Hank Welch is one of the founding members of the Modesto Area A’s.
Hank was friends with Gene Jamison, the co-founder and first president of the MOdel A Club. Jess Blaker, Turlock Concrete and Pipe, had a big open shed where he allowed Hank to sand blast his vehicle parts at no cost if Hank paid for the sand. Around 1960, he invited Hank to go on an annual Model T run to the Mother Lode at the Twain Harte Lodge. Gene Jamison was on the run also. Gene and Hank started discussing the possibility of forming a Model A club in Modesto because they enjoyed the Model T run so much.