Air Cooled News
Receives Quill Award

Congratulations to our Air Cooled News editors and contributors who have been recognized with the Golden Quill award. This award recognizes publications that provide "...examples of quality, balance, integrity, and cordial reading..." that can be examples to other publications. Click here to read an article about the Quill Award, and the Air Cooled News in particular.

Franklin Service Station

The Franklin Service Station edition scheduled for publication in September will contain a section listing Franklin cars and parts for sale along with a wanted section. If you have a car or parts that you would like included in the upcoming FSS edition, please send a brief write up and pictures if available along with prices and your contact information to Bob Cornman at bcornmanjr@gmail.com

Restorable Car Wanted

Do you have a Franklin that is a restoration project that has taken a hiatus? Or a Franklin that is not quite what would be considered road worthy, but time has conspired against your being able to work on it? Would you like to help out the Franklin Club by donating it, or having the Franklin Club coordinate its sale?
Click Here to find out more information.

Make a Donation

Make a Tax Deductible Donation to The H. H. Franklin Club.

Franklin Forum

Get Answers to Technical Questions - Connect with Franklin Enthusiast

Check out the Franklin Forum hosted on the AACA website.

Read Discussions


2020 Board Meetings
February 1
April 25
During the Trek Week Cancelled.
November 7

Spring 2020 Midwest Meet, June 18 to 20, 2020
Hickory Corners, MI
(Concurrent with Air-Cooled Event.)
Postponed to 2021

Saturday, June 20, 2020, Air Cooled Event at Gilmore,
Postponed to August 8

51st Franklin Westrek, June 21 to 25, 2020
Prosser, WA

Saturday, July 25 through Saturday, August 1, 2020
Annual Trek, Cazenovia, NY.

August 1, 2020. 11AM EST.
Annual Meeting: To be held on-line.

Wednesday August 5th - Sunday August 9th
2020 Franklin Electric City Tour
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Contact: Matt Goist at 2020electriccitytour@gmail.com

2020 Air Cooled Gathering Gilmore Car Museum at Hickory Corners, MI.
Saturday, August 8

Mapletrek 2.0 Perth Ontario. September 8 to 12, 2020.
Contact André Audette
Or Sean O’Meara.
Postponed to 2021.

2020 Fall Midwest Meet, October
Keweenaw Penninsula, MI
Hosted by Bill and Geri Eby and Mark Kaley


Franklin Westrek
Sunday, June 6 through Friday, June 11, 2021
Bend OR.

Annual Trek, Cazenovia, NY.
Saturday, July 24 through Saturday, July 31, 2021

3rd Tuesday of each month
Lehigh Valley Franklinites
Allentown, PA

Click here for more event info.

Franklin Factoid

In February 1918 a contract was made with the Rolls-Royce, Inc., Derby, England, for the manufacture of crank shafts, epicyclic gears, cam and rocker parts for their airplane motor. Contract amounts to $1,500,000 and the work will give employment to 1,500 men. This means a 40% in motor-car production and during February schedule was cut to 25 cars per day and 35 a day thereafter instead of 50 as planned.
From 1918 Franklin Company Report to the Board

Welcome to The H. H. Franklin Club, Inc.

Updated June 9

​To our Franklin Family and all Franklin enthusiasts:

​The Franklin Board of Directors hopes you and your family are healthy and safe during this unprecedented time in our country's history. In an effort to remain compliant with state and national guidelines and keep our Franklin Family safe, we are monitoring the situation regularly, and will post current status of Franklin Club Sanctioned Events below.

There are many places for information about the COVID-19 virus, this can be confusing and frightening to follow at times.

For information about protecting yourself and slowing the spread of the Coronavirus, The H. H. Franklin Board has posted a link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines here.

