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Joe Floyd Collection Open House: One Last (Local) Look

Written By: Tom Olsen

On Friday, May 25th, I attended the open house for the Joe Floyd 1936 Ford Collection. The word was definitely out, as hundreds of other folks did the same.

As you may recall from our May issue, Joe Floyd has donated his entire collection of eighteen 1936 Fords to the Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum in Auburn, Indiana. This is a complete collection of all 1936 Ford models, all of which are in pristine condition. A special addition to the museum, reminiscent of a 1930’s Ford dealership, is being built to house these cars. The collection will be leaving our area this summer, so this was the last, best opportunity to view this rare private collection.

Family, friends, co-workers, and car enthusiasts of every description came to Joe’s shop in Harrisburg to view these outstanding cars. I went early to assist with wiping down a few cars before the crowds arrived, and then stuck around for the next several hours admiring the cars and shooting a few photographs. In addition to seeing several friends from around the car hobby, I also had the opportunity to meet and visit with several Motor Market readers.

It was a great afternoon in the car hobby. Thanks go out to Joe Floyd and his family for hosting the open house and letting us get one last (local) look at the Floyd Collection. While it’s sad to see this impressive collection leave our area, the automotive world will benefit immensely by having the cars on display at their new home.

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