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May the horse be with you Volume 19, Issue 12 December

The Official Newsletter of the Mustang Club of Maryland

OFFICERS

President: Scott Robinson mustangclubofmd@gmail.com Vice-President: Bob Thompson mustangclubofmd@gmail.com Secretary: Heidi Stark hlstark@gmail.com Treasurer: Jaime Mielczasz treasurer@mustangclubofmd.com

Next Meeting The November Meeting will be at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville; 800 South Rolling Road Baltimore, MD 21228. We will be in the R building (adjacent to Parking Lot 7), room R100D. Holiday party begins at 3 PM, meeting begins at 5 PM. November Meeting Summary By Heidi Stark. New members  Skyler Blackiston – ‘13 “Gotta Have It Green” V6 VP’s Report The Catoctin Cruise was on 10/21 and was featured in The Frederick News-Post. There were 44 cars this year and no one got lost. We spent $280 on food and the 50/50 total was $360. We all added 5 new members. Treasurer’s report $8152.62 in our account. Membership We added 7 new members in October, bringing our total to 299 active members.

Club Events There is an attempt to organize a club outing to cruise the Symphony of Light in Columbia. The tentative date is Sunday, 12/9. It is $20 per car and there has been a groupon available to reduce the price to $10. We would need to settle on a place to gather together before heading over to the event and there is a possibility of having dinner together at Sonoma’s afterwards. Please check the forums on the website to see more information on this even. For other events, check the calendar on page 4. Check the Events section on the forums online for the most up to date information.

MCA MCA is currently holding their own elections. MCA members should review the information in the latest Mustang Times, and vote accordingly. MCA is planning 2 separate events for the 50th anniversary of the Mustang during the summer of 2014. Check their website for more details and see if you would like to attend one. Parade Committee  11/17 is the Silver Spring parade. It is televised and they have a competition for entries. Lineup normally starts around 7:30am with the parade starting at 10am.  12/1 is the White Marsh holiday parade. Car count will be limited to about 10 for this event, so please let Dave know early if you plan to attend and want to make sure you get a spot. (Continued on page 2)

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Historian Presented a small section of the history of MCOM. Will be continued in the upcoming months and in the newsletter. Chapter/Survey Committee The survey for members about the future of MCOM continues to be available on the website. Please help us out and provide your feedback if you haven’t yet. Old Business  The Holiday Party/December Meeting will be held at CCBC Catonsville on Saturday, December 8th from 3-7 pm. There will be elections as well as a potluck style Holiday party so please chime in on the forums with what you can bring. There is also going to be a Secret Santa style gift exchange. Basic rules for the presents are: Under $20, and please label the gift as either Male, Female, or Unisex.  Readers Ride Section: NEW and Current members, PLEASE send in your submissions to Adam or Heidi. Type up a short summary about your ride and what makes it cool to you. Also send in your cars picture along with a picture of yourself! New Business  Motion to approve the dues as is for 2013 was made by Bob Thompson and seconded by Steve Tapper. The motion passed with 22 yea

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votes and 1 nay vote. Nominations Nominees for the MCOM offices must be present at either the November or December meetings in order to accept or decline the nominations. The nominations for the MCOM 2013 officers’ board are as follows: President Bob Thompson

new "Events: Roadracing and Autocrossing" section. The MCOM crew will do their best to not only provide technical support but offer assistance with whatever you might need!

Vice President – 2 positions available Mike Lecuyer Rick Hinkle Levi Wardell Secretary Ann Thompson Treasurer Steve Tapper Karla Saval Good of the Order *Do you have a question about learning to drive your Mustang in a performance road course or autocross environment or is this something you’ve been thinking about trying? Need info. on modifying your Mustang, building driver skills, or just HPDE, autocross, or road racing in general? Well, head over to the forum and post it up in the Volume 19, Issue 12


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I just want to take a moment and thank the membership for supporting me this past year. We have had a great year and have made many improvements to keep the Club moving forward. We continue to grow exponentially and that will necessitate more changes in the Club in order to better serve our members and continue to meet the requirements of a non-profit organization. The new Officers will be very busy! The Officer nominees are all extremely well qualified, and it's great to see more than one candidate for some of the positions. A little friendly competition, and change, is good for any organization. Whoever is elected to any of the positions, we must continue to support them and know that they will have the best interests of the club in mind. It takes a lot of work to support a club of this size and I'm sure they will be asking for your assistance. When they do, step up and pitch in to help! I'd like to personally thank Treasurer Jamie Mielczasz and Secretary Heidi Stark for giving the Club several years of service each in their respective positions. Neither position is an easy position, and both come with tremendous responsibility, probably the most responsibility of any of the Officers. I'd also like to thank Vice President Bob Thompson for his continuous support and handling a lot of the details of daily Club operation. All three of these folks have taken away an enormous amount of time from family and personal life to give time to the Club. We owe them a heartfelt "thank you". And, again, thanks to all of the membership for your support this past year. May each and every one of you have a safe and happy holiday season! Scott

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May the horse be with you Upcoming Events-check the Forums for more details (MCoM Events are in blue)

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As an FYI to those interested, the 2013 MCA Grand National Show will be held 8/30-9/1 at the speedway in Walt Disney World, FL. A block of rooms is available at a discounted rate. Information can be found at www.mustang.org/showthread. php/2616-Hotel-Reservations-2013-GN-Disney-Speedway? highlight=disney or by going to the MCA website and searching for “disney”.

