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hey, im kinda new here (been here since june i think). anyway, i was wondering about the history of TCCA. who owns the club? who started it? in what year did TCCA originate?

please fill me in on the history of this awesome club...



note: sorry if TCCA history is already listed on the site somewhere. i looked around the site to see what i could dig up, but didnt have any luck. that doesnt mean too much though... i didnt search super well.
 

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I'll post more when I get back from class.

Tom (TrueBlue, the guy you bought your SHO from) is one of the guys that has been here the longest. Maybe him or one of the few others that have been here longer than me can give you some more history.
 

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Ok, here is some stuff that will help you:

http://members.tripod.com/~tauruscarclub/ <- The original TCCA website. When I first became a member, this is what the site looked like.

http://web.archive.org/web/20001018093700/...ruscarclub.com/ <- The early forums. (Sign me up for UDPs for my Vulcan!) You can see more classic TCCA HERE

There is also the archives..
http://www.taurusclub.com/archive/

I will let someone else give the history. I don't have the whole story since I wasn't there for 3-4 years. I do know a lot of us started at the Taurus Performance Page (lucidgreen.com, was the address, but its down now :( ) They had a threaded BBS style forum, which was horrible to use.
 

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*Gets out crotchety old glasses*

Okay, gather 'round. Somebody get Hamal in here too, and if Venom is lurking he'd better step in as well. Is DMX even around anymore? I'm sure I'll miss things.

The TCCA started out with Bill Garrett (poc301) in '97 (?) or so. At the time, there was athe Taurus Performance Page, which is how many of the older members found this site in the first place. (I think we all remember Jeramie's 2G Vulcan roasting-the-tires-in-the-parking-lot pic.)

Since I joined, there have been at least 4 boards the site has gone through. One was the style fordaspiregv posted here (BTW James, thanks for the links, that's clutch :thumb: ), the second was July/August 2002, the third is our current archive, the fourth you are reading right now.

The boards have had several presidents over the years, with Bill, Tom Leser, Josh Mallow, Bob Gervais, and now Adam. Tom was a good leader but he found ill favor with the club and was banned - and a lot of the older members at the time went with him. Mallow was this kind of weird Maryland hippie conservative guy... don't really know how the hell to classify him. He worked for a conservation group IIRC.

Back then, the drama was strong here. Eyepokes and interw3b fistfights were pretty common, but there were some good d00ds and d00dettes here. ArtSHO, who created the bulls-head logo. Mikeys Taurus, one of the fastest Vulcans ever. midnightstealth3.0, great guy and club Photoshopper. Kevin. erlong. Jimmy. Tara. Jason King. JERZY-STYLZ. SE2 SHOSE (XlsuruaT). Too many to list - seriously!

Then Bob joined up, and took the reins from Mallow. IMO, the club began the rebuild that was probably the best thing to happen to the club since it's forming. Meets sprang up all over the place (including the first Running of the Bulls, organized by yours truely, that had 7 members show up, two of which are still active - Twilight and mufflerman, Alex and Al). Bob created aftermarket parts for our cars and really put the gatherings into high gear. We had decals coming in. There was a sense of motion and fellowship. Still is, and the club continues to get bigger and bigger.

Remember this?

