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?)
Right: 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.
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 atPonies in the Sun in Yakima on September 20th where the Herberts won the Best Cougar trophy. In 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.
By 1999 our membership stood steady at around 150 and meetings, combined with activities, were held at various locations throughout the area. The first one of the year was on January 10th at the Togstads' Arlington home. 25 members enjoyed poring over their collection of 50's Mercurys and several buildings full of automobilia.
The season opener Mustangs & Cougars on the Pier in Port Angeles was held in late April. 15 of our Cougars vied for the chance to win one of the specialty trophies featuring the Olympic Mountains. Those who succeeded were the Pinkertons, Welchs, Evans, Lintotts, Lonnie Sparhawk and Jim Compton. On May 5th, The Classic Cougar Network (TCCN) featured Elaine Pinkerton's 68 Cougar, "Catbalu".
11 Cougars and 1 Mustang took in the festivities at the PNW Mustang Club's spring show on May 29/30. Richland's Shilo Inn gave us a deal on their mini-suites for $69 a night, and that included their Sunday breakfast buffet! Jim Compton hosted an impromptu cookout at his home and several people even stayed overnight. The show saw 145 cars on the field and offered two Cougar classes. Club winners were: the Bingamans and Welchs taking 1st place trophies, the Herberts and Mallorys 2nd, and Pinkertons and Morehouses 3rd.
Also on May 29/30, the Antique Restorers Club held a show in Bellingham where over 400 cars competed. Bruce Haaland's 69 Eliminator finished 1st out of the 90 cars entered in the 60-79 class. Wow!
A few members were among the 250 racers at the SOVREN (Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts) event for charity at SIR on July 3rd
Eric & Judy Anders won the "Tops" award for best convertible at the first annual Return to Downtown Renton event on July 10th.
As an experiment, Cascade split Prowl, holding the judged portion of the show at Charleen Bodvin's Maple Valley home on June 12th. This event was called "Crème de Cougar". Over two dozen Cougars participated and enjoyed a BBQ as well.
The Mustangs Northwest Roundup was held over four days July 15-18 in Bellevue. Thursday was again an open track event at SIR, Friday was a Pony Trails cruise, Saturday was the judged show with People's Choice on Sunday. In the judged classes, the Anders took 1st place in Modified with their 69 convertible "White Lightning" and Street Driven winners were Jerry Hawkins (1st) and Susan Wolf (2nd). Peoples' Choice winners were the Herberts (1st), Boths (2nd), Rick Tesan (3rd) and John Benoit (4th) in the hardtop class. The convertible class winners were the Pinkertons (1st), Lonnie Sparhawk (2nd), Randy Bushman (3rd) and Rand Gilbert (4th).
Prowl XIV on July 25th saw 50 Cougars among the 90 vehicles on site at Juanita Beach County Park in Kirkland. As this was the first time other Fords were invited to join our show, we added "M-E-L Family Picnic" to our advertising and increased the number of classes. We also added "Crème de Crème" to showcase the Cougars from the judged show in June and volunteers said they were less stressed by having the show split. The long distance award went to the Nelsons from Big Fork, MT who drove their 52 Merc to the show. It was also reported that Don & Cheryl Skinner won a brand new award: "Best Picnic Spread".