The history of the Mustang Club of Central PA


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Some of the previous MCCPA logo designs.



Forward

Written by former Club Secretary Terry Weidemann.

A little background, when I was Club Secretary, I became very interested in how the club began. So I started with talking to long standing members. I interviewed Dale and Carlene, Barry and Cathy and Kathy Armstrong. That how I began my journey, every time I met a member or past member that use to be active, I asked a million questions. The member/past member would give me another members name and I would call them or email them or go and interview them. Then that member/past member would give me another member’s name and so on. I would just keep collecting facts. I have gathered a lot of info and I met a lot of very nice people and am very thankful for all their willingness to share and try to remember. Note: Not everyone I talked to agree on the history of the club but that is to be expected in remembering over twenty years in the past.



Chapter 1

So let’s start at the beginning...

According to Joe Blessing, the club began very informally in Joe's garage in Strinestown, PA on Saturday mornings. Joe said about 10 mustang enthusiasts just wanted to get out of the house and be together and talk about their Mustangs. They also went cruising with their Mustangs. Joe said that was in 1992. Joe had a then brand new 1992 Mustang.



Chapter 2

The Muscle Mustang Club of York

Jeff Kerns was one of the guys who met with Joe Blessings. Jeff said they had blue t-shirts with a running horse on it and that they called themselves the Muscle Mustang Club of York.

Joe said that Rich Hoffmaster was next member. Rich was about 21 years old at the time in the 1992/1993 timeframe. Rich became the first president of the club and Joe was his vice president. Dwayne was the club secretary. Rich couldn't remember Dwayne’s last name. At some point after Joe’s term, Doug White became Rich's vice president. The club met at Doug White's house in Dover.

The club grew to about 70 members. At this time, they changed the club name to the Mustang Club of Central Pennsylvania and designed the horse logo. The club is now called the familiar MCCPA, had car shows, sub sales and club shirts. Joe lost interest in the club, and Rich left the club around 1997.



Chapter 3

Doug White to Bobby McNew

Doug White was the next MCCPA club president, he had a short term as president.

Bobby McNew joined the club around 1994 when Rich Hoffmaster was the club president. Bobby was the 13th club member. Sometime in 1996 Bobby became club president. Some of the board members from that era were Frank and Rhonda Corkran, Mike Mahalo and Christian Shriver. Bobby NcNew’s right hand man was Mike Mahalo. At this time, the mustang club came up with the classes, judged and did registration at the all Ford Nationals. Club meetings were held at several locations including Bobby's House, Paul's Pancake in Dillsburg and at Hoffman Ford. As the club transitioned from a modified Mustang club to an all encompassing Mustang club the club grew.

In the time Bobby McNew was president there were 120 members or so in 1 1/2 year's time. Bobby would run $20.00 specials for anymore who would join the club. Bobby also owns McNew’s Automotive in Dillsburg. Bobby gave McNew’s Automotive items away and he ran the club tech shops. MCCPA was asked to drive prom king and queens to the prom. MCCPA club members wore embroidery jackets.

Norm Zoumas is the Director of Operations at Hoffman Ford. Norm drove a 1996 Cobra. Bobby McNew would come into Hoffman Ford for parts and talked Norm into joining MCCPA. Norm joined the club in 1996 and is still a member.

As McNew’s Automotive became busier, Bobby has less time for the club. He later resigned from the board.



Chapter 4

Christian Shriver

Christian Shriver was the club’s next president. Christian really had to work hard to bring the club back. After Bobby McNew, the club had no elections and no plan to continue. Christian organized a couple of meetings at Bobby’s but very few guys showed up and eventually the club petered out.

A little back ground on Christian, Christian met Bobby McNew because he was looking for parts for his ‘89 Mustang and found Bobby’s name in a Mustang magazine. Bobby introduced Christian to Frank Corkran who did track events with his Mustang and that is what Christian wanted to do with his Mustang also. Frank and Christian became good friends and did track events for 10 plus years and also built race cars. Frank and Christian went together to a MCCPA picnic at Longs Park in Lancaster and met Doug White who was in the process of leaving the club. Christian got volunteered to be the treasurer plus membership list duties as well as member kit processing. As Christian said, he was young and not so smart and took it all on. Frank and his wife Rhonda had been treasurer for a brief time prior to Christian and created a data base program for the membership which he turned over to Christian and he expanded it with reports and such for printing newsletters, labels and other things.

