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					The Crankshaft
December, 2008
Our next meeting will be our annual Christmas party on December 4, 2008. Social hour 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. Dinner at 7:30 P.M. Cost for dinner: $12.50 per person paid at the center. Don’t forget your White Elephant Gift. Location: Gift of Love Center (same place as last year) Address: 3870 Longview Drive, Douglasville, Ga. 30135 (770-947-8200)

Profile for Melissa Logan

Melissa Logan is one of the younger members of the Early Ford V-8 Car Club. She has been a member since high school and is the daughter of club members Johnny and Lynn Logan. Melissa graduated from Arlington Christian School of Fairburn, Georgia in 2006 with highest honors, summa cum laude, where she attended for 15 years. Melissa is now attending the University of Georgia where she is finishing up her undergraduate program and plans to attend graduate school in the Fall of 2009 to receive a Doctorate of Pharmacy. Our fellow V-8er’s interest began when her father, Johnny Logan, and club members Wilbur Guy, Mike Elias, Larry Tanner and Ralph Broadwater went on the cross country Great Race 2003 from Livonia, Michigan to Daytona Beach, FL. After enjoying part of the race Melissa decided she wanted to go too, so her and her father set out to run the Great Race her senior year of high school. Knowing they would need a car to run the race, Melissa had her heart set on a 1940 Ford Coupe, just like her father owned in his younger years. After searching high and low for about a year and every car show between Atlanta and Charlotte they found one in a member of the car club’s garage that they could not live without. Morris Bailey had purchased the car a few years back at a car show in Moultrie and Melissa bought it from him to pursue her love of antique cars and running the Great Race.

PAGE 2 Over the past five years Melissa and her father have worked diligently restoring the car bumper to bumper and every little part in between, with some help and a lot of advice from members of the club. They have modified the electrical aspects of the car and integrated new technology into the original wiring, rebuilt the motor, and broke a few things along the way. They have just recently completed the task of changing out the rear end and replacing it with a two speed Columbia. After putting the rear end in, Melissa had to learn to shift from high to low and when to use and she says it really makes a difference on the RPMs and the amount of strain put on the motor. While the car has some modifications for safety and reliability purposes Melissa says they have tried to keep her car as original as possible to preserve the history. “Anyone can see a small block Chevy under the hood of a car, but it’s not very often you get to hear a Flathead roar,” said Melissa. Melissa feels working on her old cars and her love for this piece of history this has been a great life learning experience and enjoys the rich history behind these cars and how they drove America to where it is today. She also says that participating in shows like the Moonshine Festival is especially enjoyable for her because her 40’ Ford was one of the favorite choices of the Moonshiners to haul liquor and out run the cops with. Melissa said, “Just about every Moonshiner had a ’40 Ford… and it was black. However, often time’s people just hear moonshine and they think of breaking the law and drunks, but most people don’t know the true history behind it. Moonshining was a way to make money during the Great Depression; it was a way to provide for your family in a time when a lot of people didn’t have enough to eat, let alone jobs. Someone could make so much more money making corn liquor off a crop then they could by just selling it for food. In a way I feel like I get to relive a part of the history with my car today over half a century later.” Melissa and her father also both enjoy bringing new knowledge to the car club meetings with demonstrations and stories of things they’ve learned while working on their old car. Due to changes in the Great Race, Melissa and Johnny have changed their minds about running the Great Race and now plan to run the Cruise America coast to coast with the car club in the summer of 2009. They both feel the car is in better shape than ever - more reliable than when it rolled off Henry Ford’s assembly line show room and cannot wait to see America through the window of a 1940 Ford and hear the Flathead rumble. PREZ NOTES Club Members, Christmas is just around the corner and our Clubs Christmas party will be on Thursday night Dec 04, 2008 starting around 6:30 p.m. We need a head count no later than November 28 so please be sure and let Johnny Logan or Wilbur Guy know if you did not sign up at the last club meeting. Remember to bring your WHITE ELEPHANT gifts to be exchanged after dinner. Thank you Peach State Early V-8 Club Members. It's been my pleasure serving as your President the past couple of years. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year .......... Rod Update on Carolyn Croft Carolyn is doing very well right now. The doctor has delayed her last chemo treatment until December 5 so they are really hoping to attend the Christmas party on the 4th with us. Keep praying for Carolyn, Tommy and Buddy.

