Cathy Ann “Cat” Banovitz was an important part of our club for more than 20 years. She was our Vice President and Keeper of the Calendar for many years, our favorite “Raffle Gal” and was affectionately known as “Boss” by members of the Board and the other offi-cers. She opened her home and her heart to the club and hosted many meeting and events with the 4th of July parade and BBQ being her favorite.
Not long after joining the club in the early 1990s, she and her husband, Bill, put a deposit down on this beautiful car from Wilson Cornelius Ford in Vallejo which was only allotted one of the 1,000 Indy Pace Cars built. They lost the raffle but when Northern Califor-nia Ford Dealers allotted one more car to the dealers who sold the most performance cars, they got lucky. Not originally ordered as a California car, Number 466 of 1,000, which is a Federal car, was soon in their sta-ble. It was a Replica Pace Car but Bill soon went to work making it look like the original Indy Pace Car with the correct decals and light bar. He mounted the decals on magnetic strips painted to match so that they could come off when it wasn't on display. When Cat drove it to work she could go incognito, but she always com-manded attention in that pretty red Pace car. She led the 4th of July parade every year until she could no longer drive it.
This car has been loving cared for by her son, Nicho-las, and will be on display at the Biggest Little National Show from May 20th to the 22nd. It is a tribute to Cat and all of the GHMC members who have lost their battle with cancer since the last MCA National Show on the West Coast in 2012. Our chosen charity for the show this year is the American Cancer Society.
She will forever be in our hearts, as the one and only “Cat.” Cat Banovitz
June 5, 1952-September 12, 2016