After Bobby resigned, Christian had the club funds, membership list and supply of T-shirts and stickers. After a year or two of letting the club sit dormant, Christian decided that he had to do something with the money which was about $1,800. Sometime in 1999 or 2000, Christian took the membership database and sent a letter to everyone who had ever been in the club and said there was going to be a meeting at Hoffman Ford on the third Tuesday at 7:30 just like the club use to do. Enough people came to this meeting and the Mustang Club of Central Pennsylvania started up again!

Around 2001, Christian was elected president. Christian was a one man board. He was the president, the vice president, the secretary, the treasurer and the newsletter publisher. After many months and a few others coming and going, Christian developed a group of officers to take over some of the duties and Christian put more effort into planning some events and the club’s general direction. Chuck Kembring, Kathy Saltus, Michael McDowell, Chad Davis, Dennis Reddinger were all board members with Christian. Christian was the one who set up the club bank account to require two signatures on checks.

Mike Mihalo was a professional graphic artist/photographer and created the artwork for club’s logo that looks like a Mustang horse running towards you. Michael McDowell put up the first club website. He did the artwork and the forums. The website was a big step for club.

Christian did not like paying to go to car shows and that is why he set up club cruise-ins at the Sports Emporium in Carlisle. Christian made the dash plaques. Christian took the photos, Michael did the final graphics and Christian did the production of the plaques.

The club went to the Soda Jerk in Middletown to the Blue Moon Cruisers cruise-in for a while. This was a lot of fun with a lot of cars.

The club had a couple of picnics each year. The club provided the steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs and soda, with everyone else bringing to share. The club moved around to different parks in Camp Hill and Mechanicsburg. The club participated in Motorama a couple of times.

The club had a joint car show with the Central PA Camaro Club. The club rented out a drag strip and had Mustangs lined up on one side and Camaros on the other. Great fun!

At the first Mustang Round Up, Jeff Bliemeister was curator at the AACA museum. Jeff was very helpful by providing the venue for the first Round Up show. The club decided there would be a limited number of classes, just first, second, third and fourth generation Mustangs. No separate classes for modified or convertibles etc. That didn’t go over well and was changed for future shows.

The club also took a cruise to the Yuengling Brewery.

Christian contacted the Mustang Club of Maryland and the two clubs went to each other’s shows.

Carlisle All Ford Nationals, before Christian started the club back up, the club members helped classify Mustangs for the show field. The club members had to be there very early in the morning to look cars over to determine if they were to be classified as factory or modified for the show. This was a lot of work for the club members. The club did not continue this practice after Christian was president. Mustangs Unlimited at Carlisle contacted the club. They wanted the club to provide eye catcher cars to put with their parts/sales trailer at Carlisle All Fords. The club put 2 to 3 cars with them for a few years.

One thing the club achieved was becoming a regional group for the Mustang Club of America (MCA), this provided insurance for the clubs events and since MCCPA was the local group the club got to use the MCA tent at the Carlisle All Ford Nationals. Jeff Bliemeister managed the MCA contacts and paperwork for the club.



Chapter 5

Kathy Saltus

Kathy Saltus was the next Club President. Kathy bought her new Lazar Red GT convertible Mustang in 2000 and joined the club. She was secretary under President Christian Shriver in 2003 and 2004. She became President in 2005. She remembers really nice groups at the car shows at the Sports Emporium in Carlisle, great baroques at Christian Shriver’s home and some nice Christmas parties at her house. Kathy auto crossed her Mustang. Kathy resigned in February 2006 and Vice President Dennis Reddinger became President.



Chapter 6

Dennis Reddinger

Dennis Reddinger was the Club President 2007 and 2008. Dennis joined the club in 2002. He also served as Vice President in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2012. He became President in 2006 when Kathy Saltus resigned. Dennis was very instrumental in many, many successful Round Up car shows while he was on the board.



Chapter 7

Scott Sipe

Scott Sipe was the next club President. He joined the club around 2005 and from 2006 to 2008 served on the MCCPA board as webmaster, communications, treasurer and became President in 2009. Scott said the club tried new things to keep members interested and keep the club afloat. He said they co-hosted a five club car show in Hershey. They held meetings and cruises at the Soda Jerk in Hummelstown. The club tried Saturday meetings also. In 2009, the Round Up was held at Appalachian Harley Davidson and drew about 200 cars. Scott said Dennis Reddinger was a champion with several Round Ups. The club did monthly cruise ins at the York Burger King. A few times, Scott donated his condo in Mrytle Beach as a prize to help raise money for the club. They had a club picnic and an end of the year social.



