History of the Jaguar Club of Pittsburgh
One of 63 active affiliate clubs of Jaguar Clubs of North America, Inc. – whose membership totals more than 6,000 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico – the Jaguar Club of Pittsburgh was started in 1971 when a small group of friends placed an ad in a local newspaper looking for other Jaguar owners and fans.
Walter and Joy Blenko of Pittsburgh’s North Hills, who still belong to the club and own a 1968 XKE 2+2, were among the co-founders of JCOP. “We organized a lot of fun activities,” recalls Walter. "One of them was a Concours held at Station Square in downtown Pittsburgh. Joy had the idea that people could come, display their cars and have lunch. We had successful events there for a number of years.”
Other events planned by club members include road rallies, slaloms, tech sessions and day tours, as well as dinner meetings and holiday parties.
Walter Blenko says club members still appreciate the classic models from Jaguar's early days. “People were very much attuned to the early Jaguars up to the E Type. When they switched to newer cars, our members still kept their older models. There's not a more gorgeous car built than the E-Type,” he says.
Another long-time member, Henry VerValen, who now lives in Baltimore with his wife, Kay, owns an XK120, XK140, XK150S and an E-Type and has won awards for them at Jaguar events locally and in other states. He says of the Pittsburgh club, “For some reason, the club has a wonderful personality. It's special, unique, and it's all related to the cars and the love we have for them.”
Jaguar Club of Pittsburgh hosted the 50th Annual General Meeting of Jaguar Clubs of North America in March, 2008, which included as special guest, legendary Jaguar Cars test driver Norman Dewis from the UK. The club also was a host in 2006 when Jaguar was Marque of the Year at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, a charity event that features the only vintage races still run on city streets. The Pittsburgh Jaguar Club also staged a concours and a dinner at Edgewood Country Club for the PVGP’s Grand Marshal, Bibiana Boerio, Jaguar Managing Director and Latrobe native.
For information about joining the Jaguar Club of Pittsburgh, contact Jack Terrick, treasurer, at 724-837-7497, firstname.lastname@example.org . You don't need to have a Jaguar to join, just an appreciation for the fine Marque!
2015 Jaguar Club of Pittsburgh Officers and Board
Bill Cooper, President
Gary Kincel, 1st Vice President
Cecile Canales, 2nd Vice President
Jack Terrick, Treasurer
Don Johnson, Secretary
Chief Concours Judge
D. Sean Williams
History of the Jaguar Clubs of North America
The Jaguar Clubs of North America (JCNA), founded on January 16, 1958, exists to promote and encourage a spirit of mutual interest and assistance among owners of Jaguar automobiles, to assist in the formation of local Jaguar owners' clubs and to charter these groups, to provide a means for the exchange of information concerning Jaguar automobiles, and to publish periodic bulletins and magazines containing material of interest to members.
The objects and purposes of JCNA are to promote interest in motoring, foster and encourage a spirit of mutual interest and assistance in the acquisition and preservation of Jaguar automobiles among owners; to charter or otherwise enter into agreements with clubs or groups of Jaguar owners desiring to support the objectives and share in the benefits of the corporation by becoming a JCNA member group; to exchange recognition with other corporations, associations or groups in other countries that have similar objects and purposes; to promote enhanced driving standards and to encourage skillful driving on the public highways; to promote interest in motoring activities, classes, exhibitions, publications and motor sports related to the marque. Club activities encouraged by JCNA include Concours d'Elegance, Road Rallies, Slaloms, Tours and Social meetings. All are at the option of the local club.
Jaguar Clubs of North America's Board of Directors adopted the following VISION and MISSION STATEMENTS in March 1994.
JCNA VISION STATEMENT
The Jaguar Clubs of North America is the friendliest and best association of Jaguar enthusiasts fulfilling the needs and interests of the members.
JCNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MISSION STATEMENT
The Board provides a structure for effective and efficient operation of the Jaguar Clubs of North America in finance, administration, and competition. It communicates effectively with the members.