The July 2017 Ride of the Month is Melissa and Ray Shereda's '68 Standard!

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The July 2017 Ride of the Month is Melissa and Ray Shereda's '68 Standard!

Post by xr7g428 » 10 Jul 2017, 12:36

The July 2017 Ride of the Month is Melissa and Ray Shereda's '68 Standard!

We talk a lot about keeping out Cougars on the road and how much fun it is to drive them. We love the thumbs up we get from just about everyone that sees our classic Cats. We don't talk much about the fact that those rewards also come with risk. It is a dangerous and chaotic world out there. Some times the bear does eat you.

Melissa and Ray Shereda are Cougar people. They drive their cars and that means they accept the risks of the road. And some times things don't go as planned. As they traveled from the CCOA, DCC, DELMARVA, & CCNJPA, 50th Anniversary Event at the Carlisle Ford Nationals to Dearborn Michigan to attend the CCOA, C.A.T.S Club event, tragedy struck.

A picture is worth as thousand words, so here are few pictures to begin the story. We will have more of the story as soon as we hear from Melissa and Ray.

First stop on the journey was in Tulsa Oklahoma at the CCOA, Mid America & LSCC Anniversary Event.

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Before and After... maybe too graphic for some readers.

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Re: The July 2017 Ride of the Month is Melissa and Ray Shereda's '68 Standard!

Post by Trixie » 10 Jul 2017, 13:11

OMG- What the heck happened? We saw that car at Tulsa. Loved the paint color. Hopefully everyone involved is ok.
Our thoughts and well wishes go out to Melissa & Ray.
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Re: The July 2017 Ride of the Month is Melissa and Ray Shereda's '68 Standard!

Post by propayne » 10 Jul 2017, 15:19

Those that have done it before know that organizing and planning a show, especially a Nationals, is a lot of work and often fraught with all sorts of issues and problems. But of course the only thing that really matters is that everyone arrives safely at the event and then safely back home afterwords.

Cougar Club of NJ/PA President and I had our eyes out for Melissa at Carlisle. When I unveiled the logo and t-shirt design for Carlisle Melissa was enthusiastic and vocal over social media that she wanted one. When our quantities were revealed she let it be known that she didn't think they were enough and she was concerned shirts would be sold out before she got there. That got me to seriously rethinking my t-shirt order, and even though they were already printed I went ahead and had a second bunch printed, essentially doubling my order.

And thank goodness I did because we sold out of every size (including Melissa's) except for a few XXXL's and XXXXL's.

So Stu and I were interested to meet this feisty, spirited Cougar enthusiast and I planned on thanking her for convincing me additional shirts would be needed.

Well, Melissa did not disappoint. She is an Enthusiast with a capital E! She and Ray brought a big banner that they had made with my 50th logo on it for everyone to sign. Our show awards were by popular vote and I was thrilled to see that the Shereda's had won for best display - a category that I had suggested.

Towards the end of the show, Stu and I said our goodbyes to Melissa and Ray just as we were all hitting the road.

As soon as I got back from Carlisle (a three and a half our drive for me) my phone was ringing and a friend of a CCOA officer had just passed a bad wreck on the highway that involved an early, silver-ish Mercury Cougar. Because of the timing, the CCOA officer was concerned that this was someone driving home from Carlisle.

Needless to say, my stomach sank and I just knew this was Melissa and Ray. At this point, we didn't know the extent of the injuries. I called Stu and let him know.

Before long it was confirmed that it was indeed the Shereda's, but, thank God, there were no serious injuries.

Come to find out that, not only were Melissa and Ray going to attend the Dearborn show as they had planned, but they were going to flatbed the wrecked Cougar also!

Melissa said she never thought the day would come when she would trailer a Cougar to a show!

As someone said - "Cars can be fixed but people can't"

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Re: The July 2017 Ride of the Month is Melissa and Ray Shereda's '68 Standard!

Post by Jan-O » 11 Jul 2017, 14:29

Congrats to Melissa and Ray for winning ROTM, it is a well deserved win after the work they have done to that Cougar, and the passion and enthusiasm they show, even after that accident, so now it is up to us fellow enthusiasts to show our support, and that they still belong to our fine family :) and i'm very glad to hear that they are in the search for a new Cat to replace the wounded one :)

I take my hat off in respect and to salute how they acted after the accident, by putting it on a trailer and still attend the next show, i would think that that action is not something that many would have done so in the words of AC/DC, For Those About to Rock, We Salute You :)

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Post by Yorgle » 11 Jul 2017, 15:48

I guess it just goes to show why it's so important to detail the underside of your Cougar- kinda like how your grandma always told you to wear clean socks just in case you ended up in the ER.
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Re: The July 2017 Ride of the Month is Melissa and Ray Shereda's '68 Standard!

Post by Cgrhj50 » 12 Jul 2017, 04:37

Trixie, apparently Melissa's Cougar suffered a cracked rear left driver's side steel wheel. This catastrophic fracture caused the loss of the rear wheel which came off the vehicle, which literally catapulted the car into the upside down position you see it resting in afterwards. Thank God this didn't happen at Highway speeds.

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Post by Cgrhj50 » 12 Jul 2017, 04:47

Congratulations to Melissa and Ray Shereda on their "tragically, hard won Ride of the Month" victory. I'm sure you would have much preferred that you had your beloved "Silver Cat" intact instead... A 'Pyrric win' indeed. I'm also relieved to know that inspite of the horrific damage suffered by your Cougar, you all escaped unscathed.

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Re: The July 2017 Ride of the Month is Melissa and Ray Shereda's '68 Standard!

Post by BossElim69 » 12 Jul 2017, 06:16

Congrats to CATS member Melissa & Ray Shereda for the "ride of the month". They are on the hunt for a 68 Cougar replacement. If you have one for sale contact them.
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Re: The July 2017 Ride of the Month is Melissa and Ray Shereda's '68 Standard!

Post by 1 Meow » 12 Jul 2017, 17:57

Cgrhj50 wrote:
12 Jul 2017, 04:37
Trixie, apparently Melissa's Cougar suffered a cracked rear left driver's side steel wheel. This catastrophic fracture caused the loss of the rear wheel which came off the vehicle, which literally catapulted the car into the upside down position you see it resting in afterwards. Thank God this didn't happen at Highway speeds.
Trixie, unfortunately the accident happened at interstate speed of 70mph...

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Post by 1967 S Code » 12 Jul 2017, 20:49

This story just goes to show how precious life is. Our belongings can be replaced. Congratulations on ROTM. Good luck with your search for a new Cougar.
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