Cars were always a passion for Francis (Frank) Fust. Frank had always owned Ford products, and he fell in love with the Mustang when they first came out mid-year 1964. His first Mustang was produced in April 1964 and it was a hardtop, bronze with a black vinyl top. Frank and his family were living in New Jersey at the time.
Frank was an FBI Agent and he met his wife, Laverne, when they both worked for the FBI in Washington D.C. Frank spent his entire career working for the FBI. The FBI transferred Frank to Columbus in 1965, and he was the assistant executive in charge of the Columbus FBI Office until he retired in 1974.
After moving to Ohio, Frank collected various Mustangs over the years. He had three Mustangs stored in a building in Xenia, Ohio when on April 3, 1974 a tornado hit Xenia and demolished the building in which he was storing his Mustangs. All three Mustangs were crushed. Frank was able to prevent the National Guard from demolishing the building until after he was able to recover his Mustangs from the building. He then had all three Mustangs totally restored at Medic Krieger Ford.
George Krieger was a former FBI agent and he owned Medic Krieger Ford in 1974 when Frank retired from the FBI. Frank and George had been close friends over the years. When Frank retired, George convinced him to work for Medic Krieger Ford part time in the Parts Department. Frank eventually decided to start a Mustang club and he created the Classic Mustang Club of Ohio on November 14, 1974. George’s son, Doug Krieger, was working for the dealership when Frank started working in the Parts Department. Doug was also a fan of Mustangs, and Doug and Frank connected on their love for Mustangs. As a result of this close relationship, the Classic Mustang Club of Ohio held its first show at Medic Krieger Ford in 1976 on the grass in front of the Used Car Lot. Medic Krieger Ford became Krieger Ford in 1977.