History of CATS Classic Cougar Club
Written by Brian Carpenter, President
The CATS Classic Cougar club started in the spring of 2001 by a group of six people.
I took the lead as acting president and we kept the club pretty loose with no general rules and no dues. We decided at the time to be independent and chose not to affiliate with the CCOA. Our first show we went to as a group was 2002 at Bellville MI IMOA show. About seven of the CATS club members attended.
In July 2003 we had our first CATS car show at Holland MI along with John Classic Cougars. For our first show
we had 25 Cougars attending.
In 2004 CATS had a show along with the IMOA and Johns Classic Cougars at Roush museum in Livonia MI. We had about 15 CATS members attend and had a GTE reunion with six GTE Cougars.
After 2004 we went into the darks years as the starting members sold their Cougars or just turned to other interests. My two kids were getting heavily involved in sports and I didn't have the time to keep the club activities going.
We basically went into a state of inactivity until 2013.
In 2013 we had a small get together at
the Grand Rapids Metro cruise, mostly
organized by John Baumann.
Talks were resuming of getting the club active again. But, my time was limited and the member base had reduced to a small number. In 2015 CCOA president Gavin Schlesinger started contacting Ray Bischoff and a few other Cougar people about a 50th show at Ford headquarters. Mark Kulwik got involved and helped make it happen with Ford and The Motor City Region Shelby Club. I had talked to a few local people before this about getting the club active again. We had a meeting in February 2016 to discuss a show at the world headquarters in June 2017. After that meeting in order to have a show at that level the CATS club needed to be active.
I got the club active again and decided to make it more organized this time.
The decision was made for CATS to be a regional club of the CCOA.
We hope you will consider joining our club and become
a part of our Classic Cougar family!
-Brian Carpenter, C.A.T.S. President
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