April Fools day, 1966 marks the beginning of the Cougar story outside of Ford Motor Company. I think many of our less Cougar afflicted friends and significant others may find some dark humor in the date, but for us it marks the beginning of an incredible story.
The story of how Cougar began is brought to you by the good folks of the Cascade Cougar Club, and in particular, Don Skinner Editor of the Cascade Cougar Club Prowler newsletter, with innumerable contributions from the collection of Jim and Elaine Pinkerton. This material was previously published by the Cascade Cougar Club in printed form as well as on a CD that features two bonus articles that did not make it to print. I am sure the entire Cougar Community shares my gratitude to this fine group of folks for assembling this information and making available to us here.
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.
Going forward, all communication from the club will utilize email and online methods.
Remove the promises of a quarterly newsletter form the website.
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.
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.
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”.
Congratulations to the Carlisle All-Ford Nationals winning Cougars and their owners!
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!
Thanks a million to Bill for getting me the photos from the latest get together hosted at his place in Fountain Hills AZ. I know a few people are missing from the pictures but it looks like a great time was had by all. If anyone has any stories to share or discuss about the gathering I believe there is a discussion thread ongoing on the MCN forums.
Consider this fair warning that any stories I see may make their way here 🙂 Photos compliments of Bill Basore.
Bill had this to add:
It was great to see so many of the friends we have made in the Cougar hobby. The Barrett Jackson auction serves as a great excuse to come enjoy a little Arizona sunshine and talk Cougars. It sure is nice to have a whole garage full of people who think owning 6 40 year old cars is not only normal, but also a good thing.
It is not unusual for us to have a few folks drop in early in the week, and this year was no exception. Wayne B was in from Canada for his regular winter golf holiday and we got to talk about his GT-E and G cars. Craig Keith came by along with his wife and a few friends. Craig has amazing taste in Cougars. As it turns out, both his G and his GT-E are exactly the same color interior and exterior as mine; man he has great taste in cars… Which is also cool because the folks from Sun Star have selected his G car to be the model for their latest Cougar model release.
How many of the folks in the picture can you guys name?
“Now is the time to make your hotel reservations for the Mid-Atlantic Prowl. The Cougar Club of New Jersey & Pennsylvania and the Delmarva Cougar Club will be hosting the show again this year with . This show is held as part of the All Ford Show at Carlisle. Most of the Cougars will be staying at the Hotel Carlisle, formerly the Clarion, and before that the Embers. AAA has the best rate. There are currently rooms available. Rooms go fast, so make your reservation now. You can always change your mind later. We had looked at other hotels, but the rates were significantly higher. Please register early for the show with Carlisle Productions.”
Check out the MCN forum thread and take lots of pictures. I’m sure we are all going to love seeing some of those great East coast rides.
The first phase of data pages for our classic Cougars are now up and running. Check out the growing amount of data for the 1967 model year. This is however just a drop in the bucket and only the beginning of data assimilation for the site.
So much of the data available for our fine vehicles is handed down by word of mouth, community forums and old Internet sites that can disappear at any time. We need community members to step in and assist us in building up the data on this site and fill in some of the missing links.
Can you help us in our quest to gather all of the Cougar data we can find?
We are looking for information to add to the site and people to do the additions. If you would like to submit content to the site on a more casual basis please feel free to contact us, but if you would like to take a more active roll in editing and maintaining some of the model year information in the community we would like to hear from you. Alot of the work we have done on this new site involved making it easy for everyday people to work on and update without having to know any Internet programming or coding languages.
If you would be interested in being a part of maintaining this site or have questions regarding any other fields you might be able to assist us in please contact us. Many hands make light work and currently it’s a lot for one set of shoulders.
Please also note that I am desperately seeking copies of official documentation from each of the classic cats model years. Things like sales brochures, original receipts, order sheets, build sheets etc are all greatly helpful as we put together alot of our info. All we require are pictures of the documents, not the documents themselves or hard-copy scans of them. Anything that will assist us with hard proof of standard package items, delete options, feature options etc are greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your interest in supporting and growing our great passion.
Not having the luxury of being able to attend the Colorado Cougar Club’s 2007 National show I’ve been digging around looking for info on the whole thing. A couple of guys posted some pics on MCN (which was cool) but when I stumbled across the official club website and saw all of the great pics they had of the event I was in heaven.
Beautiful cars and uhhh.. guys where did you find all those fine looking young ladies 😉
Seriously though, a big congrats to the CCC and their great nationals show. Stop by their website and check out all the stuff they offer and don’t forget to pick up a DVD of the show for only $15. (Just to clarify the DVD is a slide show of 700 pics from the event plus all the digital photos, not a movie. But it’s s till a great piece of memorabilia) Sounds like a steal to me. The club is also offering a large assortment of 2007 national apparel and you can check it out at the Colorado Cougar Club Order Form.
We want to be the first place you stop for all of your Cougar Community information. Check out the Resources menu on the right side of the home page. You will find links to some of our favorite Cougar hangouts: MercuryCougar.net, TheCurb.org, and the CougarClub.org (CCOA).
MercuryCougar.net is the busiest forum in the Cougar world. This is the place for continuous Cougar discussion. If you have questions, they have answers. Pretty soon you will be pontificating right along with the best of them.
TheCurb.org is the road house of the Cougar world. Grab beer, sit down and smoke ’em if ya’ got ’em. The Curb is home to Cougar enthusiasts with an attitude. You have to have a sense of humor to get the vibe, and it will be helpful to appreciate the finer points of Monty Python: “that rabbit is dynamite!” Full membership at the Curb is by invitation, check out the site for details. (membership may require shrubbery)
CougarClub.org is the home page for the Cougar Club of America. The CCOA is currently struggling to find its place in the world of Internet chat groups and online publishing. Publication of the At the Sign of the Cat quarterly publication ended in 2006. We miss the magazine and wish the COOA the best of luck as they work through their difficulties. At this time, we recommend that you check with the club before sending in membership application to determine what benefits the club is currently able to provide. On the main menu you will see a button for local club contacts. You may find a club in your area that can fill many of your needs. Be sure to check back for any changes to the status of the CCOA.
Why We Are Here:
Classic Cougar Community is here for you. The purpose of this site is to bring together as much Cougar information as possible. If you have news about Cougars, or have Cougar related documents you would like to share with the Community, this is the place. And even better, the next time you do a repair or modification on your car, take a few pictures, write it up and send it to us for publication.
Please bear with us over the next few days and weeks as we continue to evolve this website into a powerful tool and community resource for Cougar enthusiasts everywhere. This site is built and maintained by volunteers and we are always open to suggestions and assistance of all kinds from whomever is willing to put in the time.
This website has finally come into being thanks to the efforts of some long time Cougar enthusiasts who were finally pushed into action. This site is by no means meant as a replacement for some of the great websites out there today like Mercurycougar.net, theclassiccougarnetwork.com and cougarclub.org
What we have realized is that there are a lot of great Cougar resources available to people all over the Internet that perhaps get less recognition than they deserve and we want to help Cougar enthusiasts everywhere get to those sites they need to enjoy their hobby to it’s fullest. From regional car clubs to just private hobbyist site owners there are so many great people that can help you with your passion for your car and it’s our job to get you there.