Originally posted by old skool board

YOU KNOW YOUR A TAURUS/SHO OWNER WHEN...
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      You "notice" every single Taurus or SHO when driving down the road.
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      You wave at fellow SHO drivers and they look at you like you're an idiot.
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      You've had to rebuild your transmission more than twice.
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      (SHO) You always have people confuse your engine with a different make (Kawasaki anyone?) or people ask you if it is supercharged or a 5.0.
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      Riceboys look at you like you're nuts when you roll up next to them and rev at them at a light.
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      Riceboys look at you like you're God when you fly past them.
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      Riceboys at the track even turn you down when you want to run them, knowing what you've got under your hood.
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      You've had someone come to your house and knock on your door just to ask you about your car.
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      You drool over how sexy a cowl hood looks on a Taurus.
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      Every time you see your Taurus, you stop and admire it. (10 times a day)
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      You kill your friend because he makes fun of your Taurus.
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      You notice (and silently cheer for) Taurus's in movies and TV shows
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      When you notice one cruising down the highway and stare at it, deciding if you like that color on it
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      Your friends think you're crazy when you don't think twice about dumping $6000 into a car worth $3000
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      You hate it when your friends just call it a Taurus
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      You want to slap the guy that says "you got all these options, why didn't you spring for the automatic?"
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      Every time it breaks you curse and swear up and down that you're going to sell the piece of junk, when you get it running again, you think how much you couldn't live without it!
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      You use the words "Quaife" and "LSD" in a serious tone and not something naughty
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      You find yourself imitating the secondaries sound all the time
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      You have dreams about your car at night.
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      You get bored sitting at your desk so you open up Photoshop and add ugly (or cool) appearance mods to your car.
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      You park sideways or take up two spaces in the FAR end of the parking lot to avoid your paint getting scratched or your doors getting dinged.
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      You spend a couple hours a day browsing the TCCA.
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      You have Taurus dealer posters in your bedroom.
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      You have all your time slips archived in Excel on your computer.
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      You have the famous TCCA Win amp skin.
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      You spend all day out detailing your car but hate to spend 15 minutes doing laundry.
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      In the middle of different exhaust experimentations, you realize you have the loudest car on the block.
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      You get pissed off when you catch up to a fellow Taurus, only to find someone 65+ driving.
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      You think emerald green is pretty, but don't want it on your car.
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      (for non-SHO) You are jealous of friends 85 Camry cause it has a tachometer.
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      While all your buddies are out in their lowered '02 Eclipses and big-block Barracudas (like mine), you're waxing your four-door!
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      You realize how big your backseat really is!!
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      You'll speed excessively to catch up to one that's been modded without thinking about cops
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      Riceboys give you the "WTF!" jaw drop look when you waste them when you have three friends weighing down your "slow four door".
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      Riceboys give that look when you waste them REALLY bad at the strip when they gutted they're car out just to run 16's
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      You are on the opposite side of the pump as a Camaro at a gas station and you have to open your hood and check your oil just to SHOw off your "snakes" (cause you know yours looks better than his!)
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      You refer to your runners as "snakes" and all your friends know exactly what you're talking about.
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      You TRY to find a ricer just to have a good laugh.
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      Your car doesn't get any attention unless you are laying rubber.
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      You get sick of seeing a Taurus in front of you, and a Taurus behind you at every light.
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      You sometimes feel like you're in a Taurus convoy.
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      You see a Taurus and hope he or she just *happens* to be an enthusiast too and try to get him or her to make a run on you for the fun of it
