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Our organization name is Diamond Tread Chapter, Model A Ford Club of America.

Thank you for visiting our Internet site.

Greetings and welcome to our site..  
I seem to be starting more and more of these monthly postings with details of a club member passing.  This month I personally lost a great friend... Kay Trail.  She was a very special woman that was happy, stern, energetic and feisty all at the same time.  Kay had moved from Lakewood out to Santa Monica to be closer to her son, which made occasional visits a thing of the past.  Kay, say Hi to Rusty and know that we will miss you.

My wife and I were heading out of town this weekend and noticed how green the local hills were as we headed East no the 5.  I suspect that those green hills may bring us some smoke filled skys if we aren't careful.  I understand that the city of Irvine has hired hundreds of goats to keep California wild fires at bay.  If you are out in the hills this month, keep an eye out for the old goats... not the one driving, those out in the field.

This month's Diamond Tread Tour will be to El Segundo to see "The Singing Fools" at the Old Town Music Hall.   The Newsletter also has some other special events where you are encouraged to bring your Model A, so check out the Tours page.

In the newsletter take a look at the article that features the car of Jerry and Marilyn Freese.  The new to them 1928 Model A Sports Coupe is a work in progress.  I spoke to Jerry recently and it sounds like things are moving right along on this project..

The Diamond Tread Newsletter is sent electronically in a .pdf format, to everyone that wants a copy.  If you are interested, please send your name and eMail address where the pdf can be sent to both the Editor and Webmaster entries below.  This will allow us to cross check that all requests have been satisfied.  Just to bring everything full circle, that eMail broadcast will have a link to the Diamond Tread Web Site.

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Look forward to seeing you at the next meeting... happy driving.

The purpose of our club is to:

  • Enjoy, Preserve and Protect the Model A Ford
  • Serve as a medium in the exchange of ideas, information and parts
  • Aid in efforts to restore Model A's to their original likeness
  • Help members to become better acquainted, encourage and maintain the spirit of good fellowship, sociality and fair play through sponsored activities, including the use of the Model A Ford and family participation
  • Be non-commercial, non-sectarian and non-partisan.  As a non-profit organization

General Membership Meetings

                     Second Wednesday of Month
                      Gallatin Elementary School        

                      9513 S. Brookshire Ave
                      Downey, CA   90241
                                 7:00 PM   <== Please note new General Meeting start time

Mail Address
                         P.O. Box 4563
                      Downey, CA 90241


If you are not familiar with our organization and your first contact with us is online: We would be pleased to hear from you! Please let us know what your needs and questions are, we will be more than happy to help.

Board of Directors

President:   Larry Ryan  (
President@diamondtread.com)

Vice President: Steve Sixt  (Vicepresident@diamondtread.com )

Secretary:                           (Secretary@diamondtread.com)

Newsletter Editor: Vicky Bartlett (Editor@diamondtread.com)

Treasure: Louise Beckley  (Treasurer@diamondtread.com)

Membership: Laura Miller  (Membership@diamondtread.com)

Hospitality: Judy Thomas  (Hospitality@diamondtread.com)

Tour Director: Ralph Neely  (TourDirector@diamondtread.com)

Historian: Barry Beckly  (Historian@diamondtread.com)

Picnic Coordinator: Bob Toerge  (FundCoord@diamondtread.com)

Web Master: Mark Simons      (WebMaster@diamondtread.com)