On April 16th there was a West Coast Cougar Convention in Buena Park, CA followed by a BBQ hosted by the San Diego Cougar Club. The following day, 7 car clubs were represented at Knott's Berry Farm for Fabulous Fords Forever where 50 Cougars joined a field of over 2900 cars--all Fords. On hand for the festivities were Marc Ogren, Eric Anders, John Benoit, Warren Smith, Bruce Brewer and Jim & Elaine Pinkerton.
On May 27th it was time for the car club drags at SIR in Kent where 38 cars in 11 clubs competed in what would become known as the "Camaro Massacre at SIR". This is also the event that earned Eric Anders the moniker of "White Lightning". Cascade was declared the event winner when Corey Cassell finished 1st and Marc Ogren 2nd.
This year's CCOA West Nats were held in Dallas, TX on June 10-12. 67 cars, including 3 Cascade Cougars, were forced to move into a nearby parking garage when a heavy rain storm hit. Class winners were Darin & Sidra Felton (1st) and Warren & Marilyn Smith (2nd). Of note, Pam Wagoner took a bus to south Texas where she bought a 68 Cougar, sight unseen, drove it to the show and took 2nd place in her class. This car became her 17th Cougar.
On June 18th there was a cruise to Cougar, WA followed by a pot luck BBQ at Yale Park. 23 Cougars participated and created a spectacular "light show" when changing lanes on the highway. Tom & Jocelyn Tuthill proved they drive top down anywhere when despite off-and-on rain showers, the top never came up.
Cascade members apparently suffered from "premature acceleration" at the club drags at SIR on June 24th. Of the 7 members competing, 5 went out in Round 1, 1 in Round 2 and "Lightning" Anders was the last to fall to a red light start in Round 3.
Prowl IX on July 24th in Tukwila featured lattes, pizza and western dancers. 104 cars registered, 68 of which were club members' Cougars, and a further 15 Cougars were in the parking lot. An additional attraction of two live young cougars was planned but due to excessive heat, they remained cool and safe at their home.
The club drags at SIR on July 29th featured a Grudge Match between Judy "Thunder" Boisselle (soon to become Judy Anders) versus a Honda, but there's no record of the winner.
29 Cougars attended the annual Can Am picnic in the rain in Ferndale on September 11th. This year's Ranger's Choice was a 55 Merc. Convertible.
Yakima's Ponies in the Sun on September 18th saw the usual Saturday BBQ and camping at Munlys' followed by the Sunday show. 13 of the 17 Cougars won trophies, along with 2 Mustangs and 1 "old red Merc".
On October 29th there was a Halloween party at Cougar Hollow in Renton and another pot luck Christmas celebration on December 10th at the Benoits' in Puyallup.
With the new year came some new ideas for the club. We saw the introduction of club window stickers, a list of "cruising" spots in the newsletter, the development of a northern chapter and "Adopt-a-Cougar", a live one at the Washington Zoological Society. In addition we looked for a computer for producing the newsletter and we had nearly $5000 in the bank.
On March 4th 30 members visited Precision Drive Shafts in Kirkland.
"Camp Cougar" was once again on site at the Portland "Swamp Meet" on April 7-9.
On June 11th, 150 cars attended the Marysville Strawberry Festival.
The Cruise to Cougar on June 17th was fraught with breakdowns...in the rain. Ken & Linda Taylor dropped a valve and broke a piston, Eric Anders sheared his oil pump shaft and Charles & Lynn Douglas suffered a frozen alternator
The CCOA West Nats in Concord, CA on July 1-3 was visited by the Pinkertons, Willetts, Feltons and Brian Grier. All, incidentally, won trophies.
On July 15/16 we had 10 winners at the Mustangs Northwest Roundup in Bellevue. We also picked up a cool $200 for Club Participation.
Prowl X, July 30th, Renton: Of the 113 cars registered, 92 were Cougars. This year featured entertainment by Country Suede and auto appraisals were offered. Dick Donahoo won the Hard Luck trophy when he reported losing oil pressure in his 70 Eliminator which he towed home from 100 miles north of McMinnville, OR. He then climbed into his 86 Cougar and drove to the show to take 3rd place in his class. You don't see dedication like that any more.
Marc Ogren's "Loocy"
The Benoit Boys at Prowl X, 1995: John, Cameron
Mike Ziegler's '71 cat
Mike Hainsworth's '68 cat
At SIR's car club drags on August 11th, all 6 Cascade racers "broke out" and lost.