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Dear Fellow MCoM Members, A.S. Before I begin my usual ramblings I would like to note a mis-print in the last issue. It seems the last few paragraphs of Steve’s article on the early years of the club were omitted from publication. Therefore I am re-running the entire article with the lost portion attached. Now, for those of you following along, I’ve finally gotten the BlackJack back from the body shop. In the process I’ve also set a record for having the car damaged again. *Note: I swear to god this wasn’t my fault* After having the car back for about a week I had to return to the dealership to have the radio pulled and sent out for repair as the last part of the insurance claim because the impact appears to have jammed something in the CD system. After completing the work, the unidentified tech pulled the car out of the shop and parked it in the lot. However when doing so, he pulled it all the way up (wheels to the block) on a parking block in the lot. With how low my car rides this resulted in the freshly refinished chin spoiler being deeply scratched and stone sanded along the entire front face and bottom. Seriously, what kind of a moron does something like that. In all the times I’ve had the car serviced I’ve never had to warn someone about that because they have been smart enough to look at my car and figure out it won’t clear. Thankfully the dealer is paying for the return to the body shop and a second rental while it is being worked on again. So I have appointments to get the radio put back in and the chin spoiler redone when I return from my next stretch of work days. To say this whole ordeal has been a bit excessive in time and stress is a huge understatement at this point. I need a vacation. H.S. Vacation? What's a vacation? I agree with Adam that a vacation would be nice, if only so we can see each other for longer that 48 hours every 8 days or so. The last vacation we had was actually tagged onto a work trip for me and was only about 3 days long, somehow, that just doesn't seem to cut it. However, I'm entering my busy season at work so the idea of taking some time off before February is highly unlikely. Besides, we are planning to use all our vacation time around Labor Day 2013 to go the the Mustang Club of America's Mustangs at the Mickyard show at Walt Disney World. So I guess Adam and I will just have to muddle through the next 9 months without any real time off and hope that the stress doesn't send us off to a vacation in a padded room. As for the Blackjack, the accident that all of this stemmed from was back in September. We have been dealing with this for 2 months now. And I'm not kidding when I say that the original damage couldn't have even been spotted from 10 ft away. But between the wrong parts being sent twice, new off-road mufflers being added to the car, a repainted chin spoiler, a damaged radio, and now a re-repainted chin spoiler, I think that a fully fixed Blackjack will qualify as our family Christmas present. To all of you who have classic mustangs, I can't even imagine what it must be like to get a repair done on one of those. A trailer is sounding mighty nice all of a sudden, but Adam won't hear of it. Besides, that would mean yet another car payment and I'm not sure I want to pay for 3 cars right now. Adam has a rule that we can't own a car that seats more passengers than it has cylinders, I think my rule is that we can't have more car payments than people in our family who can drive. I guess I'll just have to hope that the Pennsylvania drivers give the Blackjack a lot of space on the road, because I really don't want another accident.

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Your Wandering Editor, Adam Stark. Newsletter@mustangclubofmd.com

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History of the Mustang Club of Maryland The Gary Shreck Years

No club or organization can exist without strong leadership to excite and motivate its members to want to participate in working on behalf of that club or organization. The same thing can be said about the Mustang Club of Maryland. In the first installment of the History of the Mustang Club of Maryland we looked at the origins of the club dating back to 1978 when the club was initially formed. The first few years were filled with excitement and optimism as the club took root and the membership grew. The original men who started the club, Bob Bullis and Jim Mundis took on the early leadership roles to get the club established. Unfortunately the last newsletter that we have a record of was published in August 1979. Another partial newsletter dated in December 1988 is the only other source of the clubs activities during those early years. Obviously the club was intact and operating but for some reason either there were no newsletters or more likely no one preserved any of the newsletters so we don’t have any real history of the club before September 1994. Of interest in the newsletter for 1988 was the first suggested design for a club jacket logo. The design highlighted the U in Mustang and Club to resemble a horseshoe. The newsletter also mentioned that Jim Mundis was still an active member and officer of the club after eleven years of membership. The club also took an important step in recognizing 1974 to 1988 Mustangs in car shows. Up until that time the club only recognized 1964 to 1973 Mustangs at shows and events. From this point on the club recognized all Mustangs for inclusion at club events and car shows. Eddy Brewer made the proposal that the club pursue the design and purchase of a club jacket. The jacket was to be Page 6