PAGE 3 It’s Chili Time Again The perfect cure for the post holidays, winter time, don’t have any reason or place to drive my old ford blues! Make your plans now to attend the Peach State Regional Group #160 Second Annual Chili Feast. Join us for our club’s biggest attended function (76 attended last year) on January 31, 2009 about high noon at Roy and Inez Watson’s home and shop located between Haralson and Alvaton, 20 miles south of the court house square in downtown Fayetteville. A great short drive to keep the old V-8’s limbered up! ****WE PROMISE**** 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Plenty of chili, both regular and high test, some made with beef and some made with turkey. Great touring weather, as it will not be too hot for the old Flathead V-8’s. The chance to socialize with some of the finest people you can ever hope to meet. If you drive a flathead v-8 you will have a chance for a few door prizes. Absolutely the best price for a meal you will ever have – FREE *****SPECIAL NOTE***** Make reservations now to sit at the president’s table. This honor is limited to the first 10 people who call Roy and promise to attend! Bring a favorite dessert if you would like but if not just come on down and join us anyway. Driving directions to Roy and Inez’s place: Starting at the courthouse square in Fayetteville, go south on Ga. 85 through Senoia and then through Haralson. As soon as you leave the thriving metropolis of Haralson, 2.5 miles later you will turn right on Caldwell Farm Road, then ¼ mile turn left on Weeks road. Go until it dead ends (about 600 feet) (do not turn off of Weeks Road) it dead ends into our driveway) if you need more directions or have any questions call Roy at 706-538-1185 (do not dial “l” first, as it is a local call) or my cell 404-642-6766 (my cell does not work well when I am at home, due to limited and poor reception). Looking forward to seeing everyone! FOR SALE Very good pair of 1937 Georgia tags (about the same condition as the pair in my collection). Price: $275 Call Roy Watson at 706-538-1185 (do not dial “l” first, as it is a local call) or my cell 404-642-6766. Peachstate Regional Group #160 Early Ford V-8 Club of America 145 Lake Circle Drive Fayetteville, GA 30215 770-461-1737 website:

2008 Officers
President Rod Hill 770-599-4156 Vice President Johnny Logan 770-949-9447 Treasurer Tommy Gilbert 770-461-1737 Recording Secretary Wilbur Guy 770-942-8035

2008 Directors Bobby Bradley 770-253-4179 Tommy Croft 770-461-4624 Mike Elias 404-344-2251 Clarence Haven 770-461-4710 Charlie King 770-461-6795 Bobby Mobley 770-461-8416 Derel Nation 770-997-1692 Harold Smith 770-964-6219 Charles Williams 770-599-8194 Randy Williams 770-949-1540


The Rock Ranch - Christmas 2008
Thank You
For A Great Season

Free Chick-fil-A Meals for a Year!

Over the course of our 8 weeks of Fall Family Fun Days, many of you entered to win Free Chickfil-A meals for a year. For those of you that visited this fall, thank you for your attendance and for allowing The Rock Ranch to be a part of your family's memories. Our winner's name was drawn from over 4,000 independent e-mail addresses that were entered in the contest. June Painter from Byron, Georgia is the 2008 Fall Family Fun Days winner. Congratulations June !

The Rock Country Store and Tent of Christmas Treasures
December Hours and Events • • December 12 and 13 Christmas Store Open House (Buy one Get one Free on all Christmas Items) open 10am to 4pm December 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23 Gift Shop open 6pm to 9pm (also on these dates from 6pm to 9pm, gift shop patrons will enjoy our Free Drive Through Christmas Lights Display)


Journey to the Manger
(Dec 4, 5 and 6)
You and your family are invited to attend our annual Christmas event, Journey to the Manger. Admission is free. We will be selling homemade chili, soups, blueberry delight, funnel cakes, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, home fries, hot dogs and more. Plan on dinner with us under the pavilion as you enjoy Christmas music from choirs and other praise groups. The Rock Country Store (our gift shop) will be open along with the Tent of Christmas Treasures. We have Christmas decorations that include ceramic houses, pre-lit artificial Christmas trees, inflatable yard displays, Christmas lights, wrapping paper and much more - all priced at 40 to 70 percent-off of retail. Your family will be able to enjoy these modern Christmas activities (shopping, music, concessions) until your wagon number is called. At that point, you will board a wagon ride that will transport you 2000 years into the past to experience the first Christmas. This is our third year hosting Journey to the Manger at The Rock Ranch in partnership with 30 churches of The Centennial Baptist Association. Journey to the Manger will be held Thursday, December 4 (6pm to 10pm); Friday, December 5 (6pm to 10pm); and Saturday, December 6 (6pm to 10pm). This live reenactment will allow visitors to experience the events of the Christmas story, first hand. Meet wisemen, speak to merchants in the town of Bethlehem, encounter Roman soldiers, question the innkeeper and hear stories from shepherds as you seek a couple who are great with child. Perhaps you will find Mary and Joseph at the manger near the time that they will receive the greatest Christmas present ever. This event is our Christmas gift to the community and a reminder to everyone of the "real" meaning of Christmas. No reservation is necessary to attend, however, campfire sites are available for groups or families that would like to reserve a private picnic area. A campfire site includes a fire ring, fire wood and picnic tables. Groups with a campfire site are allowed to bring in their own food. For this event, outside food will need to be transported on the trolley from the parking lot and carried to the campfire site. Campfire sites are $50.

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