Bruce Nelson calls Minneapolis home but as 2020 President of the Early Ford V-8 Club and 2022 National Driving Tour Coordinator, Bruce had dreamed of hosting a tour of Wisconsin dating back to the late 1980s.
A visit to the Harley Davidson Museum in 2018 stoked that fire, followed by a visit to The Automobile Gallery & Event Center in 2021 for a chat with Executive Director Darrel Burnett.
From there the plan was put in motion!
On August 23rd, 2022, the Gallery parking lot was filled with Fords and fun as 38 members of the Early V-8 Club kicked off their 10th Anniversary National Driving Tour with a tour of our Gallery.
To qualify for membership, a Ford must fall between the years of 1932 and 1953 with Lincolns and Mercurys from that era also welcomed into the family. Club members from Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, California, Nevada, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota were among those paying us a visit.
This 1953 Ranch Wagon owned by Luke Cordes from Houston, TX was among the most intriguing. Yes, there was a time when Ford and other manufacturers made two-door station wagons. Extracting passengers in the third row of seats could be a bit daunting!
But, by far, the most unique ride of all was this 1956 Ford pickup that runs on recycled vegetable oil!