Presidents Report - February 2016
Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!
I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with Family and friends, and Santa was good to you all?
Well, it’s back to the grindstone for a few of us with not much of a break over the festive season. All the committee are now back on deck, and many of us have already been busy with planning the year ahead.
Our First big event for the year, the 34th Annual All American Day on the 17th January, has already been run and won. As always it’s a huge day, and fortunately for those who attended, the heat managed to stay away. We managed to have a couple of first’s for the show this year, and they were 2 RHD Australian Ford delivered RHD 2015 Mustangs parked side by side. The other was a beautiful 1969 Mach 1 with a super rare legendary 427 SOHC engine shoe-horned in to the engine compartment. One super –tuff car!
Also, we were very fortunate to have Carl Widmann all the way from Dearborn Michigan, courtesy of Ford Australia. Carl’s position with Ford USA is that he is the Mustang Chief Program Engineer. He is in charge of all the production etc. of the new car. Carl was specifically brought over to Australia to be part of the Ford Media Drive day up to the Central Coast the following Tuesday, and we were lucky enough to have Ford make him available for the AAD.
We have been very fortunate to have such a good relationship with Ford Australia. Our members have had access to a few events that no other Car Club has offered to their members’ courtesy of a large vehicle manufacturer like Ford. I would like to take this opportunity to offer David Livian, and his team of Ken Buckland and Bruce Sinclair, a huge thank you for all the time and effort they put in when organising this day. Thanks guys! Also thank you to all those who helped on the day, and thank you to those who just came along for the day to make it the huge success that it has become.
A few of our fellow members have expressed interest in a couple of tours that I was organizing to coincide with the Nationals trip to Queensland over the Easter break this year. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but due to the lack of interest I have had to cancel the tours. There was a minimum number required for the Bowden tour and we were off that required number by around one third! On the plus side, the “would be” hosts of these tours, Bowdens’ and DJR are very happy and willing to host our club for tours at another time when there is possibly more interest. So, all is not lost folks!
On the other side of this, I have organised suitable accommodation in Coffs Harbour for those wanting to drive up as a group to the Queensland Nationals over Easter this year. The plan is Meeting at Thornleigh McDonalds’ (8.30am for an 9am departure) on the morning of Wednesday, March 23 for the drive up, Stopping the night in Coffs Harbour (32 rooms available for the night of the 23rd at Bentleigh Motor Inn, from $100 for the night. The Motel is directly across the road from the RSL Club, so after a long days drive, we don’t have far to go for dinner and a drink. Book now directly with the motel, Call Steve on (02) 6652 2566 or 1800 814 894. Remember to say you are with the Mustang Club!), then on to the Gold Coast on Thursday.
We are meeting in Wollongong on Sunday 28th February at 10.30am to select the organizing committee and run through what needs to be organized to make this event a success. This brings me to something else, we need helpers! Not just for the Nationals, but for many other events, and also committee helpers. As the state with the second biggest membership number it’s always appears to be the same faces you see lending a hand, and more helpers will make all of our jobs easier and the day more enjoyable. So please come forward and lend a hand. Remember, “Many hands make light work”.
Our up and coming February General meeting shall be a busy one this month. We shall be presenting the awards to the lucky winners of our rain postponed Merrylands Muster and State Concours’ that was held in December last year. We shall also be holding another postponed event, Our Annual Christmas Auction on the same night. Our regular and very honourable auctioneer David Livian, shall be doing the spruiking as usual. It’s always worth a few laughs, and there is quite a few very collectible items up for grabs. So come along, enjoy the night, and as Sam the Gadget Man used to say, “Bring your Money with you”!
I would also like to welcome all the new members that have joined over the Christmas break. Welcome aboard and come over and say Hi! I am sure that you will enjoy our club as many others do. There are always lots of events available for you, your family, and let’s not forget your Mustang to participate in. I am sure that there is an event coming up that will suit your liking!
See you all soon!