​Hopefully we will be touring together very soon.
Aura Vincit

  • June 18 to 20. Midwest Meet concurrent with Air Cooled Event at Gilmore: Postponed to 2021.
  • June 20. Air Cooled Event at Gilmore, Postponed to Saturday, August 8.
  • June 21 to 25. 51st Franklin Westrek: Cancelled
  • July 25 to August 1. Annual Franklin Trek, Cazenovia, NY: Cancelled
    (Click here for more information.)
  • July Board meeting, normally held at the Trek: Cancelled.
  • August 1. Annual Meeting, normally held at the Trek: To be held virtually, at 11AM, EST. Information to be available as arrangements are made.
  • August 5th to 9th, Franklin Electric City Tour, Scranton, Pennsylvania
    Newly added: Postponed.
  • August 8. Air Cooled Event at Gilmore: Currently on Schedule
  • September 8 to 12. Maple Trek 2.0: Postponed to 2021.
  • October. Fall Mid-West Meet: Currently on Schedule

The H. H. Franklin Club, Inc. is a non-profit membership organization devoted to the preservation and exploration of the H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company history and its effects on the history of the automobile.

The H.H. Franklin Manufacturing Company of Syracuse, NY built America's most successful air-cooled automobile, with its first innovative air-cooled motorcar in 1902 and continued production until 1934. Of the 150,000 Franklins built between 1902 and 1934, it's estimated that about 3,700 have survived.

Become a Member

Bouv's Car Join TODAY and enjoy the many benefits of belonging to our club. Tour with other Franklins at the Trek, the Westrek, the two Midwest Regional meets each year, and other club sponsored meets. The H.H. Franklin Club offers a variety of resources to repair, restore, and/or maintain your Franklin. Enjoy the comraderie of our members who all appreciate the Franklin marque and will share that enthusiasm with you. As a 501(c)3 educational club the H.H. Franklin club has a variety of technical and historical resources available for club members and the public. Club members receive the award winning club magazine 'The Air Cooled News' three times a year, the club newsletter 'The Franklin Service Station' four times a year, and the Franklin Registry of all members and Franklin cars around the world. As a member you will also receive access to our Members Only section on the web which includes:

So join us and help preserve the heritage of these fine cars and the historic air-cooled technology pioneered by the H.H. Franklin Company.

What's New on the Web and News

Do you have news or information (or corrections) for your Franklin Club website?
Click here to send mail to the webmaster at "Webmaster@Franklincar.org"

Updated on June 2.


FOR SALE: 1929 Franklin Series 147 – 7 Passenger Sedan Go to the For Sale tab or click here for more information.

Updated on May 7.

Note that the dates have changed for the 2021 Westrek. Check your calendars, the Franklin Westrek” is now heading to the new dates: Sunday, June 6th to Friday, June 11th

Updated on May 2.

We sadly note the passing of Mary Rose Hufnagel, wife of John for 68 years, and a Midwest Region fixture as well as the long time editor of the Midwest Region's 'Line.'

Updated on April 19.


FOR SALE: 1920 Special V-windshield. Go to the For Sale tab or click here for more information.

Updated on April 18.

FOR SALE: Sterling Lion hood ornament. Go to the For Sale/Parts tab or click here for more information.

New! Search ability for the Air Cooled News and Franklin Service Station. Members can now enter search terms to look for articles or subjects in the ACN and FSS with links to the appropriate issue. This search routine is based on the recently updated ACN/FSS index compliled by Roy Canfield. This adds another searching resource on the website. Members can search the factory drawings, search the 1997-2012 Q&A's, and now search ACN's and FSS's. Click here or go to the Members Only tab.

Updated on April 3.


We sadly note the passing of past president Carl Barker of Falmouth Maine who died Monday March 30 at home. Go to the News tab or click here for more information.

Updated on March 30.

Air Cooled News/Franklin Service Station Index updated to include ACN #198, and other organizational improvements. Go to the Members Only tab or click here.

Updated on March 21.

Check out the photos of the Florida Sunshine Trek 2. Go to the Photo tab or click here.

Updated on March 2.


Franklin Dealership Poster. Go to the For Sale/Parts tab or click here for more information.

Welcome New Club Members

Darren Farnesi and Len Pistoria
San Diego, CA
Dex Fairbanks
Titusville, Florida
Gus Birkmanis
Chaplin, CT
P Daniel and Barbara Parkes
Camillus, NY
Kenneth and Lorne Ulrich
Mosinee, WI
Keith Pommerening
Bemidji, Minnesota
John Germann
Bowman, North Dakota
Carlos Dias
Mineola, NY
Jeffrey B. Jones
Summerville, SC

Franklin Vintage

Franklin Vintage
Franklin Vintage — An elegant photo book with text by Sinclair Powell. Buy the book.

Banner image: Andy Wittenborn