DEARBORN, Mich. — The Early Ford V8 Club will acknowledge the 1933 Ford as part of its Grand National celebration, to be held July 14-19 in Dearborn, Mich. The 75th anniversary of the 1933 Ford will coincide with the 45th anniversary celebration of the Early Ford V8 Club.
The event is open to all V8 Ford enthusiasts, but holds something special for 1933 Ford fans. On Tuesday evening, prior to the event’s welcome dinner, event VIPs, Ford executives and V8 club national directors will be driven to the front of the Ford Conference and Education Center in 1933 Fords.
Wednesday morning, owners of 1933 Fords will be gathered in front of the Hyatt host hotel for photos, and then proceed to historic Greenfield Village for a walking tour that discusses the significance of Edison’s Fort Myers Lab with regards to the secret development of the V-8 engine for 1932 and its refinements for 1933. The tour will be conducted by Bob Casey, curator of transportation at the Henry Ford. There will be an exclusive brunch served, and the attendees will be addressed by a number of 1933 (Model 40) authorities. Included will be Cliff Helling, author of the “1933-1934 Ford Restoration Guide,” 1933 V8 Times advisors Roy Nacewicz and Mike Laureno, and noted Ford historian Dave Rehor. The 1933 owners in attendance will receive a commemorative booklet, certificates, plaques and collectible memorabilia of this historical event.
Owners will be allowed the unique opportunity to tour the streets of the village with their cars, which will provide great photo opportunities with the historic buildings of Greenfield Village as the backdrop.
After owners return to the host hotel, the attendees will participate in seminars and visiting the memorabilia room, which will have a specific display devoted to 1933 literature, artifacts and collectibles.
Thursday will be the concours with 400-500 1932-’53 Ford products on the show field. The V8 Club offers Lincoln, Mercury and Ford owners a variety of divisions to display their vehicles. This concours will likely produce the most extensive turn out of 1933 vehicles ever to assemble at an Early Ford V8 Club event.
The 1933 Event is integrated into the V8 Club’s Grand National Meet, which offers attendees trips to the Rouge and Piquette Ford plants, casinos and the Ford Archives. There are seminars on the Mullins Red Cap trailer, Columbia two-speed rear axle, glass bugging and Ford licensing programs. There will be an indoor and outdoor swap meet.
For more information, go to www.efv8.org or call the club at 866-427-7583.