February 2015 Presidents Report
I realise I’m wishing you Happy New Year and we’re already into February but we gave David Lodge a month off from preparing the Pony Express. He does such a good job, it is very time consuming and he deserved a break.
Last year for me ended with the 60th Anniversary Presentation dinner for the Southern Sporting Car Club, of which I am the Vice President and Magazine Editor since late 2005.
We are one of the oldest sporting car clubs in Australia and have fostered the likes of Colin Bond, Warren Weldon, Fred Gibson and the Geoghegan brothers. I was awarded, with 2 other members, Life Membership in recognition of continued and dedicated service to the club. The last Life Member was appointed about 20 years ago so, like the Mustang Club, it’s not considered lightly.
Our year started with a drive to Queensland on January 1 for Luke to participate in the Dingo World Series baseball tournament, where his stats won him All-Star Pitcher of the Tournament.
We backed that up a week later in Sydney with his team winning the State Junior Championships, so now it’s back to Queensland for the National Championship at Easter.
Jordan made it into Macquarie University to do Commerce with a Masters in Marketing so it’s all go in the Livian household; and now you know why I can’t make it to all the Mustang events I would like to.
The club year started, as usual, with the All American Day. A fantastic day, tinged with sadness as this was David Francis’ favourite club event. The presentation was tough as he was always by my side handing out trophies, but Alan Vella stepped up and did an admirable job.
Alan also tried his hardest to get a 2015 Mustang there but the one Ford was going to bring along was slightly damaged at the NYE fireworks.
Thank you to Ken Buckland and Bruce Sinclair for all their assistance leading up to, and on the day and of course all the members who turned up early and helped to direct cars, especially Bob Williams who took the brunt of some regular shoppers “disappointment” at not being able to park where they usually do.
The funny thing is that the ones most upset are the customers of Fitness First who complain about having to park slightly further away from the gym and having to walk!
Through the support of our sponsors, who appear elsewhere in the magazine, all the car clubs and the traders we were able to donate $10,000 to the Childrens Hospital at Westmead.
The next big event was the Australia Day CARnivale in Macquarie St in the Sydney CBD. Unfortunately the weather was not kind but there were still hundreds of unique cars on display. It was great to see the dedicated Mustangers, and for Jeanette Francis with son, Brett, to have David’s “K” Code Fastback there in all its glory.
I have just received notification that Rod Kilvington from the MOCA South Australia has passed away. Rod was the founding member of the MOCA SA and, in fact along with his wife Lorraine and Victorian MOCA founding Kevin Musgrave, travelled interstate to form the National MOCA. Rod was very passionate about his Mustangs and with his beloved Lorraine by his side was a fixture at Mustang events around Australia. His friendly smile and enthusiasm will be sorely missed.
David Hogg, our Club Plate Registrar, has a very important update with regards to the RMS rules for the Concessional Registration Scheme in this magazine (See page 14) so please ensure you read it if you are on this scheme.
Also at the last committee meeting we sighted a proposal for the MOCA Nationals for 2017 to be held in Wollongong. It is great to have options and now Michael Pentecost will formalise his proposal for us to consider.
If you have any other thoughts let us know ASAP as we would like our National Delegates to take something to the South Australian Nationals this Easter.
Our events team have much organised for you in the future so take advantage and enjoy your Mustang.