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Cougar Club of America Update

The Cougar Club of America held an informal meeting at the Carlisle all Ford meet earlier this month.  The result of that meeting has been summarized in this posting from the CCOA website:

Opinion: ClassicCougar Community.Com

The Cougar Community needs more resources, and a healthy active national club is a vital ingredient in the mix.  But the CCOA has not been able to fill this need for the past few years.  For many members, the quarterly club news letter, At the Sign of the Cat, was the main benefit of membership.  The newsletter has not been published in over a year.  The club has also faltered in its ability to provide support for regional and national shows.  Many have questioned whether the club, in accordance with its own bylaws, even continues to exist.

One thing seems certain.  As long as the CCOA continues to cling to its existence. than no other club is likely to be formed to replace it.  Formation of a new club would most likely only result in an unnecessary division of the Cougar Community.

The only action that seems to have arisen from the meeting was the creation of a new position to go along with the other 5 currently unfilled board positions.  How adding this position will help remains to be seen.

It seems to me that the thing the CCOA needs the most right now is to take action.

I posted the following suggestions on the MC.Net site.  Others will have their own suggestions.  Regardless of what steps are taken, the most important thing seems to be taking the first step forward.  I applaud Randy Goodling for just getting the meeting together, and posting the results.

The club is currently unable to produce a printed newsletter. Face up to this fact.

  1. Going forward, all communication from the club will utilize email and online methods.
  2. Remove the promises of a quarterly newsletter form the website.
  3. If enough funds exist to send a post card to all “members” asking for an email address, notify them that no other printed materials are forth coming, and apologize for the lapse in communication.
  4. Suspend the collection of dues. It is unclear what the club can deliver in return for dues. Membership is free. Make it possible for members to make donations. Come clean on the money. Make a copy of the bank statement, black out the account numbers, and post it.
  5. Produce a simple monthly PDF based newsletter to the members even if all it says is “I didn’t have time to do anything more”.
  6. Make decisions.

What If: The G Car That Could Have Been

Team CougarIn 1967 the Trans Am championship came down to the final race in Kent Washington at the Seattle International Raceway.  Bud Moore Engineering prepared three Cougars for 1967 and two of them were in the race: #98 driven by Dan Gurney, and #15 driven by Parnelli Jones.  When the final flag fell, Team Cougar finished second behind The Mustangs and, by only two points, came in second in the Manufacturers Championship.

G-Force CougarWhat If Team Cougar had won that last race in 1967 and become the Trans Am series Champs?

It would have been difficult for Ford to pull the plug on Team Cougar.  Perhaps Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, and Ed Leslie would have gone on to win again in 1968.  We will never know of course, but for certain, Mercury would have tried to make the most of the victory, and the best way to do that would have been with a commemorative vehicle.

This brings us to the G-Force Cougar.  The G-Force Cougar is the creation of Rocket, as he is known on MC.Net.  Rocket describes himself like this:  Born Canadian car crazy, single, in love with Ford racing, owner of one of the coolest collections of rare Cougars anywhere.  Rocket keeps his cat collection in Surrey, BC, Canada.  I think his work speaks for itself.

This is one man’s vision of what just such a car would have been.  Even before the Cougar was introduced a collection of performance parts was assembled to “Sharpen the Cats Claws.”  These parts were used to assemble a Group Two street Cougar that was tested by both Road & Track and Motor Trend magazines.   Read on for more details and pictures of this amazing Cougar.

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2008 Carlisle Winners List

Congratulations to the Carlisle All-Ford Nationals winning Cougars and their owners!

1970 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Owned By Shannon Terry
1970 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Owned By Shannon Terry

Why is it the owners get the credit when the cars have to do all the work?   Just kidding!  Lots of hours of painstaking effort goes into every car, and we extend our congratulations to all that made the show.

The thing this article really needs is pictures!  If you have pictures of any of the winning cars, please send them to us so we can add them to this article.

WINNERS LIST FOR ALL-FORD NATIONALS 2008

Y162 1967 – 1968 COUGAR STANDARD
486 SMITSKY, BRIAN 1967 MERCURY COUGAR FIRST PLACE
487 ESHELMAN, MARK & WANIETA 1967 MERCURY COUGAR SECOND PLACE
488 JONES, MIKE 1967 MERCURY COUGAR THIRD PLACE
Double Winner! Celebrity Pick Chosen by: Randy Goodling Ford Enthusiast

Y163 1967 – 1968 COUGAR XR7, XR7G,GTE,GT
489 PRATT, WILLIAM 1968 MERCURY COUGAR FIRST PLACE
490 KARAMANIS, JIM 1968 MERCURY COUGAR XR7-G SECOND PLACE
491 NORWICH, JIM 1967 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 THIRD PLACE

Y164 1969 – 1970 COUGAR STANDARD COUPE/XR7
492 TERRY, SHANNON 1970 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 FIRST PLACE
493 GARDINER, KLPH 1969 MERCURY COUGAR SECOND PLACE
494 MCMULLEN, BOB 1969 MERCURY COUGAR THIRD PLACE
495 NEMBROTTI, STUART 1969 MERCURY COUGAR *CELEBRITY PICK*
Celebrity Pick Chosen by: Steve Polansky Cougar Club of NJ

Y165 1969 – 1970 COUGAR STD CONV. XR7 CONV.
496 POLANSKY, STEVEN 1969 MERCURY COUGAR X47 CONV FIRST PLACE
497 ZORTMAN, VICKIE 1969 COUGAR CONVERTIBLE SECOND PLACE
498 GILL, CHUCK 1969 MERCURY COUGAR CONV THIRD PLACE

Y166 1969 – 1970 COUGAR ELIMINATOR
499 HORNBAKER, STEVEN 1969 MERCURY COUGAR FIRST PLACE
Double Winner! Celebrity Pick Chosen by: Barrie Poole Retired Legendary Racer
500 SOLSKY, BOB 1969 MERCURY COUGAR ELIMINATOR SECOND PLACE
501 THOMAS, BILL 1970 COUGAR THIRD PLACE

Be sure to hit the link to see the rest of the WINNERS!

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