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Betty Boop gets a Cougar

By: Richard Fleener

Going to a car cruise can be a lot of fun. Owning a collector car is definitely fun. Meeting great people is the best and that is just what car people are, the best. The Murfreesboro Hot Rod Club has some great people in it and visitors from all over Middle Tennessee come out to the cruise every Friday night during cruise season.

On May 7, 2010 no one had more fun than our group of car guys who usually all park together, share food and stories. This night was very special because husband Bill Wassel, with the help of George Houk and a bunch of other car guys, presented Bill’s wife, Bettie, with a restored 1968 Cougar just like they purchase new in 1968.

This group of friends worked for over a year putting the car together and it was done just in time for the big reveal at the first cruise of the year. Take a look at this video to see all the fun and tears.

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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