September 14th, Ponies in the Sun??? Yakima: Due to the constant drizzle, perhaps, attendance was down this year (very few convertibles), although 11 Cougars braved the wet conditions and Mike Benson won Best of Show. Other winners were Carmen Potter, Neal Jacobson, Jeff Bingaman, Dick Prouse, Bill Herbert, and Susan Wolf.
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Also, Mike Willett got his 15 minutes of fame by having a full color picture of his 68 XR7-G featured on the cover of Auto Krafters Magazine and we discovered that Cougar One would be honored in the upcoming January issue of Mustangs and Fords Magazine.
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Due to the success of Prowl XII, this year's Christmas party was fully catered at the Bellevue home of Susan Wolf's mother at a cost of $2000.


1998

TV's Nashville Network planned to air their most recent project over four weekends during 1998. "Crazy 'Bout Mercurys" would be the featured segment of their "My Classic Car" production filmed in suburban Chicago. Cascade's own Rich Klepach and Jim Compton were among the 20 Cougar and 70 Mercury owners to participate.

As Cascade moved further into the electronic age, we began collecting members' e-mail addresses, provided information on Cougar screen savers and referenced "Cougs on the Web" articles in our Prowler. There were Board member profiles, proposals for more by-law changes, articles on concept cars, classic car insurance, and club merchandise, and membership stood at 140 spread over 14 states and provinces.

Mustangs & Cougars on the Pier at Port Angeles was held on April 25th. 12 Cascade and 2 Fordnutz Cougars participated in 3 Cougar classes. Jim Compton took the Long Distance award and Mary Welch was awarded Person of the Year by North Olympic Mustangs.

A unique "Spring Activity" was held on May 3rd at Marc Ogren's Renton home. The club trailer was in bad need of repair so members pitched in to shore up a sagging ceiling, seal seams and sort Prowl supplies and equipment in readiness for our next Prowl.

There was a small Cascade contingent at Pacific Northwest Mustang's Spring Show in Richland on May 24th. Despite showers, 90 cars showed up and winners in the Cougar class were the Herberts, Mallorys and Jim Compton. Of note, the S.O.B. trophy (Some Other Brand) was won by two senior citizens in a '54 Corvette. (Can you get Tommy Dorsey on 8-track?)

Below: The All Ford Picnic on June 7th at Bellevue Community College featured live music, dash plaques and entry by donation. 11 Cougars were part of the field of about 1000 cars.

Carolin Laary poses with her 67 and Scott Ferguson's 68 XR-7 on the Pier.


On July 5th, the Fordnutz Cougar Club, our sister club north of the border hosted Fun Ford Sunday at Garry T's Pub in Surrey, BC. Not only was registration free, but so was breakfast, and there were even trophies and dash plaques. Such a deal!

Right: The Mustang Roundup on July 16-19 celebrated the 30th anniversary of the 428 coming available for Mustangs and Cougars. All the excitement of this four-day event was featured in Mustang Monthly magazine. Thursday offered an open road course event at SIR in Kent, there was a cruise to Leavenworth and Roslyn on Friday, the judged show was held on Saturday followed by a dinner cruise on Lake Washington. The weekend culminated with the People's Choice show where 16 of our members came away with trophies.

The CCOA West Nationals, hosted by SoCal, were also held on the July 17-19 weekend. There were reportedly 103 Cougars on the Cypress, CA show field where two Cascade members won awards: Jim Compton from Richland, WA and Kent Sharp from Wisconsin.

Prowl XIII almost didn't happen due to lack of volunteers, however the show did go on, at the Everett Mall on August 2nd. Chris Osborne won Best of Show (with 96.5% of the votes) for his 70 XR-7. Over 60 other trophies were awarded including those for winners of the Cougar Heritage Trivia contest in which there were over 30 contestants

Fordnutz put on a show called Crazy 'Bout Them Mercurys & Fords on August 9th at South Surrey Athletic Park. This White Rock, BC venue offered 8 Cougar classes and several more for other Fords. 9 Cascade members made the trip north to join 100 other FoMoCo vehicles and Mike Benson won the Long Distance award.

On August 16th, the Pierce County Mustang Club hosted a show at the Lakewood Mall, near Tacoma. Competing in the People's Choice classes were the Benoits, Pinkertons, Skinners, Anders, Guenthers, Willetts and Jim Compton.

Gary Puckett (of Union Gap fame) was the headliner of the Hot August Nights concert in Lewiston, ID on the August 27-29 weekend. Other entertainment for this popular car show weekend included sprint boat races and car cruises.

Below: 28 Cougars made up the majority of vehicles at this year's Can Am Picnic on September 12th. Fordnutz co-hosted the event at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden (a new venue) which netted organizers the grand sum of $30, due to their share of the 50/50 draw. There were dash plaques and trophies for 6 Cougar classes. The Best of Show trophy was won by Lynden's own Bruce Haaland for his Competition Orange 69 Eliminator.

Len Dickson, Elaine Pinkerton & Scott Ferguson were Cougar class winners at the GVMA Pony Roundup on September 13th. 350 cars enjoyed the beautiful Spanish Banks venue in Vancouver, BC.

15 Cougars closed out the show year at Ponies in the Sun in Yakima on September 20th where the Herberts won the Best Cougar trophy.

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October there was a tech session and tour of D&L Restorations in Everett and 50 people celebrated Christmas at the Pinkertons' Snohomish home on December 5th.

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