July 1st: Kim's Canada Day Cruise took us through the back roads of Abbotsford, stopping for ice cream before returning to the Friesens' home for a BBQ.
The Cougar Nationals were the week of July 20th in Denver, Colorado and several Fordnutz made the trip. Robert Nowland drove his Rocky Mountain Special from Kamloops, BC and John and Mary Beddome drove their 70 Eliminator Clone Convertible from Phoenix, Arizona. Scott Ferguson and Heather Whitaker from Delta, BC brought Scott's 68 XR7-G on Jeff and Carol Bingaman's (Federal Way, Washington) car trailer and made a two-week holiday out of the event. Mike Warner (who would soon become a Fordnutz member) made the trip with them. Jim and Elaine Pinkerton trailered Cougar One from Snohomish, Washington while Rob and Kirsten Waine and Ray and Karri McDonald made the trip from Langley, BC without their collector vehicles.
Back L-R: Kirsten & Rob Waine, Ove Sorli, Myron Pajak, Kim & Cindy Friesen Front L-R: Scott Ferguson, Heather Whitaker, Tuula Pajak, Al & Joan Gibson and Jim Ferguson
A pre-show cruise took us through many miles of Colorado countryside to the Stanley Hotel made famous in the movie "The Shining" and Red Rocks a natural amphitheatre which hosts many outdoor concerts.
The Stanley Hotel
Carol & Jeff Bingaman, Mike Warner, Scott Ferguson & Heather Whitaker at Red Rocks
Robert Nowland's 69 Rocky Mountain Special, Jim & Elaine Pinkerton's 1967 Cougar One and Scott Ferguson's 68 XR7-G at Denver, Colorado.
Cascade Cougar Club's Prowl on July 29th was a wet affair, but nine members made the trip to Issaquah, Wa. and all went home with trophies. Above left: two of several rows of Cougars and above right: Scott Ferguson's 68 XR7-G posing in front of the XXX Root Beer restaurant.
The Claw In show became a real challenge as the date drew near. First our music provider dropped out, next our usual hotel for out-of-towners was unavailable then our charity group dropped our show and just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, our food vendor backed out due to illness in their ranks. But despite replacing all our vendors, 81 vehicles participated and the show was a success.
The August 11th Claw In Cruise to Jim Ratsoy's collection in Richmond was nothing short of spectacular. Over 40 people in 15 classic cars were treated to several buildings filled with countless makes and models of cars, old juke boxes, neon signs, toys, radios, antique appliances and so much more.