As 2018 began, the club was still healthy with over seventy active members and over five thousand dollars in the bank. Although interest in attending meetings or club-related activities was low, interest in the club itself was stable, so that's a good thing. With the increasing number of car events everywhere, Fordnutz participation was spread thin as opposed to attending half a dozen premier events in force as in the past, so you'll notice quite a diversity of activities as you read on.
Only two members braved the monsoons on April 14th to enjoy the annual Tulip Rallye in Burlington, WA. The 68 XR-7 of Bill & Josephine Smith was one of the few classics among the 120 participants.
Scott Ferguson & Heather Whitaker travelled from Canada to join several US members for the unofficial "season opener" in Port Angeles, WA on May 6th. North Olympic Mustangs always offers Cougar classes so we generally have a respectable attendance. This year saw five club cats come away with awards.
Dave Nashif's Lime Frost 68 @ PA
Jim Compton's 69 XR-7 @PA
Participation was down this year at Car d'Lane on June 15th & 16th and although conditions were perfect for the Friday night cruise, Saturday's steady rain and temperature below 50F didn't help matters. In the past, several Fordnutz members have enjoyed this Coeur d'Alene ID show but not so this year. Only Jeff Bingaman, Mike Warner and Scott Ferguson brought their classics.
Neal Jacobson's 70 XR-7 @ PA
Jeff Bingaman's 70 @ PA
On June 23rd, Harry Unruh took his 69 Eliminator to Surrey's Elgin Park School while other members took a road trip to the Peach City Beach Cruise in Penticton.
July 1st offers plenty of car venues each year and while Darren & Lisa Hoult showed off their beautiful 70 XR-7 in the Peachland, BC parade, eleven coastal Fordnutz gathered at historic Langley Speedway for the Jellybean Auto Crafters Canada D'Eh celebration. This was a totally free event (unless you wanted to purchase lunch from one or more of the three food trucks on site). No registration, trophies or door prizes made this event simply enjoyable and hassle-free.
Jeff Bingaman's 70, Scott Ferguson's 68 XR7-G & Mike Warner's 64 Bronco in rainy Idaho.
Canada d'Eh participants featured John Edwards' 64 Ford pickup, Jay Coleman's 89 Bentley, Terry Robertson's 40 Ford pickup and the Cougars of Guy Stromsten, Kim Friesen, Gord Carter, Harry Unruh, Bill Ronalds, Lorie Marchinkow, Bill Smith, and Scott Ferguson. Special guest of the event was Dennis Gage who interviewed Scott for a future episode of My Classic Car.
July was a busy month with the Totem T-bird show on the 8th, West Coast Classic Cougar's open house on the 13th/14th and a huge show at the one million square foot Tsawwassen Shopping Mall.
The 69's of Harry Unruh and Heather Whitaker at Totem's White Rock show.
There were lots of Fordnutz at WCCC's open house in Salem, Oregonů.
...and dozens of beautiful Cougars from BC, Washington and Oregon. What a spectacular sight!
Harry Unruh was the sole club rep at Westcoasters Daze in White Rock, BC on August 5th but he was joined by Vytas Vaitkus and Sheldon Potts (who drove his Edsel) at the Tsawwassen Sun Festival on the 6th where Harry won the "Best Stock 60's" award for his 69 Eliminator.
On August 6th five members vied for awards at the SAAC show at Hallmark Ford in Surrey. Jason Wiseman and Heather Whitaker finished 1st and 3rd respectively in the Cougar class while Malcolm McMillan finished 3rd in one of the many Mustang classes.