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Ken Burns chronicled the story of restoring his ’41 Ford Woodies in an article written for the local Early Ford V8 Club’s newsletter. The story also appeared in the V8 Times, the club’s national magazine.
“Like lots of other cravings, it all starts with that first innocent taste,” notes Ken Burns. “In my case, the ‘38 Ford Deluxe Woodie my folks owned when they brought me home from the hospital in 1943 was that moment.” He spent 24 years in the Navy as a pilot and moved quite a bit as a result. To Burns, owning a vintage car meant that he could easily find a group of like-minded car enthusiasts whenever he moved to a new duty station. In 1969, he saw a ‘41 Super Deluxe Woodie on his way home from work one day and was drawn to it like a moth to the flame. “We were looking for a second car after the birth of our daughter.” When it came time to move from California to Florida, Ken suggested that the Woodie might as well follow along. “I must have had a compelling argument because my wife agreed that we should keep it and the rest is history!”
In 1971, Burns joined the Early Ford V8 Club on the advice of a friend. After moving back to San Diego a few years later, he realized he wanted the Woodie to be closer to the factory build. There were lots of issues that needed attention due in part to the surfer kids who had owned it previously. “During this period, I learned a lot about ’41 Fords,” Ken recalls. He undertook the restoration process little by little while enjoying time behind the wheel. After finally settling in Fairfax, Virginia, the wagon was completed in time for the Northern Virginia Regional Group’s (NVRG) 2007 Eastern National Meet. “I was one of three owners with a ’41 Woodie at the meet. I figured it would do reasonably well in the judging but was surprised and honored when it won its first Dearborn.” Later, Burns found and purchased another ’41 Ford Woodie (pictured above) which also received a complete restoration.
Earlier this year, Ken reached out to his state legislators after discovering a SEMA Action Network (SAN) call to action. Legislation to exempt a motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer that is licensed as an antique from the imposition of local taxes and fees was making its way through the Virginia legislature. “As an owner of a pair of vintage Ford Station Wagons, I urge all of you to support this legislation which will help ensure that these unique pieces of automotive history are preserved for future generations,” he wrote in a message to lawmakers. The effort reached a successful conclusion when the bill was signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Congratulations, Ken, and thank you for helping get this bill enacted into law!
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