Palomar Model A Club was formed in 1960 and was originally organized as a
Region of MARC (Model A Restorer’s Club). The Club founders
wanted to have a statewide Model A “meet” to pick the best
Model A in California.
The winner of that meet would then go to a national meet to compete with
the best cars from all of the other states.
first meet was held in Fallbrook in 1961 and was called the All California
Model A Day and Antique Car Exhibition. That meet still occurs
annually today and is called the Fallbrook Car Show. The first year they
held the meet, it attracted more than 2,000 spectators, 75 Model A Fords
and between 30 and 40 antique and classic automobiles.
the Fallbrook meet, the other big event our Club participated in was a tour
to Yuma, Arizona for the annual meet sponsored by
various clubs from Southern California and Arizona.
Our Club also participated in the annual campout event held in Idyllwild,
which was attended by many of the Southern
California clubs. In the early days, our
Club participated in many of the local parades, and almost all of the
members entered their cars in “judging” events. (Interestingly
enough, in the early years, there were no judging standards. The
chief judge set his own standards just for that meet.)
has our Club changed over the years? In April 1963, we changed our
affiliation from MARC (Model A Restorer’s Club) to MAFCA (the Model A
Ford Club of America). Then, in 2010, we decided to establish an
affiliation with both organizations, so we are now proud members of both
MAFCA and MARC. In January 2016, we discontinued the affiliation with
MARC and retained our affiliation with MAFCA. In addition, though our
Club was initially organized to sponsor the statewide meet, we have now
evolved into a social and touring club. Our Club’s newsletter
also changed from the “Palomar Region Bulletin” to “The
The above history was provided by the Palomar A’s
Librarian/Historian, John Frazee.