The History of the Pacific Model A Club
For as long as there have been Model A Fords on the road, there was always talk of forming a Model A Ford club for those old car enthusiasts living in the Lower Mainland, south of the Fraser River . In the Fall of 1987 a group including Eldon Abercrumby, John Arnold, Doug Baldwin, Barry Leinbach and Tom Yule founded the "White Rock Vintage Tin" and a draft of what this Model A club's goals and achievements could be was put together. The aim was to be an informal organization for the enjoyment and preservation of the Model A car (and trucks). The intention was for the club to be "hands on." In the spring of 1988 the draft of the new club was endorsed. We now had a mandate, a club, founding members and a whole lot of enthusiasm.
Over the ensuing months there was a lot of work to be done to make the club a reality. The writing of a constitution and registering the club as a society was completed. The arranging of technical workshops to be held at the meetings was undertaken. Arrangements were made to rent meeting facilities at the BC Historical Transportation Museum in Cloverdale. As word spread about the club, many people contacted us about offering their support and joining as members.
In May of 1988 twelve people attended the first meeting of the White Rock Vintage Tin held at the BC Transportation Museum. The technical topic was Model A front ends.
The White Rock Vintage Tin club had been involved in many local events. During this time it became apparent that the club name had to be changed. A contest was held and on January 10, 1989 the name "Pacific Model A Ford Club was agreed to by the members. The Registrar of Companies requested that consent be received from the Ford Motor Company of Canada if we wanted to use the Ford name as part of our club name. After much discussion, it was decided to stay with just Pacific Model A Club. A logo was designed and the colours of navy blue and white were selected.
Over the years club members have participated in such events as the BC Transportation Museum activities, Old Car Sunday, Model A Sunday, White Rock Seniors Centre, Totem A & T Easter Parade, Museum of Flight, Community Parades and Historic Stewart Farm House activities. Fund raising activities have also been part of the members involvement in an effort to raise money to build a club house.
During the ensuing years, the club always stuck to the original mandate of being a "hands on" club. To that end, the members performed many hours of volunteer work at the museum in the maintenance of Model A vehicles displayed there.
In May of 2008, the Pacific Model A Club celebrated its 20th anniversary.