Presidents Report June 2013

david-francisOngoing sunshine and fine weather during this Autumn has continued to be huge bonus for both the organisers and the participants of recent Club outings. The day for our visit to the Lost in the 50’s museum was no exception. What a sight awaited us as we drove along the street towards the museum building - dozens of American cars and hot rods, already parked, with their occupants standing in the sunshine waiting for the doors to open. I had heard many reports about the fantastic cars and 50’s memorabilia that owner Glen has assembled in the old Blue Tongue Brewery at Cameron Park on the fringes of Newcastle, but I was amazed at not only the size, but the exceptional quality of the collection. The 55 plus cars on show are beautifully cared for - some looked like they were sitting ready to be Concours judged. For most of us, the little 65 Mustang Coupe with less than 10,000miles on the clock had to be a favourite. By now, I am sure that many of you will have seen the photos posted on either the MOCA website or on Facebook by Members who were fortunate to visit the museum on the day. The collection is so extensive that I believe it would take a few visits to absorb it all. Maybe another Club visit should be scheduled for the second half of 2014.

While on the subject of activities in the Newcastle area, an All Ford Day will take place on the Foreshore Reserve (where we had the Nationals over Easter in 2012) on Sunday, 8th September. This is a major event, and Glen, owner of the Lost in the 50’s Museum, is planning to bring along every Ford in his collection on that day - it will be something! Please do your best to come along. The organisers have told me that the Mustangs will be parked around the park’s lake and our Club cars will be a special feature.

The weekend of the 6th - 7th July when we plan to head to Salamander Shores, Port Stephen, is rapidly approaching. When I last checked with the Events Team, there was still room for a few more folk to come along for a great weekend. David Lodge and Norm Moore, our two Co-ordinators to the North of Sydney, are busy planning a couple of Mustang cruises in the area and Ace (alias Neil Matthews) is busy planning some of his surprises for the July Christmas Dinner! I especially encourage new members to come along - it is a good way to meet with other members and feel part of the Club.

Looking towards next month, Vice President Wayne has for some time been talking with John Bowe’s management people about getting JB along to the Merrylands RSL to share stories of his long and successful motor sport career with us. The opportunity came along recently - JB will be in Sydney for Motorex and he has agreed to stay in Sydney for an additional two nights and come to Merrylands for a Question & Answer evening with us on Monday night 22nd July - fantastic news! JB is a self - funded professional. The Club will be underwriting the cost of this visit - approximately $3,000. In order to keep the ticket cost on this night to a minimum, and to attract as many people as possible along, we have decided not to incorporate a meal into the event. Plan to come early and use the RSL’s excellent food facilities. As a consequence, it will be $30 each to come along - and if by chance the Club’s costs are covered by the gate, that profit will be added to our annual donation to the Oncology Unit of the Westmead Childrens’ Hospital.

Moving further ahead, the annual Merrylands Muster and State Concours will take place at Holroyd Gardens on the 29th September. This year we have a special treat in store - new entertainers! In the past 4 years, Elvis (Steve Head) has done a great job for us at this event and has always been happy to work with us, making available his sound equipment for announcements and the Presentation. This year, it is time for a change, so we have booked a superb band, the Vintage 4! Some years ago, this group impressed us with their performance at our Christmas in July evening in Goulburn. The lead singer is none other than our own well known Member, Rozy Hallebone! The Muster is the day that we put on a show for the residents of Holroyd for the support we receive throughout the year from the Merrylands RSL.

The Committee year is coming to a close in August with the AGM rapidly approaching. We have, at this time, two Members willing to stand for President. I will be standing for Vice President and the Secretary, Treasurer, and Licence Captain will all be standing once again for office. All positions, however, are open for nomination, with the exception of the two National delegates who have a 2 year term. For this election, the Club really needs a Member or two to be willing to take on the Events Co-ordinator role.
Welcome to all of our new Members. Take every opportunity to use and enjoy your Mustang - they are all classics. The MOCA (NSW) Inc is a large club - over 600 members. Many of those members have been part of the Club for over 20 years. Please introduce yourself to a Committee Member at an event or at the Monthly Meeting so as we can personally make you welcome and then introduce you to your fellow members.

David Francis