How Do I Become a Member?
Becoming a member of the TarWheel A's is simple. We do not require proof of membership in MAFCA, however, it is strongly encouraged. If you are interested in becoming a member of MAFCA, a membership form is available here. To become a TarWheel A, please fill out our application form, and mail it to the Club Treasurer at the address listed on the bottom of the application.
Who are the TarWheel A's?
The TarWheel A’s was founded in 1982, and serves the Model A hobbyists of the Triangle Area in central North Carolina. We have members in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Clayton, Fuquay, Hillsboro, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and other surrounding communities. Our current roster includes some 45 families, and almost 65 vehicles. As with any organization, we have those that are just getting started, and those that are the “old hands”. We have a few award-winning cars, several cars that are in pieces, and everything in between.
Are the TarWheel A's associated with either of the National Clubs?
Yes, the club is affiliated with MAFCA. MAFCA: the Model A Ford Club of America.
How much are dues?
The clubs dues are $20 a year, and are due on January 1st. The dues cover 6 issues of the Club newsletter, "The Dispatch", and help to defray the cost of some club events like "Lube Day".
Do I have to be a member of the national club?
No. Since we are a Region of MAFCA, we strongly encourage all members to be members of the National Organization. Not only does it provide you access to additional publications and resources, it helps support an organization that has the interests of the Model A enthusiast at heart. These national organizations work to ensure we are able to continue to drive these beautiful vehicles on our city streets and highways.
What is 'Lube Day'?
This is an event that we hold annually in the spring. The club purchases supplies - 30wt oil, 600 wt oil, and grease in bulk, and we all get together at one of our members shop and form into "service teams". A team will work on a car, and change all of it's fluids, and grease all of its joints. This event serves a couple key functions:
We all need to lubricate out A's
Buying in bulk saves some money
We can dispose of the waste properly
Other folks have a chance to spot potential problems.
Everyone gets really dirty
We all have a good time
My car is not exactly a show car....
Neither are most of the cars in the club. Your car is your car, do whatever makes you happy. Most of the folks in the TarWheel A's are the driving and touring type, but we do have a few show cars too. It's pretty simple with us; if it's a Model A, come on in.
I'm not very mechanical
That is probably the single best reason to join a club. We all bring very different skill sets to the club, but as a group you can rest assured that someone has already solved your problem - at least once. We happen to have a few top notch Model A mechanics who can help you our of most any situation.
Where are the meetings?
We generally meet at members homes based on need, or willingness to host a meeting. We also meet at restaurants or on special occasions, with other clubs. Tours do sometimes replace regular meetings. Most often, we meet at a member’s home to help sort out a problem with that member’s Model A. The December meeting is our annual Christmas dinner, and we usually hold that on a Saturday evening at a local restaurant.
When do you meet?
We meet once a month, usually the first Sunday of the month at 2:00pm. This can change based on tours or other special events.
Does the club tour?
YES! We typically have a day tour about once a month. We also usually do a multi-day overnight tour once or twice a year. In 2014 we hosted the MARC National Tour. In 2016 the club went to Little Switzerland, NC with tours along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Other tours took club members to Cameron, NC; Pinehurst, NC; Oak Island, NC and South Boston, VA. Club members also participate in MARC/MAFCA National Tours and attend the Regional AACA in Hershey, PA each October.
Our tour schedule runs something like this:
February or March: Day tour to a state historic site or other point of interest
March: Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade
April: Spring tour
May: Overnight tour within 200 miles or less of Raleigh.
June/July: Club picnic. Tours to regional events such as the Great Locomotive Chase in New Hill, NC and Pottery tour in Seagrove, NC
September: Labor Day weekend tour and tour to Raven Rock state park and picnic with other area clubs.
October/November: Local tours or a “Mystery” tour.
December: Tour to Grassy Creek (Granville Co. NC) Hillbilly Christmas Parade with the VaCar MARC and numerous local Christmas Parades
We are a very active club and many of us enjoy driving our cars. We typically have between 5 and 10 cars on our tours. And, if anyone suffers a breakdown, we have lots of talent and spare parts with us to keep you rolling. We would love to have you join us!