light in weight and dark blue in color. The logo will be silk screened in three colors and the club needed an initial order of six jackets at a cost of $35 each to do the jacket. The next documented active period for the club came in September 1994 when Gary Shreck was President of the club. Gary was to be President of the club until April 1996 when he had to resign due to business and family concerns. Gary owned his own business and by 1996 had been spending 12 to 13 hours a day hard at work. He also had a wife and two young children who needed him to be home and active in their lives too. The time factor of his private life and the stress of running his business did not allow him the time to perform the demanding duties of Club President, so he reluctantly stepped down in April 1996. When Gary was President in 1994 he was a dynamic leader who took great pride in running and promoting the club. The newsletters are chock full of activities resembling the full agenda we operate with today. The club was very heavily involved in Car Shows during those years so one can speculate that the club did very well in their fundraising activities. It is obvious that during the Gary Shreck era the club stabilized as the officers remained the same for several years. A number of familiar names from recent times appear during this time in the clubs history as they were involved in setting up and running the car shows, picnics and other social activities. The officers for 1994 were; President-Gary Shreck, Vice President-Carl Morgan, Treasurer-Ernie Tilmes, and Secretary-Bob Shirlig. Len and Lois Dodson were the newsletter editors who did a very nice job of printing out an easy to (Continued on page 7)

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read, informative newsletter. The club did produce a monthly newsletter as Len & Lois Dodson became the permanent editors of the newsletter. The newsletters started to take on a more professional appearance as well. During Gary’s reign as club President the club discussed a club emblem, decals for windows, jackets and hats for the members. There was mention of the 5th Annual All Ford & Mustang Show at the Big M Drive-in in Churchville. The club has held cars several more Car Shows and considered attending the All Ford Nationals at Carlisle. The club needed 20 cars to participate as a club. We now attend the same show every year as the Mustang Club of Maryland. The club officially changed its name to Mustang Club of Maryland, Inc. in September 1994. Until that time the club was better known as the Maryland Regional Mustang Club. The club also participated in the Columbus Day Parade in downtown Baltimore where they urged anyone who had a convertible, even a non-Mustang convertible to bring their cars.

The newsletter also mentioned a new initiative by Ford Motor Company, which began in July 1994, to help clubs meet their fundraising goals. The purpose of this program was to allow clubs to link up with local Ford Dealers for Fund Raising assistance through the sale of Ford Merchandise. During Gary’s term as Club President the club became more involved with the Mustang Club of America as our charter required. Gary promoted membership in the MCA and supported their programs. The club also promoted the sale of special 30th Anniversary memorabilia commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. The club was active in social events such as yearly Christmas Parties and picnics in addition to the various car shows the club supported. The club also sponsored a needy family during the holidays each year. They would contact Social Services and be given the name of a needy family to sponsor during the holiday season. Many of these same causes, social events, and other programs are still being practiced by the club today. (Continued on page 10)

Another new feature introduced in September 1994 was the advent of a future column in the newsletter called Pony Rides. This was an attempt to have members introduce themselves and their cars to the rest of the club. Does this sound familiar?

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Readers and their Rides

This comes to us from new member Mike. I am writing to provide you with a pic of my Mustang (2012 5.0, Grabber Blue, manual transmission) and a little background info about me. I am a 41 year old lawyer living and practicing in Annapolis, MD - I'm a native to Annapolis and have lived here my whole life. This is my first Mustang, but my Grandad and my Dad both had Mustangs in their day, so I'm a proud 3rd generation owner/driver. I joined the Club earlier this year after picking up the 'Stang just before Christmas last year. Not sure what else to say that might be of any interest - I run, I have a big white German Shepherd, my family is mostly in the Blue Ridge Mountains in VA and North Carolina.

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Mustang Car Club Members, Here is a handy Wish List that you can print out, check the appropriate boxes for your Vintage Mustang, and set out for your family to find. Also, your Car Club will receive a check for 10% of those sales affiliated with your Car Club. No cost or obligation to your Club. You DO NOT have to make this a group buy - each Member can purchase individually. Just make sure your Members use the Secure Order Form at our website for your Club to get credit. Please remind your members to indicate the Club's name on the order form so we can write your Club a check on Dec 31, 2012!

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The club was still a Harford County based club during the formative years and all of their activities were carried out in the Harford County area. Dealers like Plaza Ford were instrumental in holding car shows with the club each year and the club participated in local parades like the July 4th Parade in Bel Air. All of the clubs social events like meetings, picnics and the annual Christmas Party were held in Harford County facilities. The club was invited to attend a special introduction of the newly designed 1994 Ford Mustang at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. The club was very active and members like Father Lou Naplos and Vic Persico were becoming very involved in organizing car shows and promoting the club. In the February-March 1995 Newsletter the official emblem of the Mustang Club of Maryland as we know it was unveiled. The newsletter also printed a page full of other area car shows and other Mustang Club shows to allow members to participate in them if they wished. The club was very friendly with other Mustang clubs and truly wanted nothing more than to promote the goodwill of fellowship throughout the Mustang club world. It can truly be said that the Mustang Club of Maryland prospered under the leadership of Gary Shreck. It is obvious that Gary put in many hours each month into growing and promoting the club. He was also able to develop a strong administration and there was continuity of officers during his entire three year term as President. When Gary decided that he could no longer perform his duties as President, his Vice President Carl Morgan was ready and able to step right in and assume the top leadership role in the club. We’ll look at the Mustang Club of Maryland under Carl Morgan’s leadership in our next report on the History of the Mustang Club of Maryland. Steven Tapper, MCoM Historian.

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