February 2014 Presidents Report
The big news in December was the reveal of the new 2015 Mustang and I am proud to advise that the MOCA NSW was an integral part of this worldwide event.
I had a call from the marketing department from Ford Australia but was away for work with intermittent phone reception. The next contact on the list was our Events Co-ordinator, Alan Vella, and he did an exemplary job of assisting in this unique event.
They wanted specific milestone models along the timeline of Mustang evolution and Alan submitted some from our membership. They chose:
John Ciappara’s very early (March 22) built 1964 ½ Convertible to show where it all began.
Chyrel McQuade’s (partner of the late Peter Moore) 1968 Bullitt replica as they felt it was a significant moment in the Mustang being exposed to and becoming a part of modern pop culture.
Our 1969 Boss 302 as it was Ford’s first factory homologation special for circuit racing.
Bruce Sinclair’s 2002 Ford Australia/Tickford convertible to highlight Ford Australia’s most recent attempt at selling the Mustang through Ford dealers here.
Phil & Raelein Woodbury’s 2008 GT500 Shelby as a “current” model leading to the 2015 model.
Once again this was all to be organised in 2 weeks!!! Don’t these people know what’s coming up more than 2 weeks in advance?
Being involved in such a high profile event was a huge coup for the club and due to the way we conducted ourselves we will reap benefits in the future such as a tour of the Ford plant before it closes, and the FPV race facility. We will keep you posted as details firm up.
The club Christmas party was held on Sunday and was a huge success. There were about 130 people in attendance and while that is an excellent turnout, there were some long time members we haven’t seen before. I hope they enjoyed themselves so much that they will attend other club events in the future. Thank you to Santa and his elf for taking time out of their busy schedule to call in and distribute some presents.
Club Merchandise officer, Kerry Myers, has organised a great range of 50th Anniversary merchandise which is all available online from Clever Products and we urge you to have a look and buy some to celebrate what will be a huge year in 2014 for the Mustang.
A late addition to the magazine but very important we mention to members that Sean McDonagh has relinquished his position and National Delegate for personal reasons. We pass on our thanks to Sean for his support over the many years of membership and the time he has served on the MOCA committee. David Francis will fill the vacancy of National Delegate until the position is filled via a formal vote at the next AGM.
Enjoy those Mustangs,