grant-making program of America’s Automotive Trust (AAT). RPM is funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth and young adults on their pathways to careers in automotive/marine restoration & preservation along with the long-term interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat communities. Visit: www.rpm.foundation for more information.
The Museum applied for a grant from the RPM Foundation to help pay for interns. We were awarded a $5,000 grant. A representative visited our Museum as part of the process and he was quite impressed with what we are doing. Our Thanks to The Rpm Foundation.

Sneak Peek A Huge Success



Sugar Valley Rally

Sugar Valley Rally in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, is a precision timed driving event sanctioned by the Vintage Car Rally Association. Teams are given a set of instructions and directions for the course. The team coming closest to the "perfect" computer generated score wins. This year (June 1-3) The Early Ford V-8 Foundation was one of the sponsors, and Trustee Craig Floyd and former Trustee Ron Stauffer entered the rally with Craig's 1946 Coupe. Ron was the driver and Craig the navigator. The Coupe is basically stock with a stock Flathead V-8. It never missed a beat!
How did they do? Says Craig, "The Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum team finished 16th overall and won the Rookie Team of the Year Award. This was a great event and we will be back again next year!"


V-8 Club RG Auction!

Regional Group #141 of Ohio, with participation by RG 56 and 69 of Indiana, held their 13th Annual Acution to benefit the Ford V-8 Museum. This year they raised $1,522 and had heck of a good time doing it! A fun event and one that has raised many thousands of dollars for the Museum over the years.
That's David Stonebraker, Ron Stauffer and Greg Eaton working the auction that takes place in Ron's shop every April.


Our First Shoebox Ford

Rick Nitz, a V-8er from Mt. Prospect, Illinois, donated this very nice 1950 Ford Fordor. It's powered by a 1953 Mercury Flathead V-8. It's a great rust-free driver and very presentable inside and out!
It's now on display in the Museum. We thank Rick for this very generous donation: our very first Shoebox Ford!


Awesome 1940 Ford Woodie Donated


Stainless '36 on Display for Charity

The Early Ford V-8 Museum's 1936 Stainless Steel Ford was on display at a big charity car show: Winterfest of Wheels in Sioux Falls, SD. The Stainless was a main feature of the show which ran from Feb. 2-4, 2018. Winterfest of Wheels is a group of car, motorcycle and truck enthusiasts in the Sioux Falls area with a mission to bring unique, premier vehicles to one location for everyone in the area to come see. It is also their mission to support the cause of "Cure Kids Cancer", with all proceeds going towards that organization.


Big Cash Donation!

Ralph and Lois Humphreys of New Hartford, NY, presents President John Knecht with a check for $25,000.00 to go toward the building fund.
Ralph and Lois are Life Members of the Foundation Museum and avid supporters! Their most generous donation will go toward the Rotunda screen construction.


17-Car Donation

We can now reveal the generous donor of the 17-vehicle collection as Joe Floyd of South Dakota. Joe has also agreed to build a 10,000 square foot addition to our Museum to house this fabulous collection.
The vehicles are ALL 1936 Fords.

The Collection consists of the following.
Fordor - Trunk
Tudor - Trunk
Club Cabriolet
3-Window Coupe
5-Window Coupe
Station Wagon
German Ford Glasser
Panel Truck
Pick Up
Sedan Delivery
Boulevard Delivery

Conv. Sedan
Conv. Sedan -Trunk

And the STAR of the collection, a 1936 STAINLESS STEEL 2 Dr. This car was on loan to our Museum a while back and it attracted a LOT of attention and drew visitors from all over.

Our sincere thanks to Joe Floyd for donating this outstanding collection to the V-8 Museum!


1940 Lincoln Continental Donated

This stunning '40 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet was owned by Ken Tibbot and the late Dave Cole, both of California. Dave Cole and his wife Barbara bought this car off a used car lot in 1954, fixed it up and drove it across the U.S.A. three times in 1955 while Dave was in the Army.
      The car was shipped to Germany in 1956 and the young couple toured all over Europe in it. When they shipped it home, it served as their everyday driver for the next 21 years. In 2004, his beloved wife, Barbara died and Dave decided to take on a partner to share ownership of the car. That was Ken Tibbot. He kept the car in San Diego.
      It’s an incredible car with an incredible history. It has been driven many thousands of miles, has been to several countries and it is still a stunning car. It is now on display in our Museum.


