June 2014 Presidents Report

dlivianThe birthday celebrations just keep coming and the Anniversary Pony Round Up at the Vineyard Hotel was one of the best we’ve ever held. The atmosphere, and weather, was fantastic and we had around 150 Mustangs in attendance with many we haven’t seen before or for a long time.

A highlight for me was the Iacocca owned by Paul Vella. One of 3 in Australia and only 45 made. Not a stickers and stripes special edition but a completely redesigned true “fastback” body. Truly stunning.

We welcomed back Wayne Banyer who drove his 73 Mach 1 (see pic left) from Quirindi, near Tamworth (360 kms) to join us. Wayne was regular for many years but we haven’t seen him for a while. He took out home the Long Distance Award.

We expanded the trophy categories and Paul, the manager of the day, had the unenviable task of choosing his favourites. The trophies were sponsored by our very good friends at Shannons Insurance. Alan Vella organised two of the latest Stern 50th Anniversary Mustang pinball machines to be there on “free play” and they were a huge draw card. Thank you to Norbert, Paul and Michael for allowing us to use the machines and for those interested they are very collectible and for sale.

The hotel provided entertainment for the kids and every Mustang driver received a special Australian 50th Anniversary memento and a voucher towards lunch from Billy’s Bistro.

Martin Goff, son of long-time members Rod and Pat Goff, brought out his BBQoupe, an XB Falcon Coupe converted into a mobile Bar-B-Q, and was a real attention getter, and available for hire.

Thank you to the Ladies on the gate for handing out the goodies and to the members who helped direct cars.

Another facet of the day was the opportunity to meet all the regional delegates for a round table. We met in a private area of the bistro and discussed management of the concessional registration scheme, in particular vehicle eligibility, communication between their local members, organisation of local runs, website and magazine submissions and club merchandise. It was very enjoyable and beneficial, and I appreciate the time taken for them to travel the distances they did to attend.

Onto future events and Richard Griffith, with help from Phil Preston, has put great effort into the display at the All Ford Day so look out for more information on this much anticipated event.

Ken Buckland and I attended the CMC meeting recently and picked up the Shannons Sydney Classic tickets for the Mustang Club and they will be available at the next meeting. This is a fantastic day with over 1500 cars already entered from 91 clubs. The Museum of Fire will be there as well with 8 different Fire Engines.

The next issue of the CMC Newsletter, “The Preserve” will feature a special cover from the desk of artist Brian Caldersmith featuring the Mustang and the Mini in a David V Goliath theme. Keep an eye out for it. The original artwork will be auctioned off to raise money for Prostate Cancer research.

We have finally received the trophies from the Mustang Nationals recently held in Geelong, Victoria and welcome recipients to attend the June general meeting to be presented with them as they have represented our state admirably.

We have more in store for in coming months but Alan Vella will keep you up to date with these.

There is plenty to keep you active so enjoy those Mustangs.

Enjoy those Mustangs,

David Livian