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Fordnutz Club History 2019

As the years progress, many clubs, including Fordnutz, have experienced problems with member participation in club events. With this in mind, our Membership Director set up a tour of Wasney Automotive in Burnaby for March 10th, but extended invitations to the other FoMoCo clubs with the hope of having a healthy turnout. Well, that idea turned out to be a resounding success with likely close to a hundred car enthusiasts eager to pore over Ed Wasney's collection of "automobilia".

On April 12th Jellybean Autocrafters hosted a special viewing of the 2018 Canada D'Eh episode of My Classic Car which was filmed at our own Langley Speedway. The Penner brothers ensured everyone would have a great time by filling their parking area with those cars featured in the episode as well as some of their finished custom projects. A food truck was on hand to feed the masses and there was fresh popcorn for everyone to enjoy with the "movie" which was shown on a big screen.

The secret to getting a "clean" picture is to arrive before the rest of the crowd.

In May Fordnutz was invited to hold their meeting at the Early Ford V8 Clubhouse in Maple Ridge. Joe and Neva Ledlin, officers of the club, thought it was a good opportunity for the two groups to enjoy a day swapping stories over some delicious snacks in the beautiful sunshine.

Dinner and movie, car club style.

By June the car event calendar was really heating up with members attending car activities everywhere. Some stayed close to home while others preferred a road trip.

On the 1st, the Dallyns participated in Hats Off Day in Burnaby.

On the 9th Scott Ferguson and Heather Whitaker drove their yellow Cougars to
Steveston for the Lions Sockeye Run.

And on the 21st weekend, others hit the Peach City Beach Cruise in Penticton.

Then there was the much-anticipated Canada D'Eh event on July 1st. Held once again at the historic Langley Speedway, over 800 classic cars enjoyed a stress-free day among fellow gearheads. Live music and a choice of meals from a couple of food trucks just added to the festival atmosphere. We all hope this fantastic event continues for years to come.

Canada D'Eh begins with a parade lap then everyone parks on the grass infield. Kim Friesen's 1979 F-150 sits among our club Cougars while owners relax in the shade.

Our Galaxie Club friends hosted a show in Coquitlam on July 14th. Only three Fordnutz members came out to support them but we reconnected with lots of old friends amid the 89 participants.

July 19-21 was Aldergrove Fair Days weekend where a few Fordnutz Cougars graced the car show area. On hand to share the fun were: L-R: Scott Ferguson, Ken Joseph, Bill & Joan Ronalds, Gordon & Janet Carter.

Harry & Marlene Unruh picked up a win at the Galaxie Club show. They're parked next to Scott Ferguson's 68 XR-7.

We closed out the month of July by joining several hundred classic vehicles at Tsawwassen Mills' Rumble & Roar show on July 28th. Below are the Cougars of (L-R) Vytas Vaitkus, Gordon Carter, Heather Whitaker & Scott Ferguson.

BC Day (August 5th) was the annual Shelby Club show at Hallmark Ford, Surrey.

Three Fordnutz came away with awards at Hallmark: Clockwise: Scott Ferguson for his 68 XR7-G, Jason Wiseman for his 70 Eliminator and Malcolm McMillan for his 66 Shelby. Congrats!

While many of us were attending shows on the coast, others were taking their Cougars on road trips. Kamloops member Robert Nowland was one of our more ambitious travellers, driving his purple 69 Rocky Mountain Life cat all the way to Manitoba and back, a distance of some 5200 kilometers (3232 miles). The story of these purple Cougars is an interesting one and Robert has spent many years researching not only the history, but tracking down and touching base with current owners--a quest that led him to the Canadian prairies this year. To discover more about these rare cats, check out Robert's website at

Fordnutz used to have good representation at the annual GVMA Mustang Roundup but not so recently. Only three members attended this year's show in Langley on August 25th.

Robert was no sooner home before he was off to Airdrie, Alberta to meet up with fellow RML owner, Rod Elaschuk for the Time Travellers show on August 9th.

As the show season slowly drew to a close, we had a little more "family" join us for the Falcon Fairlane Comet show on Labour Day, September 2nd. Some of our members chose to bring other vehicles from their collections even though they have Cougars.

Only three members were among the 183 registrants at the GVMA Roundup.
L-R: Scott Ferguson's 68 XR7-G, Heather Whitaker's 69 XR-7 convertible and Jason Wiseman's 70 Eliminator. Scott was surprised to pick up a first place win as there was a lot of diversity in his class of "Non-Mustang Ford Stock".

Bill & Joan Ronalds' 69 428 CJ, Scott Ferguson's 68 XR7-G and Heather Whitaker's 69 XR-7 convertible sit bracketed by a couple of non-member Cougars at the CFFCC show in Langley.