Lee Watson – Sterling Heights, Michigan


My interest in Model A’s began as a young boy in Detroit Michigan hearing the Model “A” ice cream truck’s jingling bells coming down the street. The truck was old even then but was well kept and I was hooked on that radiator & those fenders. As the years went by my interest in old cars grew and then two wonderful things happened. In 1963 I married the girl I had dated through my high school years and about six months later Judi and I found a 1931 Ford S/W Town Sedan for sale in the local paper for $200. After getting it home, I realized that I didn’t know anything about Model A’s and sought out car guys old enough to teach me about them. Someone along the way told me about The Model “A” Restorers Club and I joined in 1966.

Since my retirement in 2003 my wife and I have attended all the Model “A” National Conventions, and it was at one of these where we had the pleasure of meeting Howard Minners at the M.A.F.F.I display table. They were looking for people who would help M.A.F.F.I. input a computer register of Model “A” Ford drawing information at The Henry Ford Museum’s Benson Ford Research Center. The list is also on the M.A.F.F.I. website.

When the project was completed, I continued to volunteer at Benson Ford Research Center one day a week for the last 13 years answering inquiries related to Model A’s and other antique cars. Many Model “A” people don’t realize that almost all of Ford’s engineering drawings from 1903 to 1958 and related manufacturing release notices & engineering change notices are on microfilm at the library of The Benson Ford Research Center in Dearborn Michigan.

Because of my 40-year career in engineering production machinery for domestic automotive manufacturers, I am able to interpret Ford drawings and understand why the Model “A” parts were designed & manufactured in the manner they were.

I am a long-time member and past president of the East Side A’s region of MARC, a member of the Model “A” Owners of Canada Inc., life time member of M.A.F.F.I., and currently a member of the M.A.R.C. Touring Class Committee.

I believe that one of the things that makes M.A.R.C. so great is that it is very family oriented and has activities for everyone, young and old. Those positive experiences will transfer into our club being healthy for many future generations. If elected, I plan to encourage that focus and find fresh ideas to keep Model “A” activities fun for each member of our families.

Also, on a more personal note, in 2003, our Model A got the professional restoration it deserved after waiting so long and made the cover of the Nov/Dec 2016 Model “A’ News where her story was told to the Model “A” world.

Term: 2018-2020