October 2014 Presidents Report

dlivianUnfortunately I start another Presidents report with a tribute to a long time member who passed away. Arthur Ladkin joined the club in 1997 and was very active with his convertible, attending the Bathurst 1000 drivers parade, and going on to organise the Miss Showgirl parade at the Royal Easter Show for many years. Arthur moved up to Port Macquarie about 5 years ago and was enjoying the sea change but fell ill to cancer. Unfortunately he was not well enough to enjoy the newly formed Mid Coast Chapter and passed away in hospital on September 15. I attended the funeral and joined locals Darryl and Julie Bleasdale, Neville Cooper and Brian and Sue Adair in representing the club at the service.

A sad factor of many funerals is that you learn something about the person who passed away that you did not know. I didn’t know Arthur was such a craftsman with timber and he was honoured at his service by the local Men’s Shed, where they reverently recounted how he “breathed down their neck to make sure they did things right” Arthur leaves behind wife Margaret, and sons Gavin and Wayne. We will make a donation to the appropriate Prostate Cancer Research Foundation in Arthur’s honour.

While in Port Macquarie I took the opportunity to present to Julie and Darryl their 20 year badge.

On a lighter note we had one of the best Mustang Musters at Merrylands ever. The weather was magnificent and the Holroyd Gardens looked spectacular with over 100 Mustangs and the best display of rare and historic racing Mustangs gathered in Australia.

These were part of the Shelby Boys Racing Team that featured predominately ’65 and ‘66 GT350 Shelby’s, most in race trim.

Thank you to Chad Parrish and Rick Marks for organising “the boys” and for Chad who also brought out his 1967 Brabham BT23C. The car was originally built for Sir Jack to take part in that year’s European F2 Championship, and runs a Cosworth FVA 1.6 litre engine.

We extended the trophy categories for this 50th Anniversary year and some were judged by Bryn Miller (MRSL CEO and MOCA NSW Member), Tony O’Donnell (State Manager of Shannons Insurance) and Councillor Peter Monahan representing the Holroyd Council.
The MOCA NSW President’s Choice trophy has been renamed the David Francis Memorial Trophy and I chose Zac Paskoski’s stunning 1965 Fastback, and as the inaugural winner he felt suitably honoured.

We also had in the “members other cars” display a stunning Mini, Alan Vella’s Corvette, Frank Csapo’s Falcon Ute, Brian McAllister’s XA Fairlane Bash car and my, sorry, Heather’s Mk1 Escort Race Car.

Thank you all who attended, and to those who helped on the day, especially to the new committee members at their first event in their new capacity.

And to thank you to of Jessica Neave of Cakeilicious for the Mustang birthday cake.
I look forward to reports from the Lugarno Spring Fair which unfortunately clashed with our Muster but still attracted about 30 Mustangs. I am happy we had good representation there as well.

At the October general meeting we will have Ron Johns, State Sales Manager for Trico who are the distributors of Sta-Bil Fuel Stabiliser (perfect for laid up or limited use vehicles), Alumaseal, 303 Protectant and Nu-Finish Polish as well as Trico Wiper Blades etc.
This is purely a product information session that will benefit members.

At the November general meeting we will have a spokesperson from the Stroke Foundation to talk to us and accept our donation on behalf of David and Jeanette Francis. More information in the next magazine.

Don’t forget Big Al’s Mystery Breakfast Run on the 19th and I have to give my apologies as I will be competing at the SMP North Circuit as a shakedown for the IPRA Nationals at Wakefield Park in November. I haven’t raced much this year to attend MOCA NSW events but this is a big one. (I hope you understand Alan and don’t pay out on me too much!)

In the meantime welcome to new members and enjoy your Mustangs,

David Livian