The month of July proved to be a good one for MARCOM. In addition to our annual blueberry picking tour, our club prepared to celebrate its 60th anniversary. On July 30th the sun was shining on MARCOM and its guests as 65 Model As and 128 people celebrated at the Holmes Transportation center in Norfolk, Mass. All of the hard work and preparation paid off as the local Model A community thoroughly enjoyed the sights & sounds of the day.

The goal of our 60th Anniversary was to bring out 60 Model As. As the morning progressed, it was evident we would make our goal. In addition to MARCOM members, other regional clubs such as the Cape Cod Model A Club, Blackstone Valley, Minuteman, Little Rhody, and MAFC of Connecticut members arrived to join the fun. When we reached our 60th car it was time to relax and enjoy the day.

The Holmes Transportation Center offers many ways to enjoy our hobby. In addition to the interesting memorabilia, toy cars, and tractors, the site includes a miniature train for kids young and old. Most of the attendees did decide to take a ride through the woods to another collection of transportation related antiques. Several unique tractors and a rare Ford school bus were on display for everyone to enjoy. Judging by the number of smiles, I would say the train rides were a big hit.

As the celebration continued, we all enjoyed our anniversary cake and picnic lunch under the tent and of course kicking some tires in the parking lot. Many photo opportunities were had as the event brought out many longtime members and their Model As. 8 past president were in attendance and a nice photo was taken of the group in recognition of their efforts to lead the club over the years.

Special thanks to the MARCOM board of directors for their efforts to organize and run the 60th Anniversary event. I also want to thank Pat Zwicker for her efforts on registration and Jane Ketchen for the wonderful cake provided for the event. And of course, all the folks who stepped up that day to lend a hand with the raffle, set up and clean up. Your efforts were recognized and resulted in a memorable event for all.

Our August meeting was a chance to learn a bit about the Model A distributor. Ed Hunt shared his experience and knowledge on this critical system. Ed also handed out a nice fact sheet to provide members with tips on this critical system. We thank Ed for his effort to share his knowledge with fellow MARCOM members. August will also bring some of us to Stowe Vermont for the annual flea market and car show. This is always a great event in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Hope you can make it.

MARCOM will celebrate its 1st annual Pie Extrav”A”ganza! What is that you ask? Members will be baking/buying a variety of pies to enjoy at our November meeting. A signup sheet is available at our monthly meeting to list what type of pie you are willing to bring. Our goal is to have a wide variety to sample. Please consider signing up and joining in the fun.

Bill Brum
Model A Restorers Club of Massachusetts