Presidents Report - August 2015

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For the first time in the long history of the All Ford Day it was postponed due to sodden grounds and predicted wet weather. This was a good decision as by calling it 3 days prior it gave entrants and exhibitors suitable notice. The cost and organisation that goes into a show like this is the same if there are 100 cars or 1000 so it was a good move to postpone to November 29th to give the best chance of full attendance. Even though it is only for this year I think the WSID carpark will be a better place in November than July.

MotorEx was held in Sydney this year at The Sydney Showground in Homebush and it was an excellent show. There were over 11 reveals of newly built cars and a separate display of movie cars and trade vendors. The movie cars were particularly interesting with vehicles from Mad Max, Back to the Future, Starsky and Hutch etc. as well as some of George Barris’s classics from The Munsters and Batman.

We displayed 5 Shelby’s and my race car which is a GT350 R Model tribute in Gulf livery.

This display was to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Shelby and the stand was very well received. I have to thank Rick Marks (1965 GT350), Brian McAllister (1966 GT350H), Malcolm McEwen (1967 GT500), John Bailey (1969 GT350) and Peter Speechley (2010 GT500) for displaying their cars from Friday to Sunday night.

Also a huge thank you to Brian and Adam McAllister and Mark Dingwall for making the on-stand displays which consisted of a red, white and blue triangular frame with illuminated signs and posters and a Ford globe on top. They also adapted a tyre rack to hold an LCD TV that ran a video produced by Brian’s son, Adam.

Ken Buckland from Western Graphics printed a flyer promoting the club and delivered them in time to have on the stand. All in all a great display and again thank you to those above who helped. With the pending delivery of 2015/6 Mustangs to Australia club members have been invited to Ford dealers around Sydney and NSW to display their classic Mustangs next to a 2015 LHD promo Mustang. From all reports the evenings have gone off very well with our members being looked after by the dealers. This can only increase the profile of our club and hopefully encourage buyers of new Mustangs to join us. One recent event was at Central Coast Ford where Norm Moore and Jeanette Francis and other members attended and sat in the yellow hardtop.

This week marks 1 year since David Francis passed and as difficult as it is, it’s great to see Jeanette still enjoying their Mustang; it’s what David would have wanted. Elections will be held at the September AGM so if you are interested in joining the committee contact us. Nominations should be printed in this magazine. Don’t forget the Thunder Road Racing Australia Muscle Car Masters Experience with Glenn Seton will be drawn at the August GM and you can buy tickets on the night or contact the committee if you can’t make it.

If you have taken some tickets to sell please bring the stubs and money to the general meeting as well. See you at a run or show in the future and until then, enjoy your Mustang.

David Livian