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      You see any other performance car on the road and try to give it a run for its money... even when the driver isn't trying.
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      You point out other Taurus's to friends/relatives as you drive by and non-chalantly announce its generation, guess at its year and engine size/type, and possibly rattle off some statistics... which usually includes whether not you could hand the owner his ass in your Taurus...
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      When you get excited about a "You know you're a Taurus/SHO owner when..." list.
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      You constantly think about ways to make your car faster using $20 and parts from the hardware store.
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      You've told no less than 50 mechanics/dealers/parts store guys that it is the 3.8's that have the head gasket problems, not your venerable little 3.0
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      There are absolutely NO aftermarket/performance parts available! (yet, hehe).
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      Your car "blue Books" at $6,000 but you can't even sell it for $1500.
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      You go on a road trip and count all the SHO's you see / pass on the highway.
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      You wonder if any of those people you see with an obviously modded Taurus / SHO ever frequents the forums.
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      You have a framed picture of your SHO on your computer desk
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      You drove a million miles and back to attend the SHO Convention.
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      As boredom strikes on a day off work, you go outside and stare at your engine bay and try to think of something cheap you can do to your car that day.
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      While tinkering around in there, you accidentally break something but have no idea what it is, so you jump on the forums and post a "HELP, QUICK!" topic.
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      Some other Taurus-obsessed person browsing the forums at the same time gets back to you in less than 5 minutes.
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      You e-mail performance parts makers and ask them if their parts can be adapted to fit your Vulcan.
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      They say yes, and then say you are crazy.
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      The local Ford Performance Shop owner tells you in PRECISE detail how he would rip the engine apart and have it producing 600+ hp at the wheels if given enough time to play with it.
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      Your girlfriend/wife/significant other can now point out SHOs, and when they see one they think they actually saw it before you noticed
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      You spend countless hours on ebay looking for parts that you wanna buy but never will or just for Taurus parts in general
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      Your friends know you're home 'cause the hoods up on the SHO in the driveway.
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      When your mom ( Who makes fun of your Taurus's ) calls and says " I saw a pretty red Gen II SHO today!"
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      When you got all your friends, co- workers, and roommates to buy Taurus/ Sable/ SHO's.
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      When you cry for your former Taurus that you sold to a friend and gets totalled, and then have a dream about it.
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      When your friends call you and the first this they say is " I have a three SHO day today!"
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      When your wife/girlfriend worry you are having an "affair" with your SHO.
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      Your eldest comes home and says he might have ridden in a Cobra that could finally give your SHO a run for it's money.
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      Teenage daughter brags how she can smoke her friends Firebird.
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      Your children don't want to leave home for fear they may never drive the SHO again.
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      You see a chiropractor because your always trying to turn your head all the way around to confirm it was a SHO that went by the other way on the expressway.
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      You go to the quick lube place even though you can rebuild your engine in your driveway over the weekend just to watch the pit clearing reactions when they pop the hood.
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      You argue with people at the car show that Ford DID put a Yamaha built V-8 in a Taurus and it doesn't qualify for "Modified" class (Before the Supercharger mod of course)
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      You usually cruise with the windows down and the radio off just to listen to the exhaust note even when you have 12,000 watts and four 12" in the backseat.
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      You can't go to work until you check all the "Forums"
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      You can't go to bed until you check all the "Forums"
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      You pass up family functions so you can install and try out a new set of plugs.
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      You always find yourself saying "jump in my car, I've got room"
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      When everyone jumps in the car, you show it off, because it isn't just an ordinary Taurus
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      You love the sound on your induction system.
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      You buy the car for nearly 25 grand, any less then a year later it's only worth about 14, on a good day.
Feel free to add/correct! :thumb:
 

