Don’t forget to bring a Toy for Tots to December Meeting!
Volume 4 No. 11 The Ocial Monthly Publication of the Ford & Mercury Restorer s Club of America November 2008
1946 Mercury Sportsman+ owned by
Yesterday’s Roadster’s Reborn: A Visit to American Speed
n October 18 about 50 Club Members and friends visited American Speed Company in Plymouth, Michigan. We were hosted by Company President Mark Trostle, and members of his management team. What an amazing place! O
Bill and his Sportsman at Meadowbrook in August, 2008.
A s a s t u d e n t a t E a s t D e t r o i t H i g h S c h o o l i n 1 9 5 7 , B i l l o w n e d h i s fi r s t M e r c u r y . I t w a s a 4 8 M e r c u r Convertible painted ‘55 Chevy turquoise green with a rolled and pleated interior, a bored out Oldsmobile V8, a floor shift ‘37 LaSalle transmission, skirts, and a white top. e car was fast on Woodward and the drag strips. e car allowed Bill to learn about cars the hard way at a y
Club Members watch Mark Trostle give a slide presenta- tion about the Company & its products.
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Jim Crawford Featured in Publication
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51 years earlier: ‘48 Merc in 1957!
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very early age!
He raced the Mercury at the Michigan Hot Rod Association’s (Bill has been a member of MHRA for over 50 years) drag strip every weekend in New Baltimore, and has had a desire to own Mercury convertibles ever since.
Cars, kids and lots of heart
What do classic Ford and Mercury vehicles, needy kids and the United States Marines have in common? A lot, according to Jim Crawford, an INCAT Designer
in the metro Detroit area.
Jim is a member of Dearborn, Mich.- based Ford and Mercury Restorers Club of America (FMRCA), a hobby organization whose purpose is to foster and promote the acquisition, preservation and use of all Ford vehicles, 25 years of age and older. The club was founded in 1969 and Jim, the owner of a 1970 Ford XL Sportsroof, has been a member since 1987.
In the early 1990s, one of the club members, Bob Haas, heard about the United States Marine Corps’ program “Toys for Tots.” Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The FMRCA took up the cause locally, and has collected thousands of toys for the program over nearly 15 years. Jim Crawford, an INCAT Designer, poses with his 1970 Ford XL Sportsroof. Jim is a member of the Ford and Mercury Restorers Club of America (FMRCA), an organization dedicated to the preservation of Ford vehicles.
This year, the FMRCA made an additional donation to Toys for Tots, Jim noted. “One of our members learned of a shipment of undamaged toys that could not be sold because of smeared labels,”he said. “He and another member secured the donation and loaded the toys – 800 in all – into a 25-foot car hauler and donated them to the Marines for Toys for Tots.”
Each year, the FMRCA supports the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program. Here, two U.S. Marines accept the 2007 donation at the regular December meeting of the club.
At the December 2007 meeting of the club, guests included two former Marines who had fought at the battle of Iwo Jima during WWII. They were accompanied by active duty Marines in dress uniform who collected the 2007 toy donations. This year, the FMRCA will again support Toys for Tots. Members will bring their donations to the December meeting and again representatives of
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Club Member Jim Crawford was recently featured in his company’s publication “INCAT INSIDE.”
The article also reected very highly on the FMRCOA.
Good going Jim!