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Fordnutz Club History 2017

Returning to the west coast, Cougar 50th anniversary event number four was our own Fordnutz Claw In, held on July 1-2 in Abbotsford and Fort Langley.

28 vehicles participated in the annual Canada Day Cruise which took us to Abe Suderman's Shady Grove which houses an extensive collection of well, practically everything, including an entire building full of rare Willys cars. The day culminated with a relaxing barbecue at Kim & Cindy Friesen's Abbotsford home.

Robert Nowland's Rocky Mountain Life Cougar poses at the entrance to Fort Langley National Historic Site, our venue for show day. As you can see, there were plenty of Cougars to feast your eyes on (over 50) among the 123 total registrants.

And closing out our Cougar 50th Anniversary Summer on August 5-6 was the Cascade Cougar Club Prowl, held at Griot's Garage in Tacoma, Washington. It was another fantastic two-day event featuring a Saturday cruise with our first destination being the amazing LeMay Museum automobile collection at Marymount.

Our next stop was America's Car Museum which houses a much different historically significant collection of vehicles. Then it was on to our final activity of the day: a refreshing swim and barbecue at a Cascade member's home in Pacific, WA. Then on to Sunday's show.

Fordnutz members were in abundance at this year's show. 18 pre-registered but a couple dropped out last minute due to mechanical issues.

The Shelby all Ford-powered show was on BC Day, August 7th, hot on the heels of Prowl. Although this was a local show at Hallmark Ford in Surrey, only 6 members attended: Scott Ferguson (68 XR7-G), Gordon Carter (modified 67 XR-7), Randi Thomson (68 Cougar GT), Liane Henschke (65 Mustang), Malcolm McMillan (65 Mustang convertible) and Jason Wiseman (65 Mustang and 67 Mustang GT500 replica). Both Liane and Scott finished 3rd in their respective classes.

The usual suspects were on hand for the GVMA Roundup on August 20th in Langley. Gordon Carter, Scott Ferguson, Jason Wiseman, Malcolm McMillan, Randi Thomson and Jason Wiseman. Gordon, Scott and Malcolm won awards in their classes while Jason actually took home Best of Show.

On August 26th a couple of members made the trip east to attend the Harrison Hot Springs Lakeside car show. There were hundreds of cars at this spectacular venue ranging from the early 1900's to 70's muscle cars as well as dozens of auto-themed vendors. No trophies for us this time, but what a great place to hang out.

September 4th was the annual CFFCC Labour Day show in Langley. Only four of us participated in the late summer heat but we sure "cleaned up". Scott Ferguson and Terry Robertson won trophies, Tom Wood and Scott  won the majority of raffle prizes and Tom even won the 50/50. We may not be invited back.

The following weekend (September 8-10), our Cougars were invited to participate in the big concours event at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver. Six early cats got to hobnob with members of the "upper crust" like Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Jaguar which was quite the departure from our usual car shows. Representing Fordnutz were Fil Spasojevic's and Terry Robertson's 67 standards, Bill and Josie Smith's 68 XR-7, Scott Ferguson's 68 XR7-G, Robert Nowland's 69 Rocky Mountain Life XR-7 and my 69 XR-7 convertible. Not far from us was a collection of beautiful Camaros, among which was Joan Ronalds' 69. At the end of the weekend, Joan, the Smiths and I took home Shaughnessy Awards and Scott won Best in Class.

Left: Scott Ferguson
Above: Bill & Joan Ronalds

Ponies in the Sun on September 16-17 was our annual season closer. Five Washington members plus Scott and I made the trek to Yakima, WA where we all picked up trophies and door prizes just ahead of the wind and rain. Not only did our group get awards for our cars, but we went home with most of the weekend's door prizes.

Twenty members got together at the Friesens' home in Abbotsford on December 9th for our annual potluck Christmas party. Entertainment accompanied the sumptuous banquet this year when Kim fired up the player piano to thunderous applause. Needless to say, it was a wonderful end to a remarkable year.

Also on September 17th, Robert Nowland went to Kelowna to investigate an RML Cougar but ended up winning his class at a local car show instead.

More to come...please stay tuned...