Chapter 8

Mustang Club of Central PA Board Members, 2003-Present

2003

President: Christian Shriver

Vice President: Chuck Kembring

Secretary: Kathy Saltus

Treasurer: Michael McDowell


2004, Club size 42 members

President: Christian Shriver

Vice President: Chuck Kembring

Vice President: Dennis Reddinger

Secretary: Kathy Saltus

Treasurer: Chad Davis

Webmaster: Michael McDowell


2005

President: Kathy Saltus

Vice President: Christian Shriver

Vice President: Dennis Reddinger

Secretary: Carlene Warner

Treasurer: Chad Davis

Membership: Jeff Bliemeister

Webmaster: Michael McDowell


2006

President: Kathy Saltus/Dennis Reddinger

Vice President: Dennis Reddinger

Vice President: Scott Miller

Secretary: Carlene Warner

Treasurer: Chad Davis

Webmaster: Scott Sipe


2007, Club size 103 members

President: Dennis Reddinger

Vice President: Dennis Fanale

Vice President: Scott Miller

Secretary: Carlene Warner

Treasurer: Chad Davis

Membership: Ryan Lenker

Webmaster/Communications: Scott Sipe


2008, Club size 75-100 members

President: Dennis Reddinger

Vice President: Dennis Fanale

Vice President: Scott Miller

Secretary: Kathy Armstrong

Treasurer: Scott Sipe

Membership: Ryan Lenker

Newsletter on line: Dave DePeau

Webmaster: Scott Sipe


2009, Club size 68 members

President: Scott Sipe

Vice President: Dennis Reddinger

Vice President: Dale Warner

Secretary: Kathy Armstrong

Treasurer/membership: Kevin Beucher

Events Coordinator: Scott Miller


2010, Club size 54 members

President: Kathy Armstrong

Vice President: Jeff Bliemeister

Vice President: Dale Warner

Secretary: Dennis Snyder

Treasurer: Kevin Beucher*

Membership: Joe Cressler

Newsletter: Dave DePeau

Webmaster: Scott Sipe

*Kevin resigned as treasurer and Joe was appointed treasurer


2011

President: Kathy Armstrong

Vice President: Jeff Bliemeister

Vice President: Dennis Reddinger

Secretary: Cathy Klunk

Treasurer/Membership: Joe Cressler


2012, Club size 79 members

President: Kathy Armstrong

Vice President: Dennis Reddinger

Secretary: Cathy Klunk

Treasurer: Bob Ardner

Membership: Kevin Buecher

Webmaster: Bob Ardner III


2013, Club size 82 members

President: Bob Ardner

Vice President: Fred Bucci

Vice President: Kevin Beucher

Secretary: Terry Weidemann

Treasurer/Membership: Charlie Boyd

Historian: Erin Boyd

Webmaster: Bob Ardner III


2014, Club size 142 members

President: Charlie Boyd

Vice President: Bob Ardner

Vice President: Max Remington

Secretary: Terry Weidemann

Treasurer/Membership: Erin Boyd

Webmasters: Bob Ardner III and Max Remington


2015, Club size 188 members

President: Charlie Boyd

Vice President: Max Remington

Vice President: Paul Bellis

Secretary: Bill Schiel

Treasurer/Membership: Erin Boyd

Webmaster: Max Remington


2016, Club size over 200 members

President: Charlie Boyd

Vice President: Max Remington

Vice President: Paul Bellis

Secretary: Bill Schiel

Treasurer: Erin Boyd

Membership: Jen Gamber

Webmaster: Max Remington


Past Club member’s Mustang’s

This is some of the past MCCPA member’s Mustangs:

Mike Mihalo drove an 89 25th anniversary with $10,000 paint job and a license place that read ”it’s quick”

Chuch Kembring, drove a 1965 pastel yellow coupe that he restored himself.

Barry and Evelyn Warfield drove a 65 convertible he claimed he drove down second street Harrisburg with the top down on New Year ’s Day.

Gene Michael had 2 Mustang lls, one of which was a Cobra.

John Hamberger drove a 65 coupe he restored that is built to look like a race car but was completely street able.

Kathy Saltus drove a 2000 Lazer Red GT convertible and enjoyed racing autocross.

Dale and Carlene Warner drove Wimbledon white 66 6cyl coupe that won the President’s Choice Award at the first Mustang Round Up.


Stay tuned for more to come…