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Good thread. I've kinda wondered about the history myself. Never bothered to ask though, but ****, didnt know it went back to 97 :blink:

Speaking of which, what was the talk like when the redesigned 00's were announced and/or spy photos were showing up and what not? I really wondered that one if the club was old enough.
 

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Tom, was Doc ever the President? I can't recall, but for some reason I remember him being the President for a while. Did it just go straight from Josh to Bob?

I'm sure someone has the link around here. There was a site around before there were any actual forums. It was just a listing of members with pics of their cars. Black background IIRC. Then there was a site with POC's "official TCCA Taurus" showing the mods he did over the years. If anyone has those sites, I'd like to get the links if possible.

And Tom, or anyone that was around back then, were these the first set of forums?
http://web.archive.org/web/20010408050839/...gi?action=intro
 

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Hmmm. I don't recall Doc being the prez, unless it happened while Bob was running the show. He'd obviously be able to clear that bit up.

Those weren't the first forums, but those were here when I signed up. Next set had the TCCA logo and "phpBB" in blue offset. Todd's board was the "spill" type of forum where the text flows down in a tabbed format.

I do remember the black feature page with poc's Vulcan, although I have no idea where to even begin looking for it.

-edit- and to clear something else up, our join dates, member numbers, and post counts were all reset when we swapped boards a few years back. I am not the 41st member to join up, I was the 41st member to re-join after the swap was made. For that reason, I have a lower member number than Jason King (I think I do anyway) but Jason was here many moons before I was. He still posts occasionally.
 

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I do remember the black feature page with poc's Vulcan, although I have no idea where to even begin looking for it.
Here you go... http://members.tripod.com/~tauruscarclub/project.htm

We all worshiped that car back in the day (at least I did!)

Doc was never president, but he was supposed to be. Then the drama started and it never happened. :ph34r: The way he acted at the end, it was a good thing that never happened. :punchdoc:
 

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thanks guys. anyone ever thought of writting a club history section for the site? if no one wants to, i can. writting is kinda my thing. :D all i need is any aditional information about the origins, early years and major contributers that may not be listed here.

tom, you were a moderator for quite a while, right?

also, the "you know youre a taurus owner if..." list was hilarious. i was seriously sitting here in work shaking b/c i was laughing so hard. :bowrofl:
 

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I was a mod for a few years and stepped down. I wasn't on very often and I enjoy being a regular member again so I can participate in, well, tomfoolery :lol: Ed (EDIII) took over and has been doing a fine job.

I hope some other, older members step in because I'd actually like to fill in the holes in the history. It's been a great ride. :thumb:
 

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Originally posted by TrueBlue@Oct 2 2006, 01:14 PM
I was a mod for a few years and stepped down. I wasn't on very often and I enjoy being a regular member again so I can participate in, well, tomfoolery :lol: Ed (EDIII) took over and has been doing a fine job.

I hope some other, older members step in because I'd actually like to fill in the holes in the history. It's been a great ride. :thumb:
Who, what the...? Me, do a fine job? You been inhaling too much SHO rebuild fumes Tom... ;) :D

As for history, I still think of myself as a newb here. Even though I have been here over 2 years, 2 presidents, and 3 board changes... :blink:
 

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Originally posted by fordaspiregv@Oct 2 2006, 12:05 PM
Here you go... http://members.tripod.com/~tauruscarclub/project.htm
Damn James, but you are on the ball. :eek: That's it, alright. Can you find Jeramie's silver and bra'd 2G with the Ford decals lighting 'em up?

Ed, you're not a newb in my (mildly deranged and occasionally hiccuping) mind. :p
 

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If you're a newb, Ed, what does that make me? :lol:

I've been around since 02 and I haven't even made 700 posts. I'm teh newb! :hsugh: :fruit:

I actually joined shortly before the forums jumped over to the Invision board system the first time. But I'm mostly a chatroom *****... everyone knows me in there! :lol:
 

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Originally posted by TrueBlue@Oct 2 2006, 02:57 PM
Damn James, but you are on the ball. :eek: That's it, alright. Can you find Jeramie's silver and bra'd 2G with the Ford decals lighting 'em up?
I got that one covered:
 

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Speaking of that ^, how is it done per say in a FWD car like ours? I've got a genIV but i cant stay put and burn them. Do you get 'em spinnin and lock the parking brake? or what... just curious i would kinda like to show some people what my car can really do..



*puts on flame retardant suit*
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Originally posted by 2000FFV@Oct 2 2006, 03:30 PM
Speaking of that ^, how is it done per say in a FWD car like ours? I've got a genIV but i cant stay put and burn them. Do you get 'em spinnin and lock the parking brake? or what... just curious i would kinda like to show some people what my car can really do..



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His was a pretty modded Vulcan. You can just brake-torque the engine for a second and sidestep the brake pedal.

Let's keep this on topic here though :)
 

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Cool.. Just curious.

I've only been a member on this forum for a couple of months, but im on it Monday-Friday from 11:45-2:50 pm daily during my tech class, and sometimes at home when im bored and not out driving my bull. I've kinda always wondered where this whole thing started and i really enjoyed reading this topic. I LOVE YOU TCCA!!!!!!!!
ha.. im an idiot...


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