`57 Fords International is a
non-profit organization, dedicated to the recovery, restoration,
and preservation of as many examples of the 1957 Ford automobile
as possible. It is the mission of `57 Fords International to
register and document each 1957 Ford automobile as they are found.
There are over 1.5 million for us to find.
All owners of 1957 Ford
passenger cars will be welcome. Ownership, however is not a
requirement for membership. If you enjoy seeing these cars,
you have a place here as well. All 1957 Fords, from restored
original to fire-breathing hot rods, to ground-scraping customs,
and everything in between, all will be welcome in `57 Fords
`57 Fords International was
originally founded in July 1999, as an internet online club at
Excite Communities. At the time it was called `57 Fords
Forever. As time passed and membership grew, more and more
`57 Ford owners were uniting together for a future cause.
Eventually, software problems at Excite forced the community to
make a move to Yahoo! Clubs.
For the first time in the
club's existence, it made significant gains in membership numbers
and a knowledge base. Several members display quite a bit of
knowledge on the subject of old Fords, and are eager to share this
knowledge with a younger generation. Through this sharing of
knowledge, we hope to be able to keep these beautiful cars around
for a long time.
When the club membership
reached 150, original founder, James Potter collaborated with
co-founders George Titek and John Gambill, and started laying the
groundwork for what would become `57 Fords International.
Through much work, a charter was drawn up, research was done
concerning the legal aspects of the incorporation of the club.
Eventually, the club fell by
the wayside as the founders tried to keep it going on a shoestring
budget, and with little help. With everything near rock
bottom, the club's reassessment was made by several key
members. The decision has been made to bring the club back
to its former glory, and then to make it better. A new
charter has been drafted, and club bylaws are in the process
now. The club remains international, but is split into
regions for the US and other territories.
`57 Fords International has
grown, and we have members all over the world. We will hold
three events per year, one in Ohio, one on the Mississippi Gulf
Coast, and the other in California. These are well attended
by `57 Ford enthusiasts. For more information, contact us at
the addresses located on the main page.