Eastern Directors


Jessica Lord

Baltimore MD. 

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While completing a life goal she calls ”50 before 30”, (Traveling to all 50 states before the age of 30) her father and her took a month long summer road trip around the country. While driving down Route 66, her love of old cars grew and decided to find and re-build her personal favorite, a 1949 Ford Woodie, along the side of her father. Jessica Lord is from Baltimore, Maryland where she currently works as a High School Visual Art Teacher. Jessica grew up running around her father’s auto body shop, (Hazelwood Body and Fender in Rosedale, MD) going to car shows and watching him restore many cars for himself and others. She always had an interest in antiques and vintage cars.

Jessica is very excited about this HUGE project and has became extremely involved networking within the Woodie community. She is very honored to be apart of such a great club where she can help educate, share experiences and promote something she is so passionate about!




Zach Merrill

7 Sirrine Drive

Greenville, SC 29605


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I am honored to have served one term as one of the Eastern Directors of the NWC and would be very pleased to be granted the opportunity to return for a second term in that post. I think anyone who knows me would agree that I am an automotive enthusiast to my very core. I literally grew up in my dad’s multifaceted automobile business which included a vehicle repair garage, a body shop, a salvage yard, a used car lot, a wrecker service, and a service station. As if that were not enough exposure and automotive immersion, my dad collected and restored antique cars as a hobby and was a consummate tinkerer and horse trader. In addition to the countless hours in the garage, our trips to anywhere were peppered with side trips to chase rumors of barn finds and parts stashes. Because of my father’s business, I was surrounded by opportunities to learn and people who could teach me what I wanted to know…and what I wanted to know was everything about cars. The head start I received on automotive learning gave me early opportunities to enjoy some thrilling experiences and successes and be routinely humbled by plenty of failures. It was a sure-fire inoculation against narcissism. With these experiences came some hard-earned wisdom that I hope to be allowed to use and share.

Since graduating from Auburn University in 1980, I have made a career in the automotive industry working for the research division of Michelin in Greenville, South Carolina. For most of the thirty-four years at Michelin, I have fulfilled various management and technical roles, but no matter my official responsibilities, I have been universally regarded as “the car guy” and was eventually dubbed “The Car Whisperer” by a certain imaginative colleague. The name stuck. I am a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and thanks to a few decades of hands-on experience and some good test-taking skills, I hold active certifications in all specialty areas recognized by the ASE (National Society for Automotive Service Excellence). There are about 400,000 certified technicians, but only a tiny handful of people hold all the certifications; I suppose this implies that I am versatile in the automotive fields. If nothing else, I am dedicated to understanding how things work. I've even been on the build team for a couple of episodes of the TV show OVERHAULIN’ with Chip Foose, so I know firsthand just what can be done to a project car in a week...and what can be made to look done. I am an active participant in the activities of the woodie community and also no stranger to the larger automotive enthusiast community.

I am a past President of the Southeast Woodies club and my former-derelict, still-humble, barn-find '55 Morris Minor Traveller is one of the woodies that really and truly gets driven. My long-suffering wife Libby and I have taken the little car on many long trips including a 3170 mile maiden voyage on the Hot Rod Power Tour. In 2013, the intrepid little Morris again did the Power Tour…this time on airless Michelin Tweels! Because of that improbable feat, the little car got invited to be a feature car in the Mothers booth at SEMA, Our little Morris woodie has been fortunate enough to be featured in numerous magazines, and I have been a relatively frequent contributor to the Woodie Times. If you need a wrench pulled, a tool to loaned, a problem diagnosed, a creative solution devised, an automotive system explained, a common-sense question answered, or a story spiced up with a home-spun Southern sense of humor, perhaps I just might be a handy person to have around. For certain other matters, however, I am as useless as a ratchet that slips in both directions. Fortunately, I usually know when to get out of the way.

Zach Merrill Greenville, SC



Bill Quick

Flemington, NJ

908 625 6376.

 I’ve been a member of the National Woodie Club since 2009. I currently reside in Flemington, NJ and own a 1946 Ford woodie along with several other toys. My affection for cars started at a very young age and continues on today. I’m fortunate to have an understanding wife of 22 years and two teenage kids that tolerate my car addiction.

I am a degreed Mechanical Engineer and have worked in a variety of engineering fields since graduating college in 1987. I have had engineering careers in: automotive airbags, military guidance systems, microwave communications and construction design and management. I currently own my own fabrication business that I started 18 years ago and hold a U.S. Patent for my product.

I have always admired “woodies” but it wasn’t until November of 2009 that I was fortunate enough to find one that suited my desires and my wallet. Being a gear head I get as much enjoyment working on my woodie as I do driving it.

I have organized several woodie events since getting involved with the club in 2009. In an effort to bring woodie owners together I have organized the annual woodie gathering at Lake Hopatcong, NJ in conjunction with the Antique and Classic Boat Society show for the last three years. I have also helped the Flemington BID organize a “woodie night” at our seasonal bi-weekly Main Street cruise nights.

I enjoy driving my woodie whenever possible, whether it’s a quick spin to our local ice cream parlor or a show hours away. It’s not just the cars but the friendships made through them that make me enjoy the car culture so much.

Central Directors


Jack C. Boyle 

(Spouce Penny L. Boyle) 

14123 w. 48th street

Swaawnee Mission, KS 66216 - 1109

913.544 4650

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I am currently a car guy and semi-retired architect. I have lived and worked in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 20 years and now in Kansas City for the last 25 years with my wife of 42 years, Penny. We have one adult son and his family live nearby. You could say I was born a car guy.

My father was a mechanic at Dodge and Chrysler dealerships from 1949 to 1967 and taught auto mechanics after his wrenching days were done. I have always loved hanging out and eventually working in his various shops. He taught me a great deal about the cars of his vintage 30’s – 60’s including how to take care of them, fix them and drive them. In fact, well into the early 1990’s my wife and I were relying on cars from the 40’s and 50’s as our daily drivers.

My passion for woodies started in February of 1973 during a visit to Harrah’s collection in Reno – how can you not love these unique cars. I immediately started looking for one for myself, then in late ‘73 there was a club newsletter ad for a 1946 Chrysler Town & Country basket case. Much to my future wife’s chagrin I scraped together the $450 and I was on my way.

I performed as much of the restoration work myself as skills and tools would permit – with my dad’s help. It took a long time to get it right - until 1999 to be exact. We now tour and show the car all over the Midwest. In the intervening years we also had a long and very happy relationship with a 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe wagon. I also recently completed an “inside-out” woodie resto-mod, a 1952 Dodge, steel wagon on the outside and extensive wood door and floor panels on the interior.

I have been a member of the National Woodie Club since 1995 and a member of the Town & Country Registry since 1975. I have been involved in numerous clubs dating back to the 70’s including the VMCCA, Chrysler 300 Club, AACA, CCCA, and Walter P. Chrysler Club and was a founding member of the New Mexico Council of Car Clubs. I have organized numerous shows, swap meets, tours and published local club newsletters over the last 40 years. Now in semi-retirement, it’s time to roll up my sleeves and work hard for the good of the National Woodie Club.




 Jeff Hobgood

Newburgh,In. 47630

812 853 8911

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Jeff has been a NWC member since 2000. Jeff & his wife Holly have been married for 19 years and live in Newburgh, IN. Jeff graduated in 1994 with a degree in Commercial Art and a minor in Wood Sculpture.  Jeff's passion for cars runs in his family. His great uncle was one of the founders of a local car club" The Old Time Auto Club" in 1953. The family still owns their great grandparents second car, a 1905 REO. During Jeff's childhood he would help his father do restoration work on several cars giving him the confidence to do mechanical work and learn how to fix things. Since the mid 90's Jeff opened his own woodworking shop creating signs, furniture, and custom models . Then he began repairing and replacing structural wood in many antique cars such as: Model A's, Auburn's, Chevy's, Packards, Duesenbergs, Templar etc. In 2013 Jeff restored the entire wood body on a 1948 Chevrolet woodie wagon. Now he is tooling up to redo the wood on his own wagon, a 1946 Ford woodie. Go to to see his latest creations. 




Jeff Krickhahn

4506 Vettelson Rd.

Hartland, Wi 53029


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Jeff joined NWC around 2002. Jeff and his wife Carol have 3 boys and 3 girls and 1 granddaughter. Jeff is a manger at the largest family owned body shop in Wisconsin. Jeff is the President of the Log Riders Chapter as well. Jeff's passion for cars goes back to the young age of 16 when he pumped gas at a full service Shell gas station. It has stuck with him ever since. He entered the world of WoodiES when he sold his 1938 Chevy and drug home a 1929 Huckster project. Imagine his wife's surprise when he brought home a wooden box on a frame. The huckster project was completed in 1998 and together with their family have put on over 25,000 miles since. His next project is a 1946 Plymouth Woodie and hopes to assemble a 1930 Ford Woodie with his children.


Western Directors



Charles Furman

1472 Avocado Rd.

Oceanside, CA 92504

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 Charles Furman – Western Region Director, National Woodie Club


I began my love of woodies with the purchase of my first car in 1963 while in high school; a 1949 Plymouth woodie.  I have owned many woodies over the years and currently have two Dodge ½ ton truck woodies.  My wife, Tamara, and I were members of the Santa Cruz Woodie Club before moving to San Diego in 2003.  We currently hold active memberships in the National Woodie Club, the Santa Cruz Woodie Club, the So Cal Woodie Club, and San Diego Woodies.  I served as President of San Diego Woodies in 2005 and 2006, and I was the Wavecrest Chairman in 2011.  We are active supporters of all the west coast woodie clubs and their events.  Our woodies are regulars at many of the west coast woodie club events, and I have driven my stock Dodge 1/2 ton woodie from San Diego to Santa Cruz for Woodies on the Wharf on numerous occasions.  Tamara and I have made many wonderful friends from all over the world through our woodie activities.




Wayne Yada

2519 N. Mendonca St.

Visalia, CA 93291

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Although I always appreciated woodies, I only truly “caught the disease” at Wavecrest in 2004. Not only were the cars there very cool . . . but the people even more! They didn’t know me from Adam, and yet they were overly friendly and free-flowing with information on the cars and the “hobby.” I was immediately attracted that day to the “shoebox” 49-51 Fords (probably since my first car was a ’51 Ford sedan) and have maintained that attraction ever since. Within a month of that first show, I had purchased my first woodie, joined NWC, and have restored/upgraded a total of six shoeboxes since then. After several years of owning/restoring a bone-stock shoebox woodie, I finally figured out why some people went the modern drive-train route. As a result, my personal driver for the last six years is a late 1950 model that looks quite stock – but it has a modern drive train with a lot of “creature features.” I love driving my car to all the west coast events plus I also drove it from CA to South Dakota and back a few years back with a couple of other woodie guys.

Anyway, living in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California, woodie events were pretty much non-existent, so with the help of a few other local woodie owners, we started the Central Valley Woodie Club in 2007 and have held our “Woodies in the Valley” show every year since then. It brings upwards of 80 woodies from all over the State to our locale – even though there aren’t any oceans or surfing anywhere around!I am currently finishing up my first 3-year term as a Western Region Director for NWC and looking forward to working more with National in the future. It is a lot of fun and quite rewarding. You get to meet SO MANY very cool people – some of the nicest people in the world . . . and, oh yeah . . . there’s those wooden cars too! I am married to Mary Jayne and we have six (allegedly) adult children and one beautiful granddaughter.




Ron Dugger

5425 Rancho La Loma Linda Dr.
Paso Robles, Ca. 93446.  
Cell #;805.403.4258,

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My name is Ron Dugger and I have lived in Paso Robles California since 2010 after spending most of my life in Santa Barbara California. I am semi-retired. I have been a member of the NWC and the Santa Barbara Woodie Club since 2004 after I attended my first woodie show. I have been a caretaker of a 1951 Ford woodie since 2004. Married to Pat since 1981.  Rumor has it, she's the reason the Santa Barbara Club tolerates me

I served as President of the SBWC in 2007 & 2008 and as Past-president in 2009 & 2010. I continue to be active with SBWC as well as the Santa Cruz and Central Valley Woodie Clubs.

I'm looking forward to serving the Western Clubs as a liaison with the NWC as we try to strengthen our memberships and improve the National Club.