Regional Group Support

Over the years, many Regional Groups of the Early Ford V-8 Club have shown their support of the Foundation with cash donations. Some have held events such as auctions, bake sales, Cruise-ins, etc. to raise funds. Others have shared a portion of their profits obtained from hosting a National Meet or a local car show. Sometimes the money is given for a particular project, like our Gift Shop renovation, the Rotunda Sign restoration, landscaping, etc.

This support is growing by leaps and bounds.

We realize that not all RGs have the means to make large cash donations. We've had many more under $500, and those gifts are just as appreciated as the larger ones.

And so, we recognize the generous men and women of Regional Groups all over the world as Genuine Ford People who unselfishly support our effort to Preserve 1932-1953 Ford History.


Some "Local" RGs Hours Away!

V-8 Club Regional Groups not only give money to the Foundation, they also give of themselves. Four Regional Groups in Indiana and Ohio, whose members are very active as volunteers to help out at the Museum, have members who travel great distances to get to Auburn. For example, RG #69 is the North West Indiana RG and is about 120-140 miles and 2.5-3 hours away; RG #56 is centered in Indianapolis. For many, it's a good 140-150 mile 3 hour drive to Auburn; RG #141 in the Cincinnati, Ohio area is close to 200 miles and as much as 4 hours away! The fourth and only "close" RG is #169, which is considered an Auburn-Garrett RG. Even though it's close to the Museum, members still have to give up their valuable time in order to help out.
Whenever there is a need for men and women, and sometimes children and grandchildren, to work on a project or to help out at the Museum during Cruise-ins or busy weekends during the summer, we can always count on members from these RGs to pitch in.
So, a "Big Thanks" to these dedicated members! Without their unselfish help, running our Museum would be a much more difficult and expensive task.



An inscribed brick is a great way to honor a loved one or a deceased club member. Those joining as a Corporate Member also receive an 8" X 8" brick inscribed with their name and a special Foundation Corporate Member logo. These bricks are presently surrounding our flag pole in front of the Phase I Museum.


Traveling Suitcase

Her name is Megan Satkowiak, hometown tourist, and she writes for the DeKalb County blog as the Traveling Suitcase. She recently visited us and wrote a fantastic description of our Museum with lots of great photos. Read all about it


Student Memberships

Now students can join the Early Ford V-8 Foundation & Museum for a discounted membership fee of just $10. They will receive the Foundation News electronic version. Students of all ages, male and female, are invited to join. Ownership of an early Ford is not required, but a desire to learn about Ford the company, its products and its founder, is.
Just click on NEW, STUDENT $10 and YES to receive your newsletter via email on the online Membership Form to join. Or call Suzy or Josh at 260-927-8022 to join by phone.

'40 Ford illustration by Rich Harrington



We are thrilled to have Henry Ford III, great, great grandson of Henry Ford, as Honorary Chairman of our newly formed National Advisory Committee.


NEW! Join or Renew On-line.

Now you can Join the Early Ford V-8 Foundation or Renew your membership right on-line. Just click on the menu button "Join or Renew Online" and you'll be taken to our on-line Membership Form.
Upon completing the form, you can choose to pay by credit card or by check. If Credit Card is chosen, you'll be taken to the secure Paypal site. There you can use your Paypal account to pay OR if you Don't have a Paypal account, there is an option to pay with any credit card without having to join Paypal. It's safe, fast and easy.
If you choose to pay by check, your membership information will be automatically sent to us and you'll be taken to a page with directions on where to send your check.


NEW: Online Payments

You can now use your credit card and order items directly from our web site! Just click on the Add to Cart buttons you'll find on this site and you'll be taken to PayPal to make your payment. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT TO DO THIS, NOR SIGN UP FOR ONE. If you DO have a Paypal account, your purchase will use that account. But if not, you just enter your credit card info to make your purchase. Shipping and sales tax (Indiana only) will be added for you.

It's Fast, Easy and totally Secure! You can even make a cash Donation by clicking on our DONATION Button!

If you are more comfortable ordering over the phone, you can call 260-927-8022.