CATS in the Cradle.

Like all the other Motor City Region members, I received an email invite last month to join the Cougar Club for an event to be held about two hours away on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

That’s the weekend for Eyes on Design in Grosse Pointe Shores, the Motor Muster at Greenfield Village, some new Le Mans in Detroit show, and probably a dozen other events, so why leave town?

At the last minute I pre-registered, those Cougar guys  are on all the “A” Lists, right?

Once again it’s raining on the morning of the event. The 3/32″ tread on the Shelby’s 40 series tires had visions of Miss Budweiser racing for the Gold Cup going through my head.  It’s top up, head down.

I do not use the term, “OMG”. But as a Shelby guy, this event was THE BEST. Perhaps I will refrain from going to any more meets, ever. SAAC national conventions have more Shelby vehicles, but not by much. And they have open track and speakers and many friends made over the years.

OK, so I talked myself off that ledge.

Back to our Cougar buddies. The cars were great. I am sure there are events with better food served. But I don’t get invited to Hollywood Balls, Royal Weddings, and Pebble Beach. I should have had the box of Ziploc bags for the shrimp and the BBQ. Was it Easter? Several types of excellent chocolates, topped off by 1:18 scale 1967 solid milk chocolate GT500’s on each table.

A staff of friendly people, you couldn’t walk twenty feet without some lovely lady asking if you would like a soft drink or a bottle of the private labeled water. Cheese, chips, snacks, I’m getting full. There’s the slot car track, the pinball machines and wall art that would take days to see it all.

Then it’s time for lunch. Pulled pork, ribs, beef, chicken, I can’t say it was all good because there is no way I could eat just a little of everything and not explode.

Our gracious host gave a tour of the facility, I wanted to thank him personally, but I was not willing to take the chance he would say, “Who are you?’ and have me searched and escorted off the premises.

So if you get invited by a classy group like the Cougar Club, accept it and try not to make us look bad. I want to get invited back, if there is a next time.



Show & Go 43 is now history, but I just wanted to say something about Rich Teeple and his efforts for this event’s Show. He is unstoppable.

If he wasn’t there would Show & Go not happen? No, many hands are needed to put this all together. That said, it would likely have been in a state of chaos. Mr. Teeple is responsible for all the signs, telling us where to go. The day before the show, he’s out there for hours placing the poles for the signs and hefting the concrete blocks to keep them from blowing over and scratching your car. While you’re driving home with your new trophy, Rich is hefting blocks and poles to store them until the next event.

Rich Teeple

The next time you see him, give him a hug! OK, a thank you will probably suffice.


Sunday, April 15, 2018 came with rain and ice, making the observance of National Mustang Day less than ideal.

A cold and wet Bullitt Mustang keeps vigil at Ford World HQ.

Mike Berardi provided us with a warm and dry spot. So while we weren’t driving Mustangs, we did have many fine examples to look at. And even some not so fine.

Our host, Mike Berardi, gave us a warm welcome on a cold day. Rich Teeple served us a sumptuous lunch.

After having our fill, it was on to the Emagine Theatre in Canton for our private screening of BULLITT.

If you weren’t there, we had front row seats for you. With popcorn and drinks.

After the show we had a discussion period and a Jay Leno trailer to tease us about an upcoming episode featuring the 2019 Bullitt Mustang.

Read Chuck Griffiths’ account in Shelby Life


John Yarema, after many years of effort for the Motor City Region, is leaving to pursue other interests.

We thank him for all he has done for us, not only for producing both the Gorno Ford and Show & Go Swap Meets. But also inviting us to his home so that we could cruise the Eastside.

While we will miss John, we need to fill his large shoes with someone or maybe some two. Please consider stepping up to help our club.



Not quite the same as last summer. Nobody had their top down today.


Enjoyable afternoon with members and friends.


Special Thanks to Rich Teeple for the incredible SAAC-MCR ice sculpture.

Dinner was excellent,

President White used his influence so that Brad Keselowski not only won in the #2 Ford,

but Ford was 1-2-3-4 at the finish of the Daytona Clash.

See Newsletter for the full story.

 2018 Shelby Life Newsletter