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The Mohican Model A Ford Club
eter Winnewisser, history of the Mohican Native the Mohican Model American tribe that lived A Ford Club Histothroughout Cooperstown rian, has been a member and the surrounding area. He of the club for the past 58 thought “Mohican” used in the years—since the beginning name of the club would serve in 1960. Wow! He was one of as a way to perpetuate the legthe four founding members, acy and history of the tribe. and now the only remaining Peter emphasized—really founder that is an active as a point of pride—the club’s member. He has been initial meetings and activiPETER witness to, and intimately ties were built around family WINNEWISSER (ABOVE) involved, in the success involvement. With men and and growth of the club over women involved in all the formore than half a century. mal structure and social activities, the The club organized at a meeting at club prospered. Over the years, there the home of Doug Pomeroy on July 4, have been two women who have served 1960, who lived in Fly Creek, which is as president and many who serve on the just outside of Cooperstown. Pomeroy Board of Directors. served as the club’s first president and Club membership is open to anyone suggested “Mohican” be used in the interested in antique cars (not just club name. He was familiar with the Model As), and as such the club has
about 100 families that are members. The AH-OOO-GAH, the club’s official newsletter, has a long history. “It was the glue that held us together,” Peter, the editor for 50 years explained. (In 2016 he decided to pass the torch as editor.) From a one-page newsletter to a multi-page award winning newsletter, it has come a long way. It’s the way members keep in touch with each other and reports the club news and events. There has been a club sponsored car show each year since the beginning, and from those humble beginnings it has grown into what has become a “regional institution” in Central New York. It’s held in Wampsville and is very popular among car enthusiasts, attracting nearly 1,000 antique cars. Also, it’s crowd-pleasing for folks that enjoy flea markets, with hundreds of vendors in attendance every year.
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