Presidents Report November 2015

alan vella2Hello All,

Having just returned from The October National Delegates meeting held annually in Victoria alongside their State Concours’ on the weekend of the 24th,25th October, it has been comforting to know that the national body of the Mustang Owners Club of Australia is 100 percent behind our committee’s decision to host the 2017 Nationals in Wollongong. They are extremely happy with all the arrangements so far, and next year will be one busy year for a many of us with the organisation of this event. With the Hotel, Ford Dealership (used for the concourse judging on the Saturday) Sunday’s Show n’ Shine location and the function venues all locked in, it will be full steam ahead. With sponsorships currently being arranged with suppliers and business based both here and overseas it has already been a busy period for some of us.

Putting an event of this scale together takes a lot of time and effort, and will require many hands to make the work load easier. I already have commitment from quite a few members willing to lend a hand in the organisation of this event, although more help will be required. Our South Coast chapter have already committed to assisting with the event, and are looking forward to being involved. If anyone else is interested in assisting the club with this, please drop me a line. Your help will be greatly appreciated by all!

The other side of the weekend, was the Victorian State Concours’ (photo below). This event is held annually like our very own Merrylands Muster and State Concourse, yet it appears to draw so many more vehicles and people to the event over the Merrylands event. We know that the Victorians or “Mexicans” as I like to refer to them are sports mad, but this show is phenomenal. They have more than 400 mustangs in attendance, and looking at a few of the ways that they operate the day, I can already see some benefits that may draw more vehicles to attend our very own day. It is a big affair, and takes a fair bit of planning early on in the year. Something that we the committee may need to look into early in the 2016 year.

With this year (2015) quickly drawing to a close, and with the new date for the Merrylands Muster(NSW State Concours’) now set in concrete for Sunday 13th December, the committee have decided it would be best to host the Xmas gathering on the same date at the same venue. Nothing has changed with the Muster (State Concours) side of things apart from the new date, and we are really looking forward to hosting the 2 events on the same day at the one venue. All the food arrangements have been sorted out, and we will be providing several covered areas for members comfort. The food will be a light BBQ affair, all you will need to bring along is yourself, and your chairs! It is a MUST that you pre-book your attendance with our events Guru Allan Spackman to be included in the Xmas lunch side of the event. We require this so that we can give the caterer an idea of how much food he will require for the day. Also in regards to this, ALL Members around the state are invited to attend the Xmas gathering and participate in the meal. Just remember to book with Allan Spackman. If you haven’t registered, there may be no meal for you!

Onto an entirely different subject, it is great news that the new CRS-H 60 Day Historic vehicle Log Book Trial is up and running. Although at the moment it is in a limited format for original vehicles only. The modified vehicle trial scheme will hopefully be up and running in the first Quarter of 2016. This new trial scheme is for 2 years only, and is managed by the NSW RMS. The original Historic Registration scheme is still in place, and is still managed by the club, yet this new scheme is an addition to the original scheme, and it gives you an extra 60 days use on top of your club outings and event days. There is more information on this scheme provided by David Hogg (MOCA Club Plate Registrar) Further along in this issue of the Pony Express. Well worth the read!
Along with the Xmas gathering, the December General meeting is too drawing near. This Meeting has traditionally played host to our Xmas Auction. We are needing items of interest for this, and we have a few items already donated for the evening, but we need more. If you have something of interest that you are willing to donate to the Xmas Auction, could you please contact myself, or another committee member so that we may add it to the list of items.

Our special guest for the November General Meeting will be Deb Hatter from the REN Foundation. Deb is the founder of REN and will speak on REN’s work with young children. I will be making a donation presentation on behalf of MOCA NSW to the REN Foundation.

One last thing, the committee are always looking for worthwhile charities to donate some of our funds to. Last month the committee have decided that the Club will be donating funds in the amount of $1000 to the White Ribbon Foundation. This particular charity is a male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women. The Wives, Partners and Daughters play a huge part in our membership, and many are constantly by their husband’s sides supporting their husband’s love for the Ford Mustang and any collector car, and the committee feel that this is a charity worthy of our support.

Last but not least, I would like to extend a huge welcome to all the new members who have recently joined the club. Don’t be a stranger, come up and say Hi!

Bye for now.

Alan Vella