It was a great day to get together, the weather was perfect for bringing the cats out. Several attendees drove for more than an hour to attend. Set up began at 9:30 in the morning as slowly the members found their way to the Sycamore Picnic area. Ernie, as in years past, did an amazing job organizing the event. He was the first to arrive and began unloading his car with the various items he picked up, anticipating the arrival of help to set up the covered picnic area soon. Michael Dugan and Gavin Schlesinger met in San Ramon, California to drive down to Cupertino together.
We are using an open source program called phpBB to support the forum. This does lots of great things for us. First of all, open source software can be modified to meet our purposes. We aren’t stuck with the way the developers’ believe things should work. We also benefit from the thousands of other users’ experience and efforts in extending the basic software by developing code that adds features–called “mods” with phpBB–so the Forum does more and we don’t have to spend our hard-earned money paying for it. Since phpBB is also on an open license, we don’t have to pay for the software license, and even more important, all of the constant upgrades and support fees. And here is the real kicker: the most popular paid software is actually based on phpBB! So we get all of the good stuff, and we can put the money into better, faster hosting and things that make a difference for the users.
Like to talk Cougars? Be sure to check out the new forums added to this site.
The forum is run by and for Cougar enthusiasts. Our main focus is making this the best place for Cougar hobbyists, not advertisers. You have to be a bit of a web geek to fully understand what this means, but we think everyone will find the results speak for themselves.
Lets take a short tour of the new forums. Whether you are a forum newby, or a million post master, we think you will find a few things to like.
Modified Classes – Overview
All classes will require that the vehicle be currently registered, tagged, and insured.
|Any Cougar with more than 3 changes from original factory configuration while retaining a stock appearance. This class is intended for clones or tribute cars with factory-appeariing upgrades.||Any Cougar with more than 3 visible changes from stock that represent functional upgrades to vehicle controls, suspension, driveline, instrumentation, or interior components without significant structural modifications.||Any Cougar with any visible changes from stock that includes structural changes to the original body shell for street or show use only.||Any Cougar with changes to the original body shell that are made for racing or performance purposes.|
|A Marti report will be required for entry into this class, which will be judged according to Street Stock standard pertaining to the model being cloned.||
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.
How to use this site:
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.
Mark & Bill for ClassicCougarCommunity.com