Officers

The National Woodie Club exists to promote interest in woodies; to educate owners and the public on their history, beauty, usefulness and uniqueness; and to provide an association through which woodie owners and enthusiasts may exchange information on history, building, restoration or modification techniques and share experiences. The woodie is a special kind of car, which deserves special recognition. The National Woodie Club will work t


President

 

Bill Sampson

31801 Cottontail Lane

Malibu, CA 90265 - 2625

310-457-2601

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Bill has been a member of the National Woodie Club since 2002 and currently serves as Vice President after serving six years as one of the three Western Directors. He is also the immediate past president of the Santa Barbara Woodie Club, his “home” club. He is a founding member of the Central Valley and the Up the Hill Woodie Clubs and enjoys his memberships in the Southern California, Santa Cruz and San Diego Woodie Clubs as well. He proudly embarrasses himself at surf contests at the clubs’ shows.

Bill and his wife Rosemary have had more fun than the law allows as a result of their participation in this wonderful hobby. Their fellow woodie owners and enthusiasts have become family to them. The trips up and down the California coast – and to the Central Valley - in their 1948 Mercury wagon have become highlights of the year as well as a good excuse for a surf safari to see their daughter in Santa Cruz.

Bill and Rosemary truly believe that they have received far more than they have given in their relationships with the woodie clubs and the members. We encourage all of the members to participate and enjoy the wonderful people in this group. You’ll be as grateful as we for the friends you make.


Vice President

  

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.

 

 

Past President  

  Dave Kuffel

609 Crane Blvd. 

Libertyville, IL 60048

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(847)347 9044 

Dave has been a member of the National Woodie Club since 1989 and currently serves as the Club’s president. He has also served as Club vice-president and two terms as a Central Director. In addition, he is a founding member, and past president, of the NWC Midwest chapter; LOG RIDERS.

Dave finds the NWC to be an incredible melting pot of woodie enthusiasts, where owners of original cars, professionally restored cars, street rod and phantom woodies, and “eternal project cars” all share a common interest. He finds that the mutual respect and camaraderie amongst the membership is truly unique to this group.

Dave’s interest in woodie wagons was sparked at an early age. He was four or five years old when he saw his first woodie wagon . You may recall the movie classic “Flicka”, a story about a young boy, living on a Montana ranch in the ‘40’s, and his plight to have a horse he could call his very own. What vehicle would be more appropriate for a ranch family and ranch related chores than a woodie wagon? Seeing that special car in the movie was the spark that lit the woodie wagon flame.

Fifty years later that spark has become a prairie fire of sorts. He has four woodies in the stable. All Fords; 1946, ‘47 and ‘48 station-wagons, and a 1947 Sportsman convertible.

Dave promotes interest in woodie wagons at every opportunity, and particularly focuses on the younger folks as they are the next generation of woodie enthusiasts. At local cruise nights, Dave often opens the driver’s door and invites children to sit behind the wheel for a “test drive” or photo op stating, “The impact that this one opportunity may have on a young mind is immeasurable.”

Dave looks forward to serving you as President of the National Woodie Club and asks that you contact him direct with any comments or questions. 


 Secretary

 

George Beebe

P.O. Box 3334

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32004

904-400-2005

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George has been a member of the National Woodie Club since 2002 and is a founding member and first President of the Penns Wood Chapter. He has been serving as an Eastern Region Director and Secretary for the NWC since September 2006 and is amazed at the great people he has met and become friends with while being involved with this club. He fell in love with woodies while living in California during the late 80’s and early 90’s but did not become a woodie owner (1948 Plymouth) until after his daughter graduated from college (no more tuition payments!).

He loves most old cars and has been cursed with an understanding wife who doesn’t get too upset when he brings home strays. They both realize that “metallic and wooden” mistresses are kind of cool. In addition to his elected duties with the NWC, George volunteered in 2008 to administer the NWC website Bulletin Board when Stephen Bishop suddenly passed away. George is married to Maureen, his high school sweetheart, and they have two grown children and four grandchildren (so far!). They recently (July, 2010) moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL after spending 19 years in Willistown, PA. 


Treasurer

 

Robert Stevens

10 Coventry Ct

Latham, NY 12110

518-785-1349

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Bob has been a member of the National Woodie Club since 1980 and is currently completing his 18th year as the NWC Treasurer. He had previously served three terms as a NWC Eastern Director. Bob is also a founding member, and current Treasurer of the NWC Nor’eastern Chapter.

Bob, his wife Linda and their sons, Ben and Todd attended their first Woodies East at Stowe, VT in 1981. Todd was just a few weeks old that year and over the next several years the Stevens’ boys grew up riding in the back seat of the family’s 1939 Pontiac wagon. Over the last 27 years Bob, Linda and the boys have made scores of Woodie friends while travelling thousands of miles on Woodie tours.

Wood has run in Bob’s blood from an early age. He remembers a neighborhood ’49 Plymouth wagon from his childhood and from that time on always wanted to have a woodie, that early passion became reality in 1981 with the acquisition of the ’39 Pontiac.

Now the Pontiac is gone, in its place is a ’49 Chrysler Town and Country convertible and the next generation, a Stevens’ granddaughter will get to do some growing up the Woodie way.


Membership & Woodie Times Editor

 

John Lee

P.O. Box 6134

Lincoln, NE 68506

402-488-0990

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John has been an automotive journalist for 50 years, (Yeah, he started young!) writing and photographing for antique, street rod and custom car magazines, and occasionally other topics, too. He took over the Woodie Times in 1995, only the third editor in the publication's 39-year history. Will O'Neil, founder of the NWC, was himself an automotive journalist who edited the Woodie Times for its first ten years. Bob Hicks took over from Will and headed the publication through 1994.

With John as editor the Woodie Times has doubled in size and circulation, introduced color printing and expanded advertising. It has won 15 consecutive Golden Quill awards from Old Cars Weekly.

In addition to free-lance journalism, John has worked as a daily newspaper reporter, public relations account executive, Nebraska state agency director, high school teacher, advertising salesman, city map publisher and trade show floor manager. He has written three books on the auto hobby, two of which were actually published. A devout station wagon enthusiast, he also edits the Nomad Post, monthly magazine of the Chevrolet Nomad Assn. He owns several old cars which he stores – says its cheaper and less time-consuming than restoring them! John played trombone in high school, college and National Guard bands and for more than 20 years has sung in a community choir, Lincoln Choral Artists.

John and his wife, Martha Gadberry, live in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have a combined family of three adult children and four grandchildren. 

 

Ambassador 

 

Mickey Christianson

 

 

  

Mickey Christiason Named First National Woodie Club Ambassador 2014,

 

 

 

Website / Media  

   

 

Jeff Yeagle

Phoenixville, PA 19460

610-209-3399

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Jeff Yeagle has been a member of the NWC since 2003, Jeff resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters. Jeff is a founding member of the Penns Woods Chapter of the National Woodie Club and currently owns a 1940 Ford Woodie known as the Recycled 40 Ford Woodie. His recently completed a 1948 Oldsmobile Woodie has quickly become the ride of choice for his "girls". 

By day Jeff is a teacher, currently teaching classes in Computer Aided Drawing and Design, Product Design and Manufacturing, Three Dimensional Animation, Robotics and Pre-